London Calling: Foxtel Unveil Olympics Prog

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Eddie and Rove, over 3,200 hours of coverage including 1,100 hours live.

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There’s 100 days to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games commence, and Foxtel has revealed its eight dedicated Olympic channels.

The eight channels that will be free to residential sports subscribers and will air in both High Definition and Standard Definition.

With around 1,100 hours of live events, and over 3,200 hours of total coverage, FOXTEL will showcase all the drama, electricity, joy and despair of the 2012 Games.

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 – TrackLONDON 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

The remaining sports will be shown across a range of channels depending on the competition schedule. Foxtel will release a full guide including all broadcast times by July 1.

Subscribers will be able to see every single Gold Medal event live and in full and over the 17 days of competition Foxtel will broadcast all sessions and matches of sport in full, with all major sports shown live. And with the Foxtel iQ or iQHD, viewers can record, pause and rewind live TV so they see all the action at a time that suits them.

Extensive coverage that will be broadcast live from two Foxtel studios based inside London’s Olympic Park, one of which will run 24 hours a day.

Eddie McGuire will headline daytime coverage, alongside former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, broadcaster Tracey Holmes will team with FOX Sports cricket host Brendon Julian; while former Olympic swimmer Lisa Forrest will host with SKY News’ James Bracey.

Fronting Foxtel’s second studio will be former track and field athlete and SKY News presenter Tiffany Cherry and FOX Sports presenters Adam Peacock, Sarah Jones and Jason Dunstall.

It will also have a team of roving reporters on the ground in London, including comedian Rove McManus, Rove will present daily stories covering every aspect of the Games – from the colourful streets of the Olympic city to the various sporting venues and the athletes’ village, as well as catching up with some favourite athletes.

 

The Olympic commentary team includes: 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 Wansbrough (Hockey).

Throughout the 17 days of competition, Foxtel’s subscribers will also be able to watch the eight dedicated channels on the  London 2012 Olympic Games tablet app, streamed via both WiFi and 3G.

Foxtel’s ground-breaking coverage of the London Games will go live on July 25 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).

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