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Olympic events to be broadcast on TV in national first

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

All sports events at the London Olympic Games will be available through broadcast TV channels, starting with the opening ceremony — the first time in the country’s history — Executive Yuan spokesperson Hu Yu-wei (胡幼偉) announced yesterday.

Hu made the remarks at a press conference at the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, saying that the National Communications Commission had recently approved an application by Public Television Service (PTS) for a new high-definition channel to be used to broadcast games and events during the Olympic period.

Throughout the Olympic period, the new PTS channel, CH 30, which will launch before the Olympic opening ceremony at 4am on Saturday, is to broadcast 20 hours of live coverage every day, Hu said.

The other four terrestrial television stations, Taiwan Television, China TV, Chinese TV System and Formosa TV, will broadcast the Games eight hours a day on their flagship channels during non-prime time hours and 24 hours a day in their sub-channels, Hu said.

Subscribers to Chungwa Telecom’s multimedia on demand (MOD) service can watch the Olympic games 24 hours a day via ELTA TV, which has obtained the right to air the Olympic Games through new media platforms, Hu said.

Chen Yi-chun (陳怡君), an executive director of ELTA TV, said original English-language broadcasts will be available on 11 of its 15 channels that air Olympic games content, as well as Chinese-language broadcasts on the other three channels. It is also launching a 3D channel for 180 hours for the duration of the Games.

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