Since its entry into the UK television market in March 2006 with the launch of a UK version of ESPN Classic, ESPN has expanded its UK portfolio to five channels across digital platforms.
ESPN launched its dedicated UK live sport channel in August, 2009, available in SD and HD. Building on a successful first year, ESPN has continued its dedication to bring fans high quality live sports from around the world with a series of rights acquisitions for a range of sports.
The channel’s second season will feature exclusive live coverage of 25 FA Cup matches including the final, Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Aviva Premiership Rugby, UEFA Europa League, Italian Serie A, Coppa Italia, German Bundesliga, German Cup, Euro 2012 qualifiers, UFC, French Top 14 Rugby, England U21 internationals and much more.
ESPN developed several strands of original programming in its first year, including football highlights and discussion programmes Between The Lines and Talk of the Terrace, comedy sports panel show The Umpire Strikes Back as well as its daily World Cup preview show South Africa Nightly.
In February 2007, ESPN acquired NASN, the only European network dedicated to U.S. sport. In February 2009, the network was re-branded ESPN America and ESPN America HD was launched in June 2010. ESPN America brings UK fans the best of the top sports from the US, and from this season will provide live coverage of the regular seasons and playoffs of the States’ four major sporting competitions – NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL – as well as a dedicated European version of ESPN’s flagship sports news show, SportsCenter, and a range of other live American sports.
ESPN’s digital portfolio of industry-leading sites and services includes top news and information sites ESPN.co.uk, ESPNCricinfo.com, ESPNSoccernet.com, ESPNScrum.com, ESPNF1.com as well as broadband service ESPN Player. Via computers and mobile devices, they reach millions of sports fans each month.
In 2010, ESPN was awarded the exclusive mobile highlight rights to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches per season, through 2012/13 season.
As a part of ESPN International, ESPN in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operates a multi-faceted, multi-platform business which includes television, online and mobile brands. Based in London, ESPN EMEA continues to grow and currently employs approximately 200 people.
On television, ESPN operates six networks in the EMEA region — ESPN (UK), ESPN America, ESPN Classic, ESPN (Africa), ESPN (Middle East), ESPN Israel — and two HD simulcasts (ESPN UK, ESPN America). The networks collectively comprise a combined 12 feeds.
The channel is now available in nearly 20 million homes across more than nearly 50 countries throughout Europe and the Middle East. Since the acquisition, the channel’s distribution has grown more than 160 percent.
Launched in 2002, ESPN Classic is currently available in 23 million households in more than 40 countries across Europe with dedicated feeds for UK, France, Italy, the Middle East and Africa, as well as a general European feed. The network can be seen in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Dutch.
ESPN (Africa and the Middle East)
ESPN reaches more than 70 countries in the Middle East and Africa via leading operators in the region – Al Jazeera, which serves the Middle East; and Multichoice, which serves Sub-Saharan Africa.
ESPN’s dedicated network in Israel reaches nearly 90 % of all television households on the HOT and YES platforms.
ESPN Inc.’s global footprint on all seven continents began in 1983 with syndication of ESPN programmes. In 1988, ESPN International became a division of ESPN, Inc. Since that time, ESPN International has grown to include ownership – in whole or in part – of 46 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of brand extension businesses, which allow ESPN to reach fans in over 200 countries and territories.
ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management.
ESPN International and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, Montpellier, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, and Toronto.
ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
46 networks serving over 200 countries and territories across all seven continents in 16 languages (Cantonese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Malay, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish).
A diverse library containing over 130 leagues and sports, with broadcast partners in 200 countries.
Broadcasting in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Offers a combination of live events, sports news and information, and sports talk.
Currently available globally in 10 languages, and on thousands of handsets. In Asia, ESPN Star Sports launched Mobile ESPN in May 2005.
ESPNsoccernet.com (worldwide), available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish; ESPNdeportes.com (Latin American and U.S.A), ESPNCricinfo.com; ESPNscrum.com; ESPNF1.com; ESPNSTAR.com; (China), ESPN.co.uk, ESPN.com.br (Brazil), ESPNSTAR.com (Asia), ESPNSTAR.com.tw (Taiwan); TSN.ca (Canada); ESPNClassic.com (Europe); ESPNAmerica.com (Europe); ESPN.com.au (Australia).
ESPN’s broadband content platforms deliver live video streaming and video-on-demand through services in dozens of countries around the world. There are currently versions of ESPN broadband services (ESPN3, ESPN360, ESPN Player) in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and more than 40 European countries.
ESPN and X Games branded consumer products, including apparel, Moto X bikes, skateboards, backpacks, books, and DVDs now available in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Australia, UK and Italy. In 2008, ESPN launched the Santander ESPN Credit Card in Mexico, the company’s first branded credit card outside the U.S.
In 2006, ESPN distributed its first Spanish-language book in Latin America titled Hablemos de Fútbol. In 2007, ESPN debuted its first Spanish-language edition of ESPN The Magazine in Mexico.
X Games, the world’s premier action sports competition, is staged throughout the world. In addition to the two U.S.-based events, ESPN has held X Games competitions and demonstration events around the world including France, Brazil, China, Dubai, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain and Thailand.
Offers exclusive advertising and sponsorship opportunities across all of ESPN’s multimedia platforms around the world.