YouTube Launches Free Olympic HD Stream for Asia and Africa

The Olympics are going to be everywhere this year. It’ll be on Facebook, Twitter, television and more. For people in other areas of the world, TV may not be an option, and so YouTube has joined together with the International Olympics Committee to announce they will be streaming the London 2012 Games in 64 Asian and African territories – free of charge. The list of territories is below, and with such a wide variety of places, it likely means this will be the most watched Olympics in history.

The stream will include 11 different simultaneous high-definition broadcasts with English commentary.  They’ll run from 9am to 11pm London Time every day. There will also be a 24-hour broadcast of the Olympic News Channel, which includes summaries of the latest results, interviews, highlights and more. All of this will be free for a huge segment of the world, because looking at the list of countries below you’ll see areas like India on the list, and that’s over a Billion right there.

Timo Lumme, Managing Director, IOC Television and Marketing, said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer live online coverage of London 2012 to sports fans free of charge across these 64 markets. We first provided clips on our channel on YouTube during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games across the region, and since then have continued to provide footage of past Olympic Games across the world on our YouTube channel. Now we will also be able to offer live coverage during London 2012, complementing the excellent coverage provided by our broadcast partners across the world across all media platforms.”

The list of Asian territories is below:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

And in 42 Sub-Saharan African territories on a non-exclusive basis, including:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.