Eurosport 1

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Eurosport 1
Eurosport 1 Logo 2015.svg
Broadcast areaEurope
Network Eurosport
Slogan Fuel your passion
Headquarters Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
Picture format 2160p UHDTV
1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Owner Discovery, Inc.
Sister channels
Launched5 February 1989;32 years ago (1989-02-05)
Former namesEurosport (1989–2015)
British Eurosport (1999–2015, UK)
Eurosport Events HD (2021, UK)
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Streaming media
Eurosport Player Watch live (subscription required)
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Eurosport 1 is a pan-European television sports network channel operated by Eurosport, a subsidiary of Discovery, Inc. Discovery took a 20% minority interest share in December 2012, [1] and became majority shareholder in the Eurosport venture with TF1 in January 2014, taking a 51% share of the company, [2] On 22 July 2015 Discovery agreed to acquire TF1's remaining 49% stake in the venture. [3]


The channel is available in 73 countries, in 21 languages providing viewers with European and international sporting events. Eurosport first launched on European satellites on 5 February 1989. On 13 November 2015 Eurosport changed the name of its main channel into Eurosport 1. [4] from December 1, 2021 enter channel names Eurosport Events HD.

Sporting events

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Logo used from 2011 to 2015

Eurosport provides viewers with European and international sporting events, certain events are not available in a particular country due to Eurosport not being the rights holder in that territory.




Eurosport Events is the Eurosport group's world-class sporting events management/promotion/production division, which promotes the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the FIA European Touring Car Cup and the FIA European Rally Championship. Eurosport broadcasts every WTCC race live and every ERC rally either live or with daily highlights.

Eurosport Events (formerly known as 'KSO Kigema Sports Organisation Ltd') was also the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, a rival rallying series to the World Rally Championship. The IRC ceased at the end of the 2012 season, with Eurosport taking over series promotion of the ERC from 2013.

Since 2008, the Eurosport Group has also been broadcasting the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans in full.

Eurosport airs MotoGP and Superbike World Championship in France and Germany, and has Spanish broadcasting rights for NASCAR and IndyCar Series.

On 29 September 2015, Eurosport acquired the Portuguese broadcasting rights for Formula One between 2016 and 2018. [5]

Other sports

Other sporting events shown on Eurosport include the Dakar Rally, Monte Carlo Rally, athletics events such as World Athletics Championships and the European Athletics Championships, cycling events such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, tennis events including the French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon (only for Belgium and shared coverage with the BBC in the UK) and the US Open, World Championship Snooker, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, Sudirman Cup, All England Open Badminton Championships, Australian Football League, basketball events such as Eurocup Basketball and Olympiakos Piraeus home matches in the Greek Basket League (only for Poland), PGA Tour (only for Italy), winter sports, skating and surfing.

In June 2015 it was announced that Eurosport had secured the pan-European rights (except Russia) to the winter and summer Olympic Games between 2018 and 2024. [6]


In Europe, Eurosport 1 is generally available in basic cable and satellite television packages. Since 1999, Eurosport 1 provides various opt-out services providing more relevant sporting content specific to language, advertising and commentary needs. Eurosport offers a stand-alone channel which provides a standardised version of the channel (Eurosport International in English). Alongside this there are also local Eurosport channels in France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Poland, Nordic region, Benelux region, and Asia Pacific. These channels offer greater sporting content with local sporting events, while also utilising the existing pan-European feed. The German version of Eurosport is the only one available free-to-air on European digital satellite television.

Eurosport 1 is currently broadcast in twenty one languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish and Persian.

HD feed

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Logo of Eurosport 1 HD

A high-definition simulcast feed of Eurosport started broadcasting on 25 May 2008. The first event covered in HD was the 2008 French Open at Roland Garros. On 13 November 2015 it changed its name to Eurosport 1 HD.







Viewing share

Being an international channel, Eurosport's performance differs significantly between countries. The figures below show the channel's share of overall viewing in some countries.

Bulgaria 0.5%0.6% [7]
Finland (10+)0.6% [8] 0.7% [9] 0.7% [10] 1.0% [11]
France 1.9% [12] 1.4% [13] 1.6% [13] 1.4% [14] 0.6%
Italy 0.0% [15]
Germany (3+)0.9%1.0%0.9% [16] 0.9%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.6%0.7%0.6% [17]
Netherlands (6+)0.8% [18] 0.8% [19] 0.9% [20] 0.9% [21] 0.9% [22] 0.9% [23] 0.8% [24] 0.8% [25] 0.9% [26] 0.9% [27] 0.7% [28] 0.6% [29] 0.7% [30] 0.6% [31] 0.8% [32] 1.0% [33]
Poland (4+)0.5%0.5%0.5%0.6%0.8%
Romania (4+)0.7% [34]
Sweden (3-99)1.6%1.4%0.9%0.6% [35]
United Kingdom 0.3%0.2%0.2%

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