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Volume 6 No. 215


Spanish state-owned broadcaster RTVE has acquired some La Liga B rights from communications group Mediapro, according to EUROPA PRESS. Mediapro, which owns the rights to "the majority of Spanish football," has agreed to give RTVE the rights to two La Liga B games per week this season along with a highlights show for both La Liga and La Liga B. RTVE will air the matches through its channel Teledeporte starting this week with the Santander-Mirandés clash on Saturday and the Xerez-Sabadell game on Sunday (EUROPA PRESS, 2/21).

German public broadcaster ZDF "recorded top ratings" for its broadcast of Wednesday's Champions League match between Schalke 04 and Galatasaray, according to Uwe Mantel of DWDL. A total of 6.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the 1-1 draw. The game, which started at 8:45pm German time, received a 20.3% share. In the target demographic 14-49, the game obtained a 16.9% share. In addition, German pay-TV channel Sky recorded 670,000 viewers, which translated into a 2.1% market share, for its broadcast of the game. In the target demographic, the match received a 2.8% share (DWDL, 2/21).

SPAIN: Spanish pay-TV channel Canal+ Liga de Campeones' broadcast of the Champions League round of 16 clash between Barcelona and AC Milan was watched by 1.164 million viewers. AC Milan's 2-0 home victory also recorded a 6.2% share (VERTELE, 2/21).

Sky Sports News HD will be distributed in the Nordic and Baltic regions following a multi-year agreement between BSkyB and the parent company of European pay-TV operator Viasat, Modern Times Group. Beginning this month, MTG will distribute Sky Sports News HD in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland through its Viasat pay-TV platform, as well as through its channel packages on third party cable TV platforms and IPTV networks, including MTG’s online service Viaplay. MTG will also add Sky Sports News HD to its Baltic platforms later in the year. Some of the events covered include the Premier League, Football League, UEFA Champions League, Formula 1, golf and rugby union. In addition, the agreement also enables MTG to exclusively broadcast a range of other premium Sky Sports content, including support programming and features such as Soccer AM and The F1 Show (BSkyB).