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Sport TV
Logo SportTV.svg
Picture formatAspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerOlivedesportos (25%)
Altice Portugal (25%)
NOS (25%)
Vodafone Portugal (25%)[1]
Key peopleNuno Ferreira Pires (Administrator)
LaunchedSeptember 16, 1998

Sport TV is a Portuguese sports-oriented premium cable and satellite television network with five premium channels in Portugal, one sports news channel and two channels in Portuguese-speaking Africa. The first channel, then only known as Sport TV, was launched on 16 September 1998. It is owned by Altice Portugal, NOS, Vodafone Portugal and Global Media Group (and originally had the participation of RTP). It is available in almost all television distribution operators in Portugal as a premium subscription channel.

Sport TV broadcasts mainly association football, basketball, volleyball, futsal, rugby, surf, golf, athletics, wrestling, and American sports, combat sports, auto racing, and tennis. It also features debates, news, and sports reports.

All Primeira Liga matches are exclusively broadcast by Sport TV, with the exception of Benfica home matches, which are broadcast on the club's channel, BTV.


On 16 September 2005, seven years after the opening of the first channel, Sport TV launched a second channel, SportTV 2. It regularly broadcasts alternative sports such as mountaineering, cycling and radical sports. The channel was available only through ZON TV Funtastic Life package, but the model did not work. They relaunched the channel as a premium channel, also available on Cabovisão and Portugal Telecom's MEO. This was followed in June 2008 by SportTV 3.

Sport TV shown UEFA Euro 2008 in HD, through ZON TV.

On January 22, 2010, the thematic golf channel SPORT.TV Golfe and its HD simulcast, SPORT.TV Golfe HD were launched.

On August 13, 2010, they launched SPORT.TV Liga Inglesa, a HD channel dedicated to the Premier League, broadcasting 380 games and 400 highlights per season, made by the Premier League (also broadcasting on other countries).

On January 7, 2011, SPORT.TV1, SPORT.TV2 and SPORT.TV3 started to broadcast in 16:9.

On August 13, 2011, all of the SportTV main channels started to broadcast in HD and it was launched a new channel, SPORT.TV4, that also is available in HD. At the same time, the Sport TV HD channel ended its two-year run.

On June 5, 2013, Sport TV stopped broadcasting in the United States.

On August 1, 2013, SPORT TV launched a new channel, SPORT.TV Live, replacing SPORT.TV4.

On August 14, 2014, SPORT.TV Live was renamed to SPORT.TV4 again (there's also SPORT.TV4 HD). SPORT.TV Golfe was renamed to SPORT.TV5, which is also available in HD.


Sport TV is widely regarded as anti-competitive, since it is the only group of channels in Portugal with the rights to broadcast the Primeira Liga matches (except Benfica home games).[2][3]

On September 2007, Sport TV sent a cease and desist to a Portuguese live TV streaming website because the latter was providing links to streams of UEFA Champions League matches that only SPORT TV had the rights to broadcast in Portugal. This has caused great public concern with regard to the monopoly abuse status of the SPORT TV channels.[4][5]

On 17 January 2011, Sport TV was criticized by Benfica after a match against Académica. Benfica's director of communications at the time, João Gabriel, accused the channel commentators of bias against the club.[6][7]

Broadcasting rights



Rugby union


Ice hockey


Professional wrestling




Current channels

  • SPORT.TV 1 (formerly SportTV)
  • SPORT.TV 2
  • SPORT.TV 3
  • SPORT.TV 4
  • SPORT.TV 5
  • SPORT.TV 6

Former Channels


Sport TV Américas

On August 13, 2010, SportTV launched SPORT.TV Américas, a dedicated sports channel for the Portuguese diaspora in North America. The channel was launched in partnership with American Portuguese-language broadcaster SPT TV. It airs live football matches every week from the Portuguese First & Second divisions as well as coverage of the League Cup and Portuguese Cup.

On June 5, 2013, for reasons exclusively imputable to RTP - USA Inc. dba SPT (Seabras Portuguese Television), SPORT TV Portugal S.A. was forced to restrain the access to the respective signal in the United States.

Association football programming on Sport TV América includes:

SPORT.TV Américas is no longer available in the United States via cable or satellite. It is available online only, through Premium Sports ( in the United States & Canada for a monthly fee of $9.99 or $99 annually. Also on FuboTV ( for a monthly fee of $19.99.[8]

Since June 2016 SPORT.TV Américas is no longer available in the United States via cable, satellite or online. Premium Sports ( stop showing the channel to their yearly customers before the end of their yearly contract. SPORT.TV Américas no longer shows on SPORT TV website.

See also


  1. ^ "Lei da Transparência". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ "PS quer ouvir AdC, PT, ZON e SportTV por alegado monopólio no futebol" [PS (Socialist Party) wants to hear AdC, PT, ZON and SportTV about alleged monopoly in football]. Agência Lusa. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Mário Figueiredo arrasa Olivedesportos" [Mário Figueiredo devastates Olivedesportos]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Liga congratula-se com condenação da SPORT TV e espera para breve o fim do monopólio dos direitos televisivos" [Liga welcomes condemnation of SPORT TV and hopes for soon the end of the monopoly of television rights] (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on June 14, 2014.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Sport TV acusada de parcialidade" [Sport TV accused of bias]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 January 2011. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Benfica acusa Sport TV de parcialidade" [Benfica accuse Sport TV of bias]. Agência Lusa. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  8. ^ Sport TV Notice Archived 2010-09-16 at the Wayback Machine Sport TV Americas 2013-06-05

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