Adobe announced a strategic relationship with CCTV International Networks to deliver the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games’ coverage through the Web.
The coverage will be delivered to millions of sports fans in mainland China and Macau through the “Olympic Network TV Station”, CCTV.com’s next-generation online experience based on Adobe Flash and Flex technology. CCTV.com owns the online video rights to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for mainland China and Macau. With thousands of hours of competition video available on CCTVOlympics.com , the Olympic Network TV Station will allow sports fans to view the Olympic sports, athletes and country teams of their choice.
“We are pleased to partner with CCTV.com to bring immersive, interactive Web experiences to millions of sports fans,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager of Dynamic Media for Adobe. “Thanks to Adobe technologies, including Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex, CCTV.com’s Olympic Network TV Station will bring the drama and excitement of the games to the Web.”
“Over the past year, we’ve developed new media platforms based on the most advanced Internet technologies,” said Wang Wenbin, general manager for CCTV.com. “By teaming up with Adobe, we can provide sports fans and consumers an engaging online experience for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and beyond. We chose to partner with Adobe because Adobe technologies enable us to deliver a compelling Web 2.0 experience consistently to people across platforms.”
The Olympic Network TV Station, CCTVOlympics.com, will deliver viewers with a Web experience which includes Olympic results, statistics, comprehensive bios, rules and expert analysis from CCTV’s Olympic media team, as well as social networking features that will enable fans to share aspects of their Olympic experience with friends. It will also deliver 5,000 hours of on-demand protected streamed video content (3,800 hours of worldwide broadcast Olympic Games video and 1,200 hours of CCTV’s own video) including full event replays, highlights, features, interviews and encore packages.
Besides the Olympic Games, CCTV.com and Adobe will pursue other initiatives to develop new media based applications leveraging CCTV.com’s brand and content and Adobe’s advanced technology platform.