Media Notes: BBC Sport, UK Sport Agree To Stream More Olympic Events Online
BBC Sport agreed to a deal with UK Sport to stream more Olympic and Paralympic sporting events online. Last month, the BBC announced plans to broadcast more than 30 additional sports or sporting events. UK Sport is investing £30M ($40M) over the next eight years to bring some of the world's top sporting events to the country and the partnership will allow those events to be broadcast (BBC).
Swiss telecom Sunrise expanded its sports portfolio and now offers its IPTV customers a total of 572 Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga games, plus tennis, golf and other sports highlights, all via the Sky Sport app that comes with the TV Box UHD. Sunrise also launched Teleclub Sport Event as a pay-per-view service, "enabling customers to view individual sports events of their choice" (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 12/15).
ESPN 5, a long-term collaboration between TV5 and ESPN, debuted a Philippine edition of "SportsCenter" on Sunday. The sports news and highlights show will be a 30-minute daily program produced live and exclusively by ESPN 5 from the TV5 studios in Manila (ESPN).
Croatia's Vipnet secured the rights to the UEFA Champions League for three seasons, beginning in '18-19. It will show "around 120 live games a season in HD quality on Vip and B.net TV." It has the rights to all live games played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except one selected by public TV (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 12/15).
WWE and South Korean sports broadcasting company IB Sports will extend their partnership into its 13th year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in South Korea. Beginning on Jan. 2, IB Sports will televise "Raw" live at 10am every Tuesday and "SmackDown" live at 10am Wednesdays. It will also show WWE's monthly special events (WWE).
Sports streaming TV service fuboTV "has officially come out of Beta" on Roku. Users of the live streaming TV service on Roku will "experience a new design, as well as an added entertainment section with on-demand, upgraded video control and cloud PVR." Additionally, subscribers using Roku can now record live games (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 12/16).