London Olympics 2012
London Olympics 2012.Reuters

The London Olympics 2012 is finally at hand and all set to begin. You can watch the opening ceremony live straight from the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium in Stratford on Doordashan channel.

People queue to get into the Olympic Park for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London
People queue to get into the Olympic Park for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London

The national television channel Doordarshan will broadcast the London Olympics 2012 live in India through its channels DD India and DD Sports. The opening ceremony of the mega sporting event will start at 1.30 am IST till 4.00 am (09:00 BST until 11:30 BST) Saturday.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television will give live coverage of the opening ceremony and the games that follow in Britain through its flagship Olympic channels, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC HD, BBC One HD, Red Button service on Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat. For those with 3D TVs can watch the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, 100m final and other major events on the BBCHD channel, which will broadcast in 3D.

NBC will broadcast the Olympics in the United States. NBC along with YouTube will provide livestream of the events. Meanwhile, Nine Network and Foxtel will broadcast in Australia. 

ESPN will broadcast the Olympics games in 22 countries in Asia and nine countries in South America. Eurosport has got the broadcasting rights in Europe. China Central Television (CCTV) will broadcast in China while SBS has got the rights in South Korea and North Korea.

IOC has announced that they would provide the livestream on YouTube for 64 territories in Asia and Africa. 

"The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games," said the official website of the games.

Oscar award winner Danny Boyle will direct the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony. He has chosen the theme 'The Isles of Wonder' for the ceremony and has worked with Indian music director A. R. Rahman, who provided the music of his film, "Slumdog Millionaire".

Her Majesty the Queen will officially declare the Games open in the presence of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, LOCOG Chair Seb Coe and 80,000 crowds at Olympic stadium in Stratford.

India has a record 81 athletes representing the country in 13 disciplines at the London Olympics 2012. The Indian contingent comprises of 58 men and 23 women, and Ajit Pal Singh is the Chef de Mission.

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