Dish To Carry Extensive Interactive Olympics Coverage

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Englewood, Colo. - Dish Network said Friday it has reached an agreement with NBC Universal to provide interactive coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games to the satellite-TV system's subscribers.


said coverage of the Olympic events will be carried over NBC Universal networks free through its Interactive TV (iTV) mosaic, a six-screen showcase available to all Dish Network iTV-enabled set-top boxes.

The mosaic will provide more than 835 hours of event coverage from Feb. 12-28.

Featured channels include CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network and three Olympic highlight channels. Dish subscribers will be able to watch all six screens simultaneously or select one channel to watch in full-screen, the company said.

An NBC Olympics Showcase will also be presented on DishHome (Dish Network Ch. 100).

In addition, subscribers will be able to use their remote controls to access athlete profiles, read late-breaking news, view video highlights of the day's events, track each country's medal counts, see the Team USA report, and learn more about Vancouver and the event venues.

Dish is now showcasing advanced technology and content across its video-on-demand platform, featuring more than 40 free clips produced by NBC. Dish On Demand is available by pressing the DVR button on the Dish Network remote control and selecting the TV Entertainment section from the list.

At the start of the games, the In-Games package will feature daily highlights in addition to access to the best events each day. Content includes overall daily highlights by sport (approximately 15 per day, with up to three in HD) and "Rewind," with up to five daily long-form replays of the best sessions/games per day, according to Dish Network.


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