Kickboxing: German commercial broadcaster Sat.1 agreed a two-year deal, beginning immediately, for rights to the fights of World Kickboxing Association world champion Christine Theiss.
Motorsport: Motors TV, the pan-regional motorsports broadcaster, has acquired live rights for two motor-racing series, the International GT Open and the European F3 Open, in deals with promoter GT Sport. The deals cover live rights for all 16 races of the 2011 International GT Open and 12 of the 16 races of the 2011 European F3 Open. The deal covers 38 European countries.
Motorsport: The MP & Silva agency agreed a multi-year deal, beginning in 2011, to distribute the global media rights for the FIA GT1 World Championship, with the Stephane Ratel Organisation, the championship's promoter.
Netball: New Zealand broadcaster Sky acquired rights for matches from domestic competitions and matches featuring the national team in a four-year deal that ends in 2015, with Netball New Zealand. It will show coverage on both its pay-television and free-to-air channels.
Olympics: Jamaican broadcaster CVM acquired the exclusive television rights for the 2012 Summer Olympics in a deal with International Media Content, the rights-holder in the Caribbean.
Paralympics: UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 acquired television and internet rights for the 2011 Paralympic World Cup in a deal with the event’s organisers, the International Paralympic Committee and Paralympics GB. Channel 4 will host broadcast the event, which takes place in Manchester in May. It will show a two-hour live programme on the first day and highlights on the remaining two days plus live streaming coverage on the internet.
Rugby Union: Singapore pay-television broadcaster Starhub and Setanta Sports agreed an interim deal to show the Six Nations, the Tri Nations and Super Rugby tournaments on Starhub’s SuperSports Channel 202. Starhub and Setanta Sports are planning to launch a 24-hour Setanta rugby channel in Singapore but consent from the Singapore Media Development Authority is still pending. Setanta’s agreement with Starhub follows distribution deals with pay-television broadcaster Astro in Malaysia and Brunei, satellite and IPTV provider Now TV in Hong Kong and Sri Lankan cable broadcaster LBN.
Tennis: Regional German public-service broadcaster WDR acquired rights for the 2011 World Team Cup, an ATP event.
Various: Digital media company Perform acquired rights in the US for free-to-air internet highlights content from Major League Baseball, basketball’s NBA, golf’s PGA Tour, mixed martial arts organisation UFC, and ATP and WTA tennis. The content will be broadcast on Perform’s ePlayer video player, which Perform distributes for hosting on third-party websites.
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