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  • Channel 5 First To Show Live Terrestrial Premiership Rugby

    Channel 5 have won a competitive bid to show Premiership Rugby highlights for four years from the beginning of next season, a deal that includes the rights to broadcast five live games per season simultaneously with BT Sport - the first time AP games have been broadcast live on terrestrial television. The agreement will see Channel 5 broadcast five live games each season from 2017-18, as well as show a highlights programme every Sunday night, covering Premiership Rugby, Anglo-Welsh Cup and Prem...

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  • French Broadcasters In RWC 2015 Rights Agreement

    French broadcasters TF1 and Canal Plus have reportedly agreed on a shared television rights deal for the 2015 Rugby World Cup later this year. Reuters are reporting that free Channel TF1 will sub-license the rights to 27 of the 48 matches to pay-TV network Canal Plus. All games involving France, plus the two semi finals and the final, will be shown on TF1. Reports suggest that the Channel auctioned the rights to the additional games, with Canal Plus beating Qatar-owned Channel BeIN Sports with a...

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  • Premier Sports To Broadcast RL Championship

    Up to 32 games from the Co-operative Championship, Championship One and Northern Rail Cup will be televised live by Premier Sports next season after a deal was agreed between the broadcaster and the RFL. Matches will mainly be screened in the popular Thursday night viewing slot. Premier Sports was formed in 2009 by the Irish businessman Michael O'Rourke, a part owner of Setanta Sports Channel Ireland Ltd. The Channel mainly broadcasts sporting events that were not picked up by Sky and ESPN af...

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  • Lions Games To Be Broadcast At 30,000 Feet

    Every fixture on this summer’s British and Irish Lions tour of Australia will be aired live on certain aeroplanes as a result of a deal with Sport 24. The sports Channel, which is run by IMG Worldwide, is also available to passengers travelling by sea and will show the three test matches against Australia on 22 and 29 June and 6 July as well as the other tour matches. It works by sending a video feed to planes and boats via Panasonic and a satellite and SANZAR CEO Greg Peters says it is great...

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  • Wolfpack Ensure Home Exposure With Game TV

    Toronto Wolfpack have ensured national exposure at home with all their Kingstone Press League 1 matches now to be broadcast in Canada on Game TV, a cable Channel that is available in more than nine million homes in the country. Toronto struck a deal in November with subscription Channel Premier Sports for all their league matches to be shown live in the UK and last week announced a similar deal with GameTV. Wolfpack chief executive Eric Perez said: "This will allow millions of Canadian household...

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  • Premiership Rugby Extends TV Reach In Africa

    Premiership Rugby has confirmed three significant television deals that will see the Aviva Premiership broadcast in more than 50 African countries from September. The three new contracts are the first distribution deals announced following Premiership Rugby's new five-year international TV rights agreement with RDA TV and Altice group for all markets outside the UK & Ireland and the USA. The African deals include: The first time AP has had three different broadcasters in sub-Sahara Africa;...

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  • Alisports Provides Conduit For RugbyPass and World Rugby's China Expansion

    Two news items this week focus on Alisport as a key component in rugby development in China. RugbyPass, the Singapore-based OTT digital TV broadcaster has completed a deal which will see Alisports become their local digital partner until 31 December 2017. And World Rugby chiefs were in China to official launch their partnership with Alisports that was first announced at the Hong Kong Sevens in April: a 10-year, US$100 million (£82m) investment initiative aimed at unlocking the nation’s rugby...

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  • Quins Join RFU And CSM By Investing In USA Firm RIM

    Harlequins have reached an agreement in principle to become a minority shareholder and strategic partner in USA Rugby’s commercial subsidiary, Rugby International Marketing (RIM), and in the US governing body’s digital video platform, The Rugby Channel. RIM was established in 2015 as the commercial arm of USA Rugby, representing its commercial rights with the responsibility to identify and secure new revenue streams that will support the development of the game in the United States. To build...

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  • BBC Wales And S4C Announce New Deal To Cover Pro 12

    BBC Wales and S4C have announced a four-year deal to provide live coverage of games in the Guinness Pro12. Welsh-language Channel S4C will show Sunday afternoon fixtures on Clwb Rygbi with Scrum V Live televising Friday evening matches on BBC 2 Wales. S4C chief executive Ian Jones said: "I'm very proud that S4C has once again ensured that Welsh regional rugby is available to view on free-to-air TV." BBC Wales director Rhodri Talfan Davies added that it was "a terrific deal". He said: "The new qu...

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  • BT Sport Exploring Free To Air Options

    BT Sport has signed a deal with YouTube to stream this year’s Champions League and Europa League finals in football free of charge on the website and is considering allowing several Premiership matches to be broadcast on terrestrial television the season after next. There is no indication as to whether any rugby might be made available via YouTube but certain Premiership fixtures have already been broadcast for free on the freeview Channel BT Sport Showcase. It is thought, though, that the bro...

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