Eurosport 2
Eurosport 2 Logo 2015.svg
CountryFrance
Broadcast areaEurope
NetworkEurosport
HeadquartersIssy-les-Moulineaux, Paris
Programming
Language(s)English, Swedish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Russian in CIS (except Russia), Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Turkish, Czech, Albanian, Dutch, Spanish (specific events), Danish
Picture format2160p UHDTV
(downscaled to 1080i and 576i for the HDTV and SDTV feeds respectively)
Ownership
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery
Sister channels
History
Launched10 January 2005; 17 years ago (2005-01-10)
ReplacedEurosport DK (Denmark)
Eurosport News (some countries)
Availability
Terrestrial
See separate section
Streaming media
Eurosport PlayerWatch live (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Ziggo GO (Netherlands)ZiggoGO.tv

Eurosport 2 is a French sports television network. It is a sister channel to Eurosport 1, which is a division of the Eurosport Network and a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery. Several different versions of the channel exist across Europe, where television rights for sport differ. The Eurosport 2 channel had an audience of 87 million viewers in 2019, an increase in size of one million.[1]

Launch

Eurosport 2 logo used from 2011 to 2015
Eurosport 2 logo used from 2011 to 2015

Eurosport 2 launched on 10 January 2005. It is currently available in 50 million homes and 47 countries,[2] broadcasting in 18 different languages English, Swedish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Bulgarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Czech, Dutch, Spanish and Danish.

On 9 March 2022, Discovery Inc. closed Eurosport 2 in Russia due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.[3]

Programming

Eurosport 2 considers itself "the new generation sports channel", and is dedicated to team sports and in particular 'alternative' and niche sports including European basketball, National Lacrosse League, Twenty20 cricket, AFL Aussie Rules, surfing and the Handball Champions League, amongst others.

On 2 July 2010, the Arena Football League announced that Eurosport 2 would show matches that the NFL Network broadcast in the United States on a tape delay for the rest of the season, as well as coverage of ArenaBowl XXIII. The deal also includes rights for the entire 2011 season to be broadcast on the channel.

Eurosport 2 HD

Logo of Eurosport 2 HD
Logo of Eurosport 2 HD

Eurosport 2 HD, a high-definition version of the channel is also available.[4] In central and northern Europe, it carries some exclusive programming such as Bundesliga football from Germany, WWE wrestling shows and live Australian Rules Football matches, which are not available on other versions due to local networks holding the rights.

Eurosport DK

Eurosport DK was a Danish television channel owned by Discovery Networks Northern Europe. The channel replaced Canal 8 Sport and Eurosport 2 in Denmark on 1 July 2015.[5]

On 28 May 2015, Discovery Networks Northern Europe announced that they would merge Canal 8 Sport and Eurosport 2 into Eurosport DK in Denmark, broadcasting football from Danish Superliga, the Bundesliga, Major League Soccer, Capital One Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, Tennis from ATP Tour, WTA Tour and 3 Grand Slams, Cycling from UCI World Tour, Winter sport, Motorsports.[6]

On 15 February 2016, the channel was replaced by Eurosport 2.[7]

Eurosport Norway

Eurosport Norway is a Norwegian television channel that replaced Eurosport 2 since 3 September 2015.[8] . It is owned by Discovery Networks Norway and broadcasts Norwegian eliteserien and other Eurosport programming.

English Language Bundesliga commentators

Name
England Andreas Evagora
England Tony Jeffers
England Angus Torode
Wales Ben Harris
England Elliot Richardson
Germany Andreas Jörger
Scotland Stuart Telford
Republic of Ireland Mark Rodden

Availability

Terrestrial

Satellite

Cable

IPTV

Online

References

  1. ^ "Eurosport audience size 2014-2019". Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Eurosport 2 races into 50 million homes". Broadbandtvnews.com. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  3. ^ "WarnerMedia and Discovery join the stampede of businesses leaving Russia". CNN.
  4. ^ "Eurosport 2 plans HD launch" broadbandtvnews.com 5 August 2009 Link retrieved 5 August 2009
  5. ^ "Eurosport Danmark erstatter Eurosport 2 / Canal 8". DIGITALT.TV.
  6. ^ "Eurosport Danmark erstatter Eurosport 2 / Canal 8". DIGITALT.TV.
  7. ^ "Eurosport 2 genopstår – Eurosport DK skifter navn igen". DIGITALT.TV.
  8. ^ SDS Discoverys pressemelding 24. august 2015, Ny norsk sportskanal på lufta 3. september. Besøkt 30. september 2015.