Unterföhring, Germany: Sky will remain the home of the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Sky and The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, have agreed to extend their coverage of The Championships until and including the year 2018.
This means that Sky will continue covering the Grand Slam tournament live and exclusively over the next five years.
In addition to the TV broadcasting rights, the new agreement – which was brokered on behalf of Sky by IMG Media – also includes the exclusive internet, IPTV and mobile rights.
As a further benefit for tennis fans in Germany, in the event of a German player reaching a singles final, coverage of the final will be available on channels of maximum audience reach.
Sky Sports boss Burkhard Weber: "With its unique mix of tradition and world class athleticism, Wimbledon is one of the highlights of every sports year. The continuation of our successful partnership over the next five years is proof of our editorial success and a major component of Sky's strategy to offer customers exclusive programming. “
Mick Desmond, Commercial Director of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, said: “We are delighted to be extending our broadcast partnership with Sky. Germany and Austria continue to be an important market for us and we look forward to working with Sky again to bring viewers the best and most immersive viewing experience of The Championships.”
In 2014, Sky will report live on the 128th edition of The Championships, Wimbledon, between 23 June and 6 July. As in previous years, Sky will broadcast the tournament on various channels and cover the action in parallel on several courts live and in HD. With Sky Go, tennis fans won't miss a single rally and have access to all live broadcasts via the web, iPad or iPhone as well as the Xbox360.
In addition, Sky customers can watch daily highlight clips shortly after each tournament day on the Sky Mediathek on sky.de. Sky Sport News HD will also keep the viewers up to date, providing the latest news on the tennis highlight of the year.
About Sky Deutschland:
Sky Deutschland AG is the leading pay-TV company inGermanyandAustriawith around 3.7 million subscribers and revenues amounting to more than 1.5 billion Euros. The listed MDAX company offers subscription TV as well as on-demand services for private and business customers.
The Sky platform comprises more than 70 exclusive TV channels, almost all of which are also available in HD. Sky’s program portfolio comprises live sports – and also the only German 24/7 sports news channel – feature films, TV series, children's programs, and documentaries. The Sky+ hard disk receiver allows for time-shifted TV, and the Sky Anytime media library enables customers to enjoy hundreds of constantly changing titles. Moreover, the Sky Go over-the-top service provides access to Sky programming via mobile devices and PCs.
Snap by Sky, a comprehensive online media library, covers the VoD sector: The service provides unlimited access anywhere and also allows downloads of thousands of titles – among them blockbusters, classic films, complete series box sets, and children's programs.
Sky is the innovation leader in the German and Austrian TV markets. In the past two decades, Sky has played a major role in establishing pay-TV as the third pillar of TV entertainment alongside fee-financed and advertising-financed broadcasters. Sky has around 2,000 employees and is based in Unterföhring near Munich.