TF1, France Télévisions and Canal+ share World Cup
TF1, France Télévisions and the Canal+ Group have reached an agreement over the broadcasting rights to the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Under this agreement, the TF1 Group, exclusive holder of the rights to the tournament, will sublicense to France Télévisions and the Canal+ Group live broadcast rights to 37 of the 64 matches in the competition.
TF1, which will have first choice of matches in each phase of the competition, retains exclusive rights to the opening and closing ceremonies plus live broadcasting rights to 27 matches, in particular the opening match, all matches involving the French national team, the two semi-finals, the third/fourth place play-off, and the final.
In line with its 360 strategy, the TF1 Group will also develop a multimedia offering especially on MyTF1, and offer TV viewers World Cup magazine and talk shows on its various channels (TF1,
Eurosport and LCI); these will include special editions of Téléfoot with privileged access to the French team. All the matches in the competition will be re-broadcast in full on Eurosport.
France Télévisions will broadcast 34 matches live on France 2 and France 3 (including 4 matches from the Round of 16 and 2 quarter-finals) filling 29 slots, of which at least 8 will be in prime time, and will provide a full round-up of World Cup news on its TV news bulletins and its sports magazine programmes Stade 2 and Tout le Sport.
Canal+ will broadcast the entire competition to its subscribers, including all 64 matches, 37 of which will be shown live, 10 in prime time, and 8 exclusively on Canal+. Every evening, Canal+ will screen an exclusive hour-long magazine show with all the latest World Cup news, views and footage.