A TV blackout at the World Handball Championship in Germany and Denmark (10th to 27th January 2019) is finally off the table.
As the ARD and ZDF announced on Monday, “SportA”, the joint sports rights agency of the public broadcasters, the transmission rights for the home championships in January.
The agreement includes not only the upcoming World Cup but also the World Championships 2021, 2023 and 2025. Furthermore, the broadcasters acquired the transmission rights for the European Championships 2020, 2022 and 2024 in Germany.
“We are very pleased, that the World Championships have found their way back to free-to-air television and that we can continue to report live, competently and comprehensively on the European Championships of Handball”, the ARD chairman and sports rights director Ulrich Wilhelm.
WM 2015 and 2017 without pay-TV
Until last there had been no valid contract for the German market, as the contract with the former right-holder MP & Silva had been terminated due to financial difficulties of the company. Since then, the new owner of Lagardere Sports had negotiated with the broadcasters.
At the two previous World Championships 2015 and 2017, German television viewers without pay-TV had gone empty due to failed negotiations. 2015 Sky jumped in at short notice, 2017 was broadcast by a DHB sponsor on the Internet.