By David Gold

Wheelchair basketballAugust 1 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) website is to feature a new video player for the London 2012 Paralympics, integrating live footage and results.

The video player is developed by IPC worldwide IT partner Atos, and is integrated with cloud streaming media innovator Octoshape.

The Sport Media Application in Real Time (SMART) Player is the first of its kind, and the IPC say it will revolutionise online streaming.

Only two sports – the swimming and wheelchair basketball – will use the SMART Player, and those watching will be able to view results, statistics, biographies, news and social media live in one window.

The player will also learn a user's specific sport interests, and thus give relevant results relating to those sports.

Viewers can also enjoy an improved user experience without buffering, and in total some 780 hours of sport will be streamed by the IPC over five channels.

Craig Spence, the IPC's director of media and communications, said: "We are delighted that will be the first website in the world to benefit from Atos' SMART Player.

"It will revolutionise the online viewing experience of sport and provide those viewing the Games on our website with an experience from which TV viewers cannot benefit.

"Sport fans have an endless thirst for information, and during London 2012 we aim to quench that thirst by providing viewers of swimming and wheelchair basketball with vast amounts of relevant and interesting information that will further enhance the viewing experience."

Patrick Adiba, Atos chief executive for Iberia, Olympic and Paralympics and major events, added: "With an estimated 8.5 billion devices connected to the internet, the London 2012 Games are set to be the most connected Games yet.

"Our new online application, Smart Player, enables all those watching the London 2012 Paralympic Games online to see the action live while simultaneously reading statistics and checking and contributing to the latest news in online forums and Twitter."

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