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How to Watch the America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup on TV and Internet
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For the America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup 2013:
Below are the broadcast partners in various
countries and announced coverage for 2013. Checking the online
schedule for your individual country broadcaster may provide additional
guidance, and in some cases, streaming video. Scroll down or click for
The opening Matches of the America's Cup Match will be shown live on NBC (the main network, not NBCSN), the weekend of September 7th and 8th. The rest of the Match will be shown live on NBCSN. See Daily Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup Race Schedule
When racing is on television, the YouTube feed will only be streamed on a replay basis.
**ESPN3 is an online streaming service, free for customers of major cable/broadband television providers but requiring registration and log-in to view.
Locally in San Francisco, racing will be shown live on NBC affiliate KNTV, except LVC Semi-Final Race 4 which will be shown on 11.2 (also know as COZI TV), Comcast channel 186.
Highlights packages and replays may be available
in some markets on Comcast SportsNet or other providers, either as scheduled
programming or on-demand. Also see "America's
Cup Discovered" below.
For more broadcast details and more countries, see
|Last updated August 5, 2013|
A US broadcasting deal for the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and the 2013 America's Cup Match was announced in March 2012, plus coverage in 2012 of three America's Cup World Series events. This broadcast agreement joins other coverage in place for at least 30 other countries.
The television broadcast is a high priority for organizers, who have contracted with technical providers for an extensive suite of production equipment to generate the broadcast programs, using with High Definition video streams from onboard the AC45 catamarans, the aerial cameras, and chase boat feeds, plus full quality sound from 14 onboard microphones. A small city of air-conditioned containers with a staff of over 100 people is needed, moving from city to city as the regattas rotate around the world. The "LiveLine" augmented reality (AR) system, another innovation from wizard Stan Honey, overlays graphics on live video to show leads, race course, speed, distance, and other information on the live video. The Race Officers are also tapped into the AR system to set course boundaries and enforce penalties, which can be shown live on television screens, too.
The production suite that ACEA is using is also capable of streaming four separate online video feeds at once, allowing fans to watch their choice of races, when they run simultaneously, or, even better select their choice of different perspectives and presentations within a single race. The A and B feeds have minimal announcer commentary, giving fans the chance to soak in the experience onboard before, during, and after the races. The debriefing conversations are especially illuminating.
Dedicated cameramen as well as remote-controlled cameras will be onboard the AC72 yachts, and the promise of an immersive race experience for America's Cup fans is being fulfilled, breaking with the tendency over the last several cup cycles to rely heavily on long-distance helicopter shots that tend to diminish the sense of speed and effort.
For the first two regattas, this included:
Sporting Commentary: for a general audience; Sailing Commentary: expert
technical race call; Feed A: direct video from onboard; Feed B: additional
direct video from onboard; LiveLine: Race Graphics System. Starting in San
Diego, the four feeds were English-language, French-language, Onboard Cameras,
Feature Stories and News Magazine: "America's Cup Discovered"
Note that the weekly show was originally named "America's Cup Uncovered" before being changed to "America's Cup Discovered" and that former title may sometimes appear in listings. Also look for "America's Cup Uncut" with interviews with crew and shore team members and related in-depth reporting.