This confirms TEN’s worst fears that the event was not put out to open tender, which would have enabled it to bid.
The pricetag on the rights is believed to be $40m per year, up from $21m a year.
The new agreement includes free to air, pay, digital/online, IPTV, HbbTV, mobile and tablet rights, as well as live streaming from all broadcast courts at the Australian Open and AO Series on online and mobile platforms.
The new agreement includes:
significantly expanded free to air coverage of Australian Open and AO Series events of more than 330 hours
a commitment to broadcast free to air on two channels during the Australian summer of tennis
a commitment to live streaming of all Australian Open and AO Series broadcast courts online and on mobiles and tablets
Seven will cover the Australian Open and all other major tennis events in the Australian Open Series, including the Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney and AAMI Kooyong Classic.
“We are delighted to extend the historic relationship with Seven, a long term partner of tennis in Australia,” Tennis Australia CEO Steve Wood said today.
“Seven has played a key role in the success of our sport and events and we welcome their continuing involvement as our coverage expands across broadcast television and new online and tablet apps. This agreement fits in very well with our overall strategy of ensuring as much high quality tennis coverage for the Australian public as possible, freely available on whatever device the viewer chooses.”
“This is a great partnership for Seven,” Seven West Media CEO, Tim Worner, said.
“One of the key aspects of our new broadcast agreement is our ability to deliver this amazing event across multiple platforms in formats that meet the demands of our audiences. One of our key strategies for the development of our business is the delivery of live content across our media platforms. The Australian Open is an extraordinary event and so much a part of the fabric of our business over so many decades. We’re so pleased to be able to extend and expand our partnership with tennis over the coming five years.”
“This deal will ensure our devoted audience can enjoy the ultimate broadcast experience with an incredible variety. They can watch as much, and as long as possible. We have built an outstanding broadcast foundation upon which to further grow the exposure and commercial success of the Australian Open in the future,” Steve Wood said.
Seven has been the television partner of the Australian Open since 1973.