Foxtel to screen 2012 Olympics on 8 HD channels

Foxtel will broadcast the London Olympic Games on 8 dedicated High Definition channels in 2012.

To mark the one year lead-in to the games Foxtel has announced an unprecedented Australian coverage of the Olympics, with 8 dedicated channels with events to screen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in High Definition.

The number of channels is double those on offer for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Foxtel has the Pay TV rights (Nine has Free to Air) and will broadcast Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Diving, Water Polo,  Track, Field, Cycling, Gymnastics, Equestrian, Fencing, Table Tennis, Slalom, Rowing, Sailing, Volleyball,  Football, Hockey, Weightlifting and Basketball.

CEO Kim Williams, said: “The landmark broadcast will screen all telecasts in full – all  sessions of major sports will be shown live, every Aussie Medal will be shown live, and all sports and matches featuring Australian teams will – for the first time – be broadcast live and in full.

“The broadcast is a hugely ambitious task, and following the success of our coverage of the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, we are thrilled to provide this exciting  service for our viewers.”

Foxtel’s coverage will be hosted and presented from studios inside Olympic Park in London.

Australian athlete Steve Hooker said: “As an athlete, part of the thrill of competing is knowing your family and friends back home are cheering you on. What Foxtel will do with the London 2012 Olympic Games means Australians won’t miss a moment, and can watch us every step of the way.”

Nine is yet to announce its broadcast plans for the games but will retain the exclusive rights to the live Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Foxtel is yet to release its pricing details for the games.

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