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  • German Authorities Grant DKB Permission To Broadcast Handball World Cup Via OTT

    German handball fans will be able to watch the World Cup on a OTT channel.

    German handball fans "can breathe a sigh of relief after the Commission for Approval & Oversight (ZAK) granted a special broadcast permission to the Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB)," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The financial institution purchased the broadcast rights for the Handball World Cup from rights holder beIN Sports after German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, as well as pay-TV network Sky Deutschland, failed to reach a deal with the Arab broadcaster. DKB plans to air the games on an OTT channel. The problem, however, is that as a financial institution, DKB does not have a broadcast license. The ZAK, a division of the Bavarian State Center for Media (BLM), said, "Due to the special and extraordinary circumstance, the broadcast of the Handball World Cup on DKB's internet platform will be tolerated." DKB, which is also a sponsor of the German national team, "will stream all games of the German national team, as well as other select games." The 2017 Handball World Cup takes place in France and kicks off on Wednesday (DWDL, 1/10).

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  • MLS Announces Five-Year Deals With Canadian Broadcasters TSN, TVA

    Major League Soccer has finalized new broadcast agreements in Canada, including a five-year extension with TSN and a new five-year agreement with TVA Sports. TSN, which has broadcast the league since '11, will have exclusive English-language rights in Canada, as well as exclusive rights to Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps matches. TVA will have exclusive French-language rights for Montreal Impact matches, and it will air more than 50 additional MLS matches. RDS previously had French-language exclusivity in Canada. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed (Ian Thomas, Staff Writer). The CANADIAN PRESS reported TSN will air select Impact games "as well as English-language coverage of the MLS all-star game, playoffs and MLS Cup." TVA will have French-language rights for those three events. RDS "previously held French-language rights in Canada" (CP, 1/10).

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  • Media Notes: O2 Customers To Have Access To Sky Deutschland Content

    Customers of mobile network provider O2 will be able to access Sky Deutschland's content as part of a new cooperation. O2 customers will receive a rebate on the yet-to-be-released Sky Ticket package, which is scheduled to be launched in late summer. Instead of the the regular €9.99 ($10.60), O2 customers will only have to pay €4.99 ($5.30). In addition, all new customers who select the O2 packages Free M, L or XL by the end of March will receive Sky Entertainment or monthly access to Cinema for six months. Sky also throws in access to Sky Sports for one day per month (SPONSORs, 10/1).

    France Télévisions Sports Dir Laurent-Éric Le Lay announced that the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup “will be shown on the public broadcaster.” Le Lay said, “There will be more rugby in the future on France Télé.” The 2017 Women’s RWC will be hosted by Ireland from Aug. 9-27 and will be free-to-air in France (L’ÉQUIPE, 1/10).

    French telecom Altice acquired the exclusive TV rights of the World Series of Boxing, “allowing its SFR Sport channel to broadcast the annual competition starting this year.” The coverage “will comprise the 36 pool matches and 14 elimination matches, including the six to 12 bouts of the French national team.” The four-year contract was signed between Altice, Asloum Event and IMG/WSB. The deal “allows the exclusive distribution of the WSB in France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and in French-speaking Belgium” (CAPITAL, 1/9).

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