Companies should prepare for crush of online Olympic viewing by workers: experts
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 CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca 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.”