BEIJING -- Most people will not be able to watch the Olympics live but many have embraced new technology to enjoy the once in a lifetime experience. Yao Min, Liu Xiang and Roger Federer will be appearing on screens sized from two inches to 100 inches.
It's a rush now with more than 3,000 people installing IPTV every day, flat-panel TV sales surging and fans using laptops or PDAs to access the Olympics everywhere from hotels and shopping centers to airports.
High Definition TV
This is first time HD technology has been in use for a major international event ?? it has only been on the market for the past two years.
The CCTV HD channel's image quality is four times higher than that of DVD and HD truly enhances sport, say experts.
Though the HD content is relatively limited, it has fuelled the sales of TVs.
In the second quarter, large LCD panel sales jumped 23 percent to 117.9 million units, a new record, according to research firm DisplaySearch.
Shanghai Telecom's IPTV services, with two HD channels and replay functions, have attracted 510,000 users already, and the user base is expected to hit 800,000 by the end of this year.
In Shanghai there are three ways to access HD if you have an HD TV with definition of 720P (pixels) or 1080P.
You can subscribe to the Shanghai Media Group's cable-based service, which includes three HD channels and several standard definition (DVD quality) channels. The hotline number is 96877.
You can buy a HD TV set-top box to receive free wireless CCTV HD signals.
You can subscribe to Shanghai Telecom's IPTV (Internet protocal TV) service - but only certain parts of Shanghai can receive this HD signal. The hotline number is 10000.
Mobile TV is good for viewing shorter events like swimming and sprinting or the replaying of highlights.
China Mobile launched its mobile TV program for 2G and 3G phones.
Editor: canton fair