09/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2021 09:48
Ismaning, September 14, 2021 - Go Live for 'SPORT1 Extra' - here, sports enthusiasts are now right in the middle of their favorite sports: Sport1 GmbH has launched the new multisports streaming platform 'SPORT1 Extra' in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 'SPORT1 Extra' now offers its target audience on the web and mobile at sport1extra.de an extensive livestream and on-demand offering of sports and competitions, which will be successively expanded in the coming months. On 'SPORT1 Extra', users can choose from a variety of flexible and customer-friendly offer and price models according to their topic and usage preferences - whether pay-per-view for individual events or league and club passes. One of the highlights at the start is the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga: From the 2021/22 season, all matches of the 1st Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga North and South will be offered live and exclusively on 'SPORT1 Extra' as a pay subscription or pay-per-view. Introductory offer for all volleyball fans for the launch of 'SPORT1 Extra': On the first two match days, all matches of the 2nd Bundesliga North and South will be broadcast completely free of charge in a live stream on sport1extra.de and will then also be available free on-demand.
The Women's Volleyball Bundesliga in the 'Home of Volleyball': All matches at the start live and exclusively on 'SPORT1 Extra'
With the start of the new 2021/22 season of the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga, all matches of the 1st Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga North and South will be broadcast live and exclusively on 'SPORT1 Extra'. The 2nd Bundesliga already started the new season last weekend, while the 1st Bundesliga begins at the start of October. Volleyball fans can choose their preferred offer and price model on 'SPORT1 Extra' to experience the matches:
Introductory offer for all fans at the start of 'SPORT1 Extra' - register for free and enjoy volleyball live and on-demand: To get to know and test the new offer, all matches of the 2nd Bundesliga North and South will be livestreamed free of charge on the beta version of sport1extra.de on the first two match days and will then also be freely available on-demand.
The broadcasting of all matches of the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga live and exclusively on 'SPORT1 Extra' is an elementary component of the cooperation between the Volleyball Bundesliga (VBL) and Sport1 GmbH, which was concluded in August and once again significantly expanded. The license agreement, which runs exclusively for Germany, Austria and Switzerland until the 2025/26 season, includes not only the broadcast of all matches in the new pay model per season, but also a total of at least 28 regular season and playoff matches of the 1st Bundesliga in free-TV on the regular Friday evening slot. The rights package also includes the DVV Cup matches (except for the DVV Cup Final) and the Volleyball Supercup on Saturday, October 2, live from 5:00 p.m., between Dresdner SC and SSC Palmberg Schwerin. The new season of the 1st Bundesliga kicks off with the rematch of the DVV Cup Final between SSC Palmberg Schwerin and SC Potsdam on Wednesday, October 6, live from 6:30 p.m. on 'SPORT1 Extra' and on free-TV on SPORT1.
Further sports highlights on 'SPORT1 Extra' to kick off: Soccer, motorsports, ice hockey, the Men's Volleyball European Championship as event streams
In addition to the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga, event streams from the program of the pay-TV channel SPORT1+ will also be offered individually as a pay-per-view option on 'SPORT1 Extra'. In addition to this, SPORT1+ shows soccer from Europe and South America, popular motorsport series such as the NASCAR Cup Series, the IndyCar Series or FIM Speedway, as well as top European ice hockey from the Champions Hockey League (CHL). Currently, the men's 2021 European Volleyball Championship is scheduled live and exclusively on SPORT1+ until September 19.
In the future, the No. 1 contact point for all sports fans: Sports offering on 'SPORT1 Extra' to be successively expanded
In the coming months, the range of sports as well as competitions and leagues on 'SPORT1 Extra' will be further expanded. The ambition and goal of Sport1 GmbH's new multi-sports streaming platform is to provide a comprehensive range of different sports, competitions and pay products for the sports sector, also from other external providers, centrally bundled on 'SPORT1 Extra' in the future. This will give viewers interested in sports the opportunity to keep an overview in the often opaque 'jungle' of different sports packages and price models, as well as to find and easily book their preferred sports and competitions in their preferred offer and price model.
airtango AG on board for 'SPORT1 Extra' as partner and service provider
In addition to its various content partners, Sport1 GmbH is also working closely with airtango AG on the conception and operation of 'SPORT1 Extra'. As an established partner and service provider in the OTT sector, the company based in Crailsheim, Germany, is taking over the operational running of the website, including the integration of the streams as well as the visualization and description of the offers and content.
Olaf Schroeder, CEO of Sport1 Medien AG and Chairman of the Management Board of Sport1 GmbH, on the occasion of the launch about the ambitions with'SPORT1 Extra': 'With our new streaming platform, we are making all fans a compelling offer in terms of content, technology and price to experience their favorite sports and competitions - when, where and how they want to via their preferred devices. With the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga as a highlight at the start and our other offers, which we will successively expand, users, but also all players in the sports sector, can get an idea of 'SPORT1 Extra'. The goals are ambitious, the claim is clearly defined: We want to be the No. 1 destination for federations, leagues, clubs and also external media providers in German-speaking countries when it comes to the 360° staging of their sports on our channels - with 'SPORT1 Extra' as our new digital pay offer in the streaming market.'
Gunter Hardt, Managing Director Marketing of the Volleyball Bundesliga, on the women's new 'Home of Volleyball': 'The fact that the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga is prominently anchored on the new multi-sport streaming platform 'SPORT1 Extra' fills us with joy. The long partnership between SPORT1 and the Volleyball Bundesliga until 2025/26 underlines the sustainability of this cooperation. With 'SPORT1 Extra', a central touch point has been created for the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga and its fans on the internet, which is flanked by the extensive free-TV presence. This successful combination allows us to specifically address target groups and to inspire them for our sport.'
Gerhard Borchers, CFO of airtango, on the partnership with SPORT1: 'We are delighted that the cooperation between SPORT1 and airtango over the last few years has resulted in this project and that we will be able to make a significant contribution to the success of the new 'SPORT1 Extra' platform in the future.'
Attached are the logo of 'SPORT1 Extra' with and without background motif, photos of Olaf Schroeder (source: SPORT1) and Gunter Hardt (Quelle: Falk Weiß) as well as a match picture of the Women's Volleyball Bundesliga match between Dresdner SC and SSC Palmberg Schwerin from last season (source: Imago) for free editorial use.
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At the heart of the action with SPORT1: The leading 360° sports platform in the German-speaking region stands for premium live sport, proven sports expertise, and high-quality, entertaining reporting. Under the multimedia umbrella brand SPORT1, Sport1 GmbH, a company of the SPORT1 MEDIEN Group, combines all its TV, Online, Mobile, Audio, Social Media and Print activities. In the TV segment, the sports media company based in Ismaning, near Munich, Germany, has a portfolio that comprises the free-TV channel SPORT1 and the pay-TV channels SPORT1+ and eSPORTS1, which are available on various platforms in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the pan-European pay-TV channel eSportsONE launched in November 2020. Moreover, SPORT1.de, one of Germany's leading sports platforms, provides up-to-the-minute multimedia content as well as comprehensive livestream and video offers. SPORT1's diverse offerings also include its own YouTube channel as well as gaming and esports output. In the mobile area, the SPORT1 apps are among the most successful German-language sports apps. In the print sector, SPORT1 has been publishing Germany's highest-circulation sports magazine 'FUSSBALL & FAMILIE' every month in cooperation with rtv media group since March 2021.