Sports


Exclusive sports deals ‘not sustainable’ if prices go on rising

TV platform operators – at least in smaller markets – are increasingly like to step back from acquiring exclusive premium sports rights as new players like Eurosport-owner Discovery Communications drive prices up, attendees at NEM in Dubrovnik heard this morning. Speaking on a panel session at the Croatian event, Richard Breskovic, director of marketing at […]

Nos and Vodafone Portugal to share sports rights

Portuguese service providers Nos and Vodafone have struck a deal to share their national and international sports content. The deal is designed to ensure that football matches based on rights held by each player, as well as distribution rights to sports channels and football club channels. The agreement will take effect from next season, ensuring […]

One in six US broadband homes take an OTT sports service

Some 16% of US broadband households now subscribe to an over-the-top sports video service, according to Parks Associates. The NFL Game Pass is the most widely adopted service, with 6% of US broadband homes subscribing to this compared to 4% for the WWE Network and baseball service MLB.TV. “For sports content owners, OTT is a viable […]

Vice Media strikes sports content deal with ESPN

Vice Media and ESPN have agreed a sports content deal that will see each provide content for the other’s channels. Hipster brand Vice has been seen as a challenger to sports net ESPN with sports content featuring on its linear Viceland channel and on its online offerings. ESPN is owned by Disney, itself an investor […]

Ziggo signs sports video deal with The QYou

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has signed a two-year sports video deal with youth-focused broadcaster The QYou. Under the agreement, The QYou – a linear TV service that aims to bring the ‘best of the web’ to pay TV – will deliver 225 episodes of short-form sports videos to Ziggo. The ‘Q-Sport’ shows will be created […]

Former Rightster and ITV exec joins Factory Media

Former Rightster and ITV executive Jonathan Bates has joined action sports media company Factory Media as creative director, partnerships.  In the newly created role, Bates will work to expand Factory Media’s content distribution network from owned media through its 27 lifestyle sports and culture brands, spanning print and online. This will include launching dedicated YouTube […]

Sports lifestyle firm plots MCN push with ex-Discovery exec

Bullseye TV co-founder and former Discovery Communications executive Dee Smith has landed the post of director of content at sports lifestyle group Factory Media, which is pushing into television. UK-based Factory has around 27 lifestyle sports and culture online and print brands, and has employed Smith in part to use these to create a multi-channel […]

Ball in Ofcom’s court as CAT rules against Sky on wholesale must offer

After four years of litigation, the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that BSkyB must make its sports channels available to BT on a wholesale basis. The CAT, making an about turn on its original 2012 ruling on the case, said that Sky must make its Sky Sports 1 and 2 premium services available […]

ESPN mulls OTT service for Major League Soccer

US sports network ESPN is mulling a plan to provide access to US Major League Soccer coverage over the web without the usual requirement for viewers to prove they have an existing pay TV subscription with an established distributor. In comments reported by Reuters, ESPN president and Disney Media Networks co-chairman John Skipper told an […]

Discovery looking to partnerships for premium sports rights

Discovery boss David Zaslav has told DTVE sister title TBI that it is weighing partnering with other media companies to make joint bids for premium sports rights. A deal to take control of the Eurosport channel will close within weeks and there is mounting speculation that deep-pocketed Discovery will refine the pan-European sports broadcaster’s business […]