Olympic ‘live’ bug set for action
subscribers will this year know for the first time if they are watching an Olympic Games event live or on delay. Foxtel director of sport and Olympics Peter Campbell says the network will be transparent with the London Games and anything on delay, no matter how minor, would not carry the ‘‘live bug’’ on screen. ‘‘If we are not live, we will not put the live bug up,’’ he says. ‘‘Even if an event is delayed by 60 seconds it will not have the live bug.’’ Campbell says the ‘‘bug’’ would also point viewers to other channels when a medal was being decided or an Australian was about to compete. ‘‘The idea for us is to try and point people to what is happening elsewhere because there is so much choice.’’
Foxtel will telecast more than 3000 hours of Olympics programming – about 1100 hours of live across eight channels. Foxtel’s Olympics telecast will start on July 25, a day before the official start of the games, to include live coverage of 14 soccer matches that precede the opening ceremony.
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT