Rights Holders Deliver More Coverage of Vancouver

Bonn, Germany - With more than 25 broadcasters anticipated to have TV coverage from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the number of broadcasting hours and cumulated TV viewers are expected to exceed that of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. There were 285 hours of broadcasting time during the Torino Paralympics, resulting in a cumulated audience of 1.4 billion (in 25 analyzed markets). 02 Mar 2010 By IPC

In Canada, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium will broadcast a total of over 50 hours will of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. In addition to live events and daily highlights on television, the Consortium's multi-platform coverage includes results, updates, features and pre-promotional programming on radio, digital and print, marking the biggest and most robust coverage ever in Canada of the Paralympic Games. Each day, the Consortium will produce a 90-minute highlights show of the day's activities, results and updated medal standings, airing in English on either CTV, TSN or Rogers Sportsnet and in French on RDS or RIS Info Sports. In addition, the Consortium will televize all Team Canada Ice Sledge Hockey games in English (CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet) and French (RDS, RIS Info Sports), with the gold medal game airing live on CTV and RDS.

In the USA, NBC agreed to broadcast on the NBC Television Network a programme related to the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and a highlights programme of the Vancouver Paralympics, which will be published after the Games. In addition, NBC Universal Sports intends to broadcast a daily programme related to competition at the 2010 Paralympics. Universal Sports also has the intention to feature coverage of the Games on UniversalSports.com in the form of on-demand re-airs of its Universal Sports Television Network coverage, plus full-length event "rewinds".

In Japan, more than 20 hours of broadcasting are expected for Vancouver. NHK will broadcast a special programme of 25 minutes on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games every day. Additionally, summaries will be shown on Educational TV.

Sky New Zealand will provide daily coverage of the Paralympics starting 13 March through till 22 March in the form of a 1 hour highlights package, a LIVE studio show, and will probably provide LIVE coverage of the Opening Ceremony and delayed coverage of the Ice Sledge Hockey Final on 21 March.

The Europe-wide broadcaster Eurosport will broadcast more than 14 hours live from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Additionally, there is a camera crew on site to for interviews, portraits and reports.

For Germany, an expected 20 hours will be broadcasted for Vancouver, where Torino had 17 hours. Channels ARD and ZDF will take over the majority of broadcasting, with the plan to broadcast an average two hours of highlights every day; in the morning between 10:00 and 11:00 and in the late evening 0:00 to 1:00.

In Spain, more than 40 hours are expected for Vancouver, with Torino having a total of 42 hours. The Spanish broadcaster TVE has announced to broadcast up to six hours per day from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. One hour of highlights will be shown every day on La 2. Additionally, all Alpine Skiing races with Spanish athletes competing will be broadcasted live on Teledeporte between 18:00 and 23:00.

In Norway, more than 25 hours are expected to be broadcasted, which is more than three times than Torino (eight hours). NRK will broadcast a special programme of 30 minutes on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games every day, with additional live and delayed coverage of the Ice Sledge Hockey Games of the Norwegian team and of Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing events.

In the Czech Republic, a total of over five hours from the Czech broadcaster CT, with 40 minutes of daily highlights from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The Czech Republic had three hours for Torino.

Finnish broadcaster YLE will include daily summaries and highlights for their broadcasts.

Sweden’s SVT will have daily summaries with selected live broadcasts from Ice Sledge Hockey, Wheelchair Curling, Alpine Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing.

The Austrian broadcaster ORF will have a total of 4.5 hours, with show daily highlights of 25 minutes. ORF will be matching the broadcast time of Torino.

In France, a total of over five hours will be broadcasted for the Vancouver Games. The French broadcasters FT2 and FT3 announced that they would broadcast around 30 minutes of highlights daily.

In Australia, ABC will have highlights and daily live coverage of the Vancouver Paralympics. ABC1 will screen the highlights of each day’s competition, with half-hour programmes each evening at 18:30. Hosted by Shaun Giles, and with commentary from Steve Robilliard, this programme will also feature interviews, medal tallies and athlete profiles. It will be repeated each evening at 23:30 on ABC1, and will be available on ABC iView. A website will also be hosted at abc.net.au/paralympics. The games begin with a half-hour package of highlights from the Opening Ceremony on 13 March at 18:3o on ABC1.

ParalympicSport.TV, the IPC’s internet TV channel, will broadcast more than 150 hours from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12-21 March 2010. All Paralympic sports will be covered in the programming, either live or delayed. This coverage will also be made available as Video on Demand (VOD) after the events on www.ParalympicSport.TV.

For a sneak preview of what will be available on the IPC's Internet TV channel, ParalympicSport.TV has just released its first trailer promoting the coverage of the Vancouver Paralympics on www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv.