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SBD Global/January 4, 2013/Media

Media Notes: Spain's Canal+ Drops Eurosport, Eurosport HD, Discovery Channel

Spain's satellite pay-TV operator Canal+ "has removed Discovery Channel, Eurosport and Eurosport HD from its platform." The move comes after rumors that Eurosport "is to be bought into by Discovery Channel and follows the disappearance of Eurosport and Eurosport 2 from the grid of Spain's main cable operator Ono" (RAPID TV NEWS, 1/2). ... German news channel N-TV "has acquired the TV rights for the World Rally Championship in '13." The channel "will show each of the 13 championship races in a show called PS - Die Rallye-WM on Sunday evenings." In addition, the channel "will provide WRC updates in its hourly newscasts." N-TV also acquired the rights for the Dakar Rally and "will report on the latest developments" from South America (MOTORSPORT MAGAZIN, 12/22). ... BBM Canada confirmed that the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia "has recorded solid ratings for TSN and TSN2 during the opening round of the tournament." The average minute of Team Canada's decisive victory over Team Russia on New Year's Eve "was watched by 2.5 million viewers over TSN's live and encore broadcasts -- making it the most-watched round-robin game of this year's tournament." Overall, 6.4 million Canadians "watched some part of TSN and TSN2's coverage of the Canada-Russia World Juniors game on New Year's Eve" (TSN).
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