Olympics: Online report that Singapore can watch live broadcast on YouTube not true

An article on Sports24hour claiming that the 2016 Rio Olympics will be streamed live in 64 countries on YouTube.
An article on Sports24hour claiming that the 2016 Rio Olympics will be streamed live in 64 countries on YouTube. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SPORTS24HOUR.COM

SINGAPORE - An online report  that said Singapore is one of 64 countries which can catch the 2016 Olympics live on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) YouTube channel is not true.

A spokesman for Dentsu, the broadcast rights holder in Singapore, told The Straits Times: “There will be no live streaming on YouTube. Therefore we are encouraging Mediacorp to take up the option to add live television coverage.”

The spokesman added that any website which streams content illegally could be shut down.

The IOC did stream the 2012 London Olympics live on its YouTube channel and Singaporeans could watch it. But this arrangement will not be available this year as Dentsu has acquired the rights for all platforms here.

Last month, The Straits Times broke the news that Singapore will not be able to catch the sporting action from the Olympics live. Local broadcaster Mediacorp and Dentsu had inked a deal that includes only delayed telecasts of the sporting action.

Dentsu was awarded the 2016 Olympics' broadcast rights for 22 Asian territories, including Singapore, after an IOC tender in 2013. Singapore is the only one of the 22 not to secure live broadcast rights to the action.

A report on Sports24hour.com making its rounds on social media said Singapore is one of 64 countries which can catch the Rio de Janeiro Games live on YouTube.

The Sports24hour report does not contain any official quote from the IOC. It also appears to have reused information from an IOC press release sent before the London Games, including the fact that there would be 10 different feeds.


An article dated June 6, 2012, on the official Olympics website announcing that the International Olympic Committee will stream the 2012 London Olympics live in 64 countries on its YouTube channel. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM OLYMPIC.ORG

The report said the live streams will run from 9am to 11pm London time, which is 5am to 7pm in Rio de Janeiro. This means viewers will not be able to catch events like the swimming finals, which start at 10pm in Rio and runs till about midnight.

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