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Sky Sports Racing unveils launch season plans

Sky Sports has unveiled its plans for the soon-to-launch Sky Sports Racing channel, which will replace At The Races from 1st January 2019.

The channel will be available in HD for the first time and produced from Sky Sports’ Osterley headquarters, according to plans revealed at a launch event at the West London studios.

Sky Sports Racing will be the satellite pay-tv broadcaster’s 11th sports channel and the fifth dedicated to a single sport. It will be available to all Sky TV customers in the UK and Ireland.

Global footballers unite behind new OTRO content platform

A new digital football fan platform has launched worldwide with the involvement of some of the game’s biggest names.

OTRO promises fans exclusive access to the lives of players including Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and David Beckham.

In total, 16 global men’s and women’s stars are backing the venture – pitched as a digital fan club app, which will offer exclusive curated content and player interaction.

Others involved include Zinedine Zidane, Luis Suarez, Romelu Lukaku, Dele Alli, Paolo Dybala, James Rodriguez, Toni Duggan and Eric Cantona.

Discovery’s GOLFTV inks Tiger Woods content deal

Discovery has announced a multi-year global content agreement with Tiger Woods, as part of plans for its soon-to-launch GOLFTV OTT platform in partnership with the PGA Tour.

The media giant will collaborate with 14-time Major winner Woods to develop exclusive content for subscribers to the service.

The first material is set to air in January 2019, when GOLFTV will start its roll-out across all global markets excluding the US, China and South Korea.

BT Sport plans historic 5G broadcast at Wembley

Wembley Stadium is to work alongside BT Sport to stage the first ever live sporting event broadcast using a 5G network.

In partnership with EE, the pay-tv broadcaster plans to showcase how it can utilise 5G to increase its own sporting coverage via more matches and faster highlight packages.

The technology is to be demonstrated at the 2018 EE Wembley Cup competition, an annual FA-recognised event in the football calendar where YouTube football players compete against international legends of the game.

EFL agrees new Sky deal

The English Football League (EFL) has reached an £595m agreement with Sky Sports for its domestic broadcasting rights until the end of the 2023/24 season.

It follows strong criticism of the proposed terms from a number of Championship clubs.

The five-year deal worth £119m a season was formally concluded following a meeting of the EFL Board and represents a 35% increase on the current arrangement with the satellite pay-tv broadcasters.

World Chess lands Eurosport deal

World Chess has announced a three-year broadcast partnership with Eurosport to screen key moments and highlights of events, beginning with the ongoing FIDE World Chess Championship 2018.

The deal was announced alongside the 12-game World Chess Championship Match currently taking place in central London, which sees Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defend his title against American contender Fabiano Caruana. 

It follows record-breaking viewing figures for the last World Championship match, held in New York in 2016, when the total global audience topped 1.5 billion people.

Formula E lands BBC deal

Formula E has scored a landmark terrestrial broadcast rights deal in the UK.

The BBC, for the first time, will screen every race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship via its website and TV red button platforms.

The new partnership deal with the British public broadcaster will see the fully electric street racing series aired live across the BBC, starting on the 15th December with the opening race of season five.

DAZN lands Premier League rights in Spain

The live sport and on-demand streaming service DAZN has confirmed it is to launch in Spain in 2019, with the streaming rights for both the English Premier League and MotoGP among its first content to be made available on the platform.

The Premier League has awarded the fast-growing OTT platform exclusive broadcast rights in the territory for all games from 2019/20 until 2021/22, equating to 235 lives games per season.

Sky adds mobile rights to Premier League package

Multi-platform broadcaster Sky Sports has added extended Premier League highlights and mobile clip rights to its package for the English top flight. 

The deal, which starts from the 2019/20 campaign, will see Sky Sports customers in the UK and Ireland have the ability to access in-game goals and clips for mobile devices from matches aired on the network, as well as other fixtures not televised live via its digital platforms.

ITN productions renews deal with ICC

ITN Productions’ sport team has renewed its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide digital clip production services for the ICC World Twenty20 2018 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

ITN Productions will work in partnership with the ICC and their suppliers and licensees to deliver fast-turnaround content.

Aarti Singh Dabas, head of media rights, broadcast and digital, International Cricket Council said: “We were very happy with ITN Productions’ editorial and publishing solutions provided during cricket’s global pinnacle events in 2017.

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