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BRUSSELS -- The European Broadcasting Union has said that over 120 million video streams of the Beijing Olympic Games were downloaded from its members' Web sites and from the EBU aggregated live video portal.

This amounted to an online audience of over 18 million through live and on-demand broadband. It was also a major jump from the Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006 where the EBU and its members delivered 23 million video streams.

The EBU, which includes such broadcasters as BBC, ZDF, ARD, ITV, TF1 and Canal +, said its broadcast infrastructure for Beijing was more than double the size of that for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

EBU members made some 15,000 hours of live content available online, with over 9,000 hours of live content available over 43 different live channels. The average visit time on the EBU video portal was 30 minutes per viewer, with each viewer watching an average of five different live streams each visit.