Friday, March 5, 2010

Confirmed: No Live, Free TV Coverage of Paralympics in USA or UK

As reported on this blog last week, there will be NO live, free TV coverage of the Paralympics by the public broadcast media in the USA or the UK. The Paralympics will however, be shown live for free on the internet. See the schedule of live coverage of the Paralympics.

This was confirmed by a press release from the Paralympic Committee last Tuesday. According to the Press release:

In the USA, NBC agreed to broadcast on the NBC Television Network a programme related to the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and a highlights programme of the Vancouver Paralympics, which will be published after the Games. In addition, NBC Universal Sports intends to broadcast a daily programme related to competition at the 2010 Paralympics. Universal Sports also has the intention to feature coverage of the Games on UniversalSports.com in the form of on-demand re-airs of its Universal Sports Television Network coverage, plus full-length event "rewinds".

The UK was not mentioned in the press release, however, on 8 Feb Lewis Wiltshire, BBC sports editor wrote, in the comments section of his blog wrote: "There are provisional plans in place to stream the curling live through the BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button if the GB team make the medal rounds and we will also be broadcasting a one hour highlights programme on Monday 22 March on BBC TWO. We will not be broadcasting any other live coverage due to budget restrictions and the time zone factor."

In addition, the press release notes: "The Europe-wide broadcaster Eurosport will broadcast more than 14 hours live from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Additionally, there is a camera crew on site to for interviews, portraits and reports"

However, Paralympic Sport TV will offer approximately 5 hours of live broadcast coverage everyday for free on the internet. See a schedule of live coverage offered by Paralympic Sport TV.