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Impressive global broadcast coverage of UEFA EURO 2016

Impressive global broadcast coverage of UEFA EURO 2016

With the expanded final tournament format featuring 24 teams, the 51 matches played across four weeks saw an exceptionally strong broadcast line up. Nearly two billion viewers have already tuned into UEFA EURO 2016 live matches, with each game attracting a live audience of more than 130 million viewers. The final is expected to attract a live audience of more than 300 million viewers.

Many of the world’s leading free-to-air broadcasters were joined by the very best specialist sports channels to provide football fans across the world with cutting edge coverage of the tournament. Traditional linear television broadcast supported by an unparalleled digital offering enabled fans across the globe to follow and enjoy UEFA EURO 2016 to the fullest.

As was the case in 2012 and 2008, UEFA was taking the television production for UEFA EURO 2016 to a new level. As the host broadcaster, UEFA centrally produced the ‘world’ feed and provided its broadcast partners with 16 dedicated feeds from each match, an extensive catalogue of additional programming and all unilateral services and facilities were delivered via the 17,000m2 International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Paris and at the ten venues. 36 live match cameras were deployed at each stadium to capture the match as it unfolds and, for the first time at a EURO, eight matches - the opening match and the  quarter-finals were broadcasted in 4K while the semi-finals and the final - will be produced in 4K UHD with 12 cameras involving 4K OBVans from France (AMP VISUAL and EUROMEDIA) and the UK (Telegenic). UEFA ensured that broadcast partners and their audiences were able to access content from the tournament on more platforms and devices than ever before, including mobiles, tablets and smartwatches, as part of their long-term commitment to broadcast and technical innovation.