German broadcasters secure rights to cover Handball World Championship

German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF, along with commercial broadcaster RTL, have gained access to coverage of handball’s 2017 Men’s World Championship.

The three broadcasters will show highlights clips from the competition, which commenced in France on Wednesday, having struck agreements with beIN Media Group, the tournament’s global rights distribution partner.

Earlier this week, media companies Axel Springer and ProSiebenSat.1 also acquired highlights rights to the event from beIN. ProSiebenSat.1 will broadcast clips of one to two minutes duration of Germany’s games on television via the Sat.1 Nachrichten, Newstime and Kabel Eins News programmes., the online sports channel of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), will provide recordings of all World Championship games. ProSiebenSat.1 holds a majority stake in the platform.

Axel Springer’s and ProSiebenSat's platforms will provide five-minute highlights clips of Germany’s games 30 minutes after they conclude.

German banking group Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB), a major sponsor of handball in its home country, last week acquired rights to the 2017 Men’s World Championship, averting a broadcast blackout in Germany.

DKB will live stream all games featuring reigning European champion Germany, along with other matches from the Championship, which runs through to January 29.

Germany commences its France 2017 campaign with a game against Hungary today (Friday) in Rouen.