BT Vision signs Eurosport deal
BT Vision has signed a contract with British Eurosport to add British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 to its line-up of linear TV channels.
The new long term deal will bring British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 live channels to BT Vision, offering sports fans the chance to watch major European and international sporting events including the French Open, Australian Open and US Open tennis Grand Slams, the Tour de France, World Snooker, the Africa Cup of Nations, MotoGP, World and British Superbikes, the World Touring Car Championship and the FIA European Rally Championship and summer and winter Olympic sports.
The agreement with British Eurosport will also give Vision viewers a range of top sporting content to watch anytime through catch-up programming.
Marc Watson, CEO of BT Vision, said: “Eurosport has been a pioneer in providing sports fans with the best in live sports action for the last 20 years and is the number one pan-European sports channel. British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 combine the best of Eurosport’s international sports coverage with a host of UK sports rights, including British Superbikes and snooker. We’re really pleased to be able to add them to our line up following on from the Barclays Premier League broadcast rights that we have secured. We think BT Vision is becoming the top value for money TV choice for sports fans.”
Jean-Thierry Augustin, managing director of Distribution, Rights Acquisition and Development at Eurosport said, “Our partnership with BT Vision strengthens still further the distribution of the Eurosport channel in the UK and increases the reach of our key world class properties, like the Africa Cup of Nations, Australian Open and Tour de France. Eurosport is very much looking forward to partnering with a dynamic and innovative platform partner in BT Vision.”
British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 will join a host of other recently announced linear channels on BT Vision including FX, National Geographic, National Geographic WILD and UKTV’s Gold, Watch and Alibi. Further content is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
British Eurosport content will therefore complement the wider sports offering soon to be available from BT Vision on the BT Sport channel to be launched in the summer of 2013.