ESPN to provide FA Cup Final 2012 in HD, 3D, and Commercial-Free

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ESPN have announced their coverage plans for the 2011/2012 FA Cup Final.

The match, between Liverpool and Chelsea, will be played on Saturday 5th May 2012 at 5:15pm live on ESPN and ITV1.

ESPN will bring viewers the FA Cup Final in HD, 3D and commercial-free as part of a full day of live FA Cup programming from Wembley Stadium that continues to revive the tradition of broadcasting all day around the final of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.

This will be the second year in a row that ESPN has provided 3D coverage of the FA Cup Final. ESPN’s 3D coverage will be directed and designed by ESPN, with ESPN commentary from Derek Rae and guest, plus ESPN studio and on-screen graphics.

The more than 250,000 Sky World subscribers with a Sky+HD box and a 3D TV will also be able to watch the 2012 Final in 3D. It will also be available in the more than 1,500 Sky 3D pubs nationwide.

The 3D sports syndication agreement follows collaboration between ESPN 3D and Sky 3D to deliver coverage of ESPN’s Winter X Games and the NBA Finals.

The FA Cup Final has a special place in the hearts of football fans everywhere, and at ESPN we are thrilled to be continuing the tradition of broadcasting all day around the FA Cup Final from Wembley Stadium,” said Ross Hair, Managing Director, ESPN – Europe, Middle East and Africa.

This year’s FA Cup has produced some remarkable stories and matches on ESPN. Our coverage of the Final will highlight our ongoing commitment to give fans an ever increasing insight into the matches we broadcast and to the stories around them.

John Cassy, Director of Sky 3D, added: For the second in a row we are delighted to work with ESPN to bring more than a quarter of a million Sky homes the FA Cup in amazing 3D. Partners like ESPN are really helping us expand the content available to customers and therefore extend our 3D leadership even further. It’s a big year of sport on Sky 3D with live football, golf, tennis, rugby and, of course, the Olympics. There’s never been a better time to enjoy the thrill of live sport as never before.

ESPN’s All-Day Coverage:

8am – Breakfast at Wembley (Live)
Presented by ESPN’s Darrell Currie alongside guest Jason McAteer. Reports as the preparations get underway at Wembley, plus interviews and more.

9am – ESPNsoccernet PressPass – FA Cup Final Special
A special FA Cup edition of the football debate show with presenter Dan Thomas and regular pundits Steve Nicol, Frank LeBoeuf and Shaka Hislop

9:30am – Kings for a Day – Football’s Giant Killers
A special FA Cup documentary exploring the competition’s history and enduring themes

10:30am – FA Cup Final Brunch (Live)
James Richardson and guests with a light-hearted look at the build-up to the big game

12:00pm – Pardon the Interruption UK – FA Cup Final Special (Live)
Quick-fire debate and discussion from Mark Chapman and Steve Bunce

12:30pm – FA Cup – Talking Tactics
ESPN’s Craig Burley, Martin Keown, John Barnes and Steve McManaman discuss the pivotal battles ahead

1:00pm – Talk Of The Terrace – FA Cup Final Special (Live)
Kelly Cates and Mark Chapman host from Wembley with special guests and a live music performance from The Enemy

2:30pm – FA Cup Final Matchday Live
Rebecca Lowe presents from Wembley with Kevin Keegan, John Barnes, Craig Burley and other special guests. Plus, ESPN Technical Area, which provides 3D animated plays and players and analysis, with Darrell Currie and Martin Keown.

4:45pm – FA Cup Final – commercial-free
Jon Champion and Chris Waddle commentate on ESPN & ESPN HD; On Sky 3D, Derek Rae and guest commentate.

Last updated: Monday 23 April 2012

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