Orange Slovakia will close its proprietary sports channels Orange Sport and Orange Sport 2-4 on June 30.
Orange Slovakia has installed Appear TV’s XC500 platform OTT headend system into its facility.
Orange Polska has sold its proprietary channel Orange Sport to RMVC for an undisclosed fee.
Orange has given further details of the closure of its Orange Sport channel, safeguarding jobs, and offering an alternative for subscribers.
Orange is to close its sports network as of June 30 with its 400,000 subscribers being migrated to the Al Jazeera sports channels in the French market.
Al Jazeera is in talks to take part in the Orange Sport channels, according to French newspaper reports. Al Jazeera is also a surprise bidder for broadcast rights to France’s Ligue 1 football championship for the 2012-2016 seasons.
If France Telecom, the owner of the premium Orange Sport channel, is not able to find a buyer for the channel, then it will cease operations in 2012, according to Stéphane Richard, CEO of the telecom operator.
ESPN is reportedly in discussions with France Telecom to purchase the Orange Sport network. Details of the transaction, reported by Le Point, have yet to be finalized, but there are suggestions that a deal may be completed as early as November 1.
Orange will no longer bid for the live football rights of the French Ligue 1, according to local reports. The decision could jeopardise the financing of the French professional football clubs.