Eurovision Sport has been unveiled as the EBU’s first direct-to-consumer search service
Digital platform to work together with social media to show every second of different games free to all
Eurovision Sport is available now via desktop and website – eurovisionsport.com – including apps for android and iOS
The EBU has today launched the first digital broadcast system, confirming its commitment to increasing the level of public access to sport across Europe.
Eurovision Sport is the EBU’s first direct-to-consumer service and features live sports coverage. Thousands of hours have been set up to be browsed in one digital space – complementing the existing content provided by social media – and showing every second of the various events.
Eurovision Sport will work together with the EBU’s team of Member States to ensure that the audience can enjoy the end to end of many Olympic sports from athletics to gymnastics, skiing, swimming and more. It will host events from the World to the European Championships, multi-sport events and national championships and will be the first sports broadcasting service to offer real gender equality in all its sports.
Among the first competitions to be broadcast on the digital platform, Eurovision Sport will show every minute of this month’s World Aquatics Championships in Doha (Feb 2-18), International Biathlon Union World Championships (Feb 7-18) in Czechia. and the World Athletics Indoor Championships next month in Glasgow (March 1-3).
The EBU has partnered with Nagravision to develop and operate the Eurovision Sport platform. With the aim of providing a unique service to the viewers, the development was very thorough in the market research to ensure that it meets the needs of the fans, Members, Organizations, and sponsors.
Welcoming the launch, Noel Curran, Director General of the EBU, said: “Eurovision Sport is a game-changer for sports fans across Europe and the world.
“We strongly believe that sports should be for all people. Our community media members have already brought many of the world’s leading sports to audiences for free and this new digital platform will provide all the information, so they don’t miss a minute of their favorite sports.
“Currently only one third of sports fans have access to high-quality channels. Through its free channels, we believe that Eurovision Sport will democratize access to live sports and help develop individual sports through visibility and action, encouraging greater participation and make sure we are all ‘connected to the game’.
The EBU currently manages media rights for 14 sports on behalf of the media – providing more than 43,000 hours a year through agreements with 28 international sports organizations.
Commenting on the launch, Glen Killane, Executive Director for Sport at the EBU, said: “With the help of social media, we can give sports organizations a window into their sport around the world.
“In this digital, fragmented world, it is difficult and expensive for sports fans to find and access the games they love and for Sports Organizations to attract new audiences. This digital platform provides a solution to all these problems. Together with our Members, the EBU will ensure that every second of our events is available to all for free in all countries in Europe and around the world.
“Diversity and inclusion are also at the heart of this platform. The EBU and our Members are committed to gender equality in the market and women’s sport will be an important part of our ongoing vision. Eurovision Sport will be a trusted and safe place for female athletes and fans. ”
Eurovision Sport is available now via desktop and website – eurovisionsport.com – as an app for mobile devices and tablets for android and iOS, and, later in the year, via Connected TV and a selection of free broadcast channels.
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Upcoming Eurovision Sport events include:
o World Aquatics Championships in Doha 2024 (280 hours)
o Mawu Aquatics Diving World Cups (60 hours)
o World Aquatics High Diving World Cups (7.5 hours)
o World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cups (12 hours)
o World Aquatics Open Water World Cups (43 hours)
o World Aquatics Swimming World Cups (45 hours)
o World Aquatics Swimming World Championship (25m) (35 hours)
o European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024 (115 hours)
o World Athletics Indoor Championship Glasgow 2024 (22 hours)
o World Athletics Race Walking Team Championship Antalya 2024 (14.5 hours)
o World Athletics Cross Country Championships Belgrade 2024 (4.5 hours)
o World Athletics Relays Bahamas 2024 (4 hours)
o World Athletics Championships U20 Lima 2024 (45 hours)
o European Athletics Championships in Rome 2024 (72 hours)
o European Athletics U18 Championship 2024 (40 hours)
o European Athletics Champion Clubs Cross Country Championships 2024 (4 hours)
o European Athletics Cross-Country Championships 2024 (6 hours)
o IBU World Championships (30 hours)
o IBU World Cups + IBU Cups (150 hours)
o IBU Summer World Championships (15 hours)
o IBU Junior World Championships (30 hours)
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o ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships 2024 (8.75 hours)
o FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships (5 hours)
o European Athletics Championships Rimini 2024 (30 hours)
o Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championship Budapest 2024 (25 hours)
o Women’s International Ski Jumping Championships (4.5 hours)