Media Notes: ORF Acquires Live Media Rights For IIHF World Championships Until '17
Austrian public broadcaster ORF has secured the live broadcast rights for the Int'l Ice Hockey Federation World Championships until '17. The rights include the top group world championships as well as the second-tier, Division 1, world championships. Included in the deal are also the rights for audio and Internet. ORF will show the opening game of the Austrian national team at the 2013 IIHF World Championship against the U.S. on Saturday (ORF). ... The FIA World Endurance Championship significantly increased its TV coverage. Agreements have been reached with Sport TV 3 in Brazil, part of the TV Globo group, with the first and last hour of the race in Belgium live, live coverage on Al Jazeera in the Middle East and also on Canal + Desportes & Sportmania in Spain. In addition, RTBF in Belgium will be showing the first and last hours of the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps live, plus live streaming of the entire race via its YouTube channel. With the additional coverage, more than 340 million homes have the opportunity to watch the second round of the FIA WEC in Belgium (FIA).