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Volume 10 No. 25


Pan-European network Eurosport has reported one of its best ever half-year audience results for the first six months of '13. Grand Slam tennis from Australia and France, respectively, attracted 53 and 59 million different viewers on Eurosport and Eurosport 2. The 2013 French Open was the second-best Grand Slam ever for audience numbers on Eurosport. In winter sports more than 140 million fans watched live coverage of World Cup rounds and World Championships on Eurosport and Eurosport 2 in '13, a 5% increase compared to '12. More recently in motorsports, 18 million fans watched Eurosport's complete round-the-clock live coverage of Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, a rise of more than 12% from '12 (Eurosport).

Sky "subscribers are sharing account details with friends to get behind the paywall and watch for free," according to Zac Fleming of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. This week, the pay-to-view network "admitted the practice of sharing password details for iSKY Internet accounts was causing concern, and it was moving to plug the gap." Sky, which last week lost rights to broadcast EPL football games to a partnership between Coliseum Sports Media and TVNZ, "would not disclose how many subscribers were using the iSKY service." Sky Head of Corporate Communications Kirsty Way said, "We are aware some people are using this service unfairly. We have some developments underway to help prevent this in the future. We're not quite ready to talk about them." People with a TV subscription "can get an iSKY log-in and pass that on, meaning one person watching on TV off a decoder, while somone else viewed via the internet at another venue" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 6/30).