Al-Jazeera beIN Sport has acquired the rights to the Handball Champions League for France. This broadcasting deal with the European Handball Federation will last until '17. The broadcaster will be able to air "148 matches per season for the male competition and 72 matches for the female competition" (RAPIDTVNEWS.FR, 6/19).
BLACKOUT: The MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS reported that TV viewers across Greater Manchester were "dismayed by a blackout" during England's match against Ukraine last night. The blackout occurred 10 minutes after kickoff and a "number of Virgin Media customers" were left with no game. The error is linked to a power failure in Salford and Virgin Media said "they were investigating the problem." They did not comment on the number of homes affected (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 6/20).