FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 25, 1999
For additional information contact:
Sam Matheny, Vice President & General Manager, DTV Plus
Capitol Broadcasting Company To Provide Extensive Streaming Media Coverage Of The 1999 Special Olympics World Games On The Internet
Raleigh, NC — Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. (CBC) will distribute live audio and video coverage over the Internet from Opening Ceremonies of the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games on Saturday, June 26. CBC will also be distributing thirty-minute and five-minute daily specials produced by WRAL-TV recapping the day’s events on Monday, June 28 through Friday, July 2. This Internet distribution is being provided as part of Capitol Broadcasting Company’s corporate sponsorship of the ’99 Games.
This is the first time that such extensive coverage of the Special Olympics World Games is being offered. CBC’s use of streaming media and the Internet will make the ’99 Games accessible to more people than ever before possible. CBC will be distributing a total of thirteen different programs produced by its subsidiaries and partners including WRAL-TV, WUNC-TV, WRAL-FM, and the North Carolina News Network. Coverage of Opening Ceremonies will feature such high-profile celebrities as Billy Crystal, Stevie Wonder and pop band Sugar Ray.
CBC is working with broadcast.com (www.broadcast.com) to ensure that the capacity is there to serve audio and video across the globe. To watch or listen to the coverage Internet users will need the RealPlayer which is available as a free download at www.real.com. The streaming audio and video coverage of the ’99 Games will be available from three Web sites: WWW.WRAL-TV.COM, WWW.99GAMES.COM and WWW.BROADCAST.COM.
“Capitol Broadcasting Company is truly making the ’99 Games available to the world,” said Sam Matheny, Web Technology Manager, 1999 Special Olympics World Games. “There are thousands of family and friends that weren’t able to make the trip to North Carolina to participate and see their athlete compete. Thanks to Capitol Broadcasting and the Internet, now they can.”
Opening Ceremonies will be available live on Saturday, June 26, at 7:00 PM EDT, but will also be archived, so people from all over the world can watch the event when it is convenient for them. The thirty-minute daily broadcasts will be available live at 7:30 PM EDT, and will also be archived. The five-minute daily updates will be available as pre-produced files.
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL-Digital, WRAL-FM, Microspace, the North Carolina News Network, DTV Plus, Wolfpack Sports Marketing, and Capitol Sports Management in Raleigh, NC; WJZY-TV and WFVT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club in Myrtle Beach, SC; Capitol Broadcasting Company also founded Local TV on Satellite in Raleigh, NC.