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Volume 7 No. 106


The Italian unit of British broadcaster Sky reportedly bid for a package worth at least €310M ($380M) a year at a tender on Monday to sell screening rights for Serie A matches from '18-21, according to Elvira Pollina of REUTERS. Sky Italia also bid for a satellite package whose price started at €260M ($318.4M) per year, the source said. The multi-platform package includes the matches of all 20 Serie A teams "while the other packages comprise only those of eight clubs," including Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina. Telecom Italia, Sky Italia and Britain’s Perform "all bid for an Internet package" whose price starts at €160M ($196M), the source said (REUTERS, 1/22).

DIGITAL RIGHTS: REUTERS' Giancarlo Navach reported Italian broadcaster Mediaset submitted a bid only for the digital terrestrial TV package, a source said. The source "declined to give any details on the size of the offer" (REUTERS, 1/22).

The FA announced a partnership with Little Dot Studios, according to SOCCEREX. The online video distribution and production company will provide channel and video management services across the FA's social channels, with the aim of growing the organization's presence on YouTube, "strengthening its digital identity" and gaining "stronger engagement on social platforms." Little Dot will provide services including live video editing, social video creation, channel management and data insights, and will also utilize the FA's archive of int'l games as well as matches from the FA Cup. The agreement adds to Little Dot's portfolio of sports partners, including Formula E and the England & Wales Cricket Board (SOCCEREX, 1/22).

The World Rugby Sevens Series secured Capgemini as its global innovation partner, a sponsorship that "will see the firm enrich broadcasts with in-depth data from the sport," according to John McCarthy of THE DRUM. Capgemini will operate with an "emphasis on improving the fan experience." This will see the group provide data and infographics to "boost the tournament experience in stadiums, on television and social." Furthermore, it will produce a web series, fronted by a rugby expert, "making use of the rich data on hand to delve into the tactics and performances." In the back end of the rugby sevens operation, Capgemini will "work to bring its business and technology innovations to the fore to help build upon the competition's efforts." On the experiential side, the company will "activate locally to create fan experiences across the globe, with an emphasis on tournament cities" (THE DRUM, 1/22).

IMG renewed its global media rights contract with Swiss company Chassot Concept to distribute the Tour de Romandie in a multi-year deal across all platforms. The event will be held from April 24-29. Broadcast deals have already been secured through pan-regional partnerships with Discovery/Eurosport, DAZN, OSN, Kwesé Sports, SuperSports, fuboTV, ESPN and TDN (IMG).

Netflix will release globally on Feb. 16 the first three episodes of "First team: Juventus FC," a Netflix original docuseries following the Italian club. The second part will be released later this year. Netflix will follow stories and characters from the club during the '17-18 season, spending time with the players both on and off the field (Netflix).

Free-to-air broadcasters Q2 and Vier will "share rights in the Flemish-speaking region of Belgium" to the Champions League. Incumbent rights holder Q2, which is the sister channel of Flemish-language network VTM, "will continue to cover the tournament for the next three-season cycle, showing Wednesday matches live along with highlights." Vier will "begin its coverage from the beginning of next season, when it will show live games on Tuesday evenings" (SOCCEREX, 1/22).

Police officers from the National Police HQ in Lublin, Poland, arrested three men, who were charged with "illegally distributing both free-to-air and pay-TV digital television signals." The pirate service offered more than 160 TV channels and the police estimated that the men made nearly 3.5M zloty ($1.03M) in profits (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 1/21).

Eurosport will show a live Bundesliga game in Ultra HD for the first time. The match between Cologne and Borussia Dortmund will be transmitted in 4K quality on Feb. 2 "on UHD1 by HD+, the Ultra HD channel offered by German DTH platform HD+ on Astra (19.2° East)" (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 1/22).