Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 Olympics on Malaysian TV

The Olympic games are here and we are once again treated to 2 glorious weeks of sweaty men and women running, jumping, dancing, swimming and all around letting it all hang out.

Both RTM and Astro are covering the Olympics in Beijing this year. The extent of the coverage however, remains as cryptic to me as those single sleeve tops women wear. Anyway, this means you can watch the Olympics live, online via RTM's Online TV Streaming website. Astro's covering the Olympics event with several dedicated Olympic channels.

"KUALA LUMPUR: Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek has confirmed Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) as Malaysia’s official broadcaster of the Beijing Olympics, scheduled for Aug 8 to 24.

RTM 1 will provide live coverage of the games for six hours and RTM 2 for four hours daily, with an hour of the daily report, he said at the launch of the “Beijing Olympics 100 Days Countdown” at Berjaya Times Square here Wednesday night.

Carrying the theme “RTM, Your Olympic Channel”, the RTM 1 broadcast will begin at 11 am for the morning session and 3pm for the afternoon session, while the highlights will be on at 11.30 pm.

The RTM 2 broadcast will begin at 10am. -- Bernama"
According to the Olympic schedule site (Which is most excellent), the events are scheduled, some events are held outside these times, so we have a good chance of not watching the games live.

All you who-watch-to-much-TV types would be surprise to learn that Malaysia and Beijing share the same time zone (GMT +8). Rejoice in the fact that your slow sluggish brain need not even have to do any funky time conversion thingy when referring to the schedule.

I'll be cheering along from my couch. Go for gold!

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