'We are delighted to have Viasat as our broadcasting partner for eight Northern European countries,' said Michel BONNEFOUS, the CEO of the America's Cup organizers. 'With the America's Cup in Europe for the first time, the Swedish Victory Challenge returning as a competitor and the Louis Vuitton Acts 6 & 7 in Malmö-Skåne this summer, Northern Europe and Scandinavia in particular, is more involved in the America's Cup than ever before. We are very happy that so many people in the region will now be able to enjoy all of the action through Viasat broadcasts.'
In 2005, there are three venues hosting double Louis Vuitton Acts - Valencia, Spain, Malmö-Skåne, Sweden and Trapani, Italy. For each venue, Viasat will broadcast up to seven highlight programmes, in addition to daily news feeds. There are a further 15 magazine programmes between now and the start of racing in 2007.
In 2007, the television action is live, and beginning in April 2007, Viasat will bring live coverage from all of the Round Robins, Semi Finals and the Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as the 32nd America's Cup Match in June of 2007, to viewers across Northern Europe.
'We will also be providing high quality news, profiles, analysis and updates from the world's premier sailing competition, the America's Cup,' said Magnus DAHLBORN, Head of Viasat Sport Sweden. 'With the highly competitive Swedish team, Victory Challenge, following its huge success in Auckland in 2002, we are delighted to have acquired the broadcasting rights to the overall event, which will enable viewers to follow the regattas in Valencia, Malmö-Skåne and Sicily this year.'
Viasat Broadcasting is a leading European broadcaster, with over 30 channels in 19 countries, with distribution through satellite, cable, terrestrial services, and broadband television.
This television agreement is similar in terms and scope to those previously reached with leading broadcasters, including TVE in Spain, Canal+ in France, ARD/ZDF in Germany, and La7 in Italy. More television agreements for the 32nd America's Cup are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.