BroadcastersContent DealsNewsSportsSVODDAZN Partners with Discovery to Expand Distribution of Eurosport

VOD Pro News5 months ago3 min

DAZN, the leading global live and on-demand sports streaming service and Discovery, the global leader in powering people’s passions across all screens, have announced a new distribution partnership that will see Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Eurosport, the number one sports destination in Europe, holds exclusive Pan-European rights to some of the world’s biggest sporting events, including:  Grand Slam tennis championships; cycling’s Grand Tours; all FIS World Cup and World Championship winter sport competitions and premium motorsport series’ including Formula E, WTCR and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eurosport is also the Home of the Olympics in Europe, with all media rights to Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 across more than 50 markets.**.

The new deal enriches DAZN’s premium sports content line up, with a mix of properties including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1, NBA, NFL, NHL, UFC, Matchroom and Golden Boy boxing across its markets.

The live channels and on-demand content from Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD join DAZN from 1 August 2019 in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain as part of its affordable and flexible sports streaming subscription service.***

As part of this agreement, DAZN has exclusively sublicenced 45 Bundesliga matches from Discovery in Germany and Austria. This includes matches on Friday night, Sunday, Monday and relegation play-off matches from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. DAZN’s coverage begins with the DFL-Supercup on 3 August, that will see the 2018–19 Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal champions, FC Bayern Munich, take on League runners-up, Borussia Dortmund.

John Gleasure, Chief Business Development Officer at DAZN Group, said:This is an exciting agreement that brings Eurosport’s incredible sports content to our subscribers, and delivers 45 Bundesliga matches to the DAZN service in Germany and Austria under a two season exclusive sublicensing agreement.This deal underlines our commitment to providing the biggest and best sports action to fans in an accessible and affordable way , while rewarding rights holders for integrating their content on our market leading platform. We look forward to developing our partnership with Discovery.

James Gibbons, in his role as Head of Commercial Development for EMEA at Discovery, said: We are delighted to enter this partnership that expands the distribution of Eurosport’s channels in four European markets. We always look for new partners that help get our brands and content to more fans. In parallel we will continue to develop and market our all access multi-sport OTT service – Eurosport Player – for fans who want a deeper experience.

Notes

*DAZN has sublicensed the rights to 45 matches Bundesliga matches from Discovery under a two season exclusive agreement. 6 matches are non-exclusive and shared with free-to-air distributors. For the remaining 39 matches, DAZN will be the exclusive broadcaster.. DAZN’s coverage of all matches will be available to Eurosport Player customers on Amazon Prime in Germany and Austria and via Eurosport 2 HD Xtra on HD+ and Swisscom (in Switzerland)

**Excluding Russia. Excluding France in 2020. Discovery/Eurosport will be an Official Broadcaster in the UK in 2020. 

***The distribution partnership in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain does not include the Eurosport Player.

About DAZN Group

DAZN Group is the digital leader in global sports media and one of the fastest growing sports media companies in the world. Headquartered in the UK and with more than 2,600 employees in over 30 countries, our businesses touch every aspect of the way fans engage with sports from broadcast planning and production through to content distribution and commercialisation. DAZN Group is home to DAZN, the world’s first pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service, as well as some of the most popular sports websites, including Goal, Sporting News, and Spox.com. DAZN is leading the charge to give sports fans around the world access to sport anytime, anywhere. DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, just one affordable price for access on all devices including TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN is live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, the USA, Canada, Japan and Brazil. Visit https://media.dazn.com for more information.

About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

 

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