The Beijing Games will be serviced by the most comprehensive media coverage for any sporting event in history. NBC Universal, the American broadcaster, has unveiled a schedule with more than 3,600 hours of programming — that’s almost eight days worth of airtime being produced for each day of the event — more than all the previous televised Olympics combined. Every single minute of each event is being captured live, and some international audiences will get to enjoy the festivities in glorious high-definiton television (HDTV) quality.
In India, Doordarshan is the sole broadcaster, and the Games will be beamed on DD1 and DD Sports. While the exact timetable is still not available, we do know that events on most days start at 11.30am IST (9am in Beijing), and broadcasts will start with a daily capsule of highlights from the previous day. On weekends, there will be weekly summaries.
Indian fans might find it difficult to catch compatriots live on TV. But the 2008 Games also come with comprehensive online coverage, videos and news feeds. The following websites will give you access to live scores, schedules, videos and updates:
The complete day-by-day schedule of the Games, along with a downloadable spreadsheet, is available at http://en.beijing2008.cn/schedule.