WBD to offer 273 hours of live Roland-Garros coverage
May 24, 2023
Viewers across Europe (excluding France) can watch non-stop action from Roland-Garros with Warner Bros Discovery’s comprehensive coverage of the year’s second Grand Slam, starting May 28th.
Scott Young, SVP Content and Production at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe, said: “Our raison d’être is to connect fans with the sports and athletes they love. Our wall-to-wall coverage of Roland-Garros presents the perfect opportunity to do this by leveraging our rights, broadcast innovations and deep tennis expertise to scale coverage to the widest possible audience while telling the stories of this iconic tournament and its players. We are widely recognised as the Home of Tennis across Europe and are synonymous with Roland-Garros. We look forward to returning in our 35th year of broadcasting this tournament and will cover every angle to create the most complete experience for millions of fans.”
Eurosport will televise its 35th consecutive Roland-Garros across Europe, and this year 273 live hours on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 will complement a digital offering on discovery+ and the Eurosport App – where every match will be available to watch live throughout the tournament.
A significant level of access will be provided for streaming viewers with 16 broadcast feeds, six beauty cameras, two press conferences feeds and two interview green screens connected to Eurosport’s local studios around Europe. In addition, every qualifying, wheelchair, junior and legends match will be available to watch live as well as the main draw on May 25th.
Warner Bros Discovery’s free-to-air channels will offer viewers in Denmark (6’eren), Finland (TV5); Germany (Eurosport 1), Norway (MAX), Poland (TVN), Sweden (Kanal 9), Spain (DMAX) and Turkey (DMAX) access to selected matches. Viewers in multiple territories will also have access to the entire tournament in 4K via Eurosport and local windows will support Eurosport’s international coverage in seven markets.
PROGRAMMING AND ANALYSIS
Eurosport’s experts will front a daily live show hosted from Roland-Garros, which will precede and follow the on-court action to discuss the major talking points with an extended live output planned for the finals weekend.
The innovations housed within the Cube studio will dissect the key moments from matches and help explain to fans how points were won, boosted by the integration of Hawk-Eye data. The studio is also connected with green screens on-site in Paris and across Europe to foster live interviews with the players and special guests following matches.
Three-minute highlights packages will also be available for free on the Eurosport website and Eurosport’s YouTube platform, focussing on the top 15 singles players and local heroes with extended eight-minute highlights of matches for discovery+ and Eurosport App subscribers.
Additional storytelling and digital content form the complete package for tennis fans including articles on Eurosport the website such as Legends’ Voices, offering first-person accounts from players competing at Roland-Garros and from the game’s biggest champions including Chris Evert, Mats Wilander and Justine Henin. This is alongside a whole host of digital content and regular formats produced for fans throughout the tournament including expert opinions, behind-the-scenes access, plus exclusive player and fan reactions.
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