Com­pa­nies should pre­pare for crush of on­line Olympic view­ing by work­ers: ex­perts

Cape Breton Post - - TV LISTINGS - BY PAT HE­WITT

ous slow downs or even crashes un­less they pre­pared in ad­vance, said Dar­ryl Wil­son, with global IT so­lu­tions firm Di­men­sion Data Canada in Mis­sis­sauga, Ont.

“If there’s a big hockey game or some­thing go­ing on...that link that they use to the out­side world may be­come sat­u­rated be­cause every­one’s try­ing to get all this con­tent from the In­ter­net,” said Wil­son.

“ Those busi­nesses could find them­selves un­able to ac­cess email, send mes­sages to clients or have their In­ter­net op­er­a­tional if they don’t have con­trols in place to limit non-busi­ness crit­i­cal traf­fic ver­sus crit­i­cal traf­fic.”

Canada’s Olympic Broad­cast Me­dia Con­sor­tium es­ti­mates 10 mil­lion vis­i­tors will surf onto and sites. To­gether, they are of­fer­ing 2,350 hours of live stream­ing of the Games as well as re­plays, high­lights, pho­tos and re­sults.

“ This will be the first time in Canada ... ac­tu­ally the first time any­where, where ev­ery sec­ond of the Win­ter Games will be made avail­able live,” said Alon Mar­covici, the con­sor­tium’s vi­cepres­i­dent of dig­i­tal me­dia.

The web­sites will simul­cast live feeds from CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, V and RDS. They’ll also pro­vide a feed of com­pe­ti­tions adorned only by nat­u­ral sound, not com­men­tary, in an ef­fort to give In­ter­net surfers the feel of the Olympics from their chairs. Niche sports such as the biathlon which don’t get ma­jor TV play can be seen in their en­tirety on the web.

At peak times, more than a dozen live streams will be run­ning si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Sev­eral peo­ple in­ter­viewed in down­town Toronto said they in­tend to watch the Olympics while on the job.

Al­lan Groome, 60, a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal worker, said he’ll watch the Olympics on­line from his work­place to avoid miss­ing his favourite com­pe­ti­tions play­ing out in Van­cou­ver dur­ing his work hours.

“I can check it out at work,” he said. “I have an In­ter­net ses­sion there. I’d prob­a­bly like to just sit at home on my lap­top and check it out too,” he said.

Gil­bert Hum­mell, a 31-yearold construction worker from Cour­tright, Ont., said he’ll be watch­ing the Games on­line at home, but also at work.

“I’ll pri­mar­ily be watch­ing the hockey,” Hum­mell said. “If I’m go­ing to watch it on­line, it’ll be be­cause I’m at work or if I’m at home some­body else is watch­ing tele­vi­sion.”

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