Sports


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 […]

RRsat appoints European sports and live events exec

Israel-based satellite services provider, RRsat Global Communications Network, has appointed Luca Marinoni as its new head of sports and live events for its European division. Marinoni joins RRsat Europe from sports rights company MP & Silva and brings 15 years of experience in the broadcast and media rights sector. Based in West London, he will lead RRsat […]

Microsoft signs Xbox One live sports deal with tech firm NeuLion

Online video technology firm NeuLion has signed a multi-year deal with Microsoft to support the streaming of live- and on-demand sports content to Xbox One games consoles. Neulion said it will deliver live 24/7 linear channels, stats data, and on-demand content to Xbox One consoles, with Microsoft licensing its NeuLion Sports Platform. Video will be […]

BBC claims most-watched UK sports broadcaster title

The BBC claims it was the most-watched sports broadcaster in the UK last year, despite only showing 2% of sport on television. Based on internal BBC stats from its marketing and audiences division, the broadcaster claimed it notched up 40% of all sports viewing last year compared to second place Sky Sports with 31% – […]

Eurosport agrees SNTV sports news deal

Broadcaster Eurosport has signed a three-year deal with sports video news agency SNTV, which will provide digital and TV broadcast content for Eurosport’s international channels. Eurosport will use the material for its daily sports news bulletins and regular magazine shows, as well as for its digital portfolio of websites and apps. SNTV is a joint […]

Blinkx partners with REV New Media

Internet media platform Blinkx has partnered with web video producer REV New Media to add sports and cooking clips.  The two channels – sports channel The Fumble and recipe channel The Savory – are available now on Blinkx, with the firm due to share ad revenue with REV. “Sports and recipe clips are consistently popular […]