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Amazon Adds More Than 40 TV Channels To U.K. Streaming Service

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 24 / 17

Amazon will add "more than 40 TV channels" to its U.K. streaming service, including ITV and live sport for the first time, "upping the stakes against rival Netflix and pay-TV operators such as Sky," according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. Amazon will offer the channels at an extra cost to A...

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TV Azteca To Show MMA In U.S., Mexico

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Australian Open, WOWOW Expand Deal

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BCCI Puts IPL Rights Tender On Hold

The Board of Control for Cricket in India "has decided to indefinitely defer the auction of Indian Premier League media rights scheduled for Tuesday as it has not received the go-ahead from the Justice Lodha committee," according to Gaurav Laghate of the ECONOMIC TIMES. The BCCI said, "In the absenc ...

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ManU Leads EPL Clubs On Social Media

A comparison of Twitter followers, Facebook likes and Instagram followers across the Premier League shows that ManU "dominates on all three social media platforms," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. On Twitter, ManU is nearly 1 million clear of second place Arsenal. On Facebook M ...

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ESPN Announces Partnership With Kwesé

ESPN “unveiled a partnership with Kwesé, the sports network arm of African telecom and pay-TV operator Econet, that will bring content” from ESPN to the region, according to Georg Szalai of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Financial details were not disclosed. ESPN “has been looking ...

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FFA Signs Four-Year Deal With Altice

The French Athletics Federation (FFA) signed a four-year exclusive broadcast agreement with the Altice Group. In France, Altice-owned SFR now owns the rights to FFA events and its national teams. Following a record Olympic year in Rio (6 Medals), the FFA is pushing into the new Olympic cycle with a ...

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Chivas To End Ties With Univision

Liga MX side Chivas Guadalajara plans to part ways with U.S. broadcaster Univision when its contract comes up in '18, "betting it can make more profit" by only offering matches through its $12-a-month online service , according to Andrea Navarro of BLOOMBERG. The team has been "emboldened by its de ...

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Media Notes

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More Than 4M Watch USGP On RTL

German free-to-air TV channel RTL "drew more than 4 million viewers for its broadcast of Sunday's U.S. F1 Grand Prix," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The channel attracted 4.34 million viewers for the race starting at 9pm. The figure translated into a market share of 13.4%. In the target demog ...

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FA Agrees To Int'l Broadcast Deal

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