Beginning on Thursday, April 25, all four days of the action-packed competition will be broadcast LIVE on USEFNetwork.com presented by SmartPak.
NBC will broadcast a summary of the competition on Sunday, April 28 from 4pm-5pm ET. While it’s not going to be LIVE coverage on network television, it will mean that those in attendance won’t have to sit through boring 4-minute commercial delays during show jumping (and screwing with riders’ final warmups!). The joke last year was NBC should provide commercial-time entertainment for the Rolex audience, perhaps with cheerleaders or a dance team as seen at basketball games during TV timeouts. While those of us at home will miss the live TV broadcasting, we’ll still get an hour of coverage after it’s all over, and the fans actually at ringside will enjoy the event uninterrupted.
More about watching LIVE online:
USEFNetwork.com will offer live, wall-to-wall coverage of the dressage, cross-country, and show jumping phases, which can be seen on computers, tablets and smart TV/Google TV devices in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Google TV users can go to http://www.usefnetwork.com/googletv for an enhanced experience.
Outside of North America, FEI TV will air LIVE coverage of Saturday’s cross-country and Sunday’s show jumping competitions. To sign up for FEI TV visit www.feitv.org. It is not free.
The broadcast schedule is listed below and is available under the Live Broadcast Schedule tab at USEFNetwork.com. Times are subject to change.
- April 25: LIVE Dressage on USEFNetwork.com, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
- April 26: LIVE Dressage on USEFNetwork.com, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
- April 27: LIVE Cross-Country on USEFNetwork.com, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
- April 28: LIVE Show Jumping on USEFNetwork.com, 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
- Awards Ceremony on USEFNetwork.com, 3 p.m. ET
Rolex Equestrian Championships on NBC, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Don’t forget the LIVE BLOG here on Eventing Nation, providing play-by-play and color commentary from John and the rest of the EN team. Look for the Live Blog to begin each day 15 minutes before the start of competition– so set your alarm for 9:45am ET and check back tomorrow!