February 3, 2022 - ocilion has reached an agreement with SPORT1 for the distribution of SPORT1 HD, SPORT1+ HD, and eSPORTS1 HD. This means that the entire SPORT1 station portfolio will be available in the future via the IPTV platform for network operators in Germany and Austria. All three channels are equipped with attractive additional functions such as 7-day replay, restart, recording (nPVR), and pause/play.
The free TV channel SPORT1 HD offers its viewers international sports highlights, including high-class football (such as live broadcasts of top games in the 2nd Bundesliga and the DFB Cup), attractive motorsport series, darts competitions from the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC ) with the darts world championship as the annual highlight, ice hockey with the ice hockey world championship and the Champions Hockey League (CHL) as well as other core sports such as basketball, volleyball, US sports, and eSports. The pay-TV channel SPORT1+ HD shows the stars of international football as well as top international ice hockey and the prestigious Major League Baseball (MLB). eSports fans find their home at eSPORTS1 HD: 24/7 eSports with 1,200 hours of live content on the titles Dota 2, CS:GO, Rocket League, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and FIFA, regular magazine broadcasts, analyses and insights from eSports Experts, and many other specials.
Andreas Gerhardt, Chief Distribution Officer Sport 1 GmbH: "Thanks to the cooperation with ocilion, we are making further progress in expanding the distribution of our German-language free and pay-TV channels. Our new partner is strongly positioned in the market as an innovative provider of complete IPTV solutions. The resulting distribution options via the network operators will primarily benefit their sports-loving customers, for whom we put together high-quality sports packages.”
Thomas Bichlmeir, Head of Content at ocilion: "Through the agreement with SPORT1, we are further expanding the range of sports for our customers. With our IPTV solution, network operators can easily make the channels available and offer fans a true variety of content: from top football to ice hockey and motorsports to eSports. The inclusion of eSports is particularly interesting. This new topic complements our station portfolio for younger target groups and also makes e-sports accessible to viewers who can rediscover it for themselves.”
Sports highlights galore: that's what the SPORT1 HD, SPORT1+ HD, and eSPORTS1 HD channels offer
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE with SPORT1 HD: Viewers can enjoy numerous international and national sports highlights on the free TV channel. One of the focal points of the program is football: The focus is on successful talk formats such as "Der STAHLWERK Doppelpass", "Der Maschinensucher Doppelpass 2. Bundesliga" or "Fantalk", highlight reporting on the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga in "Bundesliga Pur" and "Hattrick Pur", magazines on international football and live broadcasts, for example of top games in the 2nd Bundesliga on Saturday evening and of the DFB Cup. Other popular top-class sports are also shown live - including the Ice Hockey World Championships, the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga, and darts with many top international events organized by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and the Darts World Championships in December and January. SPORT1 also offers its audience new topics, especially for young target groups - in addition to US sports, especially eSports with live broadcasts of international events and the magazine "Inside eSports". In addition to the various live sports highlights, talk formats, and magazines, SPORT1 also has a diverse selection of sporttainment and docutainment formats in its program.
SPORT1+ HD shows the stars of international football and top international ice hockey, including the Champions Hockey League (CHL) and the Svenska Hockeyligan (SHL). In addition, the prestigious Major League Baseball (MLB) will have its home on SPORT1+ from March 2022. Then there are the horsepower heroes of the race tracks: SPORT1+ is the stage for top-class national and international live sport! The pay-TV broadcaster offers top international football – including the Coupe de France, the Scottish Premiership, and the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. The engines also roar with attractive motorsport series, including the NASCAR Cup Series. "SPORT1 News" also informs sports fans several times a day about the most important events in the world of sports.
Pure eSports on eSPORTS1 HD: The first linear TV station for eSports in German-speaking countries reports on the most well-known eSports titles such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, Overwatch, and FIFA 22. The 24/7 program of the pay-TV channel includes at least 1,200 live hours of top-class international and national eSports events as well as highlight programs and self-produced magazines. The program content is curated, edited, and presented by our own eSports editorial team together with experts and influencers from the German-speaking eSports community. Numerous major eSports events are commented on in German and broadcast from a studio. Live and highlights include ESL One Events for Dota 2, the ESL Pro League, and ESL Challenger Events in CS: GO, the Rocket League Championship Series, the Overwatch League, Hearthstone Grandmasters, and the Master Tour, as well as various Dream Hacks -Events. The magazine "Inside eSports" also provides a compact overview of all well-known eSports titles and competitions and provides viewers with the latest news and background reports.
The leading 360° sports platform in German-speaking countries stands for high-quality live sports, proven sports expertise, and well-founded and entertaining reporting. Sport1 GmbH, a company of Sport1 Medien AG, combines all TV, online, mobile, audio, social media, and print activities under the multimedia umbrella brand SPORT1. The portfolio of the sports media company based in Ismaning near Munich includes the free TV channel SPORT1, the pay-TV channels SPORT1+ and eSPORTS1, which are offered on various platforms in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as the pan-European pay-TV channel eSportsONE, which was launched in 2020. In addition, SPORT1.de, one of the leading online sports platforms in Germany, offers up-to-date multimedia content as well as an extensive live stream and video offerings. The SPORT1 apps are also among the most successful German sports apps. In September 2021, Sport1 GmbH also launched the new multisport streaming platform "SPORT1 Extra" (sport1extra.de) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland - with an extensive live stream and on-demand range of sports and competitions. SPORT1 is also active with its own SPORT1 YouTube channel as well as gaming and eSports offerings. In the print area, SPORT1 has been publishing Germany’s highest-circulation sports magazine “FUSSBALL & FAMILIE” every month since March 2021 in cooperation with the rtv media group.