Follow the Olympics without losing sleep
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.
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.
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