NBC announced two significant technology partnerships with Microsoft and Wavexpress to provide 2008 Olympics coverage over the web. The new initiatives embody a natural evolution for Olympics coverage considering the times—but they’re available only to users of Vista or Silverlight.
Powered by Wavexpress’ TVTonic Internet video service and client, NBC Olympics on the Go will allow owners of Media-Center-capable Windows Vista PCs (that’s Home Premium and Ultimate) to download “up-to-HD” coverage on a sport-by-sport basis. Users can chose from a number of channels in Wavexpress’ TVTonic client that NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Games will be categorized into, and the NBC Olympics on the Go client will be able to access event coverage roughly 12 hours after an event ends. Ars Technica confirmed with Wavexpress that users will not be able to keep downloaded coverage indefinitely, though videos will remain playable at least for the duration of the games.