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Retirement homes to miss out on Olympic fun?

The upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi will be shown for the first time only on subscription TV channels and not freely available on Swedish Television SVT, and this could mean that some Swedes will miss out on the the Olympic action.

One such person could be Nils Fredriksson, 94, who lives in a retirement home in Finspång, a small town in Östergötland county. He is worried that there will be many people like him, who are not going to be able to watch the Winter Olympics this year because of their lack of access to pay television channels.

Swedish Television lost the rights to show the Winter Olympics this year. They were outbid by rival network Viasat which will show the games, primarily on its channels TV3 and 10. The problem is that many retirement homes do not have access to these channels and those living there will miss out seeing the Winter Olympics, which begin on 7 February.

"If you've had an interest in sports your whole life and happen to live in a retirement home, it would be annoying to not be able to continue watching the Olympics," Nils Fredriksson said to Swedish Radio's local P4 Östergötland channel.

Local Left Party politician, Stefan Karlsson, says he is now investigating how to possibly get the Olympics shown in retirement homes in his county.

"I'm convinced that it is technically possible but I'm not sure of the legal and financial realities, we will look into it but cannot promise anything," Stefan Karlsson said to P4 Östergötland.

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