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ESL makes new Facebook deal non-exclusive

Esports giant ESL has expanded its streaming agreement with Facebook to include all of its global competitions in 2019.

However, in a significant change to the terms of the original agreement, Facebook will no longer benefit from non-exclusive rights.

It means that events such as Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, and ESL Pro League for CS:GO will also be available on Twitch and other platforms, and follows criticism from some esports fans unhappy with the video quality of the Facebook coverage.

DAZN to stream Joshua's US debut

DAZN has confirmed that Anthony Joshua’s first US fight in June will be carried exclusively on its streaming platform in the American market.

Joshua is set to face fellow undefeated American heavyweight Jarrell Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday 1st June.

The bout will be streamed live over the DAZN OTT platform, which launched in the US last summer, following the agreement of $1bn, 16-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing USA.

SailGP reveals broadcast and presenting partners

New global sailing series SailGP is gearing up for its inaugural event in Sydney with the announcement of Rolex as presenting partner and a wave of broadcast deals.

In the UK and Ireland, the series is set to be broadcast by BT Sport - one of number of multi-platform rights agreements revealed by organisers ahead of the 15-16th February event in Australia.

A comprehensive global distribution plan includes broadcast agreements across five continents, ensuring coverage in 90 countries.

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.

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