Horse sport’s showcase international event, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, is to be broadcast in more than 200 territories worldwide.
The Games get under way on August 23 in Normandy, France, and run to September 7.
Public broadcasters from more than 10 European countries, including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland, have confirmed their plans for the event. Further coverage with an attractive mix of live, broadcast delay and highlights programming, will be provided by additional channels and networks from around the globe, spanning Canada to New Zealand, Malaysia to South America and the Middle East to China, Mexico and the United States.
Official Sponsor France Televisions and Media Partner Equidia Life will provide French viewers with an unprecedented level of broadcast coverage of the biggest sporting event in France this year.
Pan-European channel Eurosport will show the Games in 20 languages across its continental broadcast footprint. FEI TV, the FEI’s official video website, will live-stream high quality coverage of the entire event, with daily English-language commentary from more than 30 equestrian experts. In addition, the FEI’s daily talk-show, will be available via FEI TV and other websites, including the official event portal www.normandy2014.com, that will also offer regular clips from the Games in Normandy.
France Télévisions is promising extensive coverage, mixing daily live broadcasting on France 3, as well as a complete digital offer on francetvsport.fr and France TV Sport applications. France 3 will show every discipline, from 3pm during the week and from 3.20pm on weekends. These live broadcasts will be presented by journalists Nelson Monfort, with Christian Choupin and Virginie Coupérie commentating on the disciplines, along with special guests Guillaume Canet and Jean Rochefort. France Télévisions will also offer a follow-up to the competitions on their news programmes and their sports magazine, notably including Stade 2 (produced and directed live from Caen on August 31 for a special show at the heart of the Games) and Tout le Sport, as well as the dedicated website.
“France Télévisions group sets particularly great store by broadcasting major international sports events that are symbols of sporting heritage, such as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy,” said Daniel Bilalian, Deputy Director in charge of sports programmes for France Télévisions.
Equidia Life, France’s leading equestrian media outlet and Media Partner to the event, will be broadcasting live throughout the Games. Some 18 million households have access to the channel, which promises to keep its viewers informed with about 150 hours of live coverage. Along with Kamel Boudra and Pascal Boutreau, a team of 20 will be on site over the fortnight.
Two daily shows will be broadcast from a TV screen installed in the Games Village: Le Grand Direct, from 9am to 8pm, with commentary from the very best consultants, such as Michel Robert; and Le Grand Soir, from 8pm to 9pm, which will feature a debate and debriefing. Coverage of the opening ceremony will be broadcast on Saturday 23 August at 8.30pm. Equidia Life will also feature live coverage of all the competitions on their website equidia.fr, which is also available via the smartphone application Equidia.