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    Submitted by ITV Production on Feb 20

    MUMBAI: French media company Canal+ Group has secured broadcasting rights to the Formula 1 World Championship in France.

    Canal+ channel?s subscribers will be able to watch all Formula 1 Grand Prix starting this season, which kicks off on 17 March, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

    The rights also cover exclusive broadcast of the practice and qualifying sessions, as well as news programs including a free-to-air dedicated Formula 1 show on the day of each Grand Prix.

    The broadcaster adds that the competition spreads over seven months with 19 Grands Prix is consistent with its editorial policy to offer only premium sports rights, including French Ligue 1 football league, Uefa?s Champions League, English Premier League and French rugby championship, Top 14.

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  • NBC bags English Premier League rights

    Submitted by ITV Production on Oct 29
    indiantelevision.com Team

    MUMBAI: US media conglomerate NBCUniversal via the NBC Sports Group has acquired the exclusive US media rights to the English Premier League which takes place in the UK through a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season.

    As per the agreement, NBCUniversal becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Premier League matches across all platforms and devices in the United States.

    NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said, "The Barclays Premier League is the preeminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the US. NBCU will provide the broadest programming and promotional commitment that The League has ever experienced here in the United States. The Premier League provides NBCU with best-in-class content for 10 months of the year across our far-reaching broadcast, cable and digital platforms. This is a perfect match."

    Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore said, "The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting and will showcase the Barclays Premier League to fans across the USA through its extensive network of channels and high quality production. We are extremely pleased that NBC has chosen to invest in the Premier League and look forward to working with them for many years to come."

    Each of the 20 Premier League teams plays 38 matches over a 41-week period from August to May. Although specific programming details will be announced at a later date, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBCSports.com will all be utilised to present live Premier League coverage, as well as Telemundo and mun2 for Spanish-language coverage.

    Additional NBCUniversal platforms and networks will occasionally be scheduled to air Premier League matches, while NBC Sports Live Extra will provide the live streaming platform across web, tablet and mobile devices.

    The NBC Sports Group will also produce shoulder programming around its live-event coverage of the Premier League, including pre- and post-match shows, as well as highlight and weekly wrap-up programs. It is also developing a package to make sure the most avid fans have access to every Premier League match.

  • English Premier League rights up for grabs

    Submitted by ITV Production on Oct 15
    indiantelevision.com Team

    MUMBAI: The English Premier League (EPL) has made available to interested parties the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for its rights spanning seasons 2013/14 - 2015/16 for Asia and Australasia.

    The region includes several individual broadcast territories including India. In India, the EPL matches air on ESPN.

    The territories where the broadcast rights are going to be sold include: Australia; Hong Kong; India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Indonesia and East Timor; Japan; Malaysia and Brunei; Mongolia; Myanmar; New Zealand; North Korea; Pacific Islands; Philippines; South Korea; Taiwan; Thailand, Cambodia and Laos; and Vietnam.

    Earlier this month, SingTel had secured the broadcast rights to all 380 EPL matches each season for the seasons 2013/14-2015/16 in Singapore. These rights were acquired on a non-exclusive basis. The matches will continue to be available online on miostadium.com and on mobile via SingTel?s BPL application.

    The Barclays Premier League (EPL is so called because Barclays is the title sponsor) claims to be the biggest continuous annual global sporting event in the world. Last season more than 13 million fans attended matches with average stadium occupancy in excess of 92 per cent for the fourth season in a row.

    Across nine months of the year 380 matches are viewed in 212 territories worldwide. Coverage of the matches is available in approximately 720 million households with an estimated cumulative global audience of 4.7 billion.

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