30 years of pay TV in Germany also means 30 years of regular live reporting from the Bundesliga on German television. On March 2, 1991, Sky’s predecessor company Premiere broadcast a Bundesliga game live for the first time.
“We are proud to have been a partner of the Bundesliga and the DFL for an unbelievable 30 years,” says Charly Classen, Executive Vice President Sports at Sky Germany: “From the beginning we were the first address for all fans and in the future too Sky will report more than any other provider on the Bundesliga.”
Beckmann comments on the premiere in Frankfurt
The scene of the premiere 30 years ago was the Frankfurt Waldstadion, in which Eintracht Frankfurt beat the eventual German champions 1. FC Kaiserslautern 4: 3 thanks to three goals from world champion Andreas Möller.
The commentator of the first game was Reinhold Beckmann, then Premiere sports director, his co-commentator was Hannes Bongartz, who at that time was the coach of the new Bundesliga club SG Wattenscheid 09. Jörg Dahlmann and Tom Theunissen were on duty as field reporters on the sidelines. In terms of production standards and personnel costs, pay-TV broadcasts set new standards from the start.
Special on Sky Sport News, film available on Sky Q.
Football fans who want to see the pictures from the first live game on pay TV 30 years ago will have the opportunity to do so on Tuesday on free TV on Sky Sport News and on Sky Sport Bundesliga 1. From 3:30 p.m., Sky will initially show the special “30 Years of the Bundesliga on Sky”. Commentator Fritz von Thurn und Taxis, who accompanied the Bundesliga on Sky from 1993 to 2017, is a guest of presenter Peter Hardenacke in the studio. Reinhold Beckmann, then Premiere sports director and commentator for the first game, will also be there via live broadcast. As part of the special, a “Best of …” with pictures and moments from 30 years of the Bundesliga will also be shown on Sky.
Immediately afterwards, from 4 p.m., Sky will show “Premiere”, the 34-minute film for the first game from the Bundesliga Collection. It is already available with Sky Q in the Bundesliga Collection in the “Biggest Games” category. The special will also be available to Sky Q customers on demand after the live broadcast.
Milestones in Sky’s Bundesliga coverage:
March 2, 1991: the first live broadcast of a Bundesliga game on pay TV and the start of regular live reporting on German television
9/10 February 1996: Start of regular live broadcast of two games per Bundesliga matchday
14.-16. August 1998: Start of regular live broadcast of three games per Bundesliga matchday
August 12, 2000: Broadcasting of the first Bundesliga conference on German television. In addition, from the 2000/01 season, all individual games will also be broadcast live for the first time
Dec. 3, 2005: the first commercial HD live broadcast on German television with the Bundesliga game VfB Stuttgart – FC Bayern Munich
March 14, 2010: Germany’s first 3D live sports production at the match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hamburger SV
December 1, 2011: With Sky Sport News, the first and to this day only 24-hour sports news channel in Germany starts, which also reports comprehensively and up-to-date from the Bundesliga between match days
9-11 August 2013: For the first time, Sky shows all nine individual games in HD quality
April 26, 2014: At the Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and SV Werder Bremen, a football match will be broadcast live in Ultra HD via satellite for the first time worldwide
October 14, 2016: Start of the Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD channel with live broadcast of a Bundesliga game per game day in Ultra HD, to kick off Borussia Dortmund – Hertha BSC
September 19, 2020: Starting with the 2020/21 season, all UHD games in the Bundesliga will also be broadcast in HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the first time, with SV Werder Bremen – Hertha BSC at the beginning
September 19, 2020: Introduction of the “What did I miss?” Function, with which viewers can use the Sky Q Receiver to call up key moments of the game at any time during the live broadcast at the push of a button.
The Bundesliga live on Sky in the years to come
The heart of the Bundesliga will also beat on Sky until at least 2025. With the multiple award-winning Original Sky conference, which Sky launched 21 years ago, the single games on Saturday afternoon and the top game of the week in the evening remain the most popular and most watched live broadcasts exclusively on Sky.
From summer 2021, Sky will broadcast 511 of the 617 Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga games, relegations and the Supercup live each season, 472 of them exclusively. There are also 133 exclusive conferences from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.
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