How the Olympic torch relay is broadcast live on the web

Olympic broadcasting technology
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This year the Olympic Torch will travel 8000 miles, carried by 8000 runners, to its final destination in London. Every minute will be broadcast live on the web (watch it at TorchRelay). This article and video from the BBC explains the technology behind this accomplishment and reveals that the data is not sent over high-tech satellite links, but over 3G connections more commonly used by mobile phones. Watch how the data is collected, processed, controlled, and broadcast.

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