Sony ties up with ESPN for sports channel

Sony Kix ties up with ESPN
Sony Kix ties up with ESPN

The sports giant broadcaster, ESPN has tied up with Multi Screen Media for various sports channel, including Sony Kix, which will be rebranded to Sony ESPN.

ESPN has been away from the India market since its divorce from Star TV in 2012. With today’s announcement, Sony will strengthen its presence in the sports broadcasting arena, while ESPN will have the presence back in India. The two companies will also launch other new channels in the coming months.

Multi Screen Media CEO NP Singh said, ���Our partnership with ESPN is just what the sports aficionado has been waiting for. Stylized, insightful sports content presented by the best sportscasters in the business. For consumers in India and the subcontinent, sports television viewing will change dramatically since they will soon have access not only to more content but also the widest array of sports lineup, ever available.�۝

He further added, ���MSM�۪s association with ESPN is holistic and embraces both television and digital formats. Not only are we about to set the frontiers in sports content and distribution but we will most likely set the trends as well. Going further, both companies will also explore collaboration on the development of other original sports programs.�۝

ESPN International executive vice president and managing director Russell Wolff said, ���ESPN�۪s focus around the world is simple: to serve sports fans. This exciting, long-term collaboration between ESPN and MSM will serve Indian sports fans with exceptional products, content and coverage through the combined strengths and expertise of our two companies, which each have a strong heritage of leadership and innovation in India. We are very excited to be working with Sony, one of the leading television channels in India, on the opportunities that lie ahead.�۝

MSM�۪s current sports rights portfolio in India includes the UEFA Euro 2016, top European football leagues (including La Liga, The FA Cup and Serie A), the NBA, the NFL, the IRB Rugby World Cup, UFC, TNA Wrestling and NASCAR amongst others.

ESPN will add to that by delivering more than 1000 hours of programming per year from its portfolio of sports rights, original programming and studio programs. Live sports content in the deal includes major US college football (including the College Football Playoff and comprehensive coverage of the college football bowl season); major US college basketball (including the March Madness NCAA Championship Tournaments); NCAA college sport championships from baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer; Boxing (including Premier Boxing Champions and ESPN�۪s Big Fights Library); X Games; ESPN Films Emmy-Award Winning 30 For 30 documentaries amongst others.

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