Eurosport Spain says removal from Canal+ is due to economic crisis
Iñaki Ferreras | 04-01-2013

It's not a good time for Eurosport Spain; in August the sports channel was removed from cable operator Ono, and this week it was taken off Prisa TV's Canal+, the country's main satellite pay-TV operator.

The company's CEO for Southern Europe, Luis Fuentes, has linked these moves to the current bad economic situation, in particular within the audiovisual sector. Fuentes didn't, however, rule out future negotiations with both operators.

In an interview with Europa Press, he said that the removal was a consequence of the fact that Eurosport hadn't reached an agreement with Ono and Canal+ to renew its presence on the platforms.

The channel is still available on pay-TV operators Movistar Imagenio, Euskaltel, Telecable, and R and also via the Internet.

Asked about the possibility of returning to Canal+ Spain and Ono, Fuentes said that there isn't yet a timetable for negotiations, but that a return is possible. He added that the company is continually exploring new avenues as well as new ways of improving contents, technologies and new media.