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Follow the Olympics without losing sleep

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Ben Grubb and James Manning

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<em>Illustration: Rocco Fazzari</em>

Illustration: Rocco Fazzari

You don't have to get up in the middle of the night to watch the London Olympics on TV - there are plenty of other ways using technology that you can consume news of Aussie Olympians winning or losing at the games.

The Olympics is less than 24 hours away. And for many who aren't taking time off work to keep up-to-date with how our Olympians are going, it will mean catching up using the web, mobile and tablet apps.

Media organisations, as well as the London Games Organising Committee, have developed a multitude of ways for people to stay up-to-date. In fact there are three free official mobile apps available to download.

Key features of one of the most useful official apps, the "London 2012 Results App", include results, live updates, calendar schedule, details of sports, medal tables and athlete profiles. Users can also follow specific countries.

A paid for app developed by a third-party, iLondon 2012, offers similar functionality.

Another of the official apps, "London 2012 Join In App", is more designed for those on the ground in London but is also useful for seeing what's going on as the games progress. There's also an official video game app.

As well as using apps, you can keep up to date with official news at both the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) website and the London 2012 site. Google will also has its own hub. The IOC has created an athletes' hub, with profiles for competitors, including photos, fans, tweets, events and links to their Facebook pages.

The IOC's official Facebook page, which has 2.9 million fans, will host live video chats with athletes from within the Olympic village. The IOC has also partnered Facebook for Explore London 2012, an official page that presents the Facebook pages of athletes, teams and sports.

There are also official Olympics pages on TwitterGoogle+Foursquare, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube (though YouTube's streams are not viewable in Australia due to broadcasting rights). 

Fairfax will have up-to-the-minute coverage online, with live blogs, videos, reports, and photo galleries directly from London. Ninemsn's Olympics page will feature catch-up TV six hours after events air live (because of broadcasting rights) and exclusive videos with Australia's 30 top medal hopes.

If results stories aren't what you fancy, but photos are, then Reuters has you covered with its "Reuters Olympics London 2012" app for iPad and iPhone. Reviews so far suggest it's best to view the photos on the iPad. It promises to deliver "the best live Olympics photos & moments captured by Reuters award-winning photographers".

Foxtel sports subscribers will be able to watch the action on their iPad or Android tablets. All eight Games channels will be available live in the Foxtel app, as well as catch-up sessions, results and a TV guide.

If TV is still the way you want to engage with the Olympics, however, Nine will broadcast 14½ hours of live coverage a day, as well as highlights and replays. This will be simulcast in HD on the network's digital channel, Gem, and selected events will be shown in 3D (for those with 3DTVs) on Australia's first free-to-air 3D channel, digital channel 95.

Foxtel will broadcast 24/7 throughout the Games via eight HD channels (channels 184 to 191), divided by different sports and events. All gold medal events will be shown live.

How will you keep up-to-date with the Olympics? Leave a comment below.

25 comments

  • This article fails to mention the Radio Broadcasting that is also taking place.

    Oh, wait its the ABC that doing that!

    You would not want to be sending people to another media source that is local would you?!

    Shame, even in telling the masses the simplest of things like where to find coverage, you have to make it suit your motives.

    Commenter
    Matt
    Location
    Kingsford
    Date and time
    Fri Jul 27 05:53:40 UTC 2012
    • Olympics ? are the Olympics on soon ? Why didn't someone say anything...

      Commenter
      Mediawiz
      Date and time
      Fri Jul 27 06:06:54 UTC 2012
      • Where is the option in the poll for I'm not that interested and am going to have to suffer through the saturation coverage?

        Commenter
        euphemism
        Location
        Trying to hide
        Date and time
        Fri Jul 27 06:18:14 UTC 2012
        • Yeah, I'd vote for that one.

          Commenter
          David
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          Fri Jul 27 08:27:05 UTC 2012
        • Oh, you are not interested yet you are reading an article called "follow the Olympics without losing sleep". Hypocrite...stop being a wowser and enjoy the amazing spectacle that it is.

          Commenter
          Fenno70
          Date and time
          Sat Jul 28 01:28:41 UTC 2012
        • nice euphemism ;)

          Fenno70 ... Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft

          Commenter
          Kel
          Date and time
          Sat Jul 28 03:52:12 UTC 2012
      • So by 'following the olympics' the author didn't really mean by watching it on the internet in Australia? I have a feeling my IT skills will advance with a little leap, so I can watch events on youtube.

        Is it just me, or is the olympics really about commercial opportunities instead of celebrating the best (while being fair - no banned substances etc) athletes of now?

        Commenter
        Chewbacca
        Date and time
        Fri Jul 27 06:22:44 UTC 2012
        • +1 euphemism

          Commenter
          Fired Eggs
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          Fri Jul 27 06:26:58 UTC 2012
          • Why anyone would want to watch this drug-infested marketing-driven narcissistic body-fest is beyond me. The only time I'd watch was if Roy & HG were taking the p*ss out of it in their usual style.

            Commenter
            Mike F.
            Location
            Perth, WA
            Date and time
            Fri Jul 27 07:03:37 UTC 2012
            • i wouldn't normally watch any of the sports, but is there an app. that will tell me when an aussie is about to win a gold medal, so i can jump on the couch in front of the telly with some little aussie flags and face paint, and yell like crazy and feel really proud to be australian?!

              Commenter
              chester b. gobblecheeks
              Location
              melbourne
              Date and time
              Fri Jul 27 07:13:05 UTC 2012

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