Paris, 4 December 2019 – Eurosport has today announced that it has complemented its position as Home of the Olympics in Europe by becoming an Official Broadcaster of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in France. This addition expands Eurosport’s Olympic Games footprint to 50 markets and territories for the upcoming Summer edition.
Already Home of the Olympics throughout Europe for Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Olympic Games Paris 2024, Discovery has agreed a partnership with the CANAL+ Group and France Télévisions, to secure the exclusive pay-TV rights for Tokyo 2020 across Eurosport’s linear and digital streaming services. France Télévisions will remain the official free-to-air broadcaster for Tokyo 2020.
Eurosport will now begin its Olympic Games journey in France and build upon Discovery’s award-winning, record breaking Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. For Tokyo 2020, fans will be able to enjoy Eurosport’s unrivalled sports expertise and unique analysis, delivered by most extensive line up of experts and new immersive technology.
Andrew Georgiou, President, Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, said: “As the Home of the Olympics across Europe, we are delighted to complete our Olympic Games offering by bringing Eurosport’s comprehensive, localized and all-screen coverage to fans in France.
“Eurosport will take consumers and partners on every step of the Olympic Games journey, presenting the ultimate Olympics experience with every minute of Paris 2024, Beijing 2022 and now adding Tokyo 2020 in France. We look forward to the new opportunities Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will provide for our partners and business in France,” he added.
In a separate agreement announced earlier this year, France Télévisions will sub-license (from Discovery) exclusive free-to-air audio-visual rights to the 2022 and 2024 editions of the Olympic Games. As Home of the Olympics in Europe, Eurosport will offer fans every moment of the Olympics, featuring dedicated streams covering every sport, every event and every gold medal.
Discovery’s long-term partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which was announced in June 2015, included exclusive multimedia rights in Europe*, beginning with the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These exclusive rights awarded to Discovery in France included 2022 and 2024, with 2018 and 2020 having previously been awarded to France Télévisions.
* 50 markets and territories. Excludes Russia. Eurosport will be an Official Broadcaster in the France and the UK in 2020.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.
Eurosport is the number one sport destination in Europe, fuelling the passion of fans and connecting them with the greatest sports events in the world. As the Home of the Olympic Games in Europe, Eurosport delivered the ultimate Games experience for PyeongChang 2018 reaching both record linear and digital viewership across localized Eurosport services. Firmly established as the Home of Cycling, Grand Slam Tennis and Winter Sport, Eurosport channels – Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 – reach 246 million cumulative subscribers across 75 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Eurosport.com is Europe’s No 1 online sports news website with an average of 30 million unique users per month and, along with the Eurosport app (available on iOS and Android), the only place to watch Eurosport anytime online, on mobile and on tablet devices. Eurosport Events specializes in the management and promotion of international sporting events. More information is available by visiting corporate.eurosport.com.