Premier Sports 2013
Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:46 PM
Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:04 PM
Edited by andyram, 25 February 2013 - 05:05 PM.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:48 PM
As for BT's possible interest, well, ESPN, despite rumours to the contrary, never showed any interest in RL. So if they're taking over ESPN's rights, as well as all the contracts for football and RU they've already agreed, it leaves them with a fairly busy schedule anyway. ESPN show the AFL on weekend mornings, so even if BT were interested in NRL presumably it would have to run alongside AFL, so you'd be lucky to get more than a couple of games a week. One advantage in Premier only showing a handful of sports is the amount of hours they can devote to them.
The lack of an announcement on World Cup rights is annoying as well, as only when the broadcasters are chosen can they sit down with the RFL to sort out actual kick off times for the matches. And only when kick off times are officially announced can a lot more people plan what games they're able to get to. There's even the possibility that one or two games may even have to change days to suit TV. Hopefully not, but it's happened before.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:14 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:41 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:14 PM
Who knows, maybe it's Premier Sports that are holding out for a longer contract. Probably not ... But just surmising while there's no info coming fro P So.
I believe all the rights from Oz are up for grabs, so perhaps there's been a few bids for the Origin series, which rated very well on Sky last year. And maybe Sky want to show the GF again, but Premier want it. Who knows? And then there's the internationals - hopefully someone will show them unlike the Aus v NZ test last October. Presumably the NRL wish to announce all the rights all in one go, but its looking like we wont hear anything til the last minute, as happened with the All Stars game.
And from what I've read elsewhere the TV rights for NZ haven't been announced yet, this for a country with its own team, so they're not exactly rushing these things along.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:10 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:38 PM
Would they be able to afford the Super League contract and become a Rugby League channel?
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:10 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:18 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:56 PM
Premier Sports annouce new 5 year NRL deal for UK
Dear NRL fan,
Thank you for your patience regarding NRL coverage in the UK.
We are now delighted to be able to announce the following agreement is in place.
The key points are as follows.
- 5 year deal (2013 – 2017)
- Every game from every round
- At least 6 live with 2 delayed each week
- Every game from the play-offs
- Grand Final live (previously this was on SKY)
- State or Origin series (Queensland v New South Wales) best of 3 exclusive and live (previously this was on SKY)
- All Star game
- Anzac Test Match
- NRL Full-time, the round up program will air every Tuesday evening. (Previously on SKY)
- No free viewing on streaming or betting sites.
Total games per year is now 206 from Australia which will be complemented by our 32 games for the English Rugby League Championships.
We are thrilled to be the must have Rugby League channel.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to your continued custom.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:09 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:56 PM
... then there's going to be NRL Full Time as well on Tuesday nights, plus of course the Championship game each week.
Edited by G Las D, 28 February 2013 - 03:01 PM.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:59 PM
I suppose the Extra cost that would be for the annual subscription would make the other months very, very cheap.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:13 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:34 PM
1 Championship Game
2 Super League Games
8 NRL Games
Potentially other archive grand finals/origin matches (lets assume 1 game a week)
So thats only a mere 16 hours of RL each weekend!
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:29 PM
Premier have announced that they will be replacing it with their own "Premier Player" in March - this will offer a 7 day catch-up and TV on Demand as well as (we hope) a stream that doesn't freeze every 4 seconds.
They have also said that they won't be taking any more cash from existing streaming subscribers until the new service starts, so we can have free Championship RL for a while, albeit stuttering.
As it now says on the website:
Dear Ustream subscriber,
A new standalone Premier Player will be launched in the next few weeks meaning this current service will be closing.
Included in this new service will be availability to stream on multiple devices, 7 day catch-up and large archives of Video on Demand. The new service will also be free to all current Premier Sports TV subscribers.
We would recommend you do not subscribe to this service until the new bespoke player in launched.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:46 AM
Premier Sports HD will come but we need to build on this and get the sub numbers up a little bit more to a place where it makes it affordable. Rights come first.