Global Audience For ParalympicSport.TV
To date, an audience of over 23,000 viewers have tuned in online to watch live and delayed coverage of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. Viewers came from over 90 countries, with the highest number of viewers logging on from North America and Europe.
"We have received very positive feedback from all over the world. So far a record breaking number of viewers have logged on to ParalympicSport.TV. The top five countries are the USA, Italy, Canada, Germany and Japan," said IPC Marketing Manager Alexis Schaefer.
ParalympicSport.TV is a pioneering project in the world of sport. The variety of sports presented, the amount of coverage and the global access is unprecedented.
Commented IPC Media and Communication Director Miriam Wilkens: "By comparison with other Internet television channels, already in its first four days ParalympicSport.TV was viewed by the same number of people as other channels receive in a month. The average viewer watches Internet television for approximately 45 to 90 minutes, while visitors to ParalympicSport.TV are staying for over four hours."
ParalympicSport.TV is a 24/7 television channel broadcasting via the Internet, provided free of charge. Viewers all over the world can watch live broadcasts or see coverage 'on demand' at a time convenient to them.
The system is developed and managed by Narrowstep Inc., Narrowstep's technology is the most comprehensive in the world for managing, protecting, distributing and commercializing video content. The implementation of the new channel is co-ordinated by the IPC together with brand stage, a Hamburg based marketing agency.
Narrowstep Chief Operating Officer Clifford Webb said: "The live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony was a tremendous success and went as smoothly as we had anticipated, enabling viewers worldwide to enjoy the spectacle. We are very pleased with this first live broadcast, and we expect the word to spread quickly about the quality of the viewing experience and the ability to watch these sports live through the week."
In Torino, ParalympicSport.TV will provide over 100 hours of live coverage from all four winter sports - Alpine Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Nordic Skiing and Wheelchair Curling - as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The coverage is provided with an English language commentary. In addition to the live coverage, the IPC provides a daily highlights package with the best performances from the days' competitions.
In addition to being Worldwide Partners of the Paralympic Movement, Samsung and Visa are the presenting sponsors of this project.
To see live and delayed coverage of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, please visit http://www.paralympicsport.tv/.
For further information, please contact:
IPC Media and Communication Director
or visit: http://www.paralympic.org/.
About the IPC
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, of which the most important are World and Regional Championships. The IPC also supports the recruitment and development of athletes at a local, national and international level across all performance levels.