Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympics 11 August 08

Is it live? Or is it NBC? Beyond the tape delays, it appears the US broadcaster is also passing off some pre-recorded coverage with a “live” label.

Keep your eyes on those little Chinese gymnast-pixies! (China finished first in Sunday's team qualification round, just 1.475 points ahead of the U.S. Don't miss the team finals, which will be broadcast live in prime time EST Tuesday night.)

The Beijing Olympic Games are beginning to answer a pressing question for the world's biggest media companies: Will the rise of Internet video and piracy erode even television's most valuable franchises?

British-American blogger Fable in Bangkok congratulates Thailand for winning a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. She also explains why the Olympics TV coverage in Thailand is better than in the US.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is hosting athlete blogs. One of the main Olympic sponsors, Lenovo, has made a foray into social media by aggregating 100 athlete-bloggers. While India's first individual gold medal winner at the Olympics, Abhinav Bindra hasn't updated his blog about his win, over 1,000 comments have been posted to congratulate him.

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