Eir Sport Sub-License RWC2019 Rights To RTE

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26 November 2018

RTÉ has agreed a sub-licensing deal with Eir Sport for the rights to 14 live matches in next year’s Rugby World Cup. They include all of Ireland’s games, all knockout stage matches and the final, as well as 16 nights of highlights.

Eir Sport, the primary rights holder, will broadcast all 48 games in the tournament live, as well as a daily highlights show.

The matches and highlights to which RTÉ has the rights will also be available on RTÉ Player.

Under Department of Communications regulations, Ireland’s games in the tournament must be available free-to-air, which means Eir was always likely to sub-license them.

Declan McBennett, group head of RTÉ Sport, said the deal ensured Irish audiences had “a free-to-air front row seat” to significant games.

Eir Sport managing director Susan Brady said Eir was “delighted to have come to this agreement with RTÉ” and that the deal “shows the changing nature of the sports broadcasting landscape in Ireland”.

“There has never been such an exciting time in Irish rugby and, following the recent win against the All Blacks, we’re heading to Japan with a real chance of lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy,” she said.

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