[LINK] Alibaba Olympics

Stephen Loosley StephenLoosley at outlook.com
Sat Sep 19 20:34:35 AEST 2020

With Alibaba’s impressive online-smarts delivering earth’s premier sporting events, it sounds as if many folk will be able to enjoy a truly unique Olympic experience. One guess is all that competitors might have their own body-cams?

“Olympic Broadcasting Service aims to set sport streaming benchmark with Alibaba”

Hosted on the Alibaba cloud, the broadcasting service is hoping to deliver a 'groundbreaking' sports viewing experience.

By Asha Barbaschow | September 18, 2020

In 2017, Alibaba signed with the International Olympic Committee to be the official cloud service partner of the Olympics through to 2028. The deal covers three summer and three winter Olympic Games.

"We are aiming to empower smarter Olympics and sports with innovations in cloud computing and the intelligence technologies," Alibaba Cloud Intelligence president for international business Selina Yuan said during the company's virtual Apsara Conference 2020 on Thursday.

In 2018, Alibaba unveiled the "cloud data centre" for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic games. Yuan said the data centre utilises clean energy such as wind and solar energy to make it a "green digital Olympics".

In the same year, the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) cloud was launched to drive what Yuan called the technology revolution of live Olympic games broadcasting.

Presenting alongside Yuan was OBS CEO Yannis Exarchos, who said the deal with the Chinese giant allows the broadcasting service to deliver "groundbreaking" solutions that operate on the Alibaba cloud.

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