Update June, 2010:
Universal Sports channel is at times
re-broadcasting a 1-hour highlights show of both
America's Cup Races from February 2010. Even Cup
fans who saw the racing "live" on the internet back in
February may enjoying seeing this condensed coverage of
the match since the races though shortened have been
edited to include onboard video from each boat
that was not available in the original web-streamed
video back in February.
Universal Sports is
available as a cable channel and is also broadcast as a
digital over-the-air signal by many NBC affiliate
stations. The race call for this show is the
international team of PJ Montgomery, Andy Green, and
multihull expert Cam Lewis.
Previous airings of this
highlights show have been Friday, May 21, at 3:00am ET,
Monday May 24 at 12:30 pm PT, Sunday May 30 at 12:00 am
PT, Monday May 31 at 10:00 am PT, and Wed June 2 at
8:00 am PT, Thursday June 10, at 4:00 pm PT.
Update Mar 16:
Replays: BMW Oracle has full race replays available on
video page at the BMW Oracle Racing website,
plus press conferences and other material.
has been re-branded as ESPN 3, and no longer appears to
have race replays online.
Official America's Cup site at last check has only
Coverage of the 33rd America's Cup will be streamed live, free,
over the Internet. The video will be broadcast on
television in several countries. The United States is not
one of those countries. Here's where to find it:
While the racing will be available online to
more fans than ever before, determining which online sources work
best under the load of America's Cup fans will be a
trial-and-error process as the races begin.
All these web streams should also have replays
available after each race if you cannot view live. This may not
be accessible immediately after the race since the feeds need to
be archived, but replays should be within hours if not sooner.
Visit each site NOW, confirm whether you need downloads,
subscription, or other updates to your browser before the racing
starts, install as needed, and stream some sample video to verify
everything at least works before the gun goes off.
All players listed below have a full-screen
mode. Other options vary. Best choice will depend on
your broadband connection, and server loads at each source.
Some feeds may work better for you on one browser compared to
another. Commentary and other features may vary by feed.
Geographic restrictions may apply to some of these connections.
Live Streaming Video Coverage
of the 33rd Defense of the America's Cup:
America's Cup site:
America's Cup.com Video Page (Free, medium quality
video via browser. High quality video requires free
Rayv player download and install, see preceding link).
Player support and compatibility specifications:
See Rayv Player FAQ
Commentators: Peter Montgomery, multi-hull
expert Cam Lewis, and Andy Green. Preview and Recap
shows will be broadcast before and after race days.
This appears to be the highest quality internet feed, and is
in full 16:9 format
There is also a version of the medium
quality player with the same feed embedded here:
33rd America's Cup YouTube Channel
BMW Oracle Racing: via Livestream,
stream begins Monday, 3:00am ET (Free, no download
required). An earlier live "Dock Out" show covers
getting underway in the morning, and rebroadcasts of earlier
features stream at other times. There are multiple
places to access Livestream, but only the team's own site
appears to be dependably showing the live broadcast:
BMW Oracle Live Coverage Page at the team's web
Livestream BMW Oracle Racing Channel and
Pop-out Video Window, which carry replays and
rebroadcasts, did not consistently carry the live feed
during the wait for Race 1 on Monday, so your first stop for
racing should be the BMW Oracle site listed above. The
Pop Out Window is easily resized and very handy for viewers
trying to multi-task.
These Livestream links all stream from the
same source, so likely have equal chance of loading when
demand is high. BMW Oracle hosted about 1500 viewers
for a live press conference last week with minimal problems,
but more will tune in for the Cup itself. BMW Oracle will
stream other content when the live feed is off. Replay
should be available soon after each race.
America's Cup Channel at ESPN 360 Stream
begins Monday, 3:45am ET (Free, may require plug-in
installation, appears to be limited to the US).
Commentators: Gary Jobson (Sailing broadcaster and America's
Cup winner, 1977), and Randy Smyth (Multi-hull Expert).
Replay should be available after each race. More
success has been reported with Internet Explorer than with
Firefox for this feed. This is a high quality image,
appears to be 4:3 format.
Note that not all broadband providers can
access ESPN360. Additionally, registering for a free
subscription is necessary under some circumstances depending
on ISP. Also
See ESPN 360 Press Release for more details of this video
Page Associated with Yahoo.com, Options vary
In addition to the live options, there are
highlights and team videos at the
33rd America's Cup YouTube Channel, Alinghi has a
collection of videos at
AlinghiTV, and the challenger has their own
BMW Oracle Racing YouTube Channel.
No TV Broadcast Planned
Eurosport: Live on British
Eurosport (Sky 410/Virgin 521), BSkyB
(UK), TVE/Teledeporte/Canal 9
(Spain), Eurosport and
Canal+ Sport (France)
Commentators: Paul Cayard (in UK),
Franšois Schlotterer and
Bertrand Pace (Eurosport in France),
Loic le Bras and Sebastien
Col (Canal+ in France)
Commentators: Peter Montgomery, multi-hull expert
Cam Lewis, Andy Green.
Fox Sports 3
The television information is
based on announcements as they are made, sometimes only days ago,
and are subject to change or correction, but we hope this gives
you a head start on where to look.
On January 25, 2010, it was announced that the racing will be
made available for free over the Internet.
The Internet video announcement
followed an agreement reportedly reached with the local and
national authorities in Spain, regarding shoreside accommodations
and other logistics including marketing and broadcasting.
The shoreside partner, Consorcio Valencia 2007, has the
responsibility for such arrangements.
A earlier provisional agreement
between the competitors and the government of Valencia appeared
to be in hand on December 10, 2009, assigning responsibilities
for negotiating broadcast rights in the scenario that Valencia
hosted the upcoming defense, a possibility that was still being
contested at that time. This agreement was reportedly
rejected by the Defender Alinghi in December, and not until late
January were relationships solidified.
For the 2007 America's Cup, the
event organizers used the substantial funding provided by the
Spanish government and other sponsors to underwrite the
television production, and made the video feed available to
networks who could add their own commentary and analysis.
Without such a sizable and early source of funding, and owing to
the late dates of reaching any agreement at all with local
authorities, plus prolonged uncertainty about the match location
and dates, the task of securing broadcast partners in various
countries faced an extra degree of difficulty.