12th October 2016: ELEVEN SPORTS NETWORK has today signed a multi-year agreement with Mediapro to bring the Euro Hockey League and EuroHockey Championships to fans in Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore and Taiwan.
As part of the agreement, ELEVEN will showcase LIVE and EXCLUSIVE action from the next five seasons of the Euro Hockey League – and the men’s and women’s 2019 and 2021 EuroHockey Championships – with the 2019 edition set to take place in Antwerp, Belgium.Hockey has increased in popularity in Belgium after the men’s national hockey team won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and every fan across the country will now be able to watch LIVE and EXCLUSIVE action via the ELEVEN SPORTS platform.
“This agreement is a significant milestone for ELEVEN as it means we will bring hockey to our fans in all our markets for the first time,” says Danny Menken, Group Managing Director, ELEVEN SPORTS NETWORK. “Hockey is an exciting, fast-paced sport which is full of skill and flair, and we are sure hockey fans will love following all the action from these two world-class competitions.”
“After a fantastic EHL first round in Banbridge with record breaking crowds, the EHL is proud to welcome yet another key broadcast partner, which proves the strength of club hockey in Europe,” says Hans-Erik Tuijt, Chairman, Euro Hockey League. “This partnership with ELEVEN means even more hockey fans will be watching the world’s best club competition around the world.”
The Euro Hockey League, which was introduced by the European Hockey Federation at the beginning of the 2007/08 season, aims to develop club hockey at the international level and provide a boost to the global development of the sport. Since its introduction, hockey has become one of the five most popular team sports across the globe.
“We are pleased to partner with ELEVEN and bring these two fantastic competitions to fans in five more countries,” says Marijke Fleuren, President, European Hockey Federation. “After the brilliant performance of the Belgian men’s national team at Rio 2016, Hockey is hot in Belgium right now. We are sure that the staging of the 2019 EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp, which serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will be a particular hit not only with the Belgium fans, but fans across the globe.”
Sports fans in Belgium will be able to follow every pass, tackle and goal online via the ELEVEN SPORTS platform, and enjoy LIVE and EXCLUSIVE entertainment on Proximus TV, Telenet, VOO, Orange, SFR and RTL, with the action available in Luxembourg on Tango TV, Orange and RTL.
In Poland, the network’s three channels, Eleven, Eleven Sports and Eleven Extra, are available on a total of 58 platforms (cable operators, direct-to-home and online streaming) across the country, including the ELEVEN SPORTS platform, nc+, Cyfrowy Polsat, UPC, Vectra, Multimedia Polska, INEA, TOYA, Orange, Netia, player.pl and IPLA, with some of the network’s premium sports content available on sport.pl, onet.pl and wp.pl.
While in Singapore, the network’s channels are available on ELEVEN SPORTS, Singtel TV, StarHub Go, Toggle and M1, with the action available in Taiwan via the ELEVEN SPORTS platform and on ELTA.