By Emily Goddard

iihf worlds youtubeMay 1 - The 2013 Ice Hockey World Championship will be broadcast free online as it gets underway in Stockholm and Helsinki on Friday (May 3), the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has confirmed.

Near-live HDTV coverage of all 64 games will be available on a dedicated YouTube channel as the tournament runs until May 19, with the streaming to be complemented by an on-demand service that will offer every match in full length, as well as daily highlights of the best goals, action shots and saves.

This year's online feed follows on from the success of the 2012 tournament, which saw available programming streamed more than 1.6 million times, while television reach increased to achieve a record audience of more than 900 million viewers.

The Czech Republic, Olympic champions Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Belarus, Slovenia, defending world champions Russia, Slovakia, Vancouver 2010 silver medallists the United States, Germany, Latvia, France, Austria, and hosts Sweden and Finland make up the sixteen teams competing at the Championships for the world title.

Online streaming, managed by Infront, is available for all countries across the globe with the exception of those where exclusive media rights agreements are in place.

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