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I tried to bring back the NBC Olympic TV coverage topic on these boards but I constantly keep getting the error notice. Anyway, I will put it here as a new topic. Around The Rings reports that NBC will broadcast approximately 725 hours of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in HD, which will be more than twice of what it did in Torino and more than the 438 in Athens. This is where it gets interesting and confusing for me: NBC plans to show 3600 hours of Beijing coverage alltogether. Take away the 725 hours of HD from 1400 hours the NBC family plans to air, and you'll get 675 hours combined on NBC, MSNBC, USA, CNBC, and Telemundo standard definition. That's less standard coverage than in Athens. I take there will be HD simulcasts with the same sportscasters, but is the HD coverage separate in terms of the 3800 hours? (don't think so). Are we actually going to get everything that will get shown to us Americans that is offered from BOB with 3500? I can take that highlights, interviews, up-close-and-personals, news stories, features, encores, interactive maps, and instant replays will make up the rest. For live footage, I can expect lengthy intermissions and potential . With the HD, one can easily see gymnastics, both ceremonies, swimming, track and field, soccer, basketball, and tennis (among others) featured. With 2200 hours of live Beijing broadcast, some of that stuff that could've been on Bravo and USA, for example, now easily goes online. Will there actually be 6600 hours stored online after all of this is said and done about Beijing for the next several years and not just the 3000? I sure hope its the former for me to record. Some of the questions on the details have yet to be made public or hammered out.

For Telemundo, it will be like what it did in Athens: boxing, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, track--all involving nations that are Spanish or have strong Spanish populations. Will we might see an alternate Spanish-language simulcast option for online and on-demand?

It was also just now reported that NBC will add a Chinese-language Olympic channel just for the games. Check out the Beijing 2008 website for that on your search, but it's only a brief mention.

In contrast, China's China Central TV (CCTV) will air the Beijing 2008 Olympics utilizing seven channels: CCTV-1, CCTV-2, CCTV-5, CCTV-7, a HD channel, and two PPV for soccer and tennis, as reported on Variety. It will provide footage of the torch relay, both opening and closing ceremonies, and some of the bigger sports like basketball and soccer. There will be, as I understand, some Net footage coming on the way. Apparently China Next Generation Internet won't be a part of it.

Maybe I'm getting antsy on this as I eagerly anticipate any new details on TV networks worldwide plan their Olympic overage for Beijing and beyond. Like to get started on stocking up my DVDs soon...

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I read online the other day that the BBC announced plans to show 200 more hours online than what NBC will next year in Beijing. But then the BBC is likely to have less hours of coverage on terrestial/digital TV. Looking forward to see what other nations' plans will be

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I came upon a show on one of the lesser cable channels last night: Countdown to Beijing. Boy, was it disappointing!!

1. Too many commercials

2. Nothing that I already didn't know. I mean it's the same old stuff = elite trianing schools in Beijing, how they believe the pollution will disapper, etc., etc. NOTHING New

3. And the videos were somewhere between color and b&w??? I mean this is a state-of-the-art broadcast?

Maybe the Beijing games will be a letdown. I hope so.

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I hope the CBC will announce their coverage. This will be their last tv coverage. I'm so excited about NBC coverage. I have a feeing they will show gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and volleyball.

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The IOC unsurprisingly gave TVNZ the broadcast rights (and of other media platforms in NZ) for Beijing.

TVNZ Gets Beijing Rights

And yes, it will go HD down under there too.

great to see HD coming to new zealand for next years olympics! Looking forward to TVNZs coverage!

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In contrast, China's China Central TV (CCTV) will air the Beijing 2008 Olympics utilizing seven channels: CCTV-1, CCTV-2, CCTV-5, CCTV-7, a HD channel, and two PPV for soccer and tennis, as reported on Variety.

I'm disappointed this list doesn’t include CCTV-9, their English speaking, International Channel. My TV service offers it and I watch it every so often to see anything new or interesting relating to next year's games. Just today they had a great segment on the Water Cube, which also included some great aerial shots of the Bird's Nest. I was hoping to get a "sneak peak", if you will, of the Opening Ceremony or just watch next year's games through something other than NBC for an hour or two.

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I'm disappointed this list doesn’t include CCTV-9, their English speaking, International Channel. My TV service offers it and I watch it every so often to see anything new or interesting relating to next year's games. Just today they had a great segment on the Water Cube, which also included some great aerial shots of the Bird's Nest. I was hoping to get a "sneak peak", if you will, of the Opening Ceremony or just watch next year's games through something other than NBC for an hour or two.

Perhaps there's a very good reason for this. With CCTV-9 going into significant English-speaking markets like the US, Canada, Australia, NZ, Ireland, and the UK, this is more about protecting the domestic English-speaking TV networks that own the Olympic TV rights in those respective countries and the abundance of coverage they will provide over various media. CCTV-9 would be interesting in the sense of granting English language coverage with a Chinese bent overseas that will make it easier to follow, but that may seem redundant to many of us when we will get from our own.

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With the CBC/SRC in Canada, Channel 7 in Australia, TV Globo in Brazil, and, most recently, TVNZ in New Zealand all having their Olympic TV rights expiring in those respective countries after the conclusion of Beijing to CTV Globemedia, Nine/Foxtel, TV Record, and Prime/SKY Sports, I'm wondering how will those networks be able to pull all of the stops in their coverage since Beijing will serve as their last until at least 2014 and make sure their coverages will be memorable? How comprehensive will the Olympics be with their coverages--how will the Internet broadband, on-demand video, and cell phones will play a role in them and how many hours? Sure, it hasn't been announced as of yet. Will multiple channels be created just for the Games? What kind of innovations will be store from them? In Canada's case, will CBC/SRC's coverage be equitable in regards to both English and French, like, say, the equivalent of the SAP audio on your TV remotes? What about replays and highlights like with NBC (and likely the BBC)?

I'm very eager to hear of any news regarding South Africa's Supersport's upcoming Olympic coverage, since it's seemingly independent of what SABC offers and more. What kind of relationship the two networks will have? How many hours will it transmit? Because of its proximity to Angola and Mozambique, I would like to see them do some coverage in Portuguese like it did for the Angolan games in the World Cup and the African Nations Cup and put it on Supersport Maximo, focusing on the Portuguese diaspora athletes. How about some French and Arabic since Supersport is transmitted all over Africa in separate channels?

I can only presume that other Latin American nations (outside of Brazil) will boost their own coverage of the Olympics with Beijing.

in the latest news from NBC, the network has bought with Xinhua Finance Media to produce an animated series called Ring Force Five leading up to Beijing. The program is about five futuristic Olympians, each representing the five Olympic rings, time-traveling to past modern Olympics learning about the true values of Olympianism. Sounds something like we have already seen in Saturday morning cartoons, structure-wise. More here: NBC and Xinhua's Ring Force Five

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I just remembered this: I would like to see the IOC take advantage of the iPod with podcasts and an opportunity to watch the Olympics on your iPod live and/or on-demand by paying for whatever package. You would think this would be discussed by now. And what news regarding social networking sites?

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I just remembered this: I would like to see the IOC take advantage of the iPod with podcasts and an opportunity to watch the Olympics on your iPod live and/or on-demand by paying for whatever package. You would think this would be discussed by now. And what news regarding social networking sites?

Considering that part of the recent Channel 9-Foxtel rights deal in Austeralia involves downloads onto mobiles, I'd say that area is very much in consideration.

That said, I've never understood why anyobody wopuld get any satisfaction watching anything on such tiny screens.

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Considering that part of the recent Channel 9-Foxtel rights deal in Austeralia involves downloads onto mobiles, I'd say that area is very much in consideration.

That said, I've never understood why anyobody wopuld get any satisfaction watching anything on such tiny screens.

Well, the female gymnasts would look about the same size as if they were on TV.

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That said, I've never understood why anyobody wopuld get any satisfaction watching anything on such tiny screens.

I agree. I don't understand people who can watch anything from a 4 in TV set? Small minds? :blink:

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No one should be surprised to know about this but CCTV.com was just granted by the IOC the Chinese Internet rights for Beijing 2008.

Here's a brief article from Canadian Press

Going back to Supersport, if there was a good time to help promote broadband access even further in South Africa, an excellent way to do it would allow Beijing Olympic coverage to get shown online down there, perhaps more if not less or equal to what will be broadcasted in terms of hours. Don't really know how entrentched broadband is in South Africa, but it could help.

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Hello! Merry Christmas!

I found a thing for the BBC (UK) broadcast.

Details of the BBC's Olympic telecast.

The Philippine broadcast will be handled by Solar Sports. They're now showing a promo telling its viewers that they'll broadcast the Beijing Games. The plug showed the Olympic Rings morphing into the Solar Sports logo. A part of Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" was used in the promo.

Sad news for me: My cable provider will remove all channels owned by Solar Entertainment (including Solar Sports) on New Year's Day. Solar Sports will keep planning their coverage by broadcasting it to one of its four over-the-air partners. They are:

1) ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation - The sports feed used on the newscasts on its national network (known as just ABS-CBN) were provided by Solar Sports. Covered the Olympics of Mexico City and Barcelona.

Learn more...

2) NBN (National Broadcasting Network) - Partnered Solar Sports on its coverage of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Covered the Olympics of Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens. Known as PTV (People's Television) until July 16, 2001.

Read more...

3) GMA Network - Partnered Solar Sports for boxing bouts especially those involving Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. They didn't broadcast the Olympics yet.

4) RPN (Radio Philippines Network) Partenered Solar Sports for many coverages. Recent examples include boxing, NFl and the EuroBasket European basketball tournament in Spain. Covered the Olympics from Montreal through to Los Angeles. I think they didn't cover the Moscow Games because the Philippines was one of the boycotting countries.

Known as KBS (Kanlaon Broadcasting System) during this period (1972-1984, renamed in 1986).

We'll inform you of any developments when they finally chose one of these broadcasters.

Merry Christmas again!

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Hello! Merry Christmas!

I found a thing for the BBC (UK) broadcast.

Details of the BBC's Olympic telecast.

The Philippine broadcast will be handled by Solar Sports. They're now showing a promo telling its viewers that they'll broadcast the Beijing Games. The plug showed the Olympic Rings morphing into the Solar Sports logo. A part of Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" was used in the promo.

Sad news for me: My cable provider will remove all channels owned by Solar Entertainment (including Solar Sports) on New Year's Day. Solar Sports will keep planning their coverage by broadcasting it to one of its four over-the-air partners. They are:

1) ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation - The sports feed used on the newscasts on its national network (known as just ABS-CBN) were provided by Solar Sports. Covered the Olympics of Mexico City and Barcelona.

Learn more...

2) NBN (National Broadcasting Network) - Partnered Solar Sports on its coverage of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Covered the Olympics of Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens. Known as PTV (People's Television) until July 16, 2001.

Read more...

3) GMA Network - Partnered S

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Hello! Merry Christmas!

I found a thing for the BBC (UK) broadcast.

Details of the BBC's Olympic telecast.

The Philippine broadcast will be handled by Solar Sports. They're now showing a promo telling its viewers that they'll broadcast the Beijing Games. The plug showed the Olympic Rings morphing into the Solar Sports logo. A part of Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" was used in the promo.

Sad news for me: My cable provider will remove all channels owned by Solar Entertainment (including Solar Sports) on New Year's Day. Solar Sports will keep planning their coverage by broadcasting it to one of its four over-the-air partners. They are:

1) ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation - The sports feed used on the newscasts on its national network (known as just ABS-CBN) were provided by Solar Sports. Covered the Olympics of Mexico City and Barcelona.

Learn more...

2) NBN (National Broadcasting Network) - Partnered Solar Sports on its coverage of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Covered the Olympics of Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens. Known as PTV (People's Television) until July 16, 2001.

Read more...

3) GMA Network - Partnered Solar Sports for boxing bouts especially those involving Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. They didn't broadcast the Olympics yet.

4) RPN (Radio Philippines Network) Partenered Solar Sports for many coverages. Recent examples include boxing, NFl and the EuroBasket European basketball tournament in Spain. Covered the Olympics from Montreal through to Los Angeles. I think they didn't cover the Moscow Games because the Philippines was one of the boycotting countries.

Known as KBS (Kanlaon Broadcasting System) during this period (1972-1984, renamed in 1986).

We'll inform you of any developments when they finally chose one of these broadcasters.

Merry Christmas again!

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If you want to read more about the other two, there's a bar a the bottom of both pages where you can read more about them. Thank you!

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OK -- something else besides the broadcast schedule for Philippine TV...

China/Beijing '08 made a big splash at the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. They had the standard spectacular float w/ the 5 friendlies as the centerpiece; and they flew in some 100 very photogenic teenagers as performers (who I imagine will play prominent parts in the Ceremonies) round the float. So over the 5.5 mile route of the parade, you have these plate-twirlers escorting the float. (Oh, so it looks like the plate-twirlers, tumblers and lanterns galore will be a heavy presence at the OC --as I've predicted all along.)

It was also the most heavily guarded float.

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Speaking as an American, I get confused about Freeview and the interactive play for Olympic coverage from the BBC and how it corresponds to what we have (or lack thereof); it's not something we American could get since we have cable and NBC along with the Internet. I just don't think it's a concept many of us would understand. Please fill me in.

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Been doing some thinking about how NBC is going to do the online coverage of Beijing 2008 lately. With the 2200 hours reserved for online consumption, I project that there will 8 streaming channels for coverage of 140 hours each--not sure will it be 24 hours a day like with the BBC's Freeview Interactive coverage with its 2400 hours. A couple of them will be reserved for team sports and commercial-free (except for the introductory commercials when you first log on). There will be news, little featurettes and stories, and those "up-close-and-personals" profiles included.

Since NBC's US Olympic rights is going to last up to at least London 2012, NBC, assuming broadband would go even faster in future years than it is now, if it were smart, that network should seriously consider putting up in their entireties coverage of past Olympics--BOTH winter and summer--that the NBC had the US TV rights to from Seoul to Torino as part of its archives instead of taking it down. With Olympic video coverage being so popular on YouTube, why not have another equally-accessible outlet online to review such footage? Also how exactly will the broadband coverage affect the NBC family coverage? Will pre-empting be a thing of the past?

Oh yeah I just got some news over at Gizmodo with Bill Gates announcing in his farewell CES Keynote address in Las Vegas (some of what I just said may be disregarded) that NBC will have its 3600 hours of Beijing this year via MSN--both live and on-demand on 30 simultaneous live channels of all sports. Now MSN has dealt with live and on demand previously with all of the Live Earth concerts worldwide, so it obviously knows what it's doing. Plus 3000 hours on-demand. Problem is, it will all be on the Silverlight format, not Flash, but on near-HD quality.

Still awaiting developments of TV/online coverage from Brazil, Argentina, Europe, South Korea, Malaysia, and Japan for example....

Naturally CCTV will broadcast everything online to go with they're offerring in their aforementioned TV channels.

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Still awaiting developments of TV/online coverage from Brazil, Argentina, Europe, South Korea, Malaysia, and Japan for example....

Naturally CCTV will broadcast everything online to go with they're offerring in their aforementioned TV channels.

I can answer that, Durban Sandshark.

Before anything else, I would like to inform you that the broadcast rights for Torino 2006 may be PACKEGED for Beijing, I think. This is what I read so far...

- Brazil: Sportv on the pay-TV sevice Globosat will broadcast. For telestrial broadcasts, I don't know. Maybe Rede Globo (who owns Globosat).

- Argentina: I don't know.

- Europe: Oh, it's the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) members who will cover it. They are:

Albania

· Radiotelevisione Shqiptar

Algeria

· Entreprise Nationale de Télévision/Entreprise Nationale de Radiodiffusion Sonore/Télédiffusion d’Algérie

Andorra

· Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra, S.A.

Armenia

· Public Television & Radio Armenia, comprising:

- Public Television of Armenia

- PR Public Radio of Armenia

Austria

· Österreichischer Rundfunk

Azerbaijan

· iTV Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (Ictimai)

Belarus

· Belaruskaja Tele-Radio Campanija

Belgium

· Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep and Radio-Télévision Belge de la Communauté française

Bosnia-Herzegovina

· Javna Radio Televizijska servis Bosnie i Hercegovine

Bulgaria

· Bâlgarsko Nationalno Radio

· Bâlgarska Nationalna Televiizija

Croatia

· Hrvatska Radiotelevizija

Cyprus

· Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation

Czech Republic

· Cesky Rozhlas

· Ceská Televize

Denmark

· Danmarks Radio

· TV2/Danemark

Egypt

· Egyptian Radio and Television Union

Estonia

· Eesti Rahvusringhääling

Finland

· MTV Oy

· Oy Yleisradio Ab

France

· Europe 1

· Groupement des Radiodiffuseurs français de l’UER, grouping the following organizations:

- Télévision Française 1

- France 2*

- France 3*

- Canal Plus

- Radio France

- Radio France Internationale

Georgia

· Georgian TV and Radio Broadcasting

Germany

· Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD), comprising:

- Bayerischer Rundfunk

- Hessischer Rundfunk

- Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

- Norddeutscher Rundfunk

- Radio Bremen

- Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

- Saarländischer Rundfunk

- Südwestrundfunk

- Westdeutscher Rundfunk

- Deutsche Welle

- DeutschlandRadio

· Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen*

Greece

· Elliniki Radiophonia-Tileorassi SA

Hungary

· Magyar Rádió · Magyar Televízió

Iceland

· Ríkisútvarpid

Ireland

· Radio Telefís Éireann

Israel

· Israel Broadcasting Authority

Italy

· RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana*

Jordan

· Jordan Radio and Television Corporation

Latvia

· Latvijas Valsts Televizija

· Latvijas Radio

Lebanon

· Télé-Liban

Libya

· Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting

Lithuania

· Lietuvos Radijas ir Televizija

Luxembourg

· CLT Multi Media

· Établissement de Radiodiffusion

Socioculturelle du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

· MKRTV

Malta

· Public Broadcasting Services Ltd

Moldova

· Teleradio-Moldova

Monaco

· Groupement de Radiodiffusion monégasque,

comprising:

- Radio Monte-Carlo

- Télé Monte-Carlo

- Monte-Carlo Radiodiffusion

Morocco

· Société Nationale de Radio Télévision

Montenegro

· Radiotelevizija Crne Gore

Netherlands

· Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, comprising:

- Algemene Omroepvereniging AVRO

- Vereniging De Evangelische Omroep

- Katholieke Radio Omroep

- Nederlandse Christelijke Radio Vereniging

- Nederlandse Omroep Stichting

- Nederlandse Programma Stichting

- Omroepvereniging VARA

- Omroepvereniging VPRO

- TROS

Norway

· Norsk rikskringkasting

· TV 2 AS*

Poland

· Polskie Radio i Telewizija:

- Telewizja Polska SA

- Polskie Radio SA

Portugal

· Rádio et Televisão de Portugal

Romania

· Societatea Româna de Radiodifuziune

· Societatea Româna de Televiziune

Russian Federation

· Channel One Russia

· Radio Dom Ostankino, comprising:

- Radio Mayak

- Radio Orpheus

- Radio Voice of Russia

· Rossijskoe Teleradio

San Marino

· San Marino RTV

Serbia

· Radiotelevizija Srbije

Slovakia

· Slovensky Rozlas

· Slovenská Televizia

Slovenia

· Radiotelevizija Slovenija

Spain

· Radio Popular SA COPE

· Radiotelevisión Española

· Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión

Sweden

· Sveriges Television och Radio Grupp, comprising:

- Sveriges Television Ab

- Sveriges Radio Ab

- Sveriges Utbildningsradio Ab

· TV4

Switzerland

· SRG SSR idée suisse

Tunisia

· Établissement de la Radiodiffusion-Télévision Tunisienne

Turkey

· Türkiye Radyo-Televizyon Kurumu

Ukraine

· Natsionalna Radiokompanya Ukraïny and Natsionalna Telekompanya Ukraïny

United Kingdom

· British Broadcasting Corporation*

· United Kingdom Independent Broadcasting,

comprising: Independent Television*: The

Network Centre, grouping:

- ITV Anglia Television

- ITV Border Television

- ITV Central Television

- Channel Television

- ITV Granada Television

- Grampian TV

- ITV Wales Television

- ITV West Television

- ITV London Television

- ITV Meridian Television

- Scottish TV

- ITV Tyne Tees Television

- Ulster Television

- ITV Westcountry Television

- ITV Yorkshire Television

Channel 4*, Sianel 4 Cymru*

Vatican State

· Radio Vaticana

* May have online coverage

- South Korea: Korean Pool. Comprising KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), MBC (Munghwa Broadcasting Corperation) and SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System).

- Japan: Japan Cosortium comprising all of Japan's VHF TV networks. They are NHk (Japan Broadcasting Corperation), NNN (Nippon News Network), ANN (All-Nippon News Netwoerk) JNN (Japan News Network) TXN (TV Tokyo Network) and FNN (Fuji News Network).

and...

- Malaysia: It's comfirmed that the satelite sevice Astro will broadcast. State owned RTM (Radio Televisyen Malaysia) may cover the Games, but it is unknown.

As an afterword, an update on the Philippines situation.

Solar Sports was sucessfully removed from the channel guide of my cable operator last week. :( It was replaced at promptly midnight on New Year's Eve by Balls, a new sports channel by the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corperation. But here's the good news. Balls is broadcasting "The Road To Beijing", a magazine focusing on the athletes' preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games. :) Does this mean that ABS-CBN will cover the Games? When I find out, we'll inform you.

Anyway, it is confirmed (follow-up from my previous post) that GMA will not cover the Beijing Games.

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