Sky will show all Handball Bundesliga games on linear TV channels

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SPORTCAL|26-May-2017 16:39

Germany - Handball - 24 May 2017 : Sky Deutschland, the German pay-TV broadcaster, has moved to assuage fears about the standard of production and level of exposure in place when it takes on rights to Germany’s Handball Bundesliga next season.

It was recently reported that around half of the 306 matches would be produced using just two cameras and that some games would only be streamed online by Sky.

However, Burkhard Weber, who will take on the role of Sky Sport’s chief sports editor on 1 June, told the ‘Kreis Ab’ handball podcast that all matches would be shown on Sky’s linear TV channels.

While admitting that some lower-profile matches would be produced using just two cameras, Weber insisted that recent meetings between the broadcaster and clubs on the production plans had gone well. 

The decision to show all nine Handball Bundesliga games per match day on linear television was only made during the course of the broadcaster’s planning, according to Weber.

He revealed that top games, ‘normal’ games and ‘streaming’ games would all have different levels of broadcast production.

The production plans for some games will fall short of the glitzy seven-camera operation Sky offers during the Handball Champions League, including slow-motion technology and in-goal cameras, but the extensive offering is expected to be in place for top league games.

Sky joined public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF in winning the rights to the Handball Bundesliga from 2017-18, defeating incumbent Sport1, the German sports broadcaster, in the tender process.

Upon completion of its rights deal, Sky vowed to show the league “in a quality that people have never known before in Germany.”

Sky is considering whether to implement its simultaneous ‘Konferenz’ coverage that has proved hugely popular among soccer fans in recent seasons, and will also air a handball talk show presented by former player Stefan Kretzschmar on Sundays at 5pm (CET).

Sport1's existing four-year deal, worth €1.2 million ($1.34 million) per season, expires at the end of this campaign. It broadcasts a minimum of 60 live matches on its free-to-air channel, plus a minimum of 82 matches offered as a free stream on the website.