Today’s Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games will air live in Canada across the multiple media platforms operated by Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
The coverage starts with a special Pre-Show at 2 p.m. on CTV, RDS, Sportsnet, TSN, V, OMNI.2, ATN, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca, and on the CTV Olympics London 2012 and RDS olympiques pour Londres 2012 mobile apps.
The Opening Ceremonies get underway about 4 p.m., with a planned three-and-a-half hour extravaganza directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).
An encore presentation of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony will be available on most Consortium networks directly following the original airing and viewers can also watch it online and on- demand at CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca.
As well, for the first time, the broadcasts of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will include described video, provided by Descriptive Video Works. It’s the first time this service will be available to blind and visually impaired audiences for the Olympic Games.
Radio coverage of the Opening Ceremony airs on Sportsnet 590 The FAN live from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“The Opening Ceremony is always one of the most exciting events of the Olympic Games,” said Adam Ashton, President, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. “It transcends sports, setting the stage and the tone for the host city and its visitors. We are confident that the London 2012 Opening Ceremony will be truly spectacular.”
Olympic Games programming and Consortium coverage scheduling information is available via dedicated online and mobile applications.
CTVOlympics.ca/guide, RDSolympiques.ca/leguide or download the CTV Olympics London 2012 and RDS olympiques pour Londres 2012 Apps.
Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is a unique relationship led by Canada’s #1 broadcaster, CTV with 80% interest, along with Rogers Media Inc. with 20% interest. Official brands include CTV, TSN, RDS, RDS Info, Sportsnet, OMNI Television, OLN, V, ATN, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca, and select Rogers radio stations across the country.
With a potential worldwide audience of more than one billion people, organizers say, the London 2012 Opening Ceremony has been dubbed the “Isles of Wonder”, as described in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
With the largest sets ever built, the spectacle will feature numerous performances as well as the Parade of Athletes, incorporating more than 200 nations, including Team Canada led by triathlete Simon Whitfield into the Olympic Stadium. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will officially open London 2012 and become the first Head of State and monarch to open two Games in two separate countries – Montreal 1976 and London 2012.
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