Edinburgh's Olympic rings by the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle. Weighs approximately 3,100kg (6,834 lbs)
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stated in a recent press release that it will stream the Olympic Games to 64 territories in Asia and Africa live over their YouTube channel beginning on July 27th and ending on August 12th. That’s 2,200 hours of digitally live-streamed Olympic programming for people in countries where the digital broadcast rights haven’t been collected for the IOC’s broadcast partners (meaning it’s free). This is because the IOC didn’t (or couldn’t) sell those digital rights to the various broadcasters covering the games and also because the IOC and YouTube have a revenue-sharing deal for Olympic coverage. The IOC will have 11 simultaneous HD broadcasts for the various events all with English commentary with 10 of those being the London feeds (which begin daily at 9:00 a.m. London time and ending at 11:00 p.m.) and one 24-hour channel for updated Olympic news and scores for that day. The people located in these regions will be able to view the live-stream coverage on any smartphone, tablet or computer that has access to YouTube. So, exactly what countries will be able to view the games via YouTube? A complete list is as follows:
Asian regional countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Who says the people in these countries will even have the ability to watch these Youtube streams? (Maybe at schools, other institutions)