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On the Web in High-Def: MSN has teamed up with NBC Universal to help create NBCOlympics.com on MSN, a great online experience for fans across the United States. Thanks to Microsoft’s Silverlight technology sports fans can follow the events in 720p high-definition, smooth -streaming video. More than 400 hours of live competition and more than 1000 hours of full-event replays will be available. Just like a DVR, viewers can rewind, fast-forward and even pause the action. In 2008 for Beijing, the NBC- Microsoft Silverlight partnership yielded not only a brand new way to cover a sporting event on the web, but also a record number of viewers: 52.1 million people logged on to watch 9.9 million hours of video.
What more do you need to know: Need event schedules? Want to know more about your favorite athlete? Need to understand the rules? MSN and Bing can help. NBCOlympics.com on MSN not only has rich Silverlight enabled video but will also feature medal trackers, HD photo galleries and an “Inside this Sport Section” so that you too can understand even the most obscure event.