WFDF 2016 World Ultimate Championships Finals from London to be Uplinked Free for Int. Broadcasters
16 June 2016
In addition to 20+ games on Livestream.com and exclusive North American telecast on CBS Sports Network
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the telecast of the Finals of the WFDF 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships from London will be available for free on an unencrypted European satellite on Saturday 25 June at 18:00 London time (GMT+1).
The 9Mhz feed will be on Eutelsat 10A, comprised of 12 segments (with 11 internal commercial pods) and a Total Run Time of 88:00. The event will air exclusively on CBS Sports Network in the United States and Canada at 4:00—6:00pm EDT and 9:00—11:00pm PDT but is available to international television networks interested in broadcasting the production in countries outside of North America, with WFDF permission.
Beginning Sunday June 19, select round-robin, quarterfinal, semifinal, and finals competition will be presented on the leading online platform Livestream.com, featuring multi-camera coverage, live commentary, and high-quality graphics. Livestream.com will archive the competitions through April, 2017. The livestream broadcasts will also be available on http://wfdf.org/live and the WFDF Facebook page, (http://www.facebook.com/worldflyingdisc).
The quadrennial World Ultimate and Guts Championships (http://www.wugc2016.com) will be held at the University College London Sports Ground (St. Albans), with the final day’s competition to take place at Allianz Park (Hendon). Nearly 3,000 athletes from 39 countries are expected to participate in the men’s, women’s, mixed gender, and masters divisions. The World Ultimate Championships, held since 1983, are the premier world championships of the sport of Flying Disc, which has an estimated 7.5 million active players worldwide.
“We are very excited to share for free—not behind a paywall—20 games from preliminary rounds online and a world-class telecast of the Finals, free to international broadcasters, of ultimate’s world championships,” stated Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “For WFDF, this is our most significant international coverage to date, reflecting the growth and recognition of the sport. Free, multi-bandwidth streaming, viewable globally in real time, along with a telecast highlighting the Finals, are key elements in our strategy to raise the profile of the sport as we continue our search for a global brand sponsor.”
The production team is led by network veteran Tim Rockwood (WFDF’s Managing Director of Broadcasting and Marketing) and Rauch as Executive Producers, Elliot Trotter of Skyd Magazine as Director, and Mike Palmer of ulti.tv and Skyd Productions as Technical Director. Veteran ultimate commentators Evan Lepler, Bryan Jones, and Megan Molteni lead the on-air team.
For more information, please contact:
Managing Director, Broadcasting and Marketing
World Flying Disc Federation