The 2008 Beijing Olympics
on the BBC
Interactive, online and mobile
The Olympics will be the BBC's biggest ever
Available via the red button, it will enable
satellite and cable viewers to choose from up
to six channels of action, 24 hours a day.
Freeview viewers will have access to three
extra streams in addition to the offerings
on BBC One and BBC Two – the first time
that Freeview has ever offered three
Olympics Interactive will be a 24-hour
service offering a huge choice of sports as
well as a full text service offering a medals
table, news stories, reports and an events
Between 2.00am and 6.00pm BST, Olympics Interactive
will show the best of the day's action, much
of it live, and after that replay the major
events of the day to allow viewers to catch
up on any sports they may have missed.
Particular emphasis will be put on following
members of the Great Britain squad in their
bid for medal glory.
Our interactive air-time will be upped from
1,000 hours of coverage at the Athens
Olympics to 2,450 hours in China, giving
viewers the chance to watch uninterrupted
coverage of their favourite sports.
As usual, bbc.co.uk/sport will have all the
latest news, photos, results and big-name
analysis on its dedicated Olympics site
And UK users of the website will be able to
watch live video of all the key action. They
will be able to choose from up to six video
streams showing simulcast coverage from
BBC TV and BBC interactive.
Highlights of the best of each day's action
will be available to watch on demand and
there will also be audio commentary
available from Radio 5 Live, via the BBC
There will be video training guides from the
BBC Sport Academy to help people learn
more about the sports that make up the
Olympic Games at bbc.co.uk/sportacademy.
We will be launching an Olympic blog –
authored by BBC journalists and presenters,
athletes and experts – which will have plenty of
gossip, anecdotes and photos and gives readers
to chance to interact with our writers.
There will be an Olympics medal table, daily
results and sport-by-sport results, and a daily
event schedule and sport-by-sport event
An automated coverage scheduler
will give an hour-by-hour guide to what is on
BBC One, Two, Three and Four, plus six
DSat channels and three Freeview channels.
Radio 5 Live's daily Olympic Podcast will be
available to download, plus a commentary
highlights podcast, content visualising stories
from 5 Live programmes, a blog and photos.
BBC News will keep people up to date with
all the major news coming out of China and
the wider political and human interest stories
from the Games via bbc.co.uk/news.
There will be a full stand-alone Olympics
section on bbc.co.uk/mobile/sport.
Mobile phone users can sign up for free* daily
Olympics text alerts. We will send a maximum
of two texts per day alerting users when key
events of that day are about to happen.
UK users will also be able to catch up with
the best of the action with video highlights
clips on their mobile.
* The BBC pays for the cost of the texts
being sent out. Users pay 10-12p for sending
a text to sign up for the service.