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Eurosport

Eurosport is a European sports satellite and cable network, available in 59 countries and broadcasting in 20 different languages.

Eurosport offers viewers varied sports such as UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup football, the Paris Dakar Rally, Monte Carlo Rally, the Olympics, cycling events such as Le Tour de France and Britain’s Premier Calendar road racing series, tennis events including the French Open and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, World Championship Snooker, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, Australian Football League, wintersports, and youth sports like skating and surfing. It has also previously covered events such as the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Eurosport is often provided by cable operators as part of their basic package. In the UK, British Eurosport launched in 1999, replacing Eurosport International on most platforms with some schedule variations and local commentary.

Eurosport is shown in most countries across Europe, often with commentary in the local language, but not necessarily local advertising. Most European countries also have domestic sports channels but Eurosport is the only pan-European sports channel.

Currently there are a number of channels that are broadcast under the Eurosport name: Eurosport (France, British, Deutschland, Italia, Poland, Nordic and Asia Pacific), Eurosport 2 (versions for all Eurosport regions except Asia Pacific) and Eurosport News. Sportitalia is also part of the group.

On Sunday 15 November 2009, The Eurosport Asia-Pacific channel became available to Foxtel, Austar and Optus TV subscribers as part Austar and Foxtel’s “Next Generation” launch of new channels and expanded programming and viewing options.

In May 2007 Yahoo! and Eurosport formed a co-branded website which Eurosport uses as its web portal, including an online TV guide, in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Germany.

History

Eurosport was launched in 1989 as a joint venture between the European Broadcasting Union and Sky Television plc. When Sky merged with BSB they decided to focus on the sports programming on Sky One, and also The Sports Channel, launched by BSB, which was renamed Sky Sports.

Eurosport was closed down in May 1991 after the competing Screensport channel had filed a complaint to the European Commission over the corporate structure. The channel was however saved when the TF1 Group stepped in to replace BSkyB as joint-owners. A new Eurosport channel was able to start its broadcasts the same month. On March 1, 1993, the cable and satellite channel Screensport merged with Eurosport. Eurosport eventually came under a French ownership consortium, comprising the TF1 Group, Canal+ Group and Havas Images. Since January 2001, the network has been owned entirely by TF1.

Eurosport is currently broadcast in twenty languages; English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, Cantonese.

5 February 1989 – 28 February 1993 Eurosport was launched in 1989 as a joint venture between the European Broadcasting Union and Sky Television plc. When Sky merged with BSB they decided to focus on the sports programming on Sky One, and also The Sports Channel, launched by BSB, which was renamed Sky Sports.
1 March 1993 – 31 December 2000 The cable and satellite channel Screensport merged with Eurosport. Eurosport eventually came under a French ownership consortium, comprising the TF1 Group, Canal+ Group and Havas Images.
1 January 2001 – today The network has been owned entirely by TF1.

British Eurosport

British Eurosport have live studio presentations of major sporting events and tournaments. Tour de France coverage is commentated on by David Harman with veteran cyclist Sean Kelly as the technical expert.

History

James Richardson previously hosted the coverage of Serie A football on the Channel from 2002 to 2005 and 2004 UEFA European Football Championship with regular guests including Alan Curbishley, DJ Spoony, former Chelsea FC players Paul Elliott, Ed de Goey, Ray Wilkins, Roberto Di Matteo & former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini now at Tottenham Hotspur, former England International Luther Blissett and European football journalists Gabriele Marcotti & Xavier Rivoire.

Will Vanders is known for his spirited coverage of K-1 events, and greets the viewer in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai to introduce the martial arts show, Fight Club on Monday nights.

Studio presentation for the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and WTA Tour Championships on British Eurosport is hosted by Annabel Croft with Hawk-Eye presented by former British Number 2 Jason Goodall. (Goodall was briefly ranked ahead of Chris Bailey, Nick Brown, Andrew Castle, Nick Fulwood, Mark Petchey, and James Turner, in May, 1989).

British Eurosport covers the snooker season including ranking events not broadcast by BBC Television including the Shanghai Masters and China Open.

British Eurosport has also three figure skating commentators: former Winter Olympic Games competitors Chris Howarth & Nicky Slater, and veteran commentator Simon Reed – brother of the late actor Oliver Reed.

In 2008, Eurosport launched an online subscription service (called the Eurosport player) that allows Internet users to watch both Eurosport and Eurosport 2 live, plus additional coverage not available via broadcast. During the 2009 Australian Open, the Internet player offered coverage from five courts. On the 10th February British Eurosport started to broadcast most of its programming in the 16:9 ‘widescreen’ ratio. After the collapse of Setanta Sports, rights for the 2009 season in the USPGA Golf tour reverted to British Eurosport.[3]

Eurosport HD

Main article: Eurosport HD

Eurosport HD launched 28 June 2008 in France. Eurosport HD plans launched on platform Sky and Television UPC Ireland.

Eurosport News

Main article: Eurosport News

A sports news channel launched on September 1, 2000, featuring live scores, highlights, breaking news and commentary. The service combines video, text and graphics with the screen being divided into 4 sections – a video section that displays highlights and news bulletins, a breaking news ticker at the bottom and a scoring section that gives in-depth analysis of results and game stats.

Eurosport 2

Main article: Eurosport 2

A supplementary channel featuring more live sports events, programming and news updates. Eurosport 2 launched on January 10, 2005 and is currently available in 35 countries, broadcasting in 10 different languages Bulgarian, English, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian and Turkish.

Eurosport 2 is self-describing as “the new generation sports channel” – dedicated to team sports, alternative sports, discovery and entertainment including basketball, Twenty20 Cricket, National Lacrosse League, Arena Football League, surfing, Handball Champions League, Australian Rules Football matches from the Australian Football League, Bandy World Championships and more.

Motorsport

Eurosport is a partner with KSO, the organizers of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Eurosport broadcasts every WTCC race live. Before 2006, both the WTCC and the FIA GT Championship are broadcast by Eurosport. But Eurosport requested SRO, the FIA GT Championship organizers, to shorten their race from 3 hours to 2 hours. SRO refused and since then it has not been on the bill with the WTCC. For 2007, the SRO shortened FIA GT Championship races to 2 hours.

The channel is also involved in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge a rival rallying series to the World Rally Championship. Since 2008, Eurosport has also been broadcasting the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

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