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Thanks Quaker2001 for the tenative Olympic TV schedule for NBC! It is going to be interesting to have gymnastics coming at our late night coverage. Actually ESPN had the USA games early in the morning here for the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championships in Japan, so there's another major sports event aired live at that time. I stayed up for a few games like the USA vs. Australia quarterfinal.

Take the reports (rumours, if you will) of Indonesia's TV Olympic networks with a grain of salt, Tanaka_Ray. Notice my use of the word "may" regarding it. You though very much reflect my thoughts so far on what I saw on their websites, though you delve into insight about the badminton issue and who owns the broadcast rights to the sport domestically.

Commenting on Sir Roltel bringing up Roy and HG not going to participate in Beijing for Seven, I feel bad that the two are not going to reprise their irreverent humour at Olympic time like last seen in Athens. Then again, it should come to be no surprise Chinese cultural authorities may not take kindly to their brand of humour in their house. And as mentioned, there are programming issues in their schedule that will compound their lack of participation even further.

Talking about Seven even more, A press release has just released a few days ago announcing the sportscasting lineup for Seven's final Olympic foray for now. I'm a bit surprised Rachel Sporn will analyze the Opals games and not Michelle Timms or Trish Fallon. Iff the BBC had Micheal Johnson commentating in Athens, why not Steve Ovett for Seven? Rachelle Hawkes, the Hockeyroo who took the athletes' oath in Sydney, does color commentary for the Hockeyroos' games. Looks like Seven will cover every sport. Still awaiting more info on what SBS will do with their coverage.

http://www.sevencorporate.com.au/_uploads/...nnouncement.pdf

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CBC Sports kicks off their coverage of Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games on Wednesday, July 6 on 3:45am (Canada and US Central Time) with a preliminary women's soccer game featuring Canada and Argentina. The Opening Ceremony will air live on 6am at the Bird's Nest with Ron Maclean, Ian Hanomansing, Scott Russell, and Diana Swain all in Beijing.

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I am not really happy with the way African countries are handling theirs.

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Care to elaborate on the lack of Olympic TV coverage updates in Africa, James? We do know that Eritrea's Eri-TV will supply ample coverage and South Africa's Supersport and SABC will go above and beyond in theirs, even more so than a lot of Western nations. Admittedly, it's hard to get Olympic TV updates from Africa online.

Meanwhile RTE Ireland sends their Olympic TV sales brochure recently. RTE does indeed plan to offer:

--live simultaneous coverage of its TV coverage online (all of it)

--nonlinear live feeds available on rte.ie

--wide-rangine on-demand video content of news and analysis of the events and on the Irish athletes

--schedules for coverage, photo galleries, history of past Olympics, cultural, historical, and political analysis about China

--polls, news and preview articles

--Irish profiles, events previews with an Irish focus

--Olympic magazine program(me)s

--16 hours of RTE Olympic coverage for the 16 days with six hourly bumpers (Olympics Through The Night--3-6:55am, Olympics AM--7-11:55am, Olympics Daytime--12-15:55, and Today at the Olympics 19-20:55)

http://tvsales.rte.ie/downloads/Olympics.pdf

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CBC Sports kicks off their coverage of Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games on Wednesday, July 6 on 3:45am (Canada and US Central Time) with a preliminary women's soccer game featuring Canada and Argentina. The Opening Ceremony will air live on 6am at the Bird's Nest with Ron Maclean, Ian Hanomansing, Scott Russell, and Diana Swain all in Beijing.

That's August 6 to you!

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That's August 6 to you!

D'OH!

The CBC Olympic subsite is now all-encompassing with style presentation graphics likely to be seen on CBC final Olympic telecast. No more Beijing Bound with Ron Maclean taking centre stage with the bigger stuff now installed. Among them are video clips of Olympic news, schedules and Countdown To Beijing (hosted by speed skating legend Catriona Lemay Doan and Scott Russell). Really nice!!!

www.cbc.ca/olympics

I like to get some info regarding the Brazillian Olympic coverage coming up on TV and possibly online from TV Globo, ESPN Brasil, Band TV, and BandSport, particularly from our Brazillian posters here like Rogerio Andrade.

RAI announces it will air 360 hours of coverage for Pechino 2008.

http://pechino2008.blogosfere.it/2007/06/r...di-pechino.html

Regarding RTE, it's a safe bet that the Irish TV broadcaster will air far more than the 300+ hours that was aired in Athens with some stuff online. But it will still be far short of the amount the BBC will have from 300 hours on BBC1 and BBC2 and the 2450 hours on Freeview streams. Things get interesting when Northern Ireland gets into this, if possible. If you're someone living there, and you already have the Beeb, and you got RTE on satelitte, would you get the online coverage there since the Irish consider Northern Ireland part of the Emerald Isle too?

SKY TV in New Zealand is not the only one dealing with broadcasting issues. TVNZ enraged many, when it was revealed, for taking some charter money to subsidize its Olympic coverage, thus stripping the state broadcaster of its control of that $15 million and, consequently bringing forth of tighter primetime regulations with NZ On Air taking over.

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Now that Serbia will not participate in Olympic basketball for the first time since 1956--FIBA recognizes all records of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro under Serbia--how is RTS in Serbia will deal with its Olympic basketball coverage with them out? Without a doubt the NBAers are going to be even more of a focus of attraction for Serbian TV audience--ditto for the Greeks, assuming if they qualify. If RTS going to promote their athletes for Beijing, will there be greater emphasis on Ana Ivanovic and Djokovic? (likely if they agree to particpate)

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Schweizer Fernsehen reveals their Beijing Olympic TV plans for the German speaking Swiss community, the first of the three languages to do so. 15 hours of live Olympia fun out of the 20 hours in total for 16 days with a twice-daily 15 minute news updates and a 45-minute wrapup report in the evening. Surely, it won't be like its northern neighbor Germany's immense coverage, but Switzerland's delegation isn't as large. A little late in bringing this since this was made public in mid-April. No word from the French and Italian Swiss TV networks--the focus is understandably on EURO 2008 right now when it comes to sports. Ditto for Austria.

http://www.sf.tv/sfsport/article.php?catid...cid=20080422-03

I'm thinking that TV4 in Sweden will not reprise their supplementary soccer and basketball coverage like it did in Athens. But I could be eventually wrong.

Did a comparison to what the hours of each NBC network will feature in their respective coverage between Athens and Beijing, excluding the HD coverage. Those "interesting" TV programming hours on the first week and on Saturday, August 23 late at night essentially kills whatever plans for encore primetime watching, so as to accomodate gymnastics and the gold medal basketball game live. That's OK, since we will have that all on-demand online at NBC Olympics.

ATHENS: 226-NBC (includes the late night encore of primetime segment), 133.5-MSNBC, 111-CNBC, 122-BRAVO, 49-USA, 169.5 Telemundo

BEIJING: 150-NBC (-75), 150-MSNBC (+16.5), 175-USA (+126), 100-CNBC (-11), 150-Telemundo (-19.5), 20-Oxygen (-102 from BRAVO)

What's interesting to me is what would could be the decreased footage in Telemundo's Spanish Olympic coverage. I was expecting an increase in baseball and soccer with the US having qualified in both. Why is it down? Will there actually Spanish audio coverage online, as I asked before? More of my thoughts will come later.

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Schweizer Fernsehen reveals their Beijing Olympic TV plans for the German speaking Swiss community, the first of the three languages to do so. 15 hours of live Olympia fun out of the 20 hours in total for 16 days with a twice-daily 15 minute news updates and a 45-minute wrapup report in the evening. Surely, it won't be like its northern neighbor Germany's immense coverage, but Switzerland's delegation isn't as large. A little late in bringing this since this was made public in mid-April. No word from the French and Italian Swiss TV networks--the focus is understandably on EURO 2008 right now when it comes to sports. Ditto for Austria.

http://www.sf.tv/sfsport/article.php?catid...cid=20080422-03

I'm thinking that TV4 in Sweden will not reprise their supplementary soccer and basketball coverage like it did in Athens. But I could be eventually wrong.

Did a comparison to what the hours of each NBC network will feature in their respective coverage between Athens and Beijing, excluding the HD coverage. Those "interesting" TV programming hours on the first week and on Saturday, August 23 late at night essentially kills whatever plans for encore primetime watching, so as to accomodate gymnastics and the gold medal basketball game live. That's OK, since we will have that all on-demand online at NBC Olympics.

ATHENS: 226-NBC (includes the late night encore of primetime segment), 133.5-MSNBC, 111-CNBC, 122-BRAVO, 49-USA, 169.5 Telemundo

BEIJING: 150-NBC (-75), 150-MSNBC (+16.5), 175-USA (+126), 100-CNBC (-11), 150-Telemundo (-19.5), 20-Oxygen (-102 from BRAVO)

What's interesting to me is what would could be the decreased footage in Telemundo's Spanish Olympic coverage. I was expecting an increase in baseball and soccer with the US having qualified in both. Why is it down? Will there actually Spanish audio coverage online, as I asked before? More of my thoughts will come later.

Keep in mind that those numbers are preliminary, but they also represent minimums. i.e. It's going to be 150+ hours on MSNBC and 175+ on USA. So the rest of differences on the cable networks from 2004 are pretty neglible. If the NBC schedule I saw is correct, that's 169.5 hours of coverage. If you subtract the primetime encores from Athens, the numbers are almost identical. The only real differences for NBC are a 3-hour weekday afternoon show (instead of 3.5), and slightly more coverage on the weekend afternoons, in addition to an extra few hours of late night for live coverage.

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Keep in mind that those numbers are preliminary, but they also represent minimums. i.e. It's going to be 150+ hours on MSNBC and 175+ on USA. So the rest of differences on the cable networks from 2004 are pretty neglible. If the NBC schedule I saw is correct, that's 169.5 hours of coverage. If you subtract the primetime encores from Athens, the numbers are almost identical. The only real differences for NBC are a 3-hour weekday afternoon show (instead of 3.5), and slightly more coverage on the weekend afternoons, in addition to an extra few hours of late night for live coverage.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if it turns out to be 169.5 hours for NBC. And you're right about possible comparability with its cable sister networks. NBC surely can use more afternoon weekday coverage so we can get a vacation from the "stories" as my Grandma would call them.

Five hours total of Yahoo!7 Olympic online stuff for Aussies? That's really disappointing for them since I know they LOVE the Olympics and of the high per capita Internet consumption. Yes, every sport will get covered down there, but it'll still be some more so than others. Wish there was a whole lot more than that with lots of events that won't get shown EITHER on Seven and SBS.

Been thinking about NBC Olympic online broadcasting plans even more. We know there will be at least 2200 that can go up to over 3000 hours online on-demand with up to 30 video streams live free of charge with advertisers paying on Microsoft's Silverlight technology. All of them will be full of encore presentations, replays, highlights, features, profiles, interviews, and analysis with HD capabilities. But we still don't have the specifics of this heavily ambitious project since ABC supplied all of the video for the LA 1984 Olympics. Compared to Athens, the potential is greatly fufilled. With all of the upcoming publicity for this--and you know NBC surely is working on this as we speak--people will flock to it, even if you're an ex-pat. It can be a safe bet we will see the BOB logo and it will be a world feed. I take it the NBC commentators will appear at the venue instead of being at the IBC commentating the game. Or will it go silent and let the play commence. I doubt it on the latter since NBC paid a huge sum of money for the US consumers. Viewership on TV will go down but the advertisers won't suffer, and we can presume lots of them will watch on a timeshifting basis as access to events not usually aired is granted and can tune in later for a big-screen view. One thing this can work on will be having English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean language options like on SAP for TV remotes. Another example can be on the Opening Ceremony (maybe even the pre-show): we can watch all of the spectacle without the aid of Bob Costas and his co-host blabbing about and commercial breaks complete and unedited. During the Parade of Nations, we can see nations that get only a brief glimpse on TV so nobody gets upset following the commercial break getting more shine for an additional minute or two and the commentators can remain silent during the scenes where they're omitted due the butchering. Surely there Internet-exclusive goodies will appear for this, and I don't know what they are, which will be subsequently announced.

On the Internet, when we trade DVD of past Olympic coverage, why don't we download and record the Olympic broadcasting logos that are now on YouTube for each games on each disc? I'll discuss more about this later

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Durban,

What's your email address? I can't contact you here because your inbox is full.

I had a lot of time constraints this week thanks to my jobs. So I'm been unable to get to my PMs. I will next week and delve more into this then.

Correction: Yahoo!7 will have FOUR HOURS OF INTERNET OLYMPIC COVERAGE DAILY. I re-read the press release, but it's still far less than what we Americans are getting, and Aussie aren't mad about this not having more? We still are awaiting CBC/SRC/TSN/RDS/Bell Canada's Internet details.

I should've mentioned this with the CBC's earlier. SRC's Olympic website is up and running out from the French-language CBC network:

SRC's Beijing Olympic Games Website (in French)

Another thing the on-demand can do that I forgot to write about is we get an event that was telecast on TV where we jump in already in progress, like a USA volleyball match, and have it in its entirety online.

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Just read in an article that Mary Carillo (according to her) will be hosting NBC's late night show this time around. I think it was Pat O'Brien who hosted in '04. She'll also do the Closing Ceremonies with Dan Hicks again. So it looks like Lampley in the day, Costas in primetime, Carillo at night.

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Hi everyone!

First to Durban Sandshark: Have you already mentioned that Caracol and RCN will broadcast for Colombia and TVP for Poland?

Second, so that anyone may know:

Page 22 of the Philippine Star newspaper said today that Solar Entertainment's Olympic coverage in Beijing will be NON-STOP. This means that Solar Sports will air the Games round the clock for 16 days! Think they'll have a world record attempt. (I have a Guiness World Records book which says that in Switzerland, the Swiss coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics by Suisse 4 was broadcast round the clock making it THE LONGEST EVER BROADCAST OF A LIVE EVENT.)

More details about the coverage by channel: Solar Sports' main focus will be swimming, volleyball, gymnastics and athletics. The comedy channel Jack TV (also owned by Solar) will broadcast, I think, male dominated events. I think that includes combat sports, because its rival channel Maxxxx (that's on my cable TV right now) airs a show titled "Wide World of Fights". And for RPN-9's coverage they wanted to equal NBN (the state TV network which coved Athens 2004)'s broadcast by adding basketball to their lineup! Now I'll see the likes of Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and many others. I think they'll add synchronized swimming, badminton and judo into their coverage (I remember NBN's coverage in Athens where their lineup included those events.)

Again, non-stop coverage! That article said that all six channels airing the Olympics here will broadcast the Games every hour of the day for the whole Games! Compare it to Athens where NBN covered the Games from morning to night when the channel would go off-air for the night. Only exception was on August 13/14 and 29/30 to pave the way for their live broadcast of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Well that's it...

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BBC unveils its new package ''Journey to the East'' for the upcomin Olympics.

A monkey is going on a journey to the East, and he wants you to come with him, because he's the figurehead for BBC Sport this summer as we head towards the Beijing Olympics.

Monkey and his mates Pigsy and Sandy are not your average candidates to star in an Olympics campaign so how did it come about?

And how did the men behind Gorillaz - Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett - get involved?

Think back to events in Athens, Atlanta or Barcelona and the usual image is gold-infused slow-motion footage of athletes, faces contorted through competition, jubilation and exhaustion - a bit like this.

That was before former Blur frontman Albarn and Hewlett - who was responsible for cult comic star Tank Girl before the Gorillaz characters - came along.

The concept is based around Journey to the West, a famous Chinese novel, published in the 1590s and considered one of the four most important works of fiction in China's history. It follows a monk with several disciples, including a monkey, as they battle increasingly fierce demons on a quest to retrieve Buddhist scriptures for China.

"The idea is that you tell the entire story of Journey to the West in a two-minute opening sequence, which is basically them on their way to the Olympic stadium," says Hewlett.

The monkey would have made a superb Olympian - he has incredible strength and agility, performs sensational acrobatic feats, and he's pretty quick-witted to boot. Plus he's got the kind of positive mental attitude Linford Christie could only dream about.

If you're above a certain age this monkey talk may be triggering some great telly nostalgia. I've spent the morning dealing with colleagues humming bits of the soundtrack to Monkey - which, I am told by misty-eyed superiors, was an incredibly popular show on BBC2 in the late 1970s.

Japanese actors played all the parts with the audio dubbed into English. Having heard the theme tune, which introduces our hero as "the punkiest monkey who ever popped", I can see the appeal.

If you were glued to this 30 years ago, you were not alone - this Facebook group dedicated to the show has 30,000 fans. So the Journey to the West story is doing well to have survived two cultures, half a millennium, and comedy dubbing. Monkey's next challenge is the journey back.

BBC Sport executive producer Jonathan Bramley is a key mover behind Monkey. Speaking on the phone from Beijing, where he was scouting out the studio location for the Games, he told me: "Monkey's journey to the West becomes a journey to the East.

"Monkey and the characters will travel across China to Beijing.

"While they will use magical powers to fight off various monsters and demons, they'll also use all sorts of Olympic sports as well. So Monkey might use gymnastic powers, Pigsy will be hurdling and Sandy uses taekwondo."

You'll be seeing Monkey across TV, radio, online, mobile and interactive coverage of the Games from BBC Sport.

Monkey is also part of the BBC marketing campaign and will be on air in mid-July as the final countdown to the Games begins.

The finished product will be as much about the music as the animations, but nobody is giving away any sneak previews for the time being.

"Olympic theme music is always one of the important roles for the Olympics," Jonny explained.

"The theme music can be quite iconic, it can define the major events - a bit like Nessun Dorma for the 1990 World Cup. Selecting the right music really adds to the Olympic coverage.

"We needed something with a good, classical Chinese element to it, but something that wasn't too clich├ęd, with a modern feel and quite energetic."

So how did Jonny get the Gorillaz boys involved? It turns out the idea was born at the Winter Olympics in Torino.

"One of the musicians we've worked with before, a guy called Mike Smith, has done a bit of keyboards for Gorillaz," he says.

"The whole idea was intriguing. They're hugely successful and very contemporary, and we like to refresh our coverage and attract new viewers."

It is probably fair to say not everybody will expect their gold-infused Olympic heroes to be jumped by an upstart Monkey. Jonny acknowledges the campaign is going to give people more to think about than Olympic title sequences of years gone by. (Des Lynam fans will remember Barcelona 1992).

"We're definitely going in a bit of a radical direction. Some people might think this isn't the BBC but we're trying to make a mark, a statement.

"It's a little bit different and hopefully it'll capture the essence of what we think the Olympics is all about, and maybe wake a few people up.

"For younger viewers not instantly attracted to the Olympics, they might think twice about it."

You can find out more about Monkey's next journey over the coming months, both on the BBC Sport website and on sites like Facebook, Bebo and MSN.

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Hi everyone!

First to Durban Sandshark: Have you already mentioned that Caracol and RCN will broadcast for Colombia and TVP for Poland?

Second, so that anyone may know:

Page 22 of the Philippine Star newspaper said today that Solar Entertainment's Olympic coverage in Beijing will be NON-STOP. This means that Solar Sports will air the Games round the clock for 16 days! Think they'll have a world record attempt. (I have a Guiness World Records book which says that in Switzerland, the Swiss coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics by Suisse 4 was broadcast round the clock making it THE LONGEST EVER BROADCAST OF A LIVE EVENT.)

More details about the coverage by channel: Solar Sports' main focus will be swimming, volleyball, gymnastics and athletics. The comedy channel Jack TV (also owned by Solar) will broadcast, I think, male dominated events. I think that includes combat sports, because its rival channel Maxxxx (that's on my cable TV right now) airs a show titled "Wide World of Fights". And for RPN-9's coverage they wanted to equal NBN (the state TV network which coved Athens 2004)'s broadcast by adding basketball to their lineup! Now I'll see the likes of Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming and many others. I think they'll add synchronized swimming, badminton and judo into their coverage (I remember NBN's coverage in Athens where their lineup included those events.)

Again, non-stop coverage! That article said that all six channels airing the Olympics here will broadcast the Games every hour of the day for the whole Games! Compare it to Athens where NBN covered the Games from morning to night when the channel would go off-air for the night. Only exception was on August 13/14 and 29/30 to pave the way for their live broadcast of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Well that's it...

Yes and yes to both! Wikipedia just added TVP on its Beijing 2008 broadcaster list. Don't know yet how many hours TVP will air, but there won't be any DTH stuff for it. Still awaiting Magyar Televizo's official plans

I presume the Suisse 4 Atlanta 1996 Olympic broadcast was the French language one because of the French spelling. But when thinking about Switzerland, with all due respect to the French Swiss, I would be tempted to believe the German language, SF, one would be more chock-a-block in its coverage.

What basketball games do you think RPN-9 will get? The medal games? Will BasketballTV fight to oppose that or will offer simulcasts? As the anchor TV network for the Filipino Olympic TV coverage, it is not surprising that Solar Sports will helm the track & field, swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball--major sports all. More later...

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Hi all, Hi durban_sandshark, I just get some rumours that _like you said_ firstmedia will be the broadcaster for beijing 2008 in Indonesia, it's not been confirmed yet (I just sent to them an email to clarified this rumours), so for Indonesian people, we must pay for beijing 2008, and like I said that forstmedia coverage is very limited they only broadcast in 2 biggest cities in Indonesia, so not all Indonesian can watch Beijing 2008, for Indonesia who doesn't live in that 2 cities maybe just can get some news from another channel

FYI durban if you interested here is some list for Indonesia broadcaster

Euro 2008 -> MNC Group (RCTI, TPI, Global TV) (Free to Air)

F1 -> Global TV (Free to Air)

MotoGP -> Trans 7 (Free to Air)

A1 GP -> Global TV (Free to Air)

Superbike -> Trans 7 (Free to Air)

Champions League -> RCTI (Free to Air)

La Liga (Spain Football League) -> RCTI (Free to Air)

Serie A (Italian Football League) -> Trans 7 (Free to Air)

Eredivisie (Holland Football League) -> Tv One (Free to Air)

Bundesliga (German Football League) -> Indovision (Pay TV), RCTI (Free to Air)

Premier League (England Football League) -> Astro TV (Pay TV), Tv One (Free to Air)

FA Cup -> ANTV (Free to Air)

Italian Cup -> Trans 7 (Free to Air)

Badminton SS -> Indovision (Pay TV), Trans TV, Trans 7

Brazillian League -> Indovision (Pay TV)

J League (Japanese Football League) -> Indovision (Pay TV)

Indonesian Football League -> ANTV (Free to Air)

FIFA WC 2010 -> Electronic City (This is an electronic store, they got the right, and maybe they will sell this right to the highest bid)

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Yes and yes to both! Wikipedia just added TVP on its Beijing 2008 broadcaster list. Don't know yet how many hours TVP will air, but there won't be any DTH stuff for it. Still awaiting Magyar Televizo's official plans

I presume the Suisse 4 Atlanta 1996 Olympic broadcast was the French language one because of the French spelling. But when thinking about Switzerland, with all due respect to the French Swiss, I would be tempted to believe the German language, SF, one would be more chock-a-block in its coverage.

What basketball games do you think RPN-9 will get? The medal games? Will BasketballTV fight to oppose that or will offer simulcasts? As the anchor TV network for the Filipino Olympic TV coverage, it is not surprising that Solar Sports will helm the track & field, swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball--major sports all. More later...

They will offer simulcasts, the newspaper article said.

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TV One New Zealand have just started airing their second Olympics ident, this one featuring Olympians who will be travelling to Beijing - such as Moss Burmester, Valerie Villi and James Daulphin. Also featuring 76 track Gold Medalist John Walker.

Like the first, it uses a variation of the TV One theme music - *light surrounding you* by Kiwi band Evermore.

Classy graphics by TV One.

TV One NZ Olympic Ident 2

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Not to be outdone over across the Tasman Sea, Seven has their own recent promos for upcoming Games. I have yet to see SBS'. Two are combined together with the first, mentioned by Bruce McAveney, that 300 hours of the 800 combined with SBS, the most since the Sydney Games, will be live with every Australian medal featured, and broadcasting sponsors McDonald's Australia and Lenovo. But both are also worldwide Olympic sponsors. The other immediately after that is a variation of the Amy Pearson "Ready To Fly" Olympic promo with greater emphasis of the potential Aussie Olympians superimposed along the Great Wall featuring Grant Hackett.

Surely both Australia and New Zealand are happy to have the Games at more reasonable times for them. Once again, TV ONE New Zealand puts up another very nice Olympic TV ad, so who is the BMX Kiwi girl?

Keeping things in the Pacific even more so (and back to The Philippines): I tabulated what Solar Sports, Basketball TV, ETC, 2nd Ave, RPN-9, and Jack TV (could Beijing be the start of the network transitioning to more like Spike TV?) or C/S going by the 24 hours of coverage for seemingly 16 days. It'll be a combined 2100+ hours, far greater than anytime for Filipinos or any Asian nation ever! I think, like with a lot of nations, there will be replays of both ceremonies. Olympic fans like you Olympics08 have to be incredibly excited about this; not many Asian/Pacific nations will shore up this much coverage, which apparently will be everything! :D I'd like to see a breakdown of what networks will cover what, unless that is still being finalized.

Basketball TV: basketball

RPN-9: both ceremonies, basketball, judo, badminton, synchronized swimming, sports where the Filipino Olympians are involved

Solar Sports: both ceremonies, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, volleyball

Japanese TV schedules are set up by the advertising giant Dentsu, and I wonder how confusing that can be for Olympic viewers. I can hardly find any TV news except for the English-language NHK press release regarding their Olympic plans, about NHK and the NAB consortium. Surely HDTV is in this with broadband plans in the works, since broadband is incredibly faster than here in the US. Any developments are more than welcome here, and this can apply with South Korea and KBS.

Outside of Latvia's LTV7, I heard of no new stuff out of the Baltic states on their TV plans. But I presume ETV in Estonia and LTV in Lithuania will have to get involved.

Shame that you have to be in Jakarta and another city to get access to First Media, but I guess that's perhaps why RCTI, Global TV, and TPI are all involved to remedy that with simulcasts.

Hungary's Magyar Televizo releases announces 400 hours of TV coverage combined on m1 and m2 for Hungarians. Water polo, handball, basketball, soccer, fencing, both ceremonies, and the anchor summer Olympic sports will come up.

MTV/Telesport 2008 Olympic TV Press Release--400 Hours (in Hungarian)

Over a week ago at my Champs job, I talked to man from Trinidad and Tobago and asked him about the Olympic TV coverage in the West Indies, at least with his nation. He told me it was more of the Caribbean TV and Radio Consortium, (lack of a better name for them). How will they get theirs? For the English-speaking nations, it could be a safe bet their footage will be imported once again from the BBC, just like TVNZ imports theirs to the Pacific Islands with ample room for, if needed, anchoring from their domestic reporters.

TV Polska, on TVP2, is currently airing a series of shows relating to the Beijing Olympics with a Polish bent called Olimpijczycy 2008. Still looking for the coverage, but like with many European nations, the immediate priority in sports is EURO 2008.

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Durban Sandshark, your contributions are invaluable. I really appreciate them.

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