Sport TV logo
|Launched||September 16, 1998|
|Owned by||Controlinveste (50%)
ZON Optimus (25%)
Portugal Telecom (25%)
|Picture format||Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 576i (SD)/720p (HD)
|Slogan||"O seu desporto favorito." ("Your favourite sport.")|
Sport TV is the brand name for a group of six Portuguese sports-oriented television channels. Sport TV is the dominant subscription television sports brand in Portugal. The first channel, then known as only Sport TV, was launched on 16 September 1998. It is owned by ZON Optimus, Portugal Telecom and Controlinveste (and originally had the participation of Radiotelevisão Portuguesa). It is available in almost all television distribution operators in Portugal as a premium subscription channel.
On 16 September 2005, seven years after the opening of the first channel, Sport TV launched a second channel, Sport TV 2 . It regularly broadcasts alternative sports such as mountaineering, cycling and radical sports. The channel was available only through ZON TV Funtastic Life package, but the model didn't work. They relaunched the channel as a premium channel, also available on Cabovisão, Optimus Clix TV and Portugal Telecom's meo. This was followed in June 2008 by Sport TV 3.
On January 22, 2010, the thematic golf channel Sport TV Golfe and its HD simulcast, Sport TV Golfe HD were launched.
On August 13, 2010, they launched Sport TV Liga Inglesa, a HD channel dedicated to the Premier League, broadcasting 380 games and 400 highlights per season, made by the Premier League (also broadcasting on other countries).
On January 7, 2011, Sport TV 1, Sport TV 2 and Sport TV 3 started to broadcast in 16:9.
On August 13, 2011, all of the Sport TV main channels started to broadcast in HD and it was launched a new channel, Sport TV 4, that also is available in HD. At the same time, the Sport TV HD channel ended its two-year run.
On June 5, 2013, SPORT TV stopped sending its signal to the United States.
Sport TV is widely regarded as anti-competitive, since it is the only group of channels in Portugal with the rights to broadcast the Liga ZON Sagres matches, as well as other international competitions. Portugal is one of the few countries in Europe where Formula One is broadcast on a premium channel, the others being Finland and Sweden.
On September 2007, Sport TV sent a cease and desist to a Portuguese live TV streaming website , because the latter was providing links to streams of UEFA Champions League matches that only Sport TV had the rights to broadcast in Portugal. This has caused great public concern with regard to the monopoly abuse status of the Sport TV channels.
- Liga ZON Sagres (except Benfica home games)
- Taça de Portugal
- The F.A. Cup with Budweiser
- Capital One Cup
- FA Community Shield
- Liga BBVA
- Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España
- Serie A TIM
- TIM Cup
- Supercoppa Italiana
- Ligue 1
- Coupe de la Ligue
- Trophée des champions
- SOGAZ Russian Football Championship
- Scottish Premiership
- Johan Cruijff Schaal
- Swiss Super League
- SporToto Süper Lig
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
- Campeonato Paulista
- Copa Perdigão do Brasil
- Primera División
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Europa League
- Copa Bridgestone Libertadores
- FIFA Club World Cup
- 2014 FIFA World Cup
- Formula 1
- GP2 Series
- A1 Grand Prix
- International GT Open
- FIA GT Championship
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
- Indy Racing League
- Others, include Portuguese Rally Championship and Weekly magazines (Formula 3, SBK, ...)
Mixed martial arts
- Ryder Cup
- U.S. Masters
- U.S. Open
- British Open
- European Tour
- PGA Championship
- PGA Tour
- World Golf Championships
Sport TV Américas
On August 13, 2010, Sport TV launched Sport TV América, a dedicated sports channel for the Portuguese diaspora in North America. The channel was launched in partnership with American Portuguese-language broadcaster SPT TV. It airs live football matches every week from the Portuguese First & Second divisions as well as coverage of the League Cup and Portuguese Cup.
On June 5, 2013, for reasons exclusively imputable to RTP - USA Inc. dba SPT (Seabras Portuguese Television), SPORT TV Portugal S.A. was forced to restrain the access to the respective signal in the United States.
Association football programming on Sport TV América includes:
Sport TV América is no longer available in the United States via cable, satellite or any other TV system. Also not available in Canada. Liga sagres available on bell satellite as a ppv. four installments of $83.07
- "PS quer ouvir AdC, PT, ZON e SportTV por alegado monopólio no futebol" [PS (Socialist Party) wants to hear AdC, PT, ZON e SportTV about alleged monopoly in football]. Agência Lusa. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Mário Figueiredo arrasa Olivedesportos" [Mário Figueiredo devastates Olivedesportos]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Sport TV acusada de parcialidade" [Sport TV accused of bias]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Benfica acusa Sport TV de parcialidade" [Benfica accuses Sport TV of bias]. Agência Lusa. 17 January. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- Sport TV Notice Sport TV Americas 2013-06-05