Getting a good look at the Paralympics is going to be quite another adventure for you. Even though the “Games” are being broadcast in more countries then ever before, it won’t be as easy as grabbing a nice drink, sitting down, turning on the Telly and flipping the channels full of choices. Your going to have to want it, want it bad to watch these games on the internet. The good news is there’s plenty to sites to take in on the World Wide Web, so you can at least have your drink and sit in one place.
From the moment I knew that I would be here covering the games from the ground in London, a mere 4.5 weeks to prepare, I began gathering the links that would bring you even more information and viewing pleasures. My best guess is that I’ve missed some out there so if you know of any I’ve missed; please do post them in the comments and thanks for keeping me in the know. Let’s not forget the newspapers, magazines, you tubes and blogs out there, I like to watch it all.
So first off, I’ll hit the main vein official website of the London Organizing Committee
or known as LOCOG, acronyms are so in vogue now. These folks have produced 20 different videos that explain the different adaptive sports and classifications in the Paralympics. Also by going to this site you’ll encounter all the commotion outside the stadiums in the streets and halls of London celebrating the Unlimited Festivals in the Cultural Paralympics.
The beginning of monetizing the Paralympics is happening. LOCOG has the ability to sell the Paralympic Broadcasting Rights (make money) unlike the Olympic Broadcasting Right that are sold by the IOC. LOCOG has to pay some dough to the Olympic Broadcasting Service for production coverage, but bottom line is LOCOG can sell the Paralympic coverage and they have to 36 services in 100 countries including CCTV, China’s largest national broadcaster and Brazil's Globo. This is the most coverage; ever it’s a very good thing, though it’s mostly online, still.
The second major artery is the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
website. Both of these sites will have a wealth of information with links to many other sites so surf these sites and bleed them dry. From what I can see these two sites are more or less stagnate site that feed us to other blood vessels with much more flow, such as this one which will have 780 hours of live streaming video
with commentary. Here is a story
about the up coming coverage.
Now ABC the Australian Broadcasting System,
and you thought ABC American style didn’t you, will have ABC1 and ABC 2 Internet channels. ABC1 will carry live (on August 30 but the Opening Ceremonies are August 29, must be a down under thing) the Opening Ceremonies and a daily morning broadcasting while ABC 2 will have a recap evening report with Paralympians and civilians chatting it up. Ramp Up
looks to be dedicated to disability issues so it could be a good read.
Next up is Channel 4 in London
live television coverage of the Games. This channel is in a battle with “the Beeb” the BBC for most and best coverage of the Paralympic Games. Now I like that people are duke’n it out over the Paralympic, must be move’n on up!! The word is they will be altering their entire schedule to offer what is said to be 400 hours of coverage
. Half of their reporting team will have disabilities. This is a descent article by PBS
about Channel 4.
Then there are also the youtube channels,US Paralympics
has one and as does the IPC and they also have facebook pages. Actually looking for face book pages of all the countries in competition during the Paralympics is a good idea to get the skinny on any coverage happening in their part of the world.
OK the NBC coverage of the Paralympic Games. As far as I can find, No streaming video, No live coverage but there is a 90 minute highlight show from 2-3:30p.m. EST on September 16th. There will be a NBC Sports Group broadcast that is limited to one hour on September 4,5,6 and 11 at 7p.m. EST. Live broadcasts from a country other then the one you live in can be accessed but only by a unusual methods. Watching the Paralympics should be easy.
Right now this is all I have for your viewing pleasure. As time ticks forward I know I that the environment I am in will bring many more opportunities for further glimmers of how to catch the Games to my attention and I will point them out to you. Please if you find something put it out for all to see because you know we want to watch, the Paralympics that is.
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