Formula 1 “enjoyed solid TV viewership” in France this year, according to Sacha Nokovitch of L’ÉQUIPE. Pay-TV operator Canal+ offers the championship in its entirety in France and “achieved its best audience numbers” in its four years of owning the rights. On average, 760,000 viewers watched the F1 grands prix, which is a 6% increase compared to ’17. The Spanish GP recorded Canal’s best audience, with an average of 951,000 spectators and a peak audience of 1.1 million viewers. Free-TV broadcaster TF1 owns the rebroadcast rights to the Monaco, France, Belgium and Italian GPs and averaged 1.9 million viewers over the four races. The French GP drew 2.2 million viewers to TF1’s broadcast (L’ÉQUIPE, 11/27).
ESPN signed a deal with IMG for the Latin America and Caribbean rights to Serie A. The three-year agreement between IMG and the Disney-owned network "comes as a shock," with IMG having been unable to find a buyer for the rights over the course of the first third of the season. The financial terms of the deal, which will run through the '20-21 season, were not disclosed (SOCCEREX, 11/28).
Tolle Nachricht für alle eSports-Fans: @SPORT1 plant Start des ersten Senders für #eSports in Deutschland, Österreich & der Schweiz. Pay-TV-Kanal eSPORTS1 geht am 24. Januar 2019 on-Air. #eSPORTS1 #eSportsOnAir https://t.co/VfecnwnCLq— SPORT1 PR (@SPORT1_PR) November 28, 2018
German sports broadcaster Sport1 will launch the first esports channel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on January 24. The 24-hour service will be broadcast as a pay-TV channel on Vodafone Deutschland, Deutsche Telekom, Unitymedia, 1&1, T-Mobile Austria, A1 Telekom, UPC Switzerland and Zattoo. In addition, the content of eSports1 will also be available on its own app (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 11/28).
Turkish satellite TV provider Digiturk acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in Turkey for the next three years, beginning with the '18-19 season (Digiturk).