Midweek Sport on Freeview Update

Hello all,

Just a couple of things to update you on…

Now TV

Don’t forget to have a look at Now TV, great entertainment on there.  For more info, visit https://nowtv.mention-me.com/m/ol/dtm-christopher-benson-5

BT Showcase

Tonight (Tue) between 8pm and 11pm there will be some programming on BT Showcase Channel 59.

8pm – BT Sport Films: Profiling the Brownlee Brothers

9pm – Manhattan.  1st episode of new AMC series, the remainder of the series will be exclusive to BT customers, but a good taster here for free.

10:15pm – BT Sport Films – Profiling the BT Supporters Club

10:45pm – Football Tonight

On Saturday 9th January, BT Showcase will be on air again with live coverage from the Aviva Premiership from 2:30pm.  Leicester Tigers v Northampton, the 5th game BT Showcase will have shown live this season.

Eurosport Week 2 Highlights

Many thanks to Eurosport for sending highlights for this week on their channels – don’t forget I’ll be reviewing Eurosport Player over the course of 2016, and telling you which programmes/events to look out for.

2-8 January

Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE Road to the Australian Open

Cycling: Revolution Series

Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup – Four Hills


Also on Eurosport…

Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

Biathlon: LIVE IBU World Cup

Cross-Country Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup


The Road to the Australian Open

Andy Murray’s preparations for the Australian Open kick into first gear this week with Eurosport broadcasting LIVE tennis action from across the world.

Murray is bidding to become the first ever British champion Down Under later this month as the first grand slam of 2016 gets underway in Melbourne. The Scot has played and lost four Australian Open finals including a devastating defeat earlier this year to Novak Djokovic. Murray heads to the tournament as the world number two after overtaking Roger Federer in the rankings at the end of 2015. The British number one will team up with Heather Watson at the Hopman Cup while others attempt to find form at tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Brisbane.

3-8 January: LIVE Hopman Cup

Great Britain, spearheaded by Andy Murray and Heather Watson, will compete in the prestigious Hopman Cup in Perth this week.

This will be the pair’s second consecutive appearance at the annual tournament which features mixed teams playing in a nation versus nation basis after they played at the 2015 tournament. Teams are divided into two groups with group winners meeting in the final.

Last year Murray and Watson played in a group with Australia, France and Poland but were defeated by both European sides. It was Poland who claimed the title with Agnieszka Radwańska and Jerzy Janowicz defeating the United States team of Serena Williams and John Isner 2–1. They will not return to defend their title in 2016.

Group A includes Australia Green (Nick Kyrgios & TBC), Great Britain (Heather Watson & Andy Murray), German (Sabine Lisicki & Alexander Zverev) and France (Caroline Garcia & Gaël Monfils).

Group B features Australia Gold                (Casey Dellacqua & Lleyton Hewitt), Czech Republic (Lucie ŠafářováJiří Veselý), United States (Serena Williams & Jack Sock) and Ukraine (Elina Svitolina & Alexandr Dolgopolov).

Sunday 3 January

1600-2000 Day one on Eurosport 2 HD


Monday 4 January

0930-1400 LIVE Great Britain vs France on Eurosport 1 HD


Tuesday 5 January

2030-2230 Day three on Eurosport 2 HD


Wednesday 6 January

0930-1400 LIVE Australia vs Great Britain on Eurosport 2 HD


Thursday 7 January

2030-2230 Day five on Eurosport 2 HD


Friday 8 January

1000-1330 LIVE Great Britain vs Germany on Eurosport 2 HD

1730-2000 Quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD


2 January: LIVE Tennis World Championships

Eurosport’s blockbuster month of tennis starts with LIVE coverage of the Mubadala Tennis World Championships from Abu Dhabi.


Andy Murray won the tournament last season after world number one Novak Djokovic withdrew from the final due to illness. But while the Scot was denied a chance to play in the final he had already wowed crowds with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals. Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka in the last four before coming down with a fever.

Jeremy Bates, Simon Reed, Andrew Castle and Guy McCrea will be in the commentary booth for the tournament.

Saturday 2 January

1300-1500 LIVE third place playoff on Eurosport 2 HD

1500-1700 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD


4-8 January: LIVE ATP Doha

World number one Novak Djokovic headlines a star-studded line-up for this week’s 2016 Qatar Open from Doha.

Djokovic will defend his Australian Open title later this month and will have a chance to test himself against the likes of Rafa Nadal, Tomáš Berdych and David Ferrer at this ATP Tour event. Those aforementioned players all participated in the 2015 tournament where Ferrer ran out as the eventual winner, beating Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the final.

Monday 4 January

1230-2030 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD


Tuesday 5 January

1230-2030 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD


Wednesday 6 January

1400-2030 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 HD


Thursday 7 January

1330-2030 LIVE quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD


Friday 8 January

1330-1530 LIVE semi-finals on Eurosport 2 HD


8 January: LIVE ATP Brisbane

Defending champion Roger Federer will feature once again at this week’s Brisbane International in Queensland.

The Swiss player will be eager to find form ahead of the Australian Open after losing in the third round of last year’s grand slam to Andreas Seppi. Other top seeds already confirmed for the line-up in Brisbane are Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori.

Friday 8 January

1730-2000 Quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD


2 Jan: LIVE Cycling – Revolution Series

Olympic champion Peter Kennaugh and 26-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will race at this month’s Revolution series round at the Manchester Velodrome.

The announcement that Cavendish will compete in round five of the Revolution is a clear indication that the Manxman is preparing himself for the track at the Olympics in Rio later in the year. He has been hoping to begin his preparations earlier in the year but a shoulder injury suffered at the Tour of Britain restricted him to just a couple of appearances, one being at the opening Revolution round in Derby.


Back-to-back British road champion Peter Kennaugh will also be in attendance alongside Team Sky team mate Ben Swift. Kennaugh was part of the GB team pursuit quartet that won 2012 World Championship gold, setting a new world record in the process, before also claiming gold alongside Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke in the event at London 2012.


Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey will also feature at the Manchester Velodrome.


Saturday 2 January 2000-2215 LIVE on Eurosport 1 HD



2-6 January: LIVE Ski Jumping – Four Hills Tournament

Eurosport will broadcast coverage from the final two rounds of the prestigious Four Hills tournament in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen this week.

Austria’s Stefan Kraft is the defending champion, winning the famous Four Hills title last season beating the likes of double-Olympic medallist Petr Prevc and compatriot Michael Haybock. Another athlete to look out for is German Olympic gold medallist Severin Freund, who won the overall world cup title last year.

Austrian jumpers have dominated the tournament in recent years, claiming eight consecutive victories including back-to-back wins for Gregor Schlierenzauer in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

Commentary for the event comes in the form of Eurosport expert David Goldstrom

Saturday 2 January 1245-1415 LIVE men’s qualifying from Innsbruck on Eurosport 1 HD Sunday 3 January 1245-1500 LIVE men’s individual from Innsbruck on Eurosport 1 HD Tuesday 5 January 1545-1715 LIVE men’s qualifying from Bischofshofen on Eurosport 1 HD Wednesday 6 January 1530-1800 LIVE men’s individual from Bischofshofen on Eurosport 1 HD


Also on Eurosport….

LIVE Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup

Sun 3 Jan 0845-1000 LIVE women’s slalom (1st run) on Eurosport 1 HD Sun 3 Jan 1130-1245 LIVE women’s slalom (2nd run) on Eurosport 1 HD Weds 6 Jan 1415-1530 LIVE men’s slalom (1st run) on Eurosport 1 HD Weds 6 Jan 1800-1900 LIVE men’s slalom (2nd run) on Eurosport 1 HD


The Alpine Ski World Cup continues this week as Eurosport HD brings you LIVE action from the men’s and women’s slalom in Zagreb.


Last year, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher dominated proceedings in the slalom competition, topping the overall leaderboard ahead of Germany’s Felix Neureuther and Russia’s Aleksandr Khoroshilov. Hirscher is looking to become the first person in history to win five consecutive overall titles in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup. The home crowd will be looking forward to welcoming Alpine Skiing legend Ivica Kostelic, who became a fan-favourite after winning the overall title in 2011.


In the women’s competition, Michaela Schiffrin continues the defence of her slalom title on a course that has been favourable to her in the past. The American won here last year in dominant fashion, beating Kathrin Zettel of Austria and Nina Leseth of Norway into second and third place respectively.


LIVE Biathlon: IBU World Cup

Fri 7 Jan 1315-1500 LIVE men’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD Sat 8 Jan 1330-1500 LIVE women’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD


The IBU Biathlon World Cup continues this week with action from the fourth round in Oberhof, Germany.

Four-time World Cup overall winner Martin Fourcade showed his class at this round last year, winning both the 10km sprint event and the 15km mass-start event. However, his French team could do little about Russia’s performance in the 4×7.5km relay, where they went head-to-head with favourites Norway and beat them by just over two seconds, with France finishing in the bronze medal position nearly two and a half minutes down on the leaders.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Darya Domracheva was last season’s overall women’s champion and won the 12.5km mass-start event here in 2014. However, she is missing the season through illness and Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen is one of the favourites to regain the title she won back in the 2013-14 season.

Mike Dixon and Patrick Winterton are Eurosport’s biathlon commentators for these rounds.


LIVE FIS Cross Country World Cup

Tues 1300-1415 LIVE Oberstdorf women’s skiathlon on Eurosport 1 HD

Tues 1415-1545 LIVE Oberstdorf men’s skiathlon on Eurosport 1 HD

Weds 1145-1215 LIVE Oberstdorf tour de ski on Eurosport 1 HD

Weds 1215-1415 LIVE Oberstdorf sprint c men and women on Eurosport 1 HD

Fri 1015-1130 LIVE Toblach men’s 10km F on Eurosport 1 HD

Fri 1200-1330 LIVE Toblach women’s 5km sprint F on Eurosport 1 HD

The 2015-16 FIS Cross-Country World Cup heads to German resort Oberstdorf and returns to Italian resort Toblach for rounds 12-14 of the season.


Marit Bjørgen was undefeated at these locations last year here as she triumphed in all three disciplines she attempted. The Norwegian was in a class of her own last season, winning over 50% of the races.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby was forced to settle for third place in the 10km C in Toblach last season but went on to claim his second consecutive overall title, impressing in long distance racing despite missing out on the distance title to Dario Cologna of Switzerland.

Mike Dixon is the commentator for these races.

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media and Virgin Media Ireland:

Eurosport 1                                                                                                      Eurosport 2

BT TV 513 | 521 (HD)                                                                       BT TV 514 | 522 (HD)

Sky 410 (HD)                                                                                      Sky 411 (HD)

Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD)                                                       Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)

Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD)                                                  Virgin Media Ireland 425 | 426 (HD)


Eurosport channels also available online and on mobile via Eurosport Player: www.eurosportplayer.com


Eurosport TV Guide can be found here; http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/


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