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Arena says not in talks with Premiere over satellite TV rights for Bundesliga


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Arena, the company that has secured the TV broadcast rights for Germany's Bundesliga football matches, said it is not in talks with Premiere AG over plans to transmit the games via satellite.

Arena's parent firm Unity Media is in negotiations with Astra and other satellite operators, but not with Premiere, Arena head Parm Sandhu said.

Arena last month won the rights to broadcast live on pay TV Germany's Bundesliga football matches for the next three seasons, in a severe blow to co-bidder Premiere, which has the exclusive rights to transmit live Bundesliga matches during the current 2005/2006 season.

Source: Forbes