Winter X Games air Jan. 26-29 on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC

The Winter X Games Aspen ’12 take place at Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., Jan. 26-29, as more than 200 of the world’s premier winter action-sports athletes — including Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Lindsey Jacobellis and others — compete in such events as Snowboard SuperPipe, Ski Big Air and Snowmobile SnoCross. For the first time at the Winter X Games, the Snowboard Slopestyle competitions will be held under lights in prime time. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have 16 hours of live competition coverage over the four days, plus extensive content on their digital and mobile platforms. Press release from ESPN below:

Winter X Games Aspen 2012: 16 Hours of Live Content on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC

X Cast to Provide Robust Offering of Exclusive Live Highlights, Analysis and Behind-the-Scenes Access on XGames.com and Social Media Platforms

A wide offering of Winter X Games Aspen 2012 content will be distributed simultaneously across multiple devices January 26-29. Winter X Games content will be available via television, smartphones, tablets and online through digital and social media platforms. By enhancing and adding dimension to the Winter X Games experience, fans will have the opportunity to watch all the action, get an inside look at the event, and establish a two-way conversation with ESPN, athletes and other viewers.


ESPN will televise 16 hours of live HD programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. In addition to live competition, Jeep X Center will air nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will deliver 25 hours of live Winter X Games action. ESPN3 will carry more than 23 hours of live competition including more than nine hours of exclusive coverage to fans who are subscribers of an affiliated provider. The event will also be televised in more than 192 countries and territories to more than 232 million homes.

On Thursday, January 26, from 9 – 11 p.m. ET, ESPN will debut X Cast. The companion screen offering will be simultaneously streamed during each Winter X Games telecast. X Cast will feature 16 hours of highlights and expert analysis, behind-the-scenes access, two-way interaction with other online viewers and interviews with premiere Winter X Games athletes. X Cast will be available on X Games.com and multiple X Games social media platforms, including the Facebook “Live” tab, YouTube Live on the official X Games YouTube channel, Google +, and embedded on multiple sponsor, athlete and brand pages associated with Winter X Games Aspen.

“The Winter X Games is a global event and technology allows fans and viewers around the world to follow these world-class athletes throughout the event,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and X Games Franchise. “Providing viewers with a companion screen experience and enhanced digital offerings is the best way to serve our fans and foster the continuing growth of action sports. Delivering unique and complimentary content around Winter X Aspen will provide exciting ways for fans across the world to interact with the event and participate in the experience.”

Television
Winter X Games Aspen 2012 will be hosted by Sal Masekela for all 16 hours of live HD coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson will return to host X Center nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will telecast 25 hours of live Winter X Games action. ESPN3 will carry more than 23 hours of live competition including more than nine hours of exclusive coverage to fans who are subscribers of an affiliated provider.

Online

X Cast
As increasing numbers of fans now watch live sporting events on television, while concurrently connected to the internet, X Cast will offer viewers a secondary screen experience with additional access to what is happening on site at Winter X Games Aspen. Hosted by Alyssa Roenigk, Kevin Pearce, George X and Colby West, X Cast companion screen content will be simultaneously streamed during each Winter X Games telecast. X Cast will feature 16 hours of highlights and expert analysis, behind-the-scenes access, two-way interaction with other online viewers and interviews with premiere X Games athletes.

X Cast will be available on X Games.com and multiple X Games social media platforms, including the Facebook “Live” tab, YouTube Live on the official X Games YouTube channel, Google +, and embedded on multiple sponsor, athlete and brand pages associated with Winter X Games Aspen.

Thursday, January 26 from 9 – 11 p.m.
Friday, January 27 from 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. ET and 9 – 11 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 from 2 – 6 p.m.  and 9 – 11 p.m.

Inside X
Hosted by Brandon Graham, Inside X is a 10-minute highlight program which will be updated and streamed at the top of each hour on X Games.com. Inside X will feature breaking event news, results, interviews and competition highlights. Inside X will be streamed during the non-telecast hours and will be a resource for fans at home to stay connected with Winter X Games action when the event is not being broadcast on the air.

Inside X will also be streamed on multiple X Games social media platforms, including the Facebook “Live” tab, YouTube Live on the official X Games YouTube channel, Google +, and embedded on multiple sponsor, athlete and brand pages associated with Winter X Games Aspen.

Thursday, January 26 from 1 – 7 p.m.  and 8 – 9 p.m.
Friday, January 27 from 1 – 7 p.m.  and 8 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 28 from 1 – 2 p.m.  and 6 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 from 1 – 2 p.m.  and 6 – 9 p.m.

*Inside X will also deliver live coverage of all Winter X Games medal ceremonies. Coverage of Winter X Games medal ceremonies will be streamed immediately following live telecast windows.

Winter X Games Athlete Chat Series
Hosted by Brandon Graham, the Athlete Chat Series presented by Texas Peteis a 30-minute webcast series, featuring special athlete guests each week, competition previews, first looks at courses and real-time fan interaction.

Leading up to Winter X Games Aspen, the show will be streamed every Tuesday at 2 p.m. from January 3 through January 24. After the kickoff of Winter X Games Aspen, the Athlete Chat Series presented by Texas Pete will transition to daily highlight shows that will stream from 7-7:30 p.m.  The show will be streamed live on X Games.com, multiple X Games social media platforms including the Facebook “Live” tab, YouTube Live on the official X Games YouTube channel, Google +, and embedded on multiple sponsor, athlete and brand pages associated with Winter X Games Aspen.

Tuesday, January 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 26 from 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 27 from 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 28 from 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 from 7 – 7:30 p.m.

ESPN3 will carry more than 23 hours of live competition including more than nine hours of exclusive coverage to fans who are subscribers of an affiliated provider.

X Games.com will provide comprehensive on-site coverage, delivering live results, live athlete chats, cross-platform schedule information, breaking news and event recaps. ESPN’s official website of the Winter X Games will also feature enterprise reporting around marquee events and athletes of the event, daily full-bleed photo galleries shot by the best creative talent in the action sports industry, video from every medal run at the event, along with daily highlight video and behind-the-scenes, high-access original video.

XGames.com/realsnow will be the on-line home of Winter X Games Real Snow.  With the return of Real Snow, eight of the world’s best urban snowboarders submitted 60-second video parts for a shot at $50,000 and a Winter X Games gold medal. A panel of judges will pick the winning part after the videos air on ESPN and ABC on Saturday, January 28. The snowboarder who gets the most fan votes will also receive $50,000. The fan favorite will be announced on television and XGames.com on Saturday, Jan. 28.

ESPNW.com will feature live ESPN3 simulcasts of all women’s specific competitions. ESPNW.com will stream live coverage of the Women’s Ski Slopestyle final on January 26 at 3:30 p.m., Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final on January 27 at 3:30 p.m., Women’s Snowboard Superpipe final on January 27 at 10:45 p.m., Women’s Ski Superpipe final on January 28 at 1p.m.

Facebook: Live X Cast webcast, athlete chats, daily Inside X show, competition highlights, and course overviews. Exclusive video and photo galleries posted daily.The X Games Facebook page currently has more than two million fans.

Twitter: ESPN X Games’ twitter feed will featureinstant event updates, breaking news and results. When tweeting about Winter X Games Aspen 2012, please use #xgames.

Google +: Live X Cast webcast, athlete chats, Google + Hangouts, daily Inside X show, competition highlights, and course overviews. Exclusive video and photo galleries posted daily.

Mobile

ESPN Mobile TV will carry 12 hours of live coverage, plus four hours of simulcast coverage of X Center live. All four Winter X Games Aspen late night highlight shows will also be available.

The Winter X Games Aspen app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices is packed with dynamic tools to enhance the Winter X experience. With instant results, video highlights, personalized schedules, breaking news and two integrated solutions for viewing the event LIVE on smartphones and tablets — via the WatchESPN app to authenticated subscribers and behind-the-scenes action from X Cast— the app puts Winter X right at your fingertips.

ESPN On Demand – TV and Mobile will have Winter X Games Classix available leading into the new season, and will also make available highlight shows and best of shows from all four days of the event.

International

Outside the United States, the Winter X Games will be delivered to more than 232 million homes and will be telecast live to 192 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East and New Zealand.

In addition, the event will be syndicated to 41 countries around the world, reaching more than 67 million homes. ESPN will produce 10 one-hour syndication shows for networks to air following the event.

The X Games will also be simulcast on ESPN’s international broadband platforms in 13 countries.

More than 16 hours of live coverage will air on ESPN’s broadband platforms in Australia, Europe and Latin America.

Music

A full Winter X Games music page will be featured on ESPN.com. Fans can access the page by logging on to ESPN.com/music.

The Winter X Games Aspen telecast will feature music from All American Rejects, Black Veil Brides, Chiddy Bang, Don Tetto, Jiggy Drama, Outasight, Pink Floyd,  URV, Wale and many more.

iTunes will have a splash page available at www.itunes.com/winterxgames for everything Winter X Games past and present. The Winter X Games splash page will feature video content, podcasts, apps, films and music. Sony & Microsoft will have all daily highlights and discipline highlights from Winter X Games Aspen 2012 available for purchase.

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