With exactly 100 days to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games, Foxtel has revealed details of its mammoth broadcast, billed as “the most extensive coverage of an Olympic Games ever seen in Australia.”
The Pay TV provider will broadcast across eight brand-new, dedicated channels that will be free to residential sports subscribers available in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
Over the 17 days of competition Foxtel will broadcast all sessions and matches of sport in full, with all major sports shown live. This includes every Gold Medal event live and in full.
Fronting the broadcast will be Eddie McGuire and Matt Shirvington plus Tracey Holmes, Brendon Julian, Lisa Forrest and James Bracey. Rove McManus will add colour pieces capturing the London atmosphere.
With around 1,100 hours of live events, and over 3,200 hours of total coverage, the channels are*:
London 1 Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo
London 2 Cycling – Track, Cycling – BMX, Cycling – Mountain Bike, Cycling – Road
London 3 Gymnastics – Artistic, Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Gymnastics – Trampoline
London 4 Athletics – Track
London 5 Athletics – Field
London 6 Equestrian – Jumping, Equestrian – Eventing, Equestrian – Dressage, Fencing, Table Tennis
London 7 Rowing, Canoeing – Sprint, Canoeing – Slalom
London 8 Beach Volleyball, Sailing, Football, Hockey, Weightlifting
Remaining sports will be shown across a range of channels depending on the competition schedule.
A full guide including all broadcast times will be announced by July 1.
There will be two studios inside London’s Olympic Park, one of which will run 24 hours a day. A second studio will feature Tiffany Cherry, Adam Peacock, Sarah Jones and Jason Dunstall.
Foxtel will also have a team of roving reporters on the ground in London, including Rove McManus who will present daily stories including London streets, the athletes’ village and Aussie athletes. Gus Worland will also add colour stories, alongside local British television personality Tania Bryer and roving sports journalists Ben Damon and Will McCloy.
Commentators include Susie O’Neill, Rebecca Wilson, Ray Hadley, James Tomkins (Rowing), Kerri Pottharst (Beach Volleyball), Scott McGrory (Cycling), Liz Chetkovich (Gymnastics), Debbie Watson (Water Polo), Andrew Gaze (Basketball), Jane Flemming (Athletics), Peter Donegan (Athletics), Daley Thompson (Athletics), Damian Brown (Weightlifting), Mike Murphy (Diving), Lucinda Green (Equestrian), Rechelle Hawkes (Hockey) and David Wansborough (Hockey).
Residential subscribers will also be able to watch via a Foxtel tablet app.
Coverage will go live on July 25 AST to include live coverage of the 14 football matches that precede the Opening Ceremony. Competition will commence on air at 6.00pm on Saturday, July 28 (AEST).
Pricing for non-sports subscribers has not yet been revealed.
* Some sports listed may appear across different channels as determined by the competition schedule.