MEDIA

YouTube To Broadcast Olympics In Over 70 Countries

The International Olympic Committee announced Monday that YouTube would be offering online coverage of the Beijing Olympics in 77 territories across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, only in areas without an exclusive digital online provider. The channel, which can be found at www.youtube.com/beijing2008 is not available in countries with existing online deals, such as the U.S. where all broadcast rights are owned by NBC.

Here is some of the IOC's press release:

From 6 August 2008, the IOC will broadcast a selection of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games clips as Video On Demand (VOD). The IOC's Channel will be available on YouTubeTM, geo-blocked within each territory, at: www.youtube.com/beijing2008

The IOC's Channel will be accessible in territories where digital VOD rights have not been sold or have been acquired on a non-exclusive basis.

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the IOC, will produce regularly updated Olympic content. The package will include highlights, news and daily clips of the competitions, available throughout the 17-day period of the Games.

After online broadcast coverage was made available in a handful of territories for Athens 2004, and in 23 territories for Turin, Beijing 2008 marks the first time that digital media coverage will be freely available across the world provided by the rights-holding broadcasters and/or directly via the IOC's Channel.

And here are the places in which Olympic content will be offered via YouTube:

Afghanistan
Madagascar
Angola
Malawi
Bahrain
Malaysia
Bangladesh
Maldives
Benin
Mali
Bhutan
Mauritania
Botswana
Mauritius
Brunei
Mongolia
Burkina Faso
Mozambique
Burundi
Myanmar
Cambodia
Namibia
Cameroon
Nepal
Cape Verde
Niger
Central African Republic
Nigeria
Chad
Oman
Comoros
Pakistan
Congo
Papua New Guinea
The Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Qatar
Ivory Coast
Republic of Korea
Djibouti
Rwanda
East Timor
Saudi Arabia
Equatorial Guinea
Senegal
Ethiopia
Seychelles
Gabon
Sierra Leone
Gambia
Singapore
Ghana
Somalia
Guinea
Sri Lanka
Guinea-Bissau
Sudan
India
Swaziland
Indonesia
Syrian Arab Republic
Iran Islamic Republic Of
United Republic Of Tanzania
Iraq
Thailand
Kenya
Togo
Democratic People's Republic Of Korea
Uganda
Kuwait
United Arab Emirates
People's Democratic Republic Lao
Vietnam
Lesotho
Yemen
Liberia
Zambia
 
Zimbabwe