Sunset+Vine and Volvo Ocean Race announce race broadcast partners

17/10/17 3:56 PM | por mariajose | The Volvo Ocean Race and its global distribution agency Sunset+Vine, the TV sports producer and distributor, which is part of the Tinopolis Group, announced their initial list of broadcast partners this week in advance of the race start on 22 October 2017 with an emphasis on core countries featuring boats, stopovers and sailors in the race - and a shift towards digital coverage. Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Samsung will bring race content to the most popular digital platforms in the world, while Spain (TVE/Teledeporte), Portugal (RTP), Brasil (TV Brasil), France (Sport+), South Africa (SuperSport), Australia (Fox Sports), New Zealand (Sky NZ), UK (Sky Sports) and Holland (NOS) all feature national channels or premier sports broadcasters covering the race programming throughout the nine months starting this month with the Volvo Ocean Race’s one hour race preview special. Other premium broadcasters in top markets include J-Sport (Japan), Sport TV (Turkey), TG4 (Ireland) and Sweden’s TV3 Sport. On the digital side, Sunset+Vine has delivered partnerships for the race with leading online and mobile platforms such as (China), Twitter (Global), Tencent (China), Aftonbladet Sport (Sweden), Samsung (Asia) and (USA) to bring the race’s award-winning content to smartphones, desktops and tablets. For this 13th edition of the race, all broadcast partners will feature more race content on their online digital platforms and via social media promotions and coverage then ever before. The TV programming will consist of a one-hour race preview, nine 30-minute leg summary shows and a one-hour race review in August 2018 for seven hours of TV coverage. A full schedule is available at bottom. In a move towards the consumer’s growing taste for short-form, easily-viewed mobile content, the race has shifted its video focus from traditional television to online digital content with several types of outputs, including: • Regular live stream each month from the port stopovers to include 90-minute livestream coverage of the in-port races, leg starts and leg finishes • Daily online update and analysis show from race HQ • Weekly race highlight show to catch fans up on the racing action from that week of the leg • Daily team updates including short and easily-accessible video content posted directly from the boats on social media and other shareable platforms “With our new crew communicator, we will have video footage going right from the boats 3,000 miles at sea into the hands of sports and sailing fans in an instant,” said Leon Sefton, Head of Television, Volvo Ocean Race. “Enhancing longer-form television content, we want fans to catch glimpses of our race and our incredible sailing footage on their social feeds via popular sports websites and on sports news shows in their home markets throughout the nine-months of this competition.” The introduction of the Crew Communicator, a device that will allow the sailors to supply their own digital updates, including photos and short videos, direct from the oceans will have a big impact on what fans will see and how quickly they can see it following a rule change from the race which had previously banned Internet access to the teams in order to rule out any potential outside assistance from shore. Andrew Piller, Head of Media Partnerships at Sunset+Vine, said, “Volvo has taken an exciting new digital-first approach to this race and Sunset+Vine is delighted to have played a key role in leveraging across not just traditional television networks but also the digital and social channels. “There are more than 100 broadcasters taking the monthly programming output yet we are equally proud of the 70-plus digital channels broadcasting live including TV network .coms, international newspapers, sailing trade and OTT channels.” “We’re pleased to see new partners on the digital side with tremendous reach and the potential for new fans to experience what the Volvo Ocean Race is all about,” said Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer at the Volvo Ocean Race. “The new emphasis on digital content is a decision we made during the last cycle to provide raw and unfiltered content straight from the boats – to let the public and sports fans see what it’s like to sail around the world in some of the toughest possible conditions over 45,000 nautical miles.” Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 TV Programs (earliest air date)
Episode 1 Race Preview October 27, 2017 60 mins
Episode 2 Leg 1 Recap November 17, 2017 30 mins
Episode 3 Leg 2 Recap December 15, 2017 30 mins
Episode 4 Leg 3 Recap January 12, 2018 30 mins
Episode 5 Leg 4 Recap February 9, 2018 30 mins
Episode 6 Leg 5/6 Recap March 16, 2018 30 mins
Episode 7 Leg 7 Recap April 20, 2018 30 mins
Episode 8 Leg 8 Recap May 25, 2018 30 mins
Episode 9 Leg 9 Recap June 15, 2018 30 mins
Episode 10 Leg 10/11 Recap July 6, 2018 30 mins
Episode 11 Full Race Review August 1, 2018 60 mins
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Online Livestream Schedule (on-air times CET)
Alicante In-Port Race October 14, 2017 13h50 CEST
Alicante Leg 1 Start October 22, 2017 13h30 CEST
Lisbon In-Port Race November 3, 2017 14h50 CET
Lisbon Leg 2 Start November 5, 2017 14h45 CET
Cape Town In-Port Race December 8, 2017 12h50 CET
Cape Town Leg 3 Start December 10, 2017 12h45 CET
Melbourne Leg 4 Start January 2, 2018 04h15 CET
Hong Kong In-Port Race January 27, 2018 06h50 CET
Guangzhou In-Port Race February 3, 2018 05h50 CET
Guangzhou Leg 5 Start February 5, 2018 05h45 CET
Hong Kong Leg 6 Start February 7, 2018 06h45 CET
Auckland In-Port Race March 10, 2018 01h50 CET
Auckland Leg 7 Start March 18, 2018 01h45 CET
Itajai In-Port Race April 20, 2018 18h50 CET
Itajai Leg 8 Start April 22, 2018 18h45 CET
Newport In-Port Race May 19, 2018 19h50 CET
Newport Leg 9 Start May 20, 2018 19h45 CET
Cardiff In-Port Race June 8, 2018 14h50 CET
Cardiff Leg 10 Start June 10, 2018 14h45 CET
Gothenburg In-Port Race June 17, 2018 13h50 CET
Gothenburg Leg 11 Start June 21, 2018 13h45 CET
The Hague In-Port Race June 30, 2018 13h50 CET
For further information on Sunset+Vine contact:
Greg Moore, Head of PR M: +971 (0)55 885 4734 E: About SUNSET+VINE Sunset+Vine is a global force in sports production, distribution and commercial services, covering a huge range of large scale live sports events for broadcasters, digital platforms and audiences around the world - with a portfolio spanning from the Commonwealth Games, International Cricket and Athletics to the English Premier League, Premiership Rugby, Motorsport and Sailing. It is the primary production partner for BT Sport producing the channel’s live English Premier League Football and Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and all support programming. The company has spearheaded innovation in sports coverage for over 20 years - from its award-winning Cricket coverage for Channel 4, to transforming the way Disability Sport had been produced and presented during the 2012 Paralympics. It has won over 40 broadcast awards including ten Royal Television Society awards and six BAFTA’s for its work. In addition to covering large scale live sport events, Sunset+Vine has an impressive portfolio of magazine and studio shows and branded content propositions, allowing viewers to dive deeper into the sports they love – ranging from the world’s most watched weekly sports’ show, Gillette World Sport, to Mobil 1 The Grid, The World Sailing Show, Rugby Tonight on BT Sport and C5 shows Football League Tonight and Cricket on 5 as well as CNN Mainsail [sailing], CNN Winning Post [horse racing] and CNN EQ [equestrian]. Sunset+Vine has a growing digital production division that produces digital content and optimises that content on social platforms for federations, teams and events. Its client portfolio includes the FIE, ECB, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Aston Villa Football Club, Youth Olympics and Henley Royal Regatta. These projects combine production with distribution / syndication where production team develop the creative treatment and delivery and its Media Partnerships division ‘add value’ either through viewers on television, fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or direct watches through an organisation .com.

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