Eurosport signs for BT linear channels

November 9, 2012 09.38 Europe/London By Julian Clover

British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 will be a part of the new BT Vision channel line-up when the IPTV network beings streaming linear channels to YouView receivers.

The long-term deal includes coverage of 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.

A selection of catch-up content will also be made available.

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.”

Marc Watson, CEO of BT Vision, added: “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 will join a host of other recently announced linear channels on BT Vision including FX, Discovery, Discovery Real Time, Animal Planet, National Geographic, National Geographic WILD and UKTV’s Gold, Watch and Alibi. Further content is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

BT Sport, which will house BT’s recently acquired Premier League coverage, will commence in the summer of 2013.