Sports


Discovery chief outlines ‘Netflix of sport’ ambition

With Olympics and other rights in hand, Eurosport can become the ‘Netflix of sports’, according to parent company Discovery. Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav told analysts that owning the linear and digital rights to all Eurosport content opened up a range of possibilities. “Because we own the sports content for both linear and digital, […]

Report: Amazon aiming for sports rights

Amazon is reportedly going after video rights for professional sports, including tennis, rugby and golf. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites people with knowledge of the matter, Amazon has expressed interest in sport with a global appeal, which also includes soccer and auto racing. The online retail giant is also reportedly interested in US […]

Perform Group to launch sports OTT service in Germany

UK-based sports rights specialist Perform Group is to launch an OTT sports subscription service in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, centred on its recent acquisition of web rights to highlights of Bundesliga football matches. The service DAZN, is expected to launch this summer. In addition to German football, the service will include coverage of international football […]

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 […]