The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has been officially confirmed that a minimum of eight hours per day of live commentated coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games will be broadcasted on IPC's internet TV channel ParalympicSport.TV.
Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Co., Ltd (BOB), host broadcaster of the Paralympic Games, will provide live signals of ten Paralympic sports including Athletics, Boccia, Cycling (Track), Judo, Table Tennis, Volleyball (Sitting), Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wheelchair Tennis.
The official programme of ParalympicSport.TV will have an interesting mixture of the aforementioned sports, with additional daily highlights provided as video on-demand. The daily highlights will also include those sports that are not covered in the live stream. SIXTY Seconds™, the daily news show presented by Paralympian Ambassador Chris WADDELL, will wrap up the latest Paralympic Games News. It will be available on the main channel at www.ParalympicSport.TV
, as well as on the YouTube Channel of ParalympicSport.TV at www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv
The IPC together with its partners Narrowstep Ltd. and brandstage.tv GmbH have agreed with Level 3 Communications on a solution for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games to provide the live stream on ParalympicSport.TV, free of charge. Said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President: "The IPC is very happy about this great commitment for the worldwide distribution of the Games. It is superb news for those who do not have the opportunity to watch Paralympics on TV."
Narrowstep Ltd. is providing the broadcast platform and technology for the coverage on ParalympicSport.TV. As the world's leading technical solution provider in the Internet TV space, Narrowstep was founded in 2002 in Great Britain. The company already supported the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, streaming nearly 100 hours of live content. The Managing Director of Narrowstep, Ari Kestin, said he is proud to once again be working with the IPC and supporting the Paralympics and sees the significance of the company's involvement.
Level 3 will be providing the Live streaming services for ParalympicSport.TV. The streaming will be delivered in high-quality to all fans of the Paralympic Games around the world. Level 3 has a broad service portfolio, coupled with extensive network reach. Additionally, the company has strong network performance and invests in unprecedented network scale. This unique combination of assets, engineering innovation, and portfolio allows Level 3 to support the live coverage of the Paralympics in an optimal way.
A detailed schedule of the live coverage will be available on www.paralympic.org
. To subscribe, please visit www.ParalympicSport.TV
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