Thursday, 19 August 2010

Foxtel announces free Commonwealth Games channels

Foxtel sports subscribers are in for a treat in October when the Commonwealth Games airs from Delhi — it won't cost them an extra cent.

Unlike its Winter Olympics packages earlier this year, the pay TV giant is giving its sports subscribers all the events without any additional fee.

There will be six dedicated high-definition and six standard-definition channels bringing over 500 hours of live events.

This includes a highlights channel bringing you all the best of the day's events, hosted by news veteran, Steve Liebmann. It will also include live gymnastics.

CEO Kim Williams said: "We will offer our customers even more value for their Foxtel subscription by offering them — for free to all sports subscribers — the most comprehensive coverage of any sporting event ever in Australian television history through our six superb new interactive channels in high definition and standard definition.

"Foxtel will broadcast, live and in full, every single session of the swimming (heats and finals), diving, track athletics, track and road cycling, rugby sevens and gymnastics.

"And we'll also broadcast live and in full every single Australian men's and women's hockey match and every netball match featuring our Australian team."

Set to launch from October 4, the channels are as follows:

DELHI 1 GOLD: daily highlights and live gymnastics.
DELHI 2: swimming and diving
DELHI 3: athletics (track)
DELHI 4: athletics (field)
DELHI 5: cycling and rugby sevens
DELHI 6: hockey and netball

Other medal events to be covered include synchronised swimming, tennis, boxing, lawn bowls, badminton, wrestling, squash, archery, shooting and table tennis.

Once again there will be interactive applications via iQ/iQ2 and streaming broadcast at

For those who are not subscribers there will be a stand-alone package of AUS$85 or the monthly sports tier subscription of AUS$16.

Free-to-air coverage will be broadcast by the TEN Network across the two weeks of the games.


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