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  • BT Scores European Football Channel Sky Sports 5 On BT Vision+ In Last Minute Deal

    BT TV customers with a BT Vision+ box "can now get Sky Sports 5 along with Sky Sports 1 and 2," according to Thomas Newton of RECOMBU. A last minute deal with Sky "sees the new European football channel arriving on BT just as the new channel launches." Previously, it looked like BT TV customers were not "going to be able to get the new channel." Sky, Virgin Media and Now TV customers "were all in line to get Sky Sports 5 from launch when it was announced." While Sky Sports 1 and 2 are available on their own for £15.50 ($26) a month on BT TV, there is currently "no way to get Sky Sports 5 individually." It is only available as part of the £21 ($35) bundle, but there is "no extra cost for the new channel" (RECOMBU, 8/12). In London, Simon Rice wrote Sky Sports 5 will be "the new home of European football on Sky" -- although why any of Sky Sports 1-4 could not have been used for the job (as they have been before today) "is not altogether clear." But "you probably knew that anyway" -- Sky Sports' publicity "has been as abundant as it's been daft." It started with "an oddly muted David Beckham featuring in an advert at the Sky Sports 'research centre.'" Since then, "things have got weirder." Today five portraits by renowned art forger John Myatt "were released." Steven Gerrard, Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo "have been painted in the style of painters from their homeland, from Vincent van Gogh to Pablo Picasso" (INDEPENDENT, 8/12).

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  • European Athletics Championships Set For More Than 1,000 Hours Of TV Coverage

    The 22nd European Athletics Championships in Zurich has crossed the milestone of 1,000 hours of expected live TV coverage, with 35 int'l broadcasters from across Europe expressing intentions to televise the biggest athletics event of the year. According to the current broadcast intentions provided by the European Broadcasting Union, there will be at least 1,180 hours of TV coverage over the six days of the championships, including more than 1,113 hours of live coverage. Pan-European channel Eurosport plans to show the majority of the championships live across its 59 territories. Outside Europe, the event will be broadcast by Eurosport Asia. The entire event will also be streamed live with English-language commentary at, with nine additional feeds available at (European Athletics).

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  • Sony Six Bags Exclusive Champions Tennis League Broadcast Rights

    Sports and entertainment channel Sony Six "bagged the exclusive broadcasting rights for the newly-floated Champions Tennis League" to be held from Nov. 17-26 across six cities in India, according to the PTI. The Vijay Amritraj conceptualized Indian Premier League-style league "would see Indian as well as international players in action." The six city-based teams, split into two groups, "would play 12 matches over an eight-day period in a home and away format with the group toppers fighting it out for the inaugural Champions Tennis League trophy on November 26" (PTI, 8/12). INDIAN TELEVISION reported each team in the Champions Tennis league "will feature one male and one female international player ranked amongst the top 25 in the ATP and WTA rankings." Each team "will also have an international legend as their playing captain, apart from a noted top ranked Indian male tennis player." All the games "will be featured live and exclusive on Sony Six and Sony Six HD" (INDIAN TELEVISION, 8/12).

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  • English Language Version Of WWE Available In More Than 170 Countries, Territories

    The U.S. English-language version of WWE Network has been available since Tuesday, on an over-the-top basis, in more than 170 countries and territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics, among others. The network is expected to be live in the U.K. by this October and plans for the network in Italy, UAE, Germany, Japan, India, China, Thailand and Malaysia will be communicated at a later date (WWE).

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  • National Rugby League In-Game Time-Wasting Costing League $37M A Year In TV Revenue

    Time wasting and "stoppages in play" are costing the National Rugby League a potential A$40M ($37M)-a-year in extra TV revenue, according to Phil Rothfield of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Rugby league fans are "still losing more than one third of every game to breaks in play for scrums, penalties, errors, line-drop-outs and conversion attempts." The analysis reveals that if the clock "was stopped when tries were scored until the kick-off resumption, an average game would go 14 minutes longer and give broadcasters and fans an extra 112 minutes of football every week." Fox Sports statistician Aaron Wallace checked the actual playing times of three games. Last year, a Tigers-Sea Eagles game "went for only 49 minutes of actual play." On Sunday, Sharks-Warriors went for only 53 minutes. One Sharks line dropout "took 50 seconds and a restart after a try 135 seconds." On Saturday night, the Storm-Knights game lost 28 minutes to stoppages "with the clock still running." Five minutes was "wasted waiting for scrums" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8/12).

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  • Media Notes: Sportdigital Renews Deal With Dutch Eredivisie For A Further Three Years

    German pay-TV sports channel sportdigital "has renewed its broadcast rights deal with the Dutch Eredivisie for a further three years" starting with the '14-15 season (DWDL, 8/11). ... The FIA Formula E Championship revealed its Spark-Renault SRT_01E will be featured in the Forza Motorsport 5 video game. Available as a free download in the Xbox Live marketplace, this marks the first time in video-game history that a fully-electric single-seater has been featured as a playable car on a home entertainment system (Formula E). ... Indian women "start their English campaign with a Test match against the home team but no one in the country will get to see the action." There "is no live telecast planned for the Test." BBC Radio "will broadcast ball-by-ball live commentary of the Test through BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra and online on" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 8/12).

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