Eurosport 1 HD will become available outside pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland in Germany on December 1, 2016 for the first time.
Cable operator Unitymedia will add Eurosport 1 HD to its HD Option in which it offers the HD versions of commercial free-to-air channels for a monthly fee of €4.99. Eurosport’s sister channels DMAX and TLC are already part of the line-up.
Eurosport 1 HD is currently available on Unitymedia’s cable network as part of the Sky package where it will be replaced by new entertainment channel Sky 1 HD.
As Sky Deutschland spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News that the exclusive distribution of Eurosport 1 HD as part of the Sky line-up on cable networks will be terminated in the forthcoming weeks.
The HD version of Eurosport which launched on July 4, 2009 in Germany has so far been offered exclusively by Sky Deutschland. The strategic move to drop exclusive carriage, enables parent company Discovery Networks Deutschland to make the channel available on further distribution platforms, thereby extending its reach.
Eurosport also recently commenced offering a free live-stream of its linear channel on its website. The live-stream has so far been part of subscription service Eurosport Player.