“Even more than usual, people want to watch events that bring them together,” Laurent-Eric Le Lay, France Télévisions' sports boss, told us earlier this week.
And for these Summer Olympics from Tokyo, the public service has seen the big picture.
From Friday, France 2, France 3 and France 4 will display the five rings on their respective antennas.
Starting with La Deux, which will offer the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. commented by Églantine Éméyé, Thierry Marx and Alexandre Boyon.
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In total, France Télévisions promises 650 hours of broadcasting around the Olympic Games.
On the competition itself, France 2 and France 3 will share the broadcasts of the events between midnight and 4 p.m. while France 4 will focus on team sports during the day.
In addition, every day between 5:35 pm and 6:30 pm, Laurent Luyat will present “Le mag” on France 2 and will look back on the day that has passed, in the manner of the successful device of the “Tour de France”.
“All sport” and “Stage 2” on France 3 will also be produced from Tokyo.
Eurosport and its seven so-called “pop up” channels
For its part, Eurosport - which costs 9.99 euros per month without commitment - has also provided a huge device, starting with the usual channels. Eurosport 1 will focus on international stars, the 2 will focus more on the French. But seven other so-called “pop-up” channels were created especially for the occasion and themed: racket sports and golf, artistic sports, football, rugby and team sports, basketball, combat sports, handball and finally volleyball. A 4K channel, in ultra high definition, will also be offered.
From 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., due to the time difference, all the channels will offer the various competitions live. All complemented by magazines such as “Le club JO” on Eurosport 1, “Continuity” on Eurosport 2 with Lesly Boitrelle, Olivier Canton, Louis-Pierre Frileux, Geraldine Weber and Laurie Delhostal, a new recruit from Canal +.