FOXTEL today announced another Australian television first.
During the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in February 2010, viewers will be able to watch every Australian athlete competing live, as well as all gold medal events as they happen, in the most comprehensive broadcast coverage ever offered in this country.
FOXTEL will present its television coverage over four dedicated High Definition channels (as well as four Standard Definition digital channels) in superb 5.1 channel surround sound – complemented by a rich array of interactive statistics and up-to-the-minute information about the events and competing athletes.
FOXTEL Chief Executive, Kim Williams AO, said: “FOXTEL’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games will feature more than 340 hours of live coverage, compared with only 10 hours live coverage of the 2006 Torino Olympic Winter games. FOXTEL will offer subscribers 1600 hours of total coverage, compared with only 100 hours total coverage of the Torino Olympic Winter Games.”
“We will complement our television broadcast with mobile, broadband, and interactive delivery platforms making the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games available anytime and anywhere.
“We will take all of the extraordinary possibilities of our digital platform – our iQ set-top-boxes, SD and HD channels, surround sound, interactive services, electronic programming guide, and mobile and broadband services – to showcase the 17 days of competition with greater depth, breadth, excitement and relevance than ever before.”
FOXTEL’s coverage will be carried over four dedicated subscription television channels which mirror the four Vancouver competitive settings:
Cyprus will cover free style aerials, moguls, snowboarding and ski cross.
Creekside will cover alpine skiing, ice hockey finals, and curling finals.
Whistler will cover cross country skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge.
Vancouver will cover all figure skating, hot track and speed skating.
FOXTEL subscribers will also be able to record the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games to the FOXTEL iQ ensuring they can watch what they want, when they want to, as well as on their mobile phones and personal computers.
The pricing of FOXTEL’s Vancouver Olympic Winter Games offers great value for money. The Early Bird rate is set at $50 (or less than $3 a day) inclusive of all television events, interactive services and broadband, and the Season Pass – which will go on sale in 2010 – is set at just $65 (or under $4 a day) for all events.
The Vancouver Olympic Winter Games coverage will be available to all subscription television homes (2.5 million) and subscription television viewers (over 8 million Australians) across the country, as FOXTEL today also concluded an agreement with AUSTAR under which FOXTEL has appointed AUSTAR as FOXTEL’s sales agent for the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in regional Australia (except WA).
More information, including how to register, is available online at: