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Eurosport Media GmbH - A Discovery Company

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founding 5th February 1989
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management Peter Hutton
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Eurosport is a pan-European sports reporting company owned by Discovery Inc. that operates a number of specialty television programs. On November 13, 2015, the television station of the same name, as well as the local versions British Eurosport, Eurosport Danmark, Eurosport Asia-Pacific & Eurosport Arabia, were renamed Eurosport 1 .

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The company and the TV broadcaster, which at that time still bore the same name as the company, were founded in 1989 with the participation of individual broadcasters from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and began broadcasting on February 5, 1989. At that time, the operator was the British private satellite broadcaster SKY of the media entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch . The station has been based in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris since 1991 . The French commercial broadcaster TF1 was the sole shareholder of the station until December 12, 2012 . Since December 13, 2012, Discovery Communications held a 20% stake in Eurosport and increased its stake to 51% on January 21, 2014, thus obtaining a majority of the votes. On April 11, 2014 it became known that the EU Commission had not only approved the increase in the stake to 51%, but also a possible complete takeover of Eurosport by Discovery Communications. With the exception of the German-language edition, reception is chargeable .

In the meantime, the then British TV broadcaster Eurosport ceased broadcasting on May 6, 1991 at 2:00 a.m. CEST. In February 1991 the station had been given a deadline by the responsible EC authority to dissolve the merger of its 17 member companies. The reason: The Eurosport consortium has given itself an unfair priority and is displacing other providers of sports broadcasts from the market. Until then, Eurosport was considered the largest pan-European satellite TV broadcaster. The resumption of broadcasting took place on Wednesday, May 22, 1991 at 7:30 p.m. However, the daily broadcast time was initially drastically reduced. Until the end of broadcasting on May 6, 1991, the Eurosport program day started at 5:00 a.m. on weekdays until about 8:30 a.m. and on weekends until about 10:00 a.m., no own programs were broadcast. but non-sports programs in English from Sky News and Sky One , including programs such as the religious Hour of Power and children's programs such as Fun Factory and DJ-Kat-Show . After the takeover by TF1, broadcasts were initially only broadcast to a very limited extent: on weekdays only from 2 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. From the beginning of 1992, the program was continuously expanded and also broadcast on weekdays from 9:00 a.m.

On January 13, 1993, Eurosport merged with the then still competing pan-European television broadcaster Sportkanal , which broadcast its program in Great Britain as Screensport and which was officially called The European Sports Network . In order to avoid costly legal licensing disputes in court that had been going on for years, the operators of both stations agreed to merge them. The resulting station was continued under the name Eurosport , but with the addition of The European Sports Network . Broadcasting continued on the previous frequencies from Eurosport. The sports channel ceased broadcasting on March 5, 1993. On September 16, 2013, Discovery Communications announced that Eurosport will operate an American offshoot from September 28, 2013.

In June 2015, Discovery with its broadcaster Eurosport surprisingly secured the European rights for the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024. On July 23, 2015, it was announced that Discovery owns all shares in Eurosport. Eurosport received a relaunch from November 13, 2015 with a new logo and a new claim "Fuel Your Passion" (German: "Strength your passion"). In addition, the previous TV channel is no longer called Eurosport, but Eurosport 1.

On June 9, 2016, Eurosport and Discovery Networks secured the rights for the Friday Bundesliga games from the 2017/2018 season. In December 2016 it was announced that Matthias Sammer will work as a football expert for the TV broadcaster Eurosport 2 HD Xtra .


Eurosport now distributes its channels in 59 countries in Europe , the Middle East and North Africa and, according to its own information, can be received by around 120 million TV households. The program is currently offered in 20 different languages ​​(English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian) , which means that 96% of Eurosport viewers have the opportunity to receive the station in their mother tongue. In Germany (Eurosport Deutschland), Great Britain (British Eurosport), France (Eurosport France), the Scandinavian countries (Eurosport Nordic), Poland (Eurosport Poland) and Italy (Eurosport Italia) separate program windows are offered, and a Eurosport has recently been launched Version in Asia (Eurosport Asia / Pacific) which is broadcast in nine countries in the region.

In Germany you can receive the channels via satellite , cable , IP-TV and in some regions via DVB-T2 . Since March 9, 2010, Eurosport has also been broadcasting in Germany using digital technology in the 16: 9 format .

Channels and additional services

Eurosport 1

Eurosport 1 is the main channel for Eurosport. Until November 13, 2015, the name of the station was identical to the name of the company.

Eurosport 1 is free to receive in German-speaking countries. In all other countries it is marketed as PayTV.

Eurosport 2

Eurosport 2 is a sister program of Eurosport that has been broadcast since January 10, 2005, and can only be received in encrypted form and broadcast digitally . The Frenchman Charles-Antoine Moulin is editor-in-chief of the station and thus also of the news editor.

In terms of content, the Eurosport 2 program differs a little from that of the regular channel. There are some events that are exclusive to Eurosport 2. These include lacrosse , Sepak Takraw , table football , Australian football , arena football , college football and in basketball the EuroCup , the EuroLeague , the Spanish league and top games from other European leagues. In football, this applied to the Japanese J-League and the Indian Super League . Also known sports such as backgammon and Carrom can be found in the program. Otherwise a lot of live sport is broadcast, especially when there are several parallel events and major events ( Tour de France , Snooker ) are shown on Eurosport. The WTCC , the International Formula Masters , the GP2 Asia Series , the Superleague Formula , the British Superbike Championship , the Intercontinental Rally Challenge or winter sports events are often played on Eurosport 2, especially on weekends . The additional broadcasting slot is also used for games that take place in parallel at major tournaments such as the FIFA U-20 World Cup , the Handball Champions League or the Volleyball World Cup and the Volleyball World Grand Prix . In contrast to Eurosport, Eurosport 2 broadcasts around the clock. Eurosport News is shown in unoccupied broadcast times .

The program is already being distributed in many pay-TV packages in Europe - both in the cable network and via satellite. Eurosport 2 currently broadcasts in ten different languages ​​(English, German, French, Polish, Russian, Greek, Serbian, Romanian, Turkish and Italian); the German language version has been available since August 1, 2006.

Eurosport 2 was fed into Kabel Deutschland's digital cable networks from mid-January 2006 in the English language version . Here the distribution takes place encrypted in the digital free TV offer of Kabel Digital. The German version has been available since August 18, 2006. Since October 20, 2015, due to licensing requirements of the broadcasting operator, it has slipped into the Variety Extra package, which is now called Vodafone HD Premium Plus.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg, Eurosport 2 is distributed in the digital network of Unitymedia for a fee. Since May 2, 2011, the station in North Rhine-Westphalia can also be received in the NetCologne cable network .

In Austria, Eurosport 2 is broadcast by UPC Austria and LIWEST via paid packages. It has also been marketed via satellite via Sky since May 29, 2008 (premiere until July 3, 2009). It was part of the Premiere Star package until July 3, 2009, and since July 4, 2009 it has been part of Sky Welt extra.

In Switzerland, the channel can be received for a fee via UPC Switzerland , Swisscom TV and Quickline .

Eurosport 2 has been available nationwide via satellite via arena since August 2006 until the offer was discontinued in September 2012. Since May 29, 2008 it has also been part of the Sky Welt Extra package from the pay-TV provider Sky Deutschland . Since August 1, 2013, Eurosport 2 can only be seen on Sky in the HD version in the Premium HD package (sports package plus HD package). The transmission of the SD version has been discontinued.

As of recently, Eurosport 2 can be viewed alongside Eurosport 1 and Eurosport News with a web player on the website via live streaming for a fee.

Until October 20, 2015, Eurosport 2 was included in the digital free TV offer from Vodafone Kabel Deutschland. In order to continue receiving Eurosport 2, an upgrade to the HD Premium Plus package is now required. However, it is still only broadcast in SD. Since June 27, 2017, Eurosport 2 has also been available on Vodafone Kabel Deutschland in HD in the HD Premium Plus package.

Eurosport 2 HD Xtra

From the 2017/18 season, Eurosport 2 HD Xtra broadcast live German football: The DFL Supercup and the 1st Bundesliga : 30 Friday evening games at 8.30 p.m., five Sunday games at 1.30 p.m., five Monday evening games at 8.30 p.m. as well as the four relegation games. In-house production ends on July 31, 2019 and was transferred to DAZN .

The station could be received through the Eurosport Player and the HD + satellite platform until the end of July 2019 . It was not bookable as part of a Sky subscription .

Since August 1, 2019, the Eurosport 2 HD Xtra channel has continued to be broadcast via Swisscom / Teleclub (Switzerland) and in the Eurosport Player offer for Amazon Prime customers, including Bundesliga games, which can be seen as a DAZN production. The Bundesliga games produced by DAZN can also be seen linearly on HD +.

In addition, major sports events such as the World Athletics Championships or the US Open are broadcast live.

Eurosport player

With the Eurosport Player, Eurosport offers live streaming and catch-up video on the Internet. All users of the player can watch the three Eurosport programs ( Eurosport 1 , Eurosport 2 and Eurosport News ) in live streaming in German (SD only) and English. Additional offers can be used in the player for this purpose. Live games on additional courts and recordings of matches that have already been played can be selected in the player during the Australian Open , French Open and US Open tennis Grand Slam tournaments , and the camera perspective can be freely selected for MotoGP broadcasts. The offer is chargeable, with both monthly and annual subscriptions possible.

Eurosport 1 HD

On May 25, 2008, Eurosport launched its new HD program . Eurosport HD could be viewed unencrypted until June 6, 2008. Eurosport HD has been available on Sky Deutschland (formerly Premiere) since July 4, 2009. The program is also streamed via the Eurosport player, but not in high definition.

Until May 2012 Eurosport HD could be received in Germany via Sky as an independent international channel in 1080i format and differed in large parts from Eurosport Germany, which can be received in SD, and the text language was English. This made it possible to watch three different games on Eurosport (Eurosport International HD, Eurosport Deutschland (SD) and Eurosport 2) at major sporting events such as tennis grand slam tournaments. Since May 2012, the program has been taken over by Eurosport Germany in HD simulcast. Since then, Eurosport HD channel identification trailers have not been broadcast anymore and the advertising corresponds to the German window. Cycling is predominantly broadcast exclusively on the HD channel.

Eurosport HD merged into Eurosport 1 HD on November 13, 2015.

The exclusive distribution of Eurosport 1 HD via Sky Deutschland ended in November 2016 . Discovery negotiated with new dissemination partners. Eurosport 1 HD started on December 1, 2016 with HD + in the HD + channel package and with cable operator Unitymedia . After HD + and Unitymedia, the company has now also reached an agreement with Vodafone Kabel Deutschland .

Eurosport 1 HD Austria

Since August 1, 2017, it has also been receivable in Austria via the satellite platform via HD Austria with the HD Austria Kombi Paket via M7's own SAT platform and Sky Smartcard.

Eurosport 360 HD

Since August 26, 2013, Eurosport has been showing live broadcasts of parallel sporting events on several additional HD option channels. Among other things, the tennis grand slam competitions US Open , Australian Open and French Open as well as the MotoGP series are reported. The original language is English. The program can be received exclusively on Sky Deutschland on pay TV .

Moto GP live broadcast overview:

  • MotoGP: Onboard 1 Cam
  • MotoGP: Onboard 2 Cam
  • MotoGP: Onboard 3 Cam
  • MotoGP: Onboard 4 Cam
  • MotoGP: Helico Cam

Eurosport 1 3D / Eurosport 1 4K

“Eurosport 1 3D” (France) started on Hotbird 13 ° on May 19, 2012 for the transmission of the French Open 2012 and the Olympic Games on DVB-S: 11179.00 MHz, pol.H (DVB-S SR: 27500 FEC: 3 / 4 SID: 1 PID: 101 [MPEG-4] / 102- Viaccess 4.0). After the Olympic Games in London, the 3D channel was switched off again - it was sponsored by Panasonic and only available to dealers to advertise their 3D TV sets.

The channel Eurosport 1 4K was launched for the tennis championship in 2018.

The company presents itself and its stations on the Internet on the homepage, which is not based solely on program content, but has developed into a thematically independent sports website. Eurosport is now working with the Yahoo portal on its website . The homepage is one of the most popular sports sites in Germany. When it was voted OnlineStar 2005, took second place behind in the sport category , and came third . The Internet editorial team also operates Eurosport's teletext .

The site was founded in Paris in 1999, and the editorial team moved to Munich in mid-2000. Founding editor-in-chief was Gernot Bauer (1999–2004), followed by Karl Dzuba (2004–2011). Thomas Janz has been responsible since March 2011. Eurosport operates other sports portals in England, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Poland, Russia as well as a Chinese and Arabic version.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Option drawn: Discovery takes over Eurosport
  2. Elephant wedding: Discovery swallows Eurosport
  3. EU Commission approves takeover of Eurosport by Discovery
  4. Quo vadis Eurosport: A broadcaster full of misunderstandings from June 7, 2010.
  5. ^ ARD / ZDF, teletext panel 180 of May 4, 1991.
  6. Infosat edition 8/1996 page 50
  7. Source: Hörzu No. 42/1990.
  8. Source: Hörzu No. 36/1991
  9. Infosat No. 59, February 1993, p. 8.
  10. "Eurosport expands to North America"
  11. Games 2018 to 2024: Eurosport snatches ARD and ZDF Olympic rights from, June 29, 2015
  14. Welt Online : TV Bundesliga rights: Eurosport button Sky Friday games on Pay TV from June 9, 2016
  15. Matthias Sammer has a new job in Munich
  16. ( Memento of the original from July 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  18. Discovery and DAZN enter into a cross-market partnership , news from July 18, 2019.
  19. See King of Sat History
  20. 3D TV: Eurosport 3D on Astra ( Memento from October 30, 2013 in the Internet Archive )