Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, May 03, 2002

Internet-based "TV" coverage of orienteering


The Swedish Night O' Champs this evening (afternoon in Kansas City) was shown live on the internet. They provided streaming audio and video from the event. It was great.

One of Sweden's largest newspapers (Expressen) coverage of the race focused as much on the internet coverage as on the race. Here is a bit of the article:

Mattias Karlsson, 29 (IKHP), and Emma Engstrang, 24 (Stora Tuna IK), found their way fastest of all in the forests around Norberg at tonight's Swedish Night Orienteering Champs.

Engstrand took her gold in a fight with Gunilla Svaerd, a friend from the national team.

Karlsson and Engstrand -- the names shouldn't suprise anyone. Both took gold at the Long Champs a couple of weeks ago.

But, perhaps the biggest news from the Night Champs was the live audio and video coverage on the Internet, sponsored by the national sports federation and a telecommunications company. For sports that have a tought time getting coverage through regular TV, web-based coverage can be an alternative in the future. Tonight's test was a success.

It was interesting enough that it captured the interest of a couple of my co-workers, both non-orienteers. We were sitting around an office computer, watching some of the action. My coworkers aren't likely to become avid O' fans. But, for a few minutes, they found it pretty interesting.

posted by Michael | 7:32 PM


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