The latest happenings from around the world of sports

SPEED, FOX Sports strike deal with Formula One Management
SPEED and FOX Sports have entered into a new multiyear deal with Formula One Management to provide coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship racing through 2009. As part of the agreement, FOX will broadcast four events each season, including live coverage of the U.S. Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix. SPEED will air the remaining 13 events live, including the Monaco Grand Prix.

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ESPN2, ESPN360 combine to cover all 10 rounds of rodeo final
ESPN2 and ESPN360, ESPN's broadband service, are producing more than 55 hours of TV and live online coverage of the 2006 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Dec. 1-10 in Las Vegas.

ESPN2 is providing 45.5 hours of coverage across all 10 rounds of the NFR; ESPN360 is delivering rounds six through nine.

BT broandband TV service to offer live premiership football
BT has reached agreement with pay TV sports broadcaster Setanta to offer the best of its live sports content on BT’s broadband TV service, BT Vision. Combined with BT’s existing FA Premiership rights, the deal means that BT Vision customers can watch three-quarters of all next season’s Premiership matches in full.

GlobeCast to provide satellite turnaround for Real Madrid TV UK rollout
Real Madrid TV has struck a deal with GlobeCast to deliver the football club’s English-language channel to Sky’s digital platform using GlobeCast’s capacity on the Eurobird satellite.

The GlobeCast solution includes satellite downlink of the channel from the Hotbird satellite to GlobeCast’s London technical operations center, where the signals are uplinked to the Sky Digital platform via the Eurobird satellite.

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China Central Television renews Intelsat contract
China Central Television (CCTV), the national broadcaster of the People’s Republic of China, has renewed a multiyear contract with Intelsat for the global distribution of its programming. CCTV is also using Intelsat for its international backhaul transmission of the Asian Games from Doha, Qatar, to Beijing.

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Xima Sports to use Narrowstep telvOS for broadband launch has chosen Narrowstep's proprietary telvOS to launch, a broadband channel offering popular extreme sports and music.

Narrowstep currently has multiple sports-related channels, such as,, HorseAccess TV and MAC Experience (featuring martial arts and lifestyle).

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