The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin Friday, March 7 and CBC is Canada's home for coverage on TV and online at cbc.ca/paralympics. CBC/Radio-Canada leads the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Broadcast and Digital media Consortium that will provide more than 90 hours of fully accessible TV broadcasts and more than 250 hours of online coverage throughout the Paralympic Winter Games. Coverage begins March 7 with the Opening Ceremony and continues with daily coverage through to the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, March 16. Other members of the Consortium include Sportsnet, Accessible Media Inc., Yahoo Sports Canada and SendtoNews.
Canadians will have access to more Paralympic coverage than CBC/Radio-Canada has ever offered. CBC alone will provide 30 hours of original programming on TV and more than 250 hours online, while Radio-Canada will have seven hours of broadcast coverage including French-language coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Included in the online coverage are four separate live venue feeds offering live streaming of Alpine, Nordic, Sledge Hockey and Curling venues along with English-language commentary.
"We are looking forward to working with CBC/Radio-Canada and all our broadcast partners to provide Canadians unprecedented access to the Paralympic Winter Games," said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, "We are excited by how CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase our athletes and sports to Canadians both through competition coverage and inspiring storytelling."
CBC/Radio-Canada will lead the creation of broadcast content for the Broadcast Consortium which will air on Sportsnet and AMI with Yahoo Sports Canada and SendtoNews providing additional coverage. In addition to daily coverage on Sportsnet, Rogers customers will be able to watch CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in English and French on their TV, computer, tablet, and smartphone with Rogers On Demand and Rogers Anyplace TV. Yahoo Sports Canada will have full-session live streams, daily news highlights of Canadian performances and top plays, as well as behind-the-scenes and pre-games content in addition to editorial content.
AMI will collaborate with Descriptive Video Works (DVW) to provide described video for all Paralympic TV coverage, including all CBC-TV broadcasts including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and daily highlight reels. All of Radio-Canada's French-language TV coverage will also be available with described video.
TELUS Optik TV subscribers will have access to the best of CBC/Radio-Canada's Paralympic Games coverage On Demand, on multiple screens with the Optik on the go app, in English and French.
Additionally, CBC News Network, local CBC News programs and CBC Radio will provide updates on the latest news and results from Sochi throughout each day of competition. The National will have several features on Paralympic sports including Sledge Hockey, Curling, Cross-Country Skiing and the new Para Snowboard Cross event as well as Canadian athletes competing in Sochi. CBC News Network will also have stories from here in Canada along with interviews with the families and friends of Canadian athletes.
CBC's Scott Russell will host the coverage throughout the Games, joined by co-host Chantal Petitclerc, a 14-time Paralympic gold medallist, for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Russell leads a talented and knowledgeable team of experienced analysts and reporters, including several other past Paralympic athletes. CBC's Signa Butler and Radio-Canada's Jean St-Onge will be on-site in Sochi keeping viewers up-to-date on the competitions, while analysts Chris Daw (Curling), Paul Rosen (Sledge Hockey), Jack Sasseville (Nordic events), Rob Snoek (Sledge Hockey) and Lauren Woolstencroft (Alpine) will provide expert commentary throughout the individual events.
In addition to live streaming video from the Sochi venues, cbc.ca/paralympics will feature athlete profiles, how-to videos for select sports, blog posts from CBC commentators and video-on-demand content. Additionally, the website will offer one special CBC-moderated online video chat with a current Canadian Paralympic athlete each day of competition (eight total), providing Canadians the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of the athletes representing them in Sochi.
Canadians can follow Team Canada through the CPC's free "Canadian Paralympic Team" mobile app, available for iOS from the iTunes Store and Android via the Google Play Store. In addition to TV and online coverage from CBC/Radio-Canada, Canadians can engage with the broadcasts throughout the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games online in English on Twitter and Facebook.