Aug 03, 2016

    No live Olympics on YouTube for S'pore

    SINGAPORE will not be able to watch the 2016 Olympics live on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) YouTube channel.

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

    But a source close to talks between local broadcaster Mediacorp and rights holder Dentsu confirmed that there would be no live screening on YouTube, and 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.

    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.

    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 run till about midnight.