Canal+ resumes TV deal with America’s Cup
French broadcaster Canal+ has acquired the broadcast rights to the America's Cup for more than 50 international territories, including France, Monaco and French-speaking Switzerland.
Under the new deal, Canal+ will broadcast live racing and highlights from all events, including the America's Cup World Series in 2015 and 2016 — beginning in July 25 and 26 in Portsmouth — and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, America's Cup Qualifiers, Challenger Play-offs, and the Match in Bermuda in May and June of 2017.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Canal+ again and look forward to engaging French-speaking audiences around the world,” said Harvey Schiller, the commercial commissioner of the America's Cup Event Authority. “In recognition of the success of the last Cup, Canal+ have demonstrated a strong commitment to us and will also offer substantial exposure across all of our events.”
Maxime Saada, the broadcaster's group head of pay TV channels, said: “Canal+ Group is proud to once again broadcast America's Cup in more than 50 international territories and bring to its subscribers around the world this outstanding television experience.
“The comeback story of the 2013 America's Cup thrilled our subscribers and remains vivid in their memory. We expect the next America's Cup to stand up to its legacy with exciting new boats, teams and racing formats in the America's Cup World Series events as well as the final events in Bermuda in 2017.”
The events will be broadcast live on premium channel Canal+ Sport and will also be available in full length on catch-up TV via the Canal+ On Demand service.