Argentine State TV Will Broadcast All 64 World Cup Matches At No Cost
Argentina Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said on Tuesday that the country's state channel will broadcast all 64 2014 World Cup matches for free, 32 of them live and the rest on time delay. The games will be broadcast through Public TV (Channel 7) and the Depor TV signal broadcast by satellite. The "Football for All" program will be responsible for the transmission of the games. The opening ceremony and all of the Argentine national team's matches will be among the 32 games broadcast live. Capitanich said that the two channels will broadcast for at least 10 hours per day from Brazil during the Cup. Argentine FA President Julio Grondona said, "The AFA and the clubs have done their duty. Fate will tell if we start in the Maracana and end at the Maracana." Argentine state TV broadcast the 2010 World Cup and the Olympics in both '08 and '12 (CONMEBOL). The EFE reported Capitanich "highlighted what football means to Argentinians" and said that the World Cup "entails a country's identity." Plans "are in place to include private advertising during the World Cup broadcasts to reduce programming costs," which are covered by money from public coffers. Argentine Minister of Social Development Alicia Kirchner "celebrated that there will be football for everyone." The "Football for All" program, which was created by the Argentine government in '09, broadcasts matches from the domestic leagues, World Cup qualifying matches and various int'l tournaments (EFE, 1/7).