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August 21, 2008

BBC blocks Olympics on 3G


by David Allen

The Olympics have not just been a success for Team GB, they have also been a success for Team BBC too, with millions watching online, most probably while at work but that’s another story!

However this success has grown so fast that even mobile broadband user have been tempted to take a quick look, but they would be unhappy to find that the BBC are blocking video streams to mobile broadband users.

This is nothing to do with traffic, but rather to stay in line with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules.

This is because the BBC cannot guarantee where the mobile broadband user is when they download the content, and part of the deal between the BBC and the IOC is that they can only broadcast to the UK viewer.

However, it has be noted that there really cannot be that many people using mobile broadband who are freely downloading video streams of the Olympics, whether they are at home or away.

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