Sunday, February 26, 2006

Coverage of the 2006 Paralympics

In September 2004, I shared a little rant about NBC not airing any of the 2004 Paralympics (see post). It appears I don't need to rant any more, as ParalympicSport.TV is going to broadcast coverage via the internet.
"For the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, ParalympicSport.TV is expected to provide over 100 hours of live coverage from all four winter sports - Alpine Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Nordic Skiing and Wheelchair Curling - as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In addition to the live coverage, the IPC will also provide a daily highlights package with the best performances from the previous days' competitions," said IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

ParalympicSport.TV is a top quality 24/7 television channel broadcasting via the Internet with either regular or full screen size available for the best viewing experience. Free of charge, people all over the world will be able to watch live and delayed programming, or see the coverage on demand later. Developed and managed by Narrowstep Inc., ParalympicSport.TV underlines the truly global nature of Paralympic broadcasting. The implementation of the new channel is co-ordinated by the IPC together with brand stage, a Hamburg based marketing agency.

The multi channel platform with a main video screen, a program guide and a highlights section provides an additional medium for viewers to watch television coverage of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, when they want, where they want. The searchable "Paralympic Archive" also features historical footage from various Paralympics.

After listening to several of the NBC commentators, I am kinda glad they aren't covering them now.

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