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Volume 7 No. 149


Eleven Sports signed long-term agreements with "all four TV operators" -- Altice, Nos, Nowo and Vodafone -- in Portugal, according to Chris Dziadul of BROADBAND TV NEWS. As a result, it will be available for subscription on TV platforms in 3.9 million homes, "thereby achieving 100% pay-TV distribution in the country." The partnership kicks off immediately, with all eight Champions League round of 16 fixtures, including Tuesday's game between AS Roma and Porto, airing on Eleven Sports on all four platforms. Eleven Sports has been present in Portugal since May '18, when it secured rights in the country for the Champions League and La Liga. All content will be available on Eleven Sports on the four TV platforms for €9.99 ($11.32) per month or €99.99 ($113.31) annually, "mirroring the price point of Eleven’s online streaming service in Portugal." Eleven Sports Exec Chair & Group CEO Marc Watson said, "This is a significant moment in our development as a group, which also establishes Eleven Sports as a leading player in Portugal for the long term" (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 2/12).

After a one-year break, pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will show Formula 1 again in Germany and Austria, according to Jörn Krieger of BROADBAND TV NEWS. The new agreement covers the '19 and '20 seasons "across all race weekends." The rights package, "of which financial details have not been disclosed," includes the live broadcasting rights via satellite, cable, IPTV, streaming and mobile TV in Germany and Austria as well as the German-language rights in Switzerland. Sky Deutschland will show the races both on linear TV in its Sky Sport subscription package and via streaming services Sky Go and Sky Ticket. The broadcasts will be in HD quality without advertising breaks during the races. An "accompanying channel will offer additional camera angles and information" (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 2/12).