Television coverage of this year’s edition of field hockey’s men’s World Cup, beginning in Bhubaneswar, India on 28 November, is set to be seen in 194 countries, a 150-per-cent increase on the previous edition in the Hague, Netherlands, the FIH, the sport’s world governing body, said today.
The tournament is set to be shown by over 30 broadcasters, twice as many as the 2014 edition, the FIH added, while in territories where no media rights agreement is in place, the matches will be streamed on the FIH YouTube channel.
Broadcasters in key territories include: Fox Sports and Kayo Sports (Australia); BT Sport (UK); Fox Sports Asia (China); L’Equipe (France); DAZN (Germany); Star Sports and Doordarshan (India); Astro (Malaysia); NOS (Netherlands); Sky (New Zealand); Sony (Pakistan); SuperSport (South Africa); and Eurosport (Spain).
Star Sports will act as host broadcaster.
Thierry Weil, the FIH’s chief executive, said: “It is our will and mission to bring hockey to the attention of always more people. The great increase of countries where it will be possible to watch the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 on TV will enable many more fans to follow the action! This will give hockey more exposure than ever before.”
Earlier this month it emerged that India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had designated all matches of the tournament as “sporting events of national importance,” meaning that they can be shown on Doordarshan, the TV network of state broadcaster Prasar Bharati.
Under the Sports Broadcasting Signals Act of 2007, only India matches and the semi-finals and final of the Hockey World Cup are subject to the mandatory sharing provision.
However, as this year’s tournament is taking place in India, it appears that the ministry regards the entire event as of national importance.
As a result, Doordarshan should be able to show all of the games free-to-air on its terrestrial network and on direct-to-home platform DD FreeDish.
Star holds rights to the Hockey World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, and plans to show the tournament across its Star Sports cluster and on its DTH platform Hotstar.
The tournament culminates with the final on 16 December.