Sport1 secures eSport highlights from DFL

German sports broadcast outfit Sport1 has struck a deal with the German football league, the DFL, to offer highlights from the latter’s Virtual Bundesliga eSports competition on its platform. Coverage of the VBL club championship, playoffs and grand final will be aired on free sports channel Sport1 and new pay TV offering eSports1 as well […]

EC confirms approval of Liberty Global Ziggo acquisition

The European Commission has confirmed its approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo in the Netherlands. The EC’s move follows annulment of its earlier approval of the 2014 acquisition by the EU General Court last year. The EC originally approved the merger of UPC Netherlands and Ziggo subject to the condition that […]

eSports will benefit TV, says ESL

eSports have the potential to attract a young primarily male audience to TV and punch above its weight in terms of its value to broadcasters, according to Torsten Haux,, VP global media rights at Modern Times Group-owned eSports outfit ESL. Speaking at Marketforce’s The Future of Broadcasting conference yesterday, Haux said that eSports, which has […]

Sport TV secures handball rights

AMC Networks International-Central Europe-owned Sport TV has secured exclusive rights to Velux EHF Champions League handball and the women’s EHF Champions League beginning with the 2015-16 season in Hungary. The deal between EHF Marketing, the marketing arm of the European Handball Federation, and AMC Networks International-Central Europe will make Hungarian TV channels Sport1 and Sport2 […]

Liberty Global’s Sport1 secures La Liga

Liberty Global-owned Dutch premium sports  channel Sport1 has secured the rights to Spanish La Liga football. La Liga games will be televised live exclusively on Sport1 in the Netherlands. The acquisition includes the rights to live broadcasts and extended highlights on TV and the internet. At least six games from the Spanish competition will be […]

Constantin Media sees second quarter sales boost

Germany’s Constantin Medien, which operates the Sport1 free TV channel, has boosted its second quarter sales by 14.9% year-on-year. The firm’s revenue for Q2 2014 were €110.3 million. compared to the €96 million posted in the same period the year before. Furthermore, the company swung into profit before tax, posting earnings of €7.1 million. This […]

Constantin calls off Sky Deutschland talks

German TV business Constantin Media has called an end to talks with pay TV operator Sky Deutschland, which wanted to buy its production business Plazamedia and its stake in the Sport1 channel and associated sports marketing business. The proposed deal was announced in December and would have seen Sky Deutschland acquire 100% ownership of Plazamedia […]

Sky Deutschland’s acquisition of Sport1 stake approved

The German competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has cleared Sky Deutschland’s acquisition of a minority stake in sports channel Sport1, as part of a wider deal that it announced in December. Sky said that it would acquire 100% ownership of production company Plaza Media along with a 25.1% interest in Sport1 and Constantin Sport Marketing from […]

Sport1+ HD to launch on Sky Deutschland

German sports broadcaster Sport1 will launch its high definition network Sport1+ HD via Sky Deutschland in August after striking a carriage deal with the News Corp-backed pay TV operator. The channel, which is a subsidiary of Constantin Medien, will be available to all HD subscribers to the sports or football Bundesliga package. The channel will […]

Sport1 acquires Spanish football rights

Dutch sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired the rights to show the Spanish Primera División soccer tournament for the next three seasons. This comes after the Chellomedia-owned broadcaster renewed the rights to show the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons. Sport1 will air live games as well as edited highlights on its main channel […]