Discovery Eurosport IOC Olympics Peter Hutton

Discovery agrees Olympics deal with German broadcasters ARD and ZDF

August 11, 2017

German broadcasters ARD and ZDF have today agreed a deal with Discovery Communications to show the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024.

The agreement is set to include free-to-air broadcast rights to the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang and Beijing, plus the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The 2024 edition of the Summer Olympics Games, which is expected to take place in Paris, also forms parts of the deal.

Daily coverage will be produced by Eurosport, a Discovery-owned channel, and alternate between ARD and ZDF, with German viewers able to tune in on television and live stream via mobile devices.

Peter Hutton, chief executive of Eurosport, said: “This commitment between Discovery and ARD/ZDF is another example of our game-changing approach to premium live sport, empowering viewers to watch the biggest moments in sport whenever and however they choose.

“For the Olympic Games, our ambition is to share the world’s greatest event with more people, on more screens, than ever before. Establishing free-to-air partnerships with the best national broadcasters across Europe, such as ARD/ZDF, will enable us to fulfil this transformational goal.”

Susanne Aigner-Drews, managing director of Discovery Networks Germany, said: “We have discussed a partnership with ARD-ZDF for some time and our new collaboration for the Olympic Games until 2024 shows our desire to put viewers first.

“They will enjoy unrivalled coverage and have the chance to follow every moment, through more than 100 events, for the first time with Eurosport.”

Discovery Eurosport IOC Olympics Peter Hutton