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The Olympic games officially begin tonight in Sochi, but if you're one of several million US citizens who don't pay for cable access, you're not going to be watching much of that content online. While NBC is officially streaming the entire games, those streams are reserved for paying cable customers. In 2011, NBC cut a deal with the International Olympics Committee to hold exclusive rights to the Olympic Games through 2020. That means NBC gets to decide who sees the feed -- and who doesn't. Those broadcast fees are now a huge percentage of total Olympic Games revenue, according to the Washington... Read more...
The staggering size of the Olympics is doing more than congesting London's street traffic - it's hampering data traffic, as well. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleading with fans to reduce the number of tweets and texts they're sending, as the data usage has actually started to interfere with the games. Fans are asked to keep their social media updates to ones that are "urgent." The most noticeable effect of the intense mobile device traffic is that reporters and the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) were having trouble providing up-to-date information about the men's cycling race... Read more...
Talk about a bold move, and a bold statement. The International Olympic Committee announced today that it will live stream the London 2012 Olympic Games in 64 territories on the IOC's channel on YouTube. Wondering why that's a bit deal? Because it'll be free. Most developed nations will have to turn to television (or at least have a pay-TV subscription to view online), but what about places like Africa, and locales that are far more remote? 64 erritories across Asia and Africa will be able to enjoy live coverage of the events as well as highlight clips on this digital platform free of charge; viewers... Read more...
Well, it's good to see broadcasters are getting with the times when it comes to major sporting events. NBC is going to be showcasing the 2012 Olympics from London, and naturally, they're doing everything they can to deliver the events in every way possible. But, there are a few catches. Coming soon, users will be blasted with over 5,000 hours of coverage, spread across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, Two Specialty Channels & 3D. Sounds like quite the undertaking, and we're betting you'll be hard pressed to keep up. But for avid fans, this will be the... Read more...
The Olympics. Just the phrase catches people's attention, and much like the Super Bowl, zillions of people from all corners of the globe will press pause on their lives to tune in. But the 2012 games in London will be different than any other: technology has advanced to a point where there's more just one medium. The TV isn't it. The internet is here, 3D is here, and 4K is here. And with the Summer Olympics, when 11,000 athletes from 205 countries will gather to compete for glory in more than 300 events, NBC plans to make history. Have a listen: "With YouTube as our official video-on-demand partner,... Read more...
One thing is for sure: when the Olympics come to town, so do lots of citywide improvements. Cities that are chosen to host the world's games are also majorly responsible for beefing up infrastructure to handle the influx of tourists, and that extends well beyond hotels and eateries. Things like Wi-Fi also matter these days, and it's vital to stay connected when in throngs of people. Due to that, London's famed Underground service will be equipped with Wi-Fi prior to the 2012 Games. London actually doesn't have too many Wi-Fi hotspots (at least for those without a BT account), but that should be... Read more...
At least, unlike the Hannah Montana fiasco, the servers just crashed rather than end users getting the shaft.Ticket sales for the Games were halted after demand proved to be far too much for the database to handle. The ticketing database could supposedly process 150,000 transactions an hour, but in just the first hour, the Games' site had 8 million hits, its hotline had 3.8 million calls, and 200,000 orders were taken from customers.Originally, the Olympics organizers had planned to sell tickets in three phases. Of the 7 million tickets available, 1.6 million were allocated in the first phase,... Read more...