Live streaming of Olympics overseas restricted to on-base residents
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The live-streaming video access of the Summer Olympics being made available for the first time to military personnel and their families won’t extend to those living off base overseas because of restrictions on broadcasting rights, officials said.
When Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials announced earlier this month that the Exchange had joined with NBC and other telecommunication providers to bring live streaming of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to military households worldwide, they noted that “content rights restrictions” would apply to some overseas locations.
There are no restrictions on access to the live streaming by servicemembers, retirees and their families living stateside.
In response to questions from Stars and Stripes, AAFES spokesman Chris Ward on Wednesday clarified that “those living off base are not able to stream the Olympics when stationed” outside the United States.
In overseas locations, the “on-installation requirement exists since other TV networks in countries worldwide own broadcasting rights covering their geographies,” he said.
Those receiving internet service on base by the Exchange through a contracted provider remain eligible for the streaming, Ward said. “Those networks under control of the Exchange were able to be white-listed by NBC through known IP addresses.”
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