28 May 2017

Reaching over 120 nations in the world, commencing on Monday 29th May in the German city of Düsseldorf, the Liebherr 2017 World Championships is set to establish new viewership records.

The most comprehensive coverage ever known is on the agenda.


New technologies and innovations such as aerial cam, ball-tracking technology and the Liebherr Live Show mean that table tennis enthusiasts all over the globe will be brought closer to the action.

“We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with the ITTF since 2016 which has born great results and elevated the profile of their tournaments, including the World Table Tennis Championships. For this cycle of competitions, we are proud to have secured an expanded roster of broadcast partners; that means more viewers globally and better quality coverage, which fulfils our overall mission in growing the appeal of table tennis around the world.” David White, President of Media at Lagardère Sport.

New broadcasters include North American giants ESPN and CBC plus Latin America’s Globo and Claro Sports; thus ensuring the World Championships are being seen extensively in these two markets. Both are big growth areas for table tennis.

“Our goal at the ITTF is to ensure that as many people see our events around the world. We are pleased that we have secured new broadcast partners in new territories and that all our hard work has ensured that as many people will get the pleasure of seeing the world’s best players in action on their televisions, phones and other mobile devices.” Steve Dainton, ITTF Marketing and Commercial Director

Additional to television broadcasts and Over-The-Top (OTT) mobile platforms with media rights partners, the ITTF will also be streaming eight tables of action on its online streaming platform for all eight days of the competition.

A total of 613 players from 108 countries will compete in Düsseldorf.

Liebherr 2017 World Championships Steve Dainton David White

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