Sochi Winter Olympics Index Launched

Thursday 23 January 2014, 16:11

Lucie Mclean Lucie Mclean Executive Product Manager

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Today we are launching the BBC Sochi Winter Olympics website, which automatically adapts its layout depending on whether you access the site from a PC, tablet or mobile.

This new responsive site will be the home of all BBC Sochi coverage, including 650 hours of live video in up to six simultaneous streams in the UK.

sochi winters site - Indexes - Four screens.jpg The indexes for the Winter Olympics site on four screens

The Winter Olympics is a massive part of a fantastic year of sport on the BBC which also includes the FIFA World Cup in Rio and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow taking place in the summer on top of the Formula 1 World Championship and Wimbledon.

Much of the planning and development for these big events takes place in the previous year, so there were a few key decisions to make in 2013.

When deciding what to build for Sochi, we spent a lot of time analysing audience feedback and usage figures from London 2012.

This research showed that being able to follow the live action in video, audio or through the live text commentary were the most popular elements of our coverage, alongside the medal table and schedule so that's where we've also focussed our efforts for Sochi.

The new live page, which will showcase the Winter Olympics live video, radio, statistics and live text commentary, has been evolving since launching in beta last year thanks to your feedback, and will be at the heart of our Sochi coverage throughout the Games.

In the run up to the Games, the new Sochi site will cover the latest build-up news and outline what's happening when in the detailed schedule. Next week we will also add a dedicated index for each of the Olympic sports so that you can follow the latest news on your favourite sport, check the schedule and view the video highlights all in one place.

During the Games, as well as watching the live action, you’ll also be able to follow your country's performance on the medal table and check out the results of every event.

This content is also available in the BBC Sport app for mobiles and tablets, available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. In the app you can also add the main Sochi 2014 page to your quicklinks and follow live coverage on the go with the Radio 5 Live and 5 Live sports extra radio streams.

If you’re following the action on TV there’ll be up to two red button streams on BT Vision, Freesat, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and YouView, offering live content and highlights from Sochi. While those with connected TVs will have access to all six video streams, highlights and headlines through the BBC Sport app for connected TVs and the BBC's Connected Red Button service on Virgin Media TiVo and both Sony 2013 and Samsung 2012 Smart TVs.

Another key decision we had to make last year was how to develop the Sochi site for the growing number of mobile and tablet devices visiting BBC Sport.

We recently saw record traffic from handheld devices to BBC Sport over the festive period  and on a typical weekday we receive more than half of all visits from mobile phones and tablets, rising to two thirds at the weekend, so designing a service which is optimised for those devices was really important.

There are currently two BBC Sport websites - a mobile website and a desktop website. Rather than making two versions of every event site we're building in 2014, we have adopted a responsive design approach and have built a single website which will adapt its layout for whatever device you are on.

William Bamford, from our engineering team, will explain more on how the site was built in a blog post in the near future.

We'll also be using feedback about the Winter Olympics to help us add to and improve the experience for the other key events in 2014 so please do let us know what you think.

We're especially interested in learning how you use your mobile and tablet devices as companions to television viewing and I'm keen to hear your thoughts on the subject so please do leave a comment.

Lucy McLean is Executive Product Manager, BBC Sport, BBC Future Media

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    Looking forward to the games.

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    Comment number 2.

    Could we have the option to share pages to Google+ in the mobile app and on your website?

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    Comment number 3.

    So, just to confirm, live video streaming is available via the iPhone app or only the Radio 5 coverage? I'm not clear :-/

    "During the Games, as well as watching the live action, you’ll also be able to follow your country's performance on the medal table and check out the results of every event.

    This content is also available in the BBC Sport app for mobiles and tablets, available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. In the app you can also add the main Sochi 2014 page to your quicklinks and follow live coverage on the go with the Radio 5 Live and 5 Live sports extra radio streams."

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 5.

    Just been to the new olympic site, its very busy, could be better organised, too many news, stories, features etc that are all just jumbled up.
    Got lost already, good job for the results, schedule and medals tabs at top, but be good to have news there with a separate todays news section or page.
    Can the schedule not show what channel the events will be on be it live on web, red button or TV. Otherwise how do we know whats being shown.
    The sportsday live page is ghastly, a picture takes up the whole of the page on my iPad whether its the app or the web page and most of the page on a PC.
    The event info and summary are really just a one off when you visit, but if be there make them smaller and not in your face and way all the time and get rid of the huge static picture.
    Noticed also a lot of the videos said coming up, why put them there if they are not ready.
    Sorry to be quite critical but the 2012 Olympic site was so much better, this one is hard work.
    Will see how it goes.

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    Comment number 6.

    I'll second @kirstiemcnabb comments.
    Also, where is the catchup service? There's a couple of things labelled as catchup - but there is no video of the event other than 2 minutes of snowboarding highlights. Does normal service begin tomorrow ?

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    Comment number 7.

    There's no catchup service????? After the superb coverage of London 2012, this is a huge step backwards. It is also very misleading to show links with a "Catch Up" flag on the image alongside similar looking links to live feeds, it definitely gives the impression that you can watch catch up video.

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    Comment number 8.

    Really annoyed that there's no HD service to iPads via the Sports App or via the Safari browser. Saddening.

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    Comment number 9.

    For the London Olympics of 2012 I, as a Sky + user, was able to visit "The 48 brand new channels, which are being created specifically for the Olympics, will launch into Sky's Electronic Program Guide and will show every sport from cycling to archery, swimming to wrestling, tennis to the 100metre final. Alongside coverage on the existing BBC channels, Sky homes will be able to enjoy 2,500 hours' worth of live BBC coverage throughout the Games" (Source: http://www1.skysports.com/olympics/story/15234/7648202 published April 5th 2012) so when I read that "In addition to 200 hours of network TV coverage, brought to you by presenters Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards, there will also be more than 650 hours of live action via six HD streams" (Source: http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/25213838 published January 23rd 2014) I was expecting the same thing. What I have ended up with? A red button service that means I cannot record / pause / rewind something of interest. I call this a backward step and hope that it will be corrected before the opening ceremony tomorrow afternoon. If it is not, then I am not sure I will be able to continue to support the BBC's coverage of any major sporting event.

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    Comment number 10.

    I think today's (Day -1) Winter Olympics coverage online is what is technically known as a shambles and well below the high expectations the BBC themselves set and promoted including on this blogpage. Hopefully things will pick up tomorrow.

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    Comment number 11.

    Basically if you don't record everything or have the luxury of staying at home all day you get get nothing beyond a nightly "highlights" package which will be nothing more that a snapshot with heavy British bias.

    Best 2 weeks of the Sports calendar completely ruined - Well done BBC!

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    Comment number 12.

    Can anyone tell me how to make this work on my SAMSUNG tele?

    "While those with connected TVs will have access to all six video streams, highlights and headlines through the BBC Sport app for connected TVs and the BBC's Connected Red Button service on Virgin Media TiVo and both Sony 2013 and Samsung 2012 Smart TVs."

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    Comment number 13.

    @9 Presumably this is a decision by Sky not the BBC - certainly it was a Sky decision that enabled the 2012 channels to be provided (using BBC provided program data). Maybe you should ask the same question of Sky?

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    Comment number 14.

    Well done BBC for ruining yet another Olympic Opening Ceremony with overly loud commentating by those who must only be paid by how many banal words that they can overspeak what would have a very enjoyable experience. Please do tell us what is going to come next so that nothing is left for our surprise and enjoyment, and you could not have chosen a more gratingly annoying female voice at double the decibels of the music to achieve maximum effect. Did we really need to hear personal comments on what has happened in Russia in the past, how many died during the revolution and a general history of the USSR, or which overlarge cartoon figure they would like to be from the commentators rather than moving on and enjoying the most splendid show that was provided for us. I hope that both commentators are gagged for the closing ceremony, or are you going to ruin that as well.

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    Comment number 15.

    Must admit, the Olympic web page is a shambles, sorry BBC.
    The UI is all over the show for me.
    When you enter, its just woah! What is all this, really need a simpler page.
    What on earth are there six coming up video on there for, thats just odd.
    Was trying to find a BBC tv schedule, but get a schedule that is listed by alphabet, not time and has no tv information. I thought BBC was a TV company.
    As for the sportsday thing, if you are not watching the live video at the top why do you have to have the whole page static picture, lets have it clicked away.
    That page also is so poor compared to all the lovely icons and and list style we had before.
    Also seems to be less commentary in there and more social network garbage, we want good bbc commentary please.

    Nice that we got the two red button streams on sky just before the opening ceremony yesterday.

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    Comment number 16.

    @15 Six videos because there are 6 LIve streams being provided so this represents all the Live online coverage.

    The coverage times are listed in the article titled 'How to watch the olympics on the BBC' : http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26081397 which is clearly posted on the page.

    No, the BBC are a broadcaster - they do radio, online and TV - online being significant - look at the viewing stats.

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    Comment number 17.

    @9 If you were expecting anywhere near the same amount of coverage for a winter Olympics held in Russia, compared to a Summer Olympic games held in London then you are incredibly naive.

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    Comment number 18.

    Another 'Where are the reruns?' on the website questioner. AND why oh why are the iPlayer on demand re runs ONLY IN STANDARD DEFINITION yet again? Madness.

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    Comment number 19.

    @DBone
    Thx for the tv link, was looking for ages earlier trying to find that, all I could find was the schedule page that had no TV.
    Anyway happy now, not sure where its hidden as I still cannot find a direct link to it on the winter olympics page.

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    Comment number 20.

    I think there is also a next of definitely that some behaviour of Russian authorities like there was in case of Polish socialistic authorities during the Pope visit in 1979. There was in Poland that kind of a campaign, which was insisting on media to silent crowd's screams and greeting in order to show that there is no people interested in this event. We konw that there was a fake. That same is in this time in Sochi. Russian well prepaired computer graphicians have made pseudo wheels which replaced in fast time those wheel which refused to start lightening. The Russian media show fake picture. The European media show real picture with failed wheel. It is a kind of a hypocrisis and try to fraud a real picture of the Games

 

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