Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Eurosport!

In 2014 Eurosport celebrates 25 years of leadership in live sports broadcasting and digital innovation. Happy Birthday to the number 1 pan-European sport channel!
Eurosport Press Release:

Eurosport marks 25 years of leadership in LIVE sport!

Celebrating 25 years, sports broadcaster Eurosport continues its commitment to live sport with 2014 campaign “We Live for Live”

Eurosport today kicks off its 25th year with the launch of an on and off-air activation to mark a quarter-century in live sports broadcasting.

From its first transmission in 1989 as part of the fledging satellite TV industry, Eurosport has established its place today as the number 1 television* and digital* platform in Europe through consistent delivery of world class sport, live, which has continued to drive its evolution and reaffirm its leading position in the international sports media landscape.

Throughout 2014 the “We Live for Live” campaign will feature B2B and B2C promotional activity heralding the group’s continued passion for live sports. A series of external and internal activations will celebrate the brand’s 25 years of sustained growth and achievements across live sports TV production, commentary and expert analysis, media distribution and digital technology. These include:

  •  25 years LIVE branding and graphics to be used on-air and on-site at live events.
  •  An integrated campaign of marketing communications through advertising, content, PR, social media, end user-consumer activity, on-site at events, plus internal staff engagement.
  •  An international consumer competition will offer a “Golden Ticket” prize to experience a selection of sporting events across Europe in this celebratory year.

New digital technology products and services will continue to be introduced throughout 2014 to encapsulate Eurosport’s knowledge and understanding of live sports broadcasting and bring the best possible coverage and choice to today’s fans.

Eurosport will also illustrate its unique global position through bespoke research developed to give a comprehensive view into the live sport preferences of European fans which will be published in late January 2014.

Jean-Thierry Augustin CEO of the Eurosport Group said: “Reaching our 25th year in such a strong position is a reflection of the hard work and passion of all the staff at Eurosport. We won’t be looking back in 2014 but using the knowledge we have developed since 1989 to continue to look ahead to innovate and improve our content to bring the public the most immersive and insightful live sports experience. We have built a culture of sustained achievement and are proud of our leader position. At the heart of this success is a clear belief that sport is the star and the fan can fully experience the drama, excitement and emotion of live sport on Eurosport media.”

Over 5,000 hours of live action are broadcast throughout the year, featuring coverage of over 120 different sport disciplines, the biggest diversity of sports on offer in Europe.

As a leader in offering live sports on multiple media platforms, the group today encompasses TV channel brands Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and their respective HD channels, EurosportNews, and local “window” channel brands Eurosport France, British Eurosport and Eurosport Asia-Pacific. Uniquely, live TV content is available to sports fans in more than 70 countries worldwide with commentary delivered simultaneously in 21 different languages; over 95% of European TV audiences enjoy Eurosport in their native language.

Online, has grown to become Europe’s number one sports destination with up to 23m unique users every month** on our web sites, with breaking news, analysis and real time data available in 11 different languages, combined with’s sports news and live score applications downloaded over 13 million times for instant and free access on mobiles and tablets anytime, anywhere. Fans can also now watch Eurosport on the move with online simulcast service, Eurosport Player, available in over 40 countries for subscribers on mobile, tablets, PC and connected TV’s.


*EMS Survey Summer 2013
**ComScore Aug 2012

The Eurosport Group is Europe's leading sports entertainment group. Eurosport, the n°1 pan-European TV channel, broadcasts in 20 languages and reaches 131 million homes across 54 countries. Eurosport HD is the high definition simulcast of Eurosport. Eurosport 2 broadcasts to 66 million households in 18 languages across 51 countries. Eurosport 2 HD was launched in August 2009. Eurosport Asia-Pacific reaches 17 countries in the region and launched an HD channel in September 2011. Eurosportnews is the sports news channel transmitted worldwide., Europe's n°1 online sports destination, has up to 23 million unique users per month (comScore) across an international network of sports websites in 11 languages, including Yahoo! co-branded sites in Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK. The free mobile applications are available in 10 languages. Eurosport Player, Eurosport's online TV service, provides LIVE and on-demand sports to fans' PCs in 53 countries and the Player application is available for mobile, tablet and connected TV in up to 40 countries. Eurosport Events is the group's expert division in the management and promotion of international sporting events.