[via Arab Times :Nihal Sharraf, Iddris Seidu and Joana Saba]
Kuwait Gets Ready To Watch 2012 Olympics
Olympics 2012 can be viewed in Kuwait via Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), which has subcontracted rights to Orbit Showtime Network-OSN, Al-Jazeera TV and Abu-Dhabi TV Network-ADTV.
ASBU was awarded broadcasting rights for the Middle East by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Arabic speakers can watch some of the games with Arabic commentary on those channels.
The broadcasting right was valued at $21 million and includes coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Yemen. According to the ASBU, it will air the Games across all platforms, including TV, cable, satellite, Internet and mobile telephones, in all languages throughout the region.
Orbit/Showtime Network (OSN) will feature LIVE Olympic coverage of the 26 sports over 16 days in the following channels:
OSN Sports 1 HD
OSN Sports 2 HD (New)
OSN Sports 3
OSN Sports 4
OSN Sports Extra
OSN Olympics 1 HD (New)
OSN Olympics 2 HD (New)
OSN Olympics News 24 HD (New)
Most coverage will be in full High Definition 1080i with Dolby Digital surround sound for the best exciting viewing experience ever.
Subscribers can also watch the Olympics coverage online through OSN Play. OSN Play is free to OSN subscribers.
The channels are available with the OSN Packages of Platinum Extra HD, Premier Plus HD, Premier Plus, Family Plus, and Sports.
Moreover, the Saudi Sports Channels of the ArabSat will be featuring a number of Olympic Games in the evening with Arabic commentary. Arabsat currently operates 5 satellites, at 3 orbital positions, 20°East, 26°East and 30.5°East: Arabsat-2B at 20°East, Arabsat BADR-4, Arabsat BADR-5 and Arabsat BADR-6 all co-located at 26°East; Arabsat-5A at 30.5°East.
Meanwhile, The International Olympic Committee will live stream the London 2012 Summer Olympics in 64 territories across Asia and Africa on its YouTube channel.
The offer will be available in countries where the IOC’s broadcast partners didn’t acquire digital content rights. In Asian territories, the YouTube channel will provide exclusive Games coverage. Sub-Saharan African territories will get digital coverage via the IOC’s YouTube channel on a nonexclusive basis.
Orbit Showtime Network-OSN, Al-Jazeera TV and Abu-Dhabi TV Network-ADTV will have a few FTA channels for the games, but those who would want full access viewing would be expected to dig into their pockets, for an amount ranging from KD 63-70 to cover the cost of sat receiver and one year subscription for Al-Jazeera and Abu-Dhabi channels.
Existing subscribers already hooked on those channels might be required to pay from KD 31-33 for renewal. Those who would prefer OSN will have to pay KD 19 for the receiver plus KD 10 per month.
Egyptian National Television has also obtained the rights to broadcast all of the Olympic events, beginning on July 26. The rights were granted to broadcast on free and cable television on the Nile TV network channels. Egyptians at home and abroad will be able to watch their Olympic sportsmen compete. The Egyptian football team was placed in league with Brazil, Belarus and New Zealand, and will begin the tournament against Brazil
In addition the Arab States Broadcasting Union announced that Dubai Media Institute will open 6 new open sports channels broadcasting on ArabSat, and will be airing all of the events and ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics, taking place from July 27 to Aug 12.
The Saudi Sports channel also announced that they will be broadcasting the Olympics fully on all six channels live during Ramadan. Abu Dhabi Sports Channels will also be following the events of the 2012 Olympics, and that they will be broadcasting all events for free and in high-definition on their channels. Modern Sport and Modern Football from Morocco have also acquired the rights to broadcast the Olympics. These channels are all available for free (after a small initial registration fee) on ArabSat or NileSat, and are easily accessible.
Aside those planning to watch the action indoors, there are various expat groupings that have designated “Sheesha” cafes and other spots where they congregate to socialize and watch such big international tournaments like the Olympics 2012.
View On-line/Download: Schedule of events for London 2012