US fans get chance to watch IAAF World Championships live on internet - Friday’s Exxon Bislett Games will be the appetizer
Monday 25 July 2005
Monaco – For the first time ever, athletics fans in the USA and U.S. territories will be able to watch an unprecedented 58 hours of live Webcast coverage of the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, plus archived footage and broadcast highlights.
The live Webcast of all nine days of World Championships competition, August 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland, will be available in the United States and U.S. territories for only $4.95. In addition, fans who register for the groundbreaking coverage can experience what the World Championships Webcast will look like when wcsn.com provides a Webcast of the Exxon-Mobil Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, this Friday, July 29.
The live Webcast, available to all World Championships Webcast subscribers, will give fans a chance to experience live, TDK Golden League coverage prior to the start of the World Championships on August 6.
The World Championships Sports Network (WCSN), in a unique partnership with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), will provide the IAAF international feed for the Webcasts at its Web site, wcsn.com. Primary commentary will be provided by the IAAF host broadcast crew of Steve Ovett, Peter Matthews and Sean Pickering, with U.S. commentators to be added.
Revolutionary coverage of IAAF World Championships in Helsinki
For $4.95, fans will be able to watch every day of competition from the World Championships in Helsinki, which run from August 6-14. The Webcast will include every heat of every track event, as well as extensive field event coverage. Thanks to cooperation between WCSN, MLBAM, the IAAF and its marketing partner Dentsu, USATF and many other dedicated parties, devoted fans will get uninterrupted coverage of action on the track and in the field.
The low subscription price, developed by World Championship Sports Network, will provide a high-quality feed, along with tech support, for subscribers to the Webcast. Viewing the Webcast will require fans in the United States and U.S. territories to have a broadband Internet access at a speed of 350 kilobytes per second.
In addition to the live feed, subscribers also will be able to view archived footage of each day’s Webcast one hour after the conclusion of the day’s coverage. WCSN also will provide subscribers to the online service access to the one-hour highlight show that will be telecast each day on the PAX cable network.
Sign-up for the Webcast will begin later this month at wcsn.com
Fans interested in pre-registering for the Webcast should go to the WCSN landing page, www.wcsn.com http://www.wcsn.com/ , to sign up.