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BT Bantz wins European Rugby rights

  • 04-07-2017 10:14am
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    BT Sport has secured the rights to screen the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in the United Kingdom and Ireland for the four-year cycle until summer 2022 as the competitions move to one pay-TV broadcaster from the 2018/19 season.

    EPCR has also reserved the rights for free-to-air coverage in the UK and Ireland, allowing EPCR to meet its key objective of taking its matches to a larger audience and will take those rights to market at a later date. It comes after a boost in revenue was announced in France for the same period, with an option for increased free-to-air coverage.

    EPCR CEO Vincent Gaillard said: "The interest that we have seen through the tender process shows how the tournaments continue to go from strength-to-strength. Having one premium pay-television broadcaster in BT Sport will simplify the viewing experience for those fans and coverage on free-to-air television will give greater exposure to our outstanding rugby experiences."

    Andy Haworth, BT's managing director of content and strategy, said: "BT Sport is now the home of elite European rugby, as well as the home of Premiership Rugby. We're proud to have won the live rights for these fantastic competitions. We're extremely passionate about our rugby coverage and will continue to work hard to grow the profile of the sport."

    One season remains on the existing deal with both BT Sport and Sky Sports sharing the rights to broadcast the competitions. EPCR would like to thank its broadcast partners for both their support and the quality of their coverage and look forward to another exciting season of European professional club rugby.

    http://www.epcrugby.com/news/36051.php#.WVtb6oTytQI


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    Balls. Balls anyway.

    I guess anything is better than the current set-up, but unless Eir and Virgin come to some sort of arrangement, this is bad news for a lot of Irish fans.

    It also means that Sky's rugby offering is dwindling to the point of insignificance. This could be bad news for their interest in a new Pro12 deal.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,417 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    RUBBISH. :mad:


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,218 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Well at least it's consolidated on one channel.

    The really interesting question is how this will impact upon Sky's rugby coverage.

    They have thrown all their eggs into the Football, Cricket and Golf baskets with absolutely enormous sums being spent on Football and Cricket in particular. They will hardly have much motivation to go for the Pro 12/14 rights again


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,726 ✭✭✭ Tigerandahalf


    So I guess we will have one of the Irish provinces live each rugby weekend unless they are talking about just a highlights package.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    This is great news for in game interviews with coaches that offers absolutely no insight.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,218 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    So I guess we will have one of the Irish provinces live each rugby weekend unless they are talking about just a highlights package.

    I'm pretty sure they will show every match live.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,417 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    BT Sport has secured the rights to screen the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in the United Kingdom and Ireland for the four-year cycle until summer 2022 as the competitions move to one pay-TV broadcaster from the 2018/19 season.

    EPCR has also reserved the rights for free-to-air coverage in the UK and Ireland, allowing EPCR to meet its key objective of taking its matches to a larger audience and will take those rights to market at a later date. It comes after a boost in revenue was announced in France for the same period, with an option for increased free-to-air coverage.

    EPCR CEO Vincent Gaillard said: "The interest that we have seen through the tender process shows how the tournaments continue to go from strength-to-strength. Having one premium pay-television broadcaster in BT Sport will simplify the viewing experience for those fans and coverage on free-to-air television will give greater exposure to our outstanding rugby experiences."

    Andy Haworth, BT's managing director of content and strategy, said: "BT Sport is now the home of elite European rugby, as well as the home of Premiership Rugby. We're proud to have won the live rights for these fantastic competitions. We're extremely passionate about our rugby coverage and will continue to work hard to grow the profile of the sport."

    One season remains on the existing deal with both BT Sport and Sky Sports sharing the rights to broadcast the competitions. EPCR would like to thank its broadcast partners for both their support and the quality of their coverage and look forward to another exciting season of European professional club rugby.

    http://www.epcrugby.com/news/36051.php#.WVtb6oTytQI

    What does this mean? A select few matches on FTA? I am guessing the lowkey matches that nobody really cares about?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,726 ✭✭✭ Tigerandahalf


    bilston wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure they will show every match live.

    I meant on free to air.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    awec wrote: »
    What does this mean? A select few matches on FTA? I am guessing the lowkey matches that nobody really cares about?

    In France, (I think) they give top pick to the FTA channel, usually the Sunday evening timeslot, and it's been claimed as a great success, that it has boosted all viewing figures, for FTA and subscription.

    They might do something similar here as a sort of loss leader promotion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,246 ✭✭✭ bazwraf


    It's pretty disappointing that Sky have no rights at all. They really helped make the Heineken Cup what it is today. Without them originally, I dont think the tournament would be anyway near the level that it's at at the moment.

    The only good thing, is that at least all of the sports is on one package now. Going to have to look into getting Eir broadband next year when my sky package expires


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,218 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    awec wrote: »
    BT Sport has secured the rights to screen the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in the United Kingdom and Ireland for the four-year cycle until summer 2022 as the competitions move to one pay-TV broadcaster from the 2018/19 season.

    EPCR has also reserved the rights for free-to-air coverage in the UK and Ireland, allowing EPCR to meet its key objective of taking its matches to a larger audience and will take those rights to market at a later date. It comes after a boost in revenue was announced in France for the same period, with an option for increased free-to-air coverage.

    EPCR CEO Vincent Gaillard said: "The interest that we have seen through the tender process shows how the tournaments continue to go from strength-to-strength. Having one premium pay-television broadcaster in BT Sport will simplify the viewing experience for those fans and coverage on free-to-air television will give greater exposure to our outstanding rugby experiences."

    Andy Haworth, BT's managing director of content and strategy, said: "BT Sport is now the home of elite European rugby, as well as the home of Premiership Rugby. We're proud to have won the live rights for these fantastic competitions. We're extremely passionate about our rugby coverage and will continue to work hard to grow the profile of the sport."

    One season remains on the existing deal with both BT Sport and Sky Sports sharing the rights to broadcast the competitions. EPCR would like to thank its broadcast partners for both their support and the quality of their coverage and look forward to another exciting season of European professional club rugby.

    http://www.epcrugby.com/news/36051.php#.WVtb6oTytQI

    What does this mean? A select few matches on FTA? I am guessing the lowkey matches that nobody really cares about?

    Probably a bit like the new deal with C5 where they will show 5 live games from the Premiership.

    If they managed to get someone like ITV on board in the UK showing one game a week on ITV1 on a Sat afternoon (maybe RTE or TV3 in Ireland) they could raise the profile of the tournament massively. It might be worth the cost in lowering the value of the rights to BT in the long run.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,726 ✭✭✭ Tigerandahalf


    bazwraf wrote: »
    It's pretty disappointing that Sky have no rights at all. They really helped make the Heineken Cup what it is today. Without them originally, I dont think the tournament would be anyway near the level that it's at at the moment.

    The only good thing, is that at least all of the sports is on one package now. Going to have to look into getting Eir broadband next year when my sky package expires

    A lot of people will get rid of Sky now.
    The Eir broadband will get even more popular. Time is ripe for a price increase.

    Looks epcr will sell Ireland free to air rights to either rte or tv3. I am sure rte would love this, having the opportunity to cover a cheap home fixture each rugby weekend.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,823 ✭✭✭✭ Riskymove


    awec wrote: »
    What does this mean? A select few matches on FTA? I am guessing the lowkey matches that nobody really cares about?

    I think the opposite

    The whole point of going FTA is to advertise game and grow interest


  • Registered Users Posts: 246 ✭✭ Wheeker


    EPCR has also reserved the rights for free-to-air coverage in the UK and Ireland

    ....coverage on free-to-air television will give greater exposure

    awec wrote: »
    What does this mean? A select few matches on FTA? I am guessing the lowkey matches that nobody really cares about?

    Yeah- that's what I'm wondering. It reads as if matches will be available on FTA anyhow? Just the ones BT Sport isn't bothered with? Hmmmm....perhaps all is not lost yet? :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,261 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    I'd like to see some European games on terrestrial TV again.

    Brings me back to May 2nd 2009 when RTE broadcast the greatest moment in the history of the sport.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,307 ✭✭✭ bennyl10


    I'd imagine virgin execs aren't the happiest right now..
    Big boost for eir/sky though!

    FTA, itv wrre remoured, so tv3 would be most likely to get the Irish game.. one game a week featuring an Irish team + highlights wouldn't be the worst..

    Probably wishful thinking though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Clegg wrote: »
    I'd like to see some European games on terrestrial TV again.

    Brings me back to May 2nd 2009 when RTE broadcast the greatest moment in the history of the sport.
    Shane Lowry winning the Irish Open as an amateur? I agree :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,039 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    bennyl10 wrote: »
    I'd imagine virgin execs aren't the happiest right now..
    Big boost for eir/sky though!

    FTA, itv wrre remoured, so tv3 would be most likely to get the Irish game.. one game a week featuring an Irish team + highlights wouldn't be the worst..

    Probably wishful thinking though!

    I really hope TV3 don't get it. RTE would be preferred, I'd even rather watch it on TG4 and not understand a word of it than suffer through a TV3 broadcast.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    _Tyrrell_ wrote: »
    I really hope TV3 don't get it. RTE would be preferred, I'd even rather watch it on TG4 and not understand a word of it than suffer through a TV3 broadcast.

    We're probably safe enough.

    TV3 are owned by Virgin Media. If the objective of having FTA matches is to increase overall viewing, then Virgin aren't going to acquire the rights to promote something that isn't available on their platform.


  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 10,530 Mod ✭✭✭✭ icdg


    I'd imagine it will be one match per week in the Champions Cup group stages that will be reserved to FTA (with rumours of ITV being near to doing a deal, from the same source that correctly predicted this one a few weeks back).

    An interesting prospect could loom if knockout stage matches were included, that ITV and the Irish broadcasters went for different matches in each round (not a unlikely prospect if Irish teams remained) you could end up with most of the knockout stages FTA.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    I'm due to change TV provider this year following renovations. Not a fan of BT coverage but, overall, I'm pretty content to know that I can enter into a package with a provider who has consolidated the broadcasting for the tournament. Throw in the T14 and AP and I'll be happy enough.

    Ideally, Pro12 would go to BT now also although I don't see that happening ever.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators, Politics Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 22,299 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Dravokivich


    _Tyrrell_ wrote: »
    I really hope TV3 don't get it. RTE would be preferred, I'd even rather watch it on TG4 and not understand a word of it than suffer through a TV3 broadcast.

    TV3 have 6 Nations though. This'll compliment it in a big way. Especially with final rounds of the Pools leading into it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Buer wrote: »
    I'm due to change TV provider this year following renovations. Not a fan of BT coverage but, overall, I'm pretty content to know that I can enter into a package with a provider who has consolidated the broadcasting for the tournament. Throw in the T14 and AP and I'll be happy enough.

    Ideally, Pro12 would go to BT now also although I don't see that happening ever.
    Sky Sports have the Top 14 until the 2020/2021 season I'm pretty sure.
    The current Pro12 deal ends in 2019 and rumours that Eir Sport might be looking for a bite.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,435 ✭✭✭✭ Cookiemunster


    Sky Sports have the Top 14 until the 2020/2021 season I'm pretty sure.
    The current Pro12 deal ends in 2019 and rumours that Eir Sport might be looking for a bite.

    Pretty sure we're heading into the last season of the Sky Pro12 deal.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,218 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Sky Sports have the Top 14 until the 2020/2021 season I'm pretty sure.
    The current Pro12 deal ends in 2019 and rumours that Eir Sport might be looking for a bite.

    Pretty sure we're heading into the last season of the Sky Pro12 deal.

    We are.

    We also have to factor in that Sky have rights to Ireland's Autumn internationals (in NI) and to Ireland's summer tours to NZ/SA/Australia.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,218 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Interestingly a poster on PR who predicted that BT would take rights entirely for the Champions Cup (last week) also stated that BT are pushing for a B&I league.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,375 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    As I said elsewhere...


    Austin Healy. Austin f-ing Healy. F-ing Austin f-ing Healy. F*** sake.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Pretty sure we're heading into the last season of the Sky Pro12 deal.
    Ah you're right, 2017/2018 season


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    Less Barnes, more Healy.

    Not sure how I feel about this...

    Wonder if the likes of greenwood will jump ship now?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Austin Healy is miles better than Barnes. That's all that matters.

    I don't really care either way, just happy that it's on one broadcaster again.


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