After starting its original production in 3D with the sixteenth X Games last summer and telecasting the X Games 3D Movie in 2009, ESPN is getting prepared to cover the fifteenth Winter X Games across its different platforms. ESPN2 and ESPN are set to broadcast 24 hours of live sports in high definition. The ESPN 3D will provide eighteen hours sports action throughout 9 different individual windows. ESPN3 will also join the action with coverage of 34 hours that includes ten hours of streaming video and exclusive coverage. 23 hours of X games coverage is offered by ESPN mobile TV and the owners of iOS and Android devices will able to avail the action with more information. There will be 56 high definition cameras and 13 cameras that have 3D capability. The slow motion I-Movix camera that was used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be back in action and replays will be provided by the Mega Mo by capturing picture at 4500 frames per second.
Eighteen hours of X games action on ESPN 3D
As a part of their continuous goal to become the leading provider of content in action sports, ESPN3 and ESPN will combine together for televising live programming of 24 hours from the fifteenth Winter X Games that will be held in Aspen, Colorado from 27 to 30th Jan. Apart from the 24 hours of telecast by ESPN2 and ESPN, the leading sports network will also present the event of the fifteenth Winter X Games for 18 hours in 3D through the ESPN 3D. ESPN will also distribute the content of the Winter X Games Fifteen across its family of global platforms and international networks which includes ESPN.com, ESPN3.com, X Center and Mobile TV.
ESPN will deliver Winter X Games Fifteen to over 380 million homes and they will televise the event live to more than 150 countries as well as territories, that includes Asia, Africa, Brazil, Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Middle East. The most magnificent winter sport action will be delivered to the fans by ESPN on more number of platforms. This will include all the snowboard and ski action from the Slopestyle, Big Air and Super Pipe events.
ESPN2 and ESPN will come together for televising live winter sport action for 24 hours and eight different windows of the original event will be produced. Apart from this, nine windows will be featured by ESPN 3D. Highlights of the event will be aired daily by X Center. Sal Masekela will again host the Winter X Games along with several talented on air commentators. The nightly show at the X Center will be again hosted by Dana Jacobson of ESPN. Every episode of the X Center nightly show will run for one hour after the telecast of the Winter X Games. The live coverage of the fifteenth Winter X Games on ESPN 3D will be collectively hosted by veteran commentators Chris Ernst, Jamie Little and Kier Dillon.
Sal Masekela will be joined by a team of experts on action sports that includes Mike Douglas, Kevin Pearce, Chris Burandt and Zach Crist for the telecast of the fifteenth Winter X Games. They will analyze the events of Skiing, Snowmobile and Snowboarding. The telecast will also be joined by Canadian Skier Sarah Burke.
ESPN recorded the most viewed and highest rate Winter X Games in 2010. The fourteenth Winter X Games averaged a rating of 1.2 with 1628000 viewers and 1147000 homes on the ESPN and a rating of 0.5 with 635,000 viewers and 465,000 homes on the ESPN2.
34 hours of the Fifteenth Winter X Games coverage will be distributed by ESPN3.com that includes ten hours of steaming video and exclusive content of the competition. ESPN.com/Action will offer onsite coverage of the event on daily basis. The 24/7 website of action sports will feature athlete chats, live results, live video, event recaps, expert commentary, feature stories and photo galleries. Live 23 hours of the event coverage will be provided by ESPN Mobile TV. The viewers of the Mobile TV will be capable of participating in text voting and they will receive mobile alerts throughout the day. The mobile applications of the Winter X Games Fifteen will be available on the Android devices and other devices like the iPhone and the iPod Touch. These applications include venue information, athlete bios, customizable schedules, photo galleries and results.
On Demand TV and Mobile will carry the contents of the Winter X Games Fifteen featuring daily highlights along with Best of Snowboard, Best of Snowmobile and Best of Ski. It will also offer past highlights from the last three Winter X Games events and the titles of Shaun White. The event will be telecasted on the international broadband network of ESPN in 12 countries.
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