Olympic News Feed

Posted by Sam Churchill on

The Summer Olympics start today. NBC has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights. Additional Olympic coverage is available from The BBC, CBC, CNN, CBS Sports, ESPN, Yahoo Sports and others. Also check out Poynter, MSNBC, Newslink, the Boston Globe USA Today, Greek Media Outlets and Fast Facts. Here’s the official schedule.

It’s the first Olympics to be webcast, reports Wired.

But Americans looking for live coverage of the Olympics online are out of luck. NBC will show delayed highlights of the games through its website, but coverage will appear online only after it is broadcast. The NBC service is free but users are still obliged to verify their identity using a Visa credit card. US residents with only Mastercard credit cards won’t be able to access the service.

The BBC, and other European networks are offering live, on-demand Internet video streaming of Olympic events to broadband viewers. Unfortunately, the BBC is required by their Olympic broadcast contract to block U.S. Internet users and others from outside their home counties. Wired explains the difficulty in keeping web content contained. News24 is happening.

NBC Olympics and AT&T Wireless will provide an extensive collection of Olympic Games content. It will include on-air text message polling, video highlight clips, mobile access to television listings and results, alerts, trivia, an exclusive sweepstakes, and more.

The Nokia 6220 ($350) uses AT&T’s high-speed EDGE network, records video, and offers Real – rTV, an audio/video subscription service from RealNetworks. For $4.95 per month subscribers can access content from FOX Sports, ABC News, CBS MarketWatch, Sporting News Radio, NPR, The Weather Channel, and more.

Other cellular providers like Cingular with Yahoo, Sprint Users with PCS Vision and Verizon with Get It Now haven’t been promoting any Olympic packages (that I’ve noticed). MobiTV, available on Sprint PCS Vision for an additional $9.99 a month (on top of the $15 a month Sprint customers pay for the PCS Vision), features 1-2 fps live TV, from MSNBC, CNBC, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and others. The Samsung MM-A700, which includes a megapixel camera, can play at 15 fps. BTW, Verizon’s Motorola V710 has a megapixel camera (but no video) while PocketPC phones with WiFi might get faster web services. Here’s a PocketPC Guide to the Athen’s Olympics.

I wonder if anyone has remix rights from the 1,000-odd security cameras at this year’s Olympics.

Maybe Nextel’s i930 Camphone will eventually offer Flarion Broadband for live videophone reporting. The IOC will have a tough time blocking that. Position 50-100 broadband camphones around the 2006 Olympics and produce it yourself!

In Germany, a MHP set-top box can watch Olympic coverage on 5 digital channels and access interactive data on screen. Check out this video on ARD.de, the German TV station’s site. MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) is the open middleware system designed by the DVB Project (not to be confused with the Explorer 8000 DVR). It’s the future of television. The United States is stuck with ATSC which doesn’t work. ATSC is a royalty sharing agreement, not a valid television system.

News inMotion delivers user customized news content formatted for handheld devices. Users can select up to 5 news feeds, which are then formatted to be read on a mobile device and then emailed. The service can pull news and updates from any websites that have a RSS/XML feed.

Engadget has lots of suggestions for watching the Olympics including NBC’s O-Zone, Zap To It and PVR Blogs.

Russell Beattie has created the mOlympics, a free news feed.

It aggregates a dozen Olympic news feeds (RSS and Atom). You can use it on a wepage, weblog, PDA or cellphone.

I have to say I haven’t gotten nearly as much traction on mOlympics as I thought I was going to – the domain is perfect, the topic is current, the fact that it’s mobile means that the site is available world wide to hundreds of millions of handsets…

My 24-hours of pre-launch excitement about the idea and the late night coding didn’t seem worth it at the moment. It’s amazing how wrapped up in an idea you can get only to watch it fall flat. I mean, 115 page views? Talk about complete lack of buzz. I’ve gotten more traffic talking about what I had to eat for breakfast.

Here’s mOlympics’ RSS Feed and mOlympics’ Blog. Maybe that’ll help the non-mobile masses spread the word?

Regardless, I love having this new tool available to me. I can now set up aggregated mobile news site for any topic. Today it’s the Olympics, but tomorrow it could be anything. Not just news, but anything with a news feed. I created a new mOlympics weblog with Blogger, which I shared out to Erik and Matt, am posting it to my server via sftp and am aggregating the Atom XML feed into the main mOlympics index.

All that took me 30 seconds to do. There’s obviously a lot of difference between a small site like this one and something that processes thousands of feeds like JavaBlogs, or millions like Technorati, but it’s surprisingly useful for the amount of code involved.

Russell says Bob and Katie Must Die.

Here’s a terrific AP package that explains each event and how they are judged; Archery (results), Badminton/Table Tennis/Tennis (results), Baseball / Softball (results), Basketball (results), Boxing (results), Canoe/Kayak/Rowing (results), Cycling (results), Diving (results), Equestrian (results), Fencing (results), Gymnastics (results), Handball (results), Hockey (results), Judo (results), Sailing (results), Shooting (results), Soccer, Swimming /Synchronized swimming (results) , Taekwondo(results), Track & Field (results), Triathlon (results), Volleyball (results), Water Polo (results), Weightlifting (results) and Wrestling (results).

DailyWireless has more on Olympic Wireless and Mobilympics.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, August 12th, 2004 at 11:56 pm .

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