Following the 2015 Men’s World Championship in
Qatar and the TV blackout at the 2015 Women’s World Championship in Denmark,
the IHF tried on several occasions to mediate between TV rights holder beIN
Sports and the German TV stations interested in broadcasting the upcoming World
After they first met in Leipzig, Germany on 11
March 2016, another meeting between the agency of ARD/ZDF, beIN Sports, the
German Handball Federation (DHB) and the IHF took place on 20 June 2016 in
Paris. There, several arguments were exchanged and the position of beIN Sports
was explained in detail again, as the IHF partner’s interest is to protect
their rights, since especially in Southern Europe and North Africa exclusive TV
rights are violated on many occasions as some channels copy the signal from
unencrypted satellites and use it for their own purposes without any permission
of the rights holder.
Therefore the rights holder requested a
technical solution to avoid this, as it is done on other occasions as well.
Unfortunately, none of the public German TV stations was willing to fulfil this
Since no financial agreement with a pay-TV
channel was found, IHF was informed by beIN Sports that a live streaming solution
free of charge will be provided for the German market.
IHF is keen to broadcast the world championships in Germany, one of the
countries with the biggest handball tradition, and after several communications
with beIN Sports, DHB partner Deutsche Kreditbank AG
(DKB), which is also the title sponsor of the German Bundesliga, acquired the
broadcasting rights on 5 January 2017 to show all matches of the German
national team at the 2017 Men’s World Championship online. The matches will be
streamed on handball.dkb.de for free; exclusively for sports fans in Germany.