Olympic games go online

As we brace ourselves for the 2012 Olympic games, we remember the excitement of hosting a world class sporting event. An exciting new trend is to be seen this Olympic’s – research finds that one third of all Europeans will watch the games online. Riverbed Technology commissioned a survey raising questions around whether websites will cope with increased demand during the games.

The research identified the Men’s 100m sprint final as the Olympic event most likely to be watched online with an average of 51 percent of all respondents. It also found that over half of all online Olympic viewers would be unwilling to tolerate delays of over two minutes when streaming services before moving to a different source. Here are a few publicity highlights: Bandwidth Blog, Bizcommunity, News24, ITWeb, TheMediaOnlineEngineering NewsIT-OnlineSports24 and the 2nd August edition of Finweek Eng / Afr.

Even though South Africa is a far cry from reaching these bandwidth limits at this point in time, we do look to the future with hope for similar flexibility.

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