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CANAL+ Inks New Broadcast Deal for English Premier League


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Slovak Telekom, DIGI Slovakia and T-Mobile Czech Republic have reached a new strategic broadcast rights agreement with CANAL+ for the English Premier League.

Per the agreement, the football league’s games will be broadcast on Slovak Telekom, DIGI Slovakia and T-Mobile Czech Republic screens. Starting from August, fans will be able to enjoy all 380 matches that will take place during this Premier League season on the new TV channel CANAL+ Sport. The participating parties agreed on the broadcast rights of the English Premier League for up to three years.

Marcel Šatanek, senior manager of the TV segment and terminals of Slovak Telekom, said: “Thanks to the joint efforts of all parties, we were able to successfully bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion. We are happy to announce that Slovakian and Czech spectators will have three years of attractive football from the Premier League. I will not lie when I say that every match of this competition makes for a real experience for football fans. And even if only from the comfort of home, it’s certainly worth watching. Perhaps even more so this season, as the Premier League celebrates its 30th anniversary this year since its first game in the 1992-93 season.”

Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI International, which is now a part of the CANAL+ Group, in charge of B2B distribution of CANAL+ products within the territory, added: “The CANAL+ brand will debut in the Czech and Slovak market with great strength. Our partnership with Slovak Telekom, DIGI Slovakia and T-Mobile Czech Republic will allow more viewers to access great content from the English Premier League in addition to our existing viewers in Skylink and Freesat. CANAL+ will continue to strengthen its content offering, as we will further enhance it with the additional products bundled from SPI and its distribution by partnerships, allowing viewers to enjoy great products. Ladislav Řeháček and his team have done great work to create CANAL+ Sport, which has top-quality productions that will elevate the viewership experience of the English Premier League. We thank all of our partners with whom we’ve collaborated for this agreement.”

Zdeněk Spurný, manager of T-Mobile’s television services, said: “By signing the broadcast rights agreement, we perceive this as a breakthrough success, thanks to which we can continue to bring premium content and a prestigious range of programs to our customers. Our sports channels are among the most popular and sought-after content on T-Mobile TV, and thanks to the concluded agreement, viewers can now fully enjoy a wide range of quality football, including the top Premier League.”








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Chelsea Regan is the managing editor of World Screen. She can be reached at cregan@worldscreen.com.

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