NBC Universal enters Olympics deals with DirecTV, Dish

MUMBAI: NBC Universal has announced deals with US satellite platforms DirecTV and Dish Network for this month's coverage of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

As per the deal, DirecTV will also offer enhanced features such as the Sports Mix channel, which will display multiple NBC Olympic channels simultaneously on one screen. Sports Mix will also offer up up-to-the-minute medal counts, NBC's entire Winter Olympics television schedule and more.

Further, DirecTV will offer more than 100 hours of high-definition Olympic coverage from Universal HD and up to 200 hours of NBC network Olympic Coverage in HD, as well as more than 15 hours of on demand NBC Olympics content available to DirecTV DVR customers.

Meanwhile, Dish Network subscribers will have access to NBC Interactive TV, which will allow viewers to monitor six channels on a single TV screen and select the competition or program that they want to view in normal, full-screen format.

Dish Network customers can view five NBC Universal networks simultaneously: MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo and SCI FI, three of which will broadcast NBC's Olympic coverage. A sixth screen will show NBC's Daily Olympic Highlights, as well as a preview of upcoming Olympic events to be aired across the NBC Universal networks.

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