Live Internet broadcast from the 2006 Paralympics in Torino

For the first time in history, worldwide coverage of all sports of the Paralympic Winter Games are secured thanks to an Internet television channel.

Torino, Italy

For the first time in history, worldwide coverage of all sports of the Paralympic Winter Games are secured thanks to an Internet television channel. Beginning today, the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Internet television channel is live on http://www.paralympicsport.tv/ with footage from previous Winter Paralympics, eg, Örnsköldsvik 1976 and Salt Lake 2002. The launch was officially announced at a press conference today in Torino, Italy.

"For the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, ParalympicSport.TV is expected to provide over 100 hours of live coverage from all four winter sports - Alpine Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Nordic Skiing and Wheelchair Curling - as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In addition to the live coverage, the IPC will also provide a daily highlights package with the best performances from the previous days' competitions," said IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

ParalympicSport.TV is a top quality 24/7 television channel broadcasting via the Internet with either regular or full screen size available for the best viewing experience. Free of charge, people all over the world will be able to watch live and delayed programming, or see the coverage on demand later. Developed and managed by Narrowstep Inc., ParalympicSport.TV underlines the truly global nature of Paralympic broadcasting. The implementation of the new channel is co-ordinated by the IPC together with brand stage, a Hamburg based marketing agency.

The multi channel platform with a main video screen, a programme guide and a highlights section provides an additional medium for viewers to watch television coverage of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, when they want, where they want. The searchable "Paralympic Archive" also features historical footage from various Paralympics.

"The Paralympic Games have made it on many television programmes in various countries. ParalympicSport.TV will now create opportunities in countries where there is no traditional television broadcast and satisfy the demand for additional content in other markets, reaching a worldwide audience," commented IPC Media and Communication Director Miriam Wilkens.

Said Narrowstep COO Clifford Webb: "Narrowstep's technology enables the IPC to control rights issues around television broadcasts far more accurately than exists for traditional television broadcasting, as the system provides precise information as to where viewers are located and can block access to the images if necessary. The functionality of our system and the top class video quality makes viewing a hugely enjoyable experience. Embracing a new medium in this way to broaden coverage of the sports is a tremendous inititaive by the IPC."

In addition to being Worldwide Partners of the IPC, Samsung and Visa are the presenting sponsors of this project.

The long-term goal of ParalympicSport.TV is to become a global media platform for Paralympic and IPC sport, also providing access to images from other competitions and activities. By increasing the accessibility to coverage of Paralympic Games, this new technology will allow more people to experience and witness the outstanding sporting performances of Paralympic athletes.


For further information, please contact Miriam Wilkens, IPC Media and Communication Director on +49-171-7433327, e-mail: miriam.wilkens@paralympic.org or www.paralympic.org

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability and acts as the International Federation for 13 sports. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, eg, World Championships. The IPC also supports the recruitment and development of athletes at a local, national and international level across all performance levels.