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Bellator confirms Sky Sports deal

Bellator MMA has announced a television deal with Sky Sports that will see the satellite pay-tv broadcaster become the home of US and international Bellator MMA events in the UK and Ireland in 2019.

The news described as a “ground-breaking partnership for MMA in the UK and Ireland,” follows confirmation last week that free-to-air Channel 5 will televise a minimum of six UK and European Bellator events for British and Irish MMA fans.

JOE launches boxing show with Carl Frampton

Media company JOE has unveiled a new boxing show, ‘TKO’, hosted by two-weight world champion Carl Frampton and boxing journalist and presenter Chris Lloyd.

The programme is one of a number being launched by JOE in 2019 as it seeks to expand its ‘JOE Presents’ slate of original, long-form and multi-platform productions. Similar football and gaming shows are currently in pre-production.

DAZN launches MultiView feature

The live sport and on-demand streaming service DAZN has unveiled MultiView, a new feature that will enable subscribers to view up to four live or on-demand events on one screen simultaneously.

The feature provides users with an “immersive multi-screen experience” without the need to connect or cast to alternative screens.

MultiView is to be rolled out on fourth and fifth generation Apple TV devices for all live and on-demand coverage.

Eleven Sports loses Serie A rights in break with IMG

Eleven Sports has ended its partnership with IMG – a move that will lead to the end of Serie A and Eredivisie coverage over its subscription OTT platform in the UK and Ireland.

Premier Sports is to take over the UK rights to both properties from the end of February 2019.

It follows Eleven’s loss of its UK UFC rights at the end of last year, triggered by the Aser company’s failure to secure a TV carriage deal.

BT Sport to broadcast GB Fed Cup Tie

BT Sport has been confirmed as the exclusive TV broadcaster for Great Britain’s first Fed Cup on home soil for 26 years.

Already the home for WTA coverage, BT Sport has extended its move into the tennis market and will broadcast the Fed Cup action live from Bath University on BT Sport 2 from 6th-9th February.

The annual women’s tennis tournament involves over 100 nations around the globe, with the Europe-Africa Group 1 ties split across two host locations, Great Britain and Poland. 

PM Connect launches Opta app in Belgium

UK mobile payment provider PM Connect is to roll out its new Opta-powered football app across Belgium, following a deal with the country's largest mobile carrier Proximus.

Proximus hold an approximate 40% share of the Belgian mobile market and in becoming key mobile payment partner, PM Connect will be able to bring premium content from its global brand partners to a Belgian audience.

PM Connect recently struck a similar deal with Africa’s biggest mobile carrier, Vodacom and this latest deal continues its global expansion within the European market.

BT Sport inks new World Rally deal

BT Sport has extended its partnership with World Rally Championship (WRC) Promoter, promising UK fans increased coverage of the series in 2019.

The broadcaster has agreed a multi-year deal and plans to “significantly” step up its live coverage from all 14 rounds of the year-round competition, which begins with Rallye Monte-Carlo on Thursday 24th January.

Wimbledon to stage ticketed No.1 Court celebration

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has revealed plans for a one-off ticketed event, marking the completion of a multi-million pound project to install a roof on Wimbledon's No.1 Court.

The AELTC plans to sell more than 12,000 tickets to the No.1 Court Celebration event on Sunday, 19th May, priced at £110 each.

The club is promising fans a programme of three exhibition tennis matches, interspersed with headline live music performances.


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