Discovery-owned Eurosport has teamed up with Tennis Channel to enhance its coverage of the forthcoming Roland Garros French Open championship.
According to Eurosport, the agreement will enable it to distribute additional content during the championship. Eurosport will have access to new camera angles, highlights and archive footage and the ability to integrate this content instantaneously during and in-between live match coverage, the company said.
Tennis Channel is incorporating Eurosport into its Roland Garros infrastructure, which is provided by VER, and includes content, its media management system and on-site facilities. The media management system stores all content generated during the tournament including full matches, highlight packages, images from alternative camera angles and any built elements, such as graphics.
In return, Eurosport is making available its content, footage, cameras viewpoints and stand up positions to Tennis Channel to support its broadcast within the US.
Peter Hutton, Eurosport CEO, said: “Tennis Channel has been a true innovator in tennis broadcasting in the US and we are looking forward to integrating new ideas, stories and content into our coverage which will engage and excite our fans in Europe. As we continue to build enhanced and more locally relevant production, our collaboration with Tennis Channel and having even greater access to compelling content is a hugely exciting opportunity for us.”
Bob Whyley, Tennis Channel senior vice-president of production and executive producer, said: “Eurosport is one of the best at what they do, and it’s a privilege for Tennis Channel to have the opportunity to work with them. Tennis Channel exists to bring as much tennis as possible to as many fans who want to watch, with high-quality production values that are standard for other sports. Eurosport, with its wide reach as one of the top providers of the sport in Europe, allows us to expand that mission and help give millions more people a better tennis experience.”