Finally – all those shows annoying us in promos during The Olympics, commence airing on Nine in the first week “after the Olympics”. Big Brother, Underbelly Badness, Anger Management with Charlie Sheen, The Farmer Wants a Wife – now with 216 dates, and Howzat. Still not scheduled, and likely to start in subsequent weeks, is Dallas and House Husbands. UPDATED AGAIN: 60 Minutes is NOW NOT back until August 19. It was in, but now is out again. Continue reading »
Foxtel’s London 2012 Olympics Coverage is over 8 channels, all of which are available in HD for those with the Foxtel HD package. No matter what sport you want to see, you can over the 8 channels, and all gold medal ceremonies are LIVE. Continue reading »
At 9pm Friday July 27, London time, the 2012 London Olympic Games begin with the Opening Ceremony. In Australia, that translates to 6am eastern time (5.30 SA & NT, 4.00am WA) Saturday July 28 and coverage is on Nine (WIN & NBN regionals), simulcast in HD on GEM. Meanwhile, Foxtel are offering 8 channels of Olympics coverage – all of which are also available in HD. Live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are exclusive to the Nine network.
Nine today have announced their coverage details for the 2012 Olympic Games, which will include over 14 hours a day of live coverage plus a further 4 hours a day of highlights and related programming.
See press release below for full details.
The Olympics will be simulcast on GEM in HD – which is good news, but, given there is no mention of GO!, presumably GO! will remain with normal programming during the Olympics to give viewers other options.
As coverage is only a simulcast of the main channel Nine on GEM in HD, the Olympics coverage will really only again be single channel coverage, just like it was four years ago when Seven broadcast the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In this age of multi channels, this could have been the perfect opportunity for Nine to make use of multi channels by showing more than on event at once – particularly when there Australians competing. Over 90% of households have access to digital channels now.
Yes, anti-siphoning laws may prevent multi channel coverage on free to air, but Nine could have perhaps requested an exemption allowing them to go that one step further with multi channel free to air coverage, never before seen in Australia.
On the other hand, Foxtel will have 8 channels of Olympics coverage, in both standard and high definition. Perhaps the joint deal with Foxtel means the multi channel coverage is left exclusively for Subscription TV.
The Olympics broadcast starts with London Eve on the night of Friday July 27, followed by the Opening Ceremony, live and exclusive to Nine, from 6am Saturday July 28, 2012.
Here is the Press Release:
In 142 days all eyes will be on London for the greatest sporting event in the world as more than 10,500 athletes from over 200 countries descend on the city for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Wide World of Sports, the Nine Network’s award-winning team with a reputation for top-class sporting broadcasts, will bring Olympic joy, heartache, celebration and tears to the Australian television audience for more than 18 hours a day across 16 days of elite competition.
The Games of the XXX Olympiad will go live from Saturday, July 28 (AEST) at 6.00am with the Opening Ceremony and end on Monday, August 13 (AEST) when the Olympic Flame is extinguished at the Closing Ceremony. During that time, Wide World of Sports will broadcast more than 300 hours of Olympic Games action on Channel Nine, which will also be simulcast in High Definition on GEM.
The lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games has now begun on Nine. And for eight weeks from May 27, Nine will count down to London 2012 as Wide World of Sports presents Road to London, featuring Australian Olympic hopefuls in their quest to compete in London and bring home a medal. Throughout 2012, Nine’s Sunday morning flagship program, Wide World of Sports, will take viewers behind the scenes as our athletes prepare for London.
Nine’s Olympic Games coverage commences with the London Eve show on Friday, July 27 (AEST) bringing the excitement and anticipation to fever pitch, before the live and exclusive broadcast of the spectacular Opening Ceremony.
Wide World of Sports has 30 years’ experience in bringing great sporting broadcasts to a national audience. Nine’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the biggest sporting telecast of an Olympic Games hosted outside Australia.
Athletes will compete in 26 sports and 39 disciplines, with 300 gold medals up for grabs. Nine will showcase the most memorable moments of the Games and capture all the passion, pain and celebration as the world’s best athletes vie for gold.
A top team of hosts and expert commentators will bring the Games to Australian viewers. Hosting the coverage for Nine in London is the face and voice of Wide World of Sports, Ken Sutcliffe, and joining him are Karl Stefanovic, Leila McKinnon, Mark Nicholas and Cameron Williams. Leila McKinnon and Eddie McGuire will host Nine’s live and exclusive coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Today’s Ben Fordham and Melbourne weekend newsreader Alicia Loxley will present regular Olympic Games updates throughout the coverage from London.
On competition days, Nine will deliver 14.5 hours of continuous live coverage from 6.30pm until 9.00am the following morning on London Live. Then from 9.00am to 11.00am each morning, you can see all the day’s highlights in London Gold, which will be replayed from 4.00pm-6.00pm every afternoon.
Nine’s expert commentary team for London 2012 includes nine Olympic gold medallists, revered former Olympic athletes, and distinguished sports broadcasters, who will call all the action. The Wide World of Sports exclusive swimming commentary team comprises Olympic gold medallists Grant Hackett and Giaan Rooney plus Ray Warren, Australia’s most accomplished sports commentator.
The Olympic commentary team includes James Tomkins (Rowing), Kerri Pottharst (Beach Volleyball), Scott McGrory (Cycling), Debbie Watson (Water Polo), Andrew Gaze (Basketball), Jane Flemming (Athletics), Melinda Gainsford Taylor (Athletics), Michael Slater (Diving), Andrew Voss (Weightlifting), James Brayshaw (Rowing) and Eddie McGuire (Marathon and Triathlon).
Nine News will bring viewers unrivalled coverage of all the stories from the Games. A team of reporters and camera crews will cover the Games around the clock with unparalleled access to the athletes village and Olympic venues to get the stories behind the magic moments.
Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson and the Today crew are also heading to London 2012. In the week leading up to the XXX Olympiad, Today will broadcast from the heart of London as it welcomes the world to the greatest show on earth. As well as bringing all the latest news from the Australian camp, Karl, Lisa, Georgie Gardner, Ben Fordham, Richard Wilkins, Richard Reid and Steve Jacobs will showcase the history, culture and excitement of the Olympics.
For a full week, Today will go behind the scenes as London makes final preparations for the Games and meet the athletes going for gold, as well as the families who’ll be cheering for them. The week will culminate with all the highlights of the Australian Olympic team reception, and the announcement of the flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony.
Nine was there when the Olympics came to Melbourne in 1956 and 56 years later it will be there again for London 2012. Can IAAF Athlete of the Year and Nine’s Olympic Ambassador Sally Pearson go one better than Beijing and bring home the gold? Our best hopes among the men in the pool will lie with 2011 world 100m freestyle champion James “the missile” Magnussen. He goes to London as the superstar of our swim squad, but will he bring home the gold?
Will Australian pole vault gold medallist Steve Hooker retain his Olympic title? The Kookaburras are the reigning World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth champions in hockey – can they add Olympic gold medallists to that impressive list? Will Australia dominate at the velodrome? Are the experts right in predicting Australia will grab three gold medals in sailing? And how many medals can Australia lift from the pool?
Watch history being made at the XXX Olympiad on Nine and come on a trip of a lifetime as we take you to the Olympic city for the London 2012 Olympic Games.