Winter Olympics Down Under – "What's that internet thing all about" – Channel 9

After reading Techcrunch’s post about following the Winter Olympics online, and realising that expensive broadcast rights would mean accessing international content from Australia would be tough, I headed over to ninemsn, the web presence for Australia’s Channel 9, who have the rights to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Given Vancouver is only 5 hours ahead of Australia, we could get to see some good stuff, live, and without having to get up in the early hours of the morning (like I’ll have to do with the Football World Cup later in the year), and on a rainy Sunday afternoon, this could be just the diversion from real work that I’d been looking for.

So, to suss out what we being shown and when, I naturally cruised over to the TV schedule area of the special Vancouver 2010 website to try and get some details about what they’re showing today.

If you’re thinking the same thing, I’ll save you the hassle – don’t bother. All you’ll get is the image I’ve embedded below:

Yep, that’s right: between 6am and 2:20pm Sydney time, you’ll get the Morning Live Session.

Thanks Channel 9. And to think the government just gave you between $250 million and $500 million to you and your commercial TV oligopolists.

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