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National League to launch streaming service following Ryan Reynolds criticism

The National League, the fifth tier of the English football pyramid, plans to launch a streaming service by the second half of the season. The decision comes weeks after Ryan Reynolds, the celebrity co-owner of Welsh club AFC Wrexham, criticised the league for not allowing domestic or international streaming of matches. Reynolds called on the […]

BT Sport deploys Red Bee Media automated subtitling tech

BT Sport has announced a new partnership with Red Bee Media to make live content more accessible with the company’s automated subtitling service. The broadcaster will deploy ARC (Automatic Real-time Captioning), to increase the amount of subtitled sports content that it provides viewers by around 200 extra hours per month. BT Sport becomes the first […]

Warner Bros. Discovery and BT complete Eurosport-BT Sport joint-venture deal

Warner Bros. Discovery and BT Group have completed the merger of BT Sport and Eurosport into a combined 50:50 joint venture. The deal, announced in May following the reveal of exclusive talks in February, will create a significant player in UK sports broadcasting with an extensive portfolio of premium sports rights including UEFA Champions League, […]

Sports rights: LaLiga signs FTA deal with ITV; OneFootball bags Serie A for UK and Ireland

Regular season live club football has returned to ITV for the first time since 2015, with the broadcaster agreeing a rights deal to Spanish top-flight league LaLiga. The pubcaster has announced a sublicencing deal with Premier Sports to broadcast 10 matches for the next three seasons. ITV said that either FC Barcelona, Real Madrid or […]

Competition watchdog approves BT Warner Bros. Discovery JV

UK competition watchdog the CMA has approved the planned 50:50 joint venture between BT and Warner Bros. Discovery that will BT Sport folded into a new entity with Eurosport UK to take on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland. The CMA said that it had “cleared the anticipated joint venture between Warner Bros. Discovery, […]

Amazon secures UK UEFA rights as BT loses exclusivity

Amazon has secured UK rights to the UEFA Champions League, with BT losing its exclusive rights to the top European football competition. The news, announced by UEFA on Friday, has seen BT lose its exclusive rights to UEFA competitions, having been the sole broadcast partner in the UK since 2015.  BT will retain the majority […]

Football focus – listen to the latest episode of TV Watch

The latest episode of Digital TV Europe’s podcast TV Watch is now available to stream wherever you get your podcasts. In the latest episode, host Jonathan Easton speaks with FIFA+ commissioning editor James Abraham about the football governing body’s ambitions for streaming; and with Omdia senior principal analyst Tim Westcott about the merger of BT […]

BT Sport retains UFC rights

BT Sport has renewed its rights deal with the UFC in the UK. The multi-year partnership will see the pair’s relationship extend beyond a decade, with BT first picking up the rights in 2013.  The agreement will see BT Sport carry all live UFC events, including numbered events and Fight Nights, along with hundreds of […]

CMA launches review into BT Sport-Eurosport merger

The merger of BT Sport and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Eurosport is set to be reviewed by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). In a statement published by the CMA, the regulator said that it has until July 28 to make its phase 1 decision on whether the tie-up would negatively impact competition in the […]

BT Sport and Eurosport to combine as new JV in BT-Warner Bros. Discovery deal

BT Sport and Eurosport are set to combine into one combined entity as BT and Warner Bros. Discovery look to take on Sky Sports. The companies have confirmed the creation of a new joint-venture, following the pair’s exclusive negotiations that were announced in February. The 50:50 joint venture will see both companies hold equal voting […]

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