Finland

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The switch-over in Finland from analogue to digital-terrestrial television transmission could shake up the country’s “quiet and closed” sports-rights market.

Finnish viewing figures for ski-jumping’s blue-riband Four Hills tournament soared

Olympics, international football, ice hockey, skiing and athletics protected

MTV3 offers double current domestic ice-hockey rights fee

Television audiences of the drivers and manufacturers’ home markets reflect rise and fall

Price forced up by competition from TV4, who buy the rights in Sweden for two seasons

Football: UK commercial operator ITV and pay-broadcaster Setanta acquired the rights for the FA Cup knock-out competition and England national team matches in a four-year, £425m (€623m) deal with the En…

Football’s Champions League final was not the only major sporting event in May to attract good viewing for broadcasters around Europe.

F1 gamble proves Finns will pay to watch TV sport

Australian Rules: Australian pay-television operator Foxtel acquired pay-television rights for the Australian Football League in a sub-licensing deal worth A$315

Ice hockey:  Finnish ice-hockey’s domestic SM-liiga signed a three-year joint-deal with pay-television operator Canal Plus Nordic and free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nelonen worth about €3.7m (£2.5m) a

Finland’s top domestic ice hockey league, the SM-liiga, is to put most of its matches on to pay-television

Takeover of the Nordic Canal Plus subscription channels by SBS Broadcasting

Olympics:  The Bell Globemedia-Rogers Communications consortium won the Canadian rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics

Canal Plus major threat to the country’s free-to-air broadcasters

Canal Plus is considering a carriage deal with the direct-to-home satellite platform of its main rival, Viasat.

EBU set to get money back for Italian skiing rights.

Decision to hand back golf rights allows rival to recover monopoly on top Tour golf and launch golf channel.

Sportfive to sign television rights deals for World Rally Championship in top five European markets next week.