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Eurosport logo.svg
Launched c. 5 February 1989
Owned by TF1 Group
Picture format 576i (PAL)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share See separate section (, )
Country Europe
Hong Kong
Sister channel(s) Eurosport 2
Eurosport News
Eurosport HD
PlusTV (Finland) Channel 18
TNT (France) Channel 39
Boxer (Sweden) Channel 7
Top Up TV (UK) Via Top Up TV Anytime
Austar Digital Australia) Channel 511
Foxtel Digital (Australia) Channel 511
SelecTV (Australia) Channel 107
CanalSat (France) Channel 81
Channel 85 (Eurosport 2)
Antenna Digital (Hungary) Channel ?
Digi TV (Hungary) Channel ?
UPC Direkt (Hungary) Channel 44
Channel 45 (Eurosport 2)
Channel 48 (Eurosport in German)
SKY Italia (Italy) Channel 209 (Eurosport HD)
Channel 210
Channel 211 (Eurosport 2)
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 814
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) TBA
Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland) Channel 14
Channel 15 (Eurosport 2)
Channel 16 (Eurosport HD)
TVCabo (Portugal) Channel 24
Boom TV (Romania) Channel 51
Channel 52 (Eurosport 2)
Dolce (Romania) Channel 301
Channel 302 (Eurosport 2)
Max TV (Romania) Channel
Channel (Eurosport 2)
Digi TV (Romania) Channel
Digital+ (Spain) Channel 55
Digiturk (Turkey) Channel 71 (Eurosport)
Channel 74 (Eurosport 2)
Channel 371 (Eurosport HD)
D-Smart (Turkey) Channel 40 (Eurosport)
Channel 114 (Eurosport HD)
Ireland Sky Digital (UK) Channel 410
Channel 411 (Eurosport 2)
Channel 412 (Eurosport HD)
Canal Digital Nordic countries
Astra 1L 11.259 GHz V (analogue, German and English)
Astra 1M 12.226 GHz H / 27.5 (German, FTA)
Hot Bird 11.242 GHz V / 27.5 (Viaccess PC 2.5,
SECA/Mediaguard 2, Irdeto 2)
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 304
Yes (Israel) Channel 51
Channel 991 (Eurosport HD)
NTV Plus (Russia) Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Eurosport HD
TotalTV (Serbia) Channel 44
TotalTV (Slovenia) Channel 32
TotalTV (Montenegro) Channel 38
Foxtel Digital (Australia) Channel 511
Optus feat. Foxtel Digital (Australia) Channel 511
UPC (Ireland) Channel 423
Channel 425 (HD)
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 20
Channel 411 (Eurosport 2)
Channel 64 (HD)
UPC (Netherlands) Channel 201
Channel 202 (Eurosport 2)
Channel 63 (HD)
Digi TV (Hungary) Channel 33
Channel 37 (Eurosport 2)
T-Home (Hungary) Channel 9
Channel 38 (Eurosport 2)
T-Home Digital (Hungary) Channel S26
Channel S38 (Eurosport 2)
UPC (Hungary) Channel 13
UPC Digital (Hungary) Channel 44 (HD)
Channel 45 (Eurosport)
Channel 46 (Eurosport 2)
SkyCable (Philippines) TBA
Global Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 32
TVCabo (Portugal) Channel 22
Channel 28 (Eurosport 2 - test, some regions only)
Portugal Telecom (Meo) (Portugal) Channel 22
Channel 23 (Eurosport 2)
RCS&RDS (Romania) Channel 23
Channel 30 (Eurosport 2)
UPC (Romania) Channel 203 (digital with DVR)
Channel 73 (digital)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 113
Channel 114 (Eurosport News)
Com Hem (Sweden) Channel 10 (Eurosport)
Channel 102 (Eurosport HD)
Channel 103 (Eurosport 2)
Türksat Kablo Tv (Turkey) Channel S21 (Eurosport)
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 521
Channel 525 (Eurosport 2)
TPG IPTV (Australia) Channel 677 (Eurosport)
Now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 676 (Eurosport)
T-Home (Hungary) Channel (Eurosport)
Channel (Eurosport 2)
iNES (Romania) Channel (Eurosport)
Channel (Eurosport 2)
On Telecoms(Greece) Channel 46 (Eurosport)
Channel 47 (Eurosport 2)
MaxTV (Croatia) Channel 402 (Eurosport)
Channel 403 (Eurosport 2)
KPN (Netherlands) Channel 30 (Eurosport)
Channel 202 (Eurosport 2)

Eurosport is a European sports satellite and cable network, available in 59 countries and broadcasting in 20 different languages. It is owned and operated by the TF1 Group.

Eurosport offers viewers varied sports such as UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup football, the Paris Dakar Rally, Monte Carlo Rally, the Olympics, cycling events such as Le Tour de France and Britain's Premier Calendar road racing series, tennis events including the French Open and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, World Championship Snooker, Australian Football League, wintersports, and youth sports like skating and surfing. It has also previously covered events such as the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

Eurosport is often provided by cable operators as part of their basic package. In the UK, British Eurosport launched in 1999, replacing Eurosport International on most platforms with some schedule variations and local commentary.

Eurosport is shown in most countries across Europe, often with commentary in the local language, but not necessarily local advertising. Most European countries also have domestic sports channels but Eurosport is the only pan-European sports channel.

Currently there are a number of channels that are broadcast under the Eurosport name: Eurosport (France, British, Deutschland, Italia, Poland, Nordic and Asia Pacific), Eurosport 2 (versions for all Eurosport regions except Asia Pacific) and Eurosport News. Sportitalia is also part of the group.

On Sunday 15 November 2009, The Eurosport Asia-Pacific channel became available to Foxtel, Austar and Optus TV subscribers as part Austar and Foxtel`s "Next Generation" launch of new channels and expanded programming and viewing options.

In May 2007 Yahoo! and Eurosport formed a co-branded website[1] which Eurosport uses as its web portal, including an online TV Guide, in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Germany.[2]



Eurosport was launched in 1989 as a joint venture between the European Broadcasting Union and Sky Television plc. When Sky merged with BSB they decided to focus on the sports programming on Sky One, and also The Sports Channel, launched by BSB, which was renamed Sky Sports.

Eurosport was closed down in May 1991 after the competing Screensport channel had filed a complaint to the European Commission over the corporate structure. The channel was however saved when the TF1 Group stepped in to replace BSkyB as joint-owners. A new Eurosport channel was able to start its broadcasts the same month. On March 1 1993, the cable and satellite channel Screensport merged with Eurosport. Eurosport eventually came under a French ownership consortium, comprising the TF1 Group, Canal+ Group and Havas Images. Since January 2001, the network has been owned entirely by TF1.

Eurosport is currently broadcast in twenty languages; English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, Cantonese.

5 February 1989 - 28 February 1993 Eurosport was launched in 1989 as a joint venture between the European Broadcasting Union and Sky Television plc. When Sky merged with BSB they decided to focus on the sports programming on Sky One, and also The Sports Channel, launched by BSB, which was renamed Sky Sports.
1 March 1993 - 31 December 2000 The cable and satellite channel Screensport merged with Eurosport. Eurosport eventually came under a French ownership consortium, comprising the TF1 Group, Canal+ Group and Havas Images.
1 January 2001 - today The network has been owned entirely by TF1.

British Eurosport

British Eurosport have live studio presentations of major sporting events and tournaments. Tour de France coverage is presented by James Richardson with veteran commentator and journalist David Duffers Duffield.

James Richardson previously hosted the coverage of Serie A football on the Channel from 2002 to 2005 and 2004 UEFA European Football Championship with regular guests including Alan Curbishley, DJ Spoony, former Chelsea FC players Paul Elliott, Ed de Goey, Ray Wilkins, Roberto Di Matteo & current goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, former England International Luther Blissett and European football journalists Gabriele Marcotti & Xavier Rivoire.

Will Vanders is known for his spirited coverage of K-1 events, and greets the viewer in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai to introduce the martial arts show, Fight Club on Monday nights.

Studio presentation for the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and WTA Tour Championships on British Eurosport is hosted by Annabel Croft with Hawk-Eye presented by former British Number 2 Jason Goodall. (Goodall was briefly ranked ahead of Chris Bailey, Nick Brown, Andrew Castle, Nick Fulwood, Mark Petchey, and James Turner, in May, 1989).

British Eurosport covers the snooker season including ranking events not broadcast by BBC Television including the Malta Cup, Northern Ireland Trophy and China Open.

British Eurosport has also three figure skating commentators: former Winter Olympic Games competitors Chris Howarth & Nicky Slater, and veteran commentator Simon Reed - brother of the late actor Oliver Reed.

In 2008, Eurosport launched an online subscription service (called the Eurosport player) that allows Internet users to watch both Eurosport and Eurosport 2 live, plus additional coverage not available via broadcast. During the 2009 Australian Open, the Internet player offered coverage from five courts. On the 10th February British Eurosport started to broadcast most of its programming in the 16:9 'widescreen' ratio.[3]. After the collapse of Setanta Sports, rights for the 2009 season in the USPGA Golf tour referred to British Eurosport[4].

Eurosport HD

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On May 25 2008, a HD simulcast version of the main channel launched - the first event covered in HD being the 2008 French Open at Roland Garros.

On July 15 2008, Eurosport HD was launched on Sky+ HD broadcasting the Tour de France live. On the 25th July, Eurosport HD was also launched via the Sky Italia platform.

Eurosport News

Eurosport News logo.png

A sports news channel launched on September 1 2000, featuring live scores, highlights, breaking news and commentary. The service combines video, text and graphics with the screen being divided into 4 sections - a video section that displays highlights and news bulletins, a breaking news ticker at the bottom and a scoring section that gives in-depth analysis of results and game stats.

Eurosport 2

Eurosport 2.svg

A supplementary channel featuring more live sports events, programming and news updates. Eurosport 2 launched on January 10, 2005 and is currently available in 35 countries, broadcasting in 10 different languages Bulgarian, English, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian and Turkish.

Eurosport 2 is considered "the new generation sports channel" - dedicated to team sports, alternative sports, discovery and entertainment including basketball, Twenty20 Cricket, National Lacrosse League, Arena Football League, surfing, Handball Champions League, Australian Rules Football matches from the Australian Football League and more.


Eurosport is a partner with KSO, the organizers of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Eurosport broadcasts every WTCC race live. Before 2006, both the WTCC and the FIA GT Championship are broadcast by Eurosport. But Eurosport requested SRO, the FIA GT Championship organizers, to shorten their race from 3 hours to 2 hours. SRO refused and since then it has not been on the bill with the WTCC.

Ironically, after a year looking for European broadcasters for their 3 hour races, the SRO decided that for 2007, the FIA GT Championship races will be shortened to 2 hours.

Viewing share

Being an international channel, Eurosport's performance differs significantly between different countries. The figures below show the channel's share of overall viewing in some countries.

Country 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Bulgaria 0.5% 0.6%[5]
Finland (10+) 0.6%[6] 0.7%[7]
France 1.9%[8] 1.4%[9] 1.6%[10] 1.4%[11]
Italy 0.0%[12]
Germany (3+) 0.9% 1.0% 0.9%[13]
Netherlands (6+) 0,8%[14] 0,9%[15] 0,9%[16] 0,9%[17] 0,9%[18]
Poland (4+) 0.5%[19] 0.5% 0.5%[20]
Romania (4+) 0.7%[21]
Sweden (3-99) 1.6%[22] 1.4%[23] 0.9%[24]
United Kingdom 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%

See also

Press release


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  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Digitalspy forum thread
  4. ^ "USPGA Tour on Eurosport UK". Retrieved 2009-06-26.  
  5. ^
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  8. ^ "Eurosport Displaces Rtl9 As France Fave". Auditel.  
  9. ^ "France: Eurosport tops cabsat ratings".  
  10. ^ "France: Eurosport tops cabsat ratings".  
  11. ^ "TF1 Group".  
  12. ^ "Rapporto ANNO 2008". Auditel.  
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  14. ^ "Jaarrapport 2004" (in Dutch) (PDF). SKO Jaarrapporten. Stichting Kijkonderzoek. 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  
  15. ^ "Jaarrapport 2005" (in Dutch) (PDF). SKO Jaarrapporten. Stichting Kijkonderzoek. 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  
  16. ^ "Jaarrapport 2006" (in Dutch) (PDF). SKO Jaarrapporten. Stichting Kijkonderzoek. 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  
  17. ^ "Jaarrapport 2007" (in Dutch) (PDF). SKO Jaarrapporten. Stichting Kijkonderzoek. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  
  18. ^ "Jaarrapport 2008" (in Dutch) (PDF). SKO Jaarrapporten. Stichting Kijkonderzoek. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  
  19. ^ "Tylko Polsat zyskał w 2007 r., ostro w dół TVP2". January 2, 2008.  
  20. ^ "W 2008 roku widzów straciły telewizje ogólnopolskie - liderem spadku TVP Info". January 5, 2008.  
  21. ^ Source: GfK Romania S.R.L., Copyright: ARMADATA S.R.L. "Audientele statiilor TV membre ARMA". ARMA.  
  22. ^ Årsrapport 2007, Mediamätning i Skandinavien,  
  23. ^ Årsrapport 2007, Mediamätning i Skandinavien,  
  24. ^ Årsrapport 2008, Mediamätning i Skandinavien,  

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