March Madness is Back - Get Your VIP Pass!

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008
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This year's NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is scheduled to begin on March 18, 2008, and will conclude with the championship game on April 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

NCAA March Madness on Demand allows you to watch LIVE game broadcasts of CBS Sports television Coverage of the NCAA Championship, highlights, recaps, and archived video on your computer for FREE!

However, due to overwhelming popular demand, the virtual arena will be full with lines forming in the Waiting Room on game day. During live games, users will be routed through the Waiting Room prior to viewing the live, streaming video. To be first in line, sign up now for a free VIP pass. VIP members gain access to the games faster than General Admission members.

The Waiting Room will open shortly before the first game on Thursday, March 20.

Enjoy the games!

NBC Universal, Microsoft Team to Stream 2008 Beijing Olympics Live Online

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008
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NBC Universal, owner of the exclusive U.S. media rights to this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, China (August 8-24, 2008), announced today that it was teaming up with MSN and Microsoft in an unprecedented strategic alliance to create " on MSN", a next-generation online experience for Olympic fans across the United States. With thousands of hours of competition video in both live and on- demand formats, deep analysis and results delivered from NBC's award-winning broadcast and digital media teams, and Microsoft's Silverlight technology to deliver deeply immersive user experiences,'s coverage will be powered by MSN and Microsoft technology to complement NBC's broadcast programming and put millions of fans in control of the Olympic sports, athletes and countries they want to watch.

"Over the past 20 years, we have continually expanded our coverage of the Olympics to new platforms as they have become available, and the Beijing Games will mark another milestone," said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. "By teaming up with MSN and Microsoft, we can give both the core fan and casual consumer of the Olympic Games an amazing online experience, combining high-quality video with the storytelling and analysis that we're known for. We chose to partner with MSN and Microsoft because technologies such as Silverlight help us deliver the kind of next-generation online viewing experience that will change the way the Olympics is experienced for millions of fans in 2008."

The new alliance was announced during the keynote presentation of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The two companies will work together to deliver Olympic coverage to the U.S. online audience, powered using Microsoft's Silverlight technology. During the Beijing Games, ( content will be prominently featured on the homepage (, seen by over 100 million users per month, as well as on MSN Video ( and across the MSN and Windows Live networks, all moving the massive MSN Network audience to's complete coverage of the Games.

As a result of this unprecedented alliance, " on MSN" will deliver:
  • 2,200 hours of live event video coverage, with more than 20 simultaneous live video streams at peak times
  • More than 3,000 hours of on-demand video content including full-event replays, highlights, features, interviews and encore packages.
  • An "enhanced playback mode" powered by Silverlight that gives users the choice of a high-quality full screen viewing experience that is as good or better than anything on the Internet today
  • Unique metadata overlays powered by Silverlight that enable fans to have access not only to high quality video, but also to the wealth of related content including results, statistics, comprehensive bios, rules and expert analysis from NBC's Olympic digital media team in Beijing
  • Live video alerts so fans can stay connected to the events and teams they care most about
  • Social networking features that enable fans to share aspects of their Olympic experience with friends
"We are pleased to partner with NBC to bring immersive, interactive video experiences to millions of sports fans during the Beijing Olympics," said Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division, Microsoft. "Combining NBC's rich history in covering the Olympic Games with MSN's reach and Microsoft's Silverlight technology will help change the way people connect to and consume rich content on the web."

NBC Olympics, which is the U.S.' single destination for Olympic coverage, is live today and covers every Olympic summer sport as well as key athletes and events leading up to the 2008 Beijing Games. Coverage will expand in May 2008 to include the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Australian Open - 480+ Hours Live on Broadband

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2008
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The tennis season will begin with unprecedented coverage of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year: 137 hours of coverage on ESPN2, as well as more than 480 hours - all live, with users choosing between action on six courts - on broadband Play will begin on ESPN2 and on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET and will continue through the women's and men's finals Friday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 27, respectively. ESPN has televised the Australian Open since 1984; last year's women's final drew ESPN2's best tennis rating ever, a 1.9 for Serena Williams' victory over Maria Sharapova.

In addition, where appropriate ESPN's SportsCenter and ESPNEWS will endeavor live look-ins to the action; ESPN Deportes has a greatly increased Spanish-language schedule; and ESPN International has expanded rights. will expand its broadband coverage to include no fewer than six live feeds from various courts - including the women's, men's and mixed doubles finals - plus a simulcast of ESPN2's live coverage, totaling more than 480 hours. For the first 11 days (Jan. 13 - 23), coverage will commence at 7 p.m. (11 a.m. in Melbourne, when play begins). The courts to be included are the "TV courts," the ones most likely to have top matches: Rod Laver Arena, Vodafone Arena, Margaret Court Arena, plus Courts 2, 3 and 6. Coverage will be the "world feed" from the host broadcaster, with graphics, natural sound and no commentary. For the remainder of the tournament, will continue the ESPN2 simulcast, and will carry the women's (Jan. 24), men's (Jan. 25) and mixed (Jan. 26) doubles finals.

Each window of coverage will be available for on-demand replay following its completion. With's dynamic new interface, tennis fans will be able to fast-forward, rewind and pause action - during both on-demand replay and live action coverage.

The coverage is part of's most robust monthly schedule ever. In January, the broadband network will deliver at least 390 live sports events, including its 100th event since the September 4 relaunch. The new is a 24/7 live sports destination, delivering more than 2,500 live global sports events per year (more than ESPN and ESPN2 combined). The service offers high-quality live video and a mosaic of screens, letting users follow multiple events simultaneously. is available at no charge to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. It has more than doubled distribution since November 2006, and is available in 20 million households via more than 25 Internet service providers including AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway and Grande Communications. Consumers wanting more information about should go to will feature blogs from Peter Bodo and's staff, daily ESPN video highlights and features, original podcasts from the ESPN PodCenter (, and news and analysis from and Other contributors:'s Bonnie DeSimone, ESPN The Magazine and Page 2's LZ Granderson as well as Patrick McEnroe, Pam Shriver, Bodo and more., the leading sports Web Site for Spanish-speaking fans in the U.S. and Latin America, will provide unmatched coverage with a recently re-designed tennis section featuring the latest news and results, high-quality video segments (daily SportsCenter clips, chats and columns), Australian Open blog by Simón, daily polls and more.

ESPN M OBILE TV ESPN Mobile TV, a 24/7 channel for wireless, will provide more than 50 hours of live coverage. ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN's first 24/7 wireless channel that is not a simulcast of any existing ESPN network, offers full-length live events including college football and basketball, NBA, NASCAR, MLS, Arena Football and more. It also offers content from Mike & Mike in the Morning, First Take and Pardon the Interruption. ESPN Mobile TV is available through MobiTV and on MediaFLO USA's mobile entertainment service.

EarthCam Annual Worldwide New Year's Webcast Breaks Viewer Record

Posted on Saturday, January 5, 2008
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EarthCam, the industry leader in webcam technology and pioneer in webcasting premier events, today announced visitors to its 12th annual live New Year's webcast more than tripled over last year.

EarthCam provided worldwide New Year’s Eve celebrations via 60 live cameras including 25 in Times Square, New York alone. Viewers were able to follow the New Year debut from Sichuan, China in the east to as far west as Waikiki, Hawaii. Unique views of Washington DC, and celebrations in Las Vegas, Seattle, London, Prague and Malta provided additional live venues. Selected events in streaming video and time-lapse archives continue to be available at throughout this month.

The EarthCam experience of participating with comprehensive interactive coverage gave visitors the option of choosing their worldwide views on their computer or mobile device uninterrupted by commercials. EarthCam more than quadrupled camera locations for 2008 and is already working to increase coverage for the 2009 event.

Visitors enjoyed streaming video with audio, plus multiple live webcams strategically located all around Times Square, and a mob log for users with cell phone cameras to post their New Year's themed pictures. Fireworks from Niagara Falls, Canada, New York, Seattle and Edinburgh, Scotland among others gave the evening an international spectacular flare.

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