BT Sport announce broadcasting innovations for Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup

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Exciting details have been announced around the global coverage of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, with England’s first game of the tournament being made available free on the BT Sport app.

A number of world-class innovations will be used by BT Sport in broadcasting the biggest women’s sporting event of 2018, showcasing its technological capabilities.

Former Great Britain and England stars Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, Sam Quek and Crista Cullen will also provide in-depth analysis

Viewers tuning in to this year’s action will witness the best-ever picture and sound for such an event. The use of Ultra-High Definition (UHD) will provide a more natural, true-to-life visual experience that is closer to how people see action in real life.

Dolby Atmos® sound will also be used for the first time at a hockey event to provide a truly immersive experience. This technology transports viewers into the action with moving audio that flows all around with breath taking realism. 

Sound moves in a three-dimensional space, which will make fans feel like they are inside the stadium, on the hockey pitch.

Along with Hawk-Eye’s SMART Replay system and new hockey specific ball tracking technology, a total of 26 cameras will cover all the action from London, providing more angles to choose from than ever before.

In terms of content, BT Sport will produce one single programme each day. This will give viewers the opportunity to watch all of the action from the very first match of the day until the very last match. 

This provides fans with non-stop hockey coverage, with all of the match action supplemented by in-depth analysis from the BT Sport team led by Chris Hollins and Sam Quek with Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, Crista Cullen, Mel Clewlow and Simon Mason plus features on athletes, coaches and the sport in general.  

Over 80 hours of live content from the World Cup will be broadcast to over 150 countries via FIH’s global broadcast partners. In addition to this, the FIH YouTube channel will provide coverage to fans in territories where no broadcast partnerships are in place.

This will be the biggest worldwide TV distribution of a FIH World Cup ever. For the first time in the event’s history, fans from every single participating nation will be able to tune in to the action, with many more territories also picking up the coverage from London.