Eurosport to be pulled from Sky TV
Sky TV customers could soon lose out on the chance to watch the World and British Superbike Championships after Eurosport’s parent company threatened to remove its channels from the service.
Discovery, which owns the Eurosport brand, has issued a statement to say that it will pull all its channels from Sky on February 1st should they not be able to reach an agreement with the Rupert Murdoch owned corporation over their fee.
Discovery bosses have claimed that despite Sky customers being charged more over the years, the fee the network pays for Discovery’s 13 channels has not reflected this.
A statement released by the firm read: “Our fans are among the most loyal in TV and we have invested significantly to bring world class channels and content to the UK for nearly 30 years.
“Our portfolio of 13 channels cater to a wide range of personal tastes and interests from adventure, natural history, science and sports to extraordinary people, families, weddings and true crime.
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“All we ask is that Sky pays a fair value for the shows and channels you love.”
If an agreement between the two is not reached by January 31st, Discovery’s channels will be removed from the Sky network, including Eurosport 1 and 2 which shows World and British Superbikes, the Endurance World Championship and more.
It is feasible that Discovery could look to reach the viewers they would lose from Sky on other platforms, including the potential of showing more of their content on Freeview as they do with their Quest channel.
MCE British Superbike boss Stuart Higgs told MCN they wouldn’t be ‘saying or doing anything drastic’ for the meantime to see what pans out in regards to which path Discovery should choose.