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Germany Launches New American Sports Channel

August 02, 2013


Is the big game on today? Not even an ocean can stop you from watching live coverage – even if you live in Germany.

The German sports television channel Sport1 has just launched channel Sport1 US to bring more American sports to international televisions. Since ESPN America has ceased transmission, Sports1 US has acquired various sports broadcasts to be accessible in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The channel will be paid and air in both standard definition and high definition. Distribution contracts have been secured with cable operators Kabel Deutschland, Sky Deutschland and Unitymedia (News - Alert)/Kabel BW.

Broadcasts are slated to include live games from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL), as well as the IndyCar series for the next three years, including the Indianapolis 500. College sports will also be part of the broadcasts; football will be shown for the next three seasons (through 2016), and basketball will cover the next three regular seasons and conference championships as well as the annual March Madness and NCAA Final Four.

Bernhard Burgener, CEO of Constantin Medien AG and operator of the Sports1 channel, said in a statement, “With Sport1 US we extend the digital portfolio under the multimedia umbrella brand Sport1 to another offer in the pay-TV sector – in addition to our already well-established channel Sport1.”

So next time a key game is happening, you won’t have to miss a second of real-time coverage – no matter the distance between you and the action.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi