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#1 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 06:25 AM

Looking at the variety of sports covered by Eurosport, especially on its 2nd channel, all over Europe, I guess it could accomodate the top tier European rugby league competition. They broadcasted the last World Cup. I don't know what are the plans with the upcoming one.

 

But I'm sure the RFL can try to get a contract to showcase the game in Europe. The AFL did it, cricket did it, American football lleagues in some european countries did it. Why not Super League?



#2 Adelaide Tiger

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:01 AM

I thought that SL had some of contract with Eurosport as we get all SL games live or slightly delayed on the Eurosport channel over here in Oz.

#3 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:23 AM

To be fair, it's the first time I ever hear of Eurosport Australia :D The European channel has no rugby league coverage.


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#4 Gav Wilson

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:42 AM

To be fair, it's the first time I ever hear of Eurosport Australia :D The European channel has no rugby league coverage.

 

There may be an exclusivity deal in the Sky Sports contract, but I could be wrong.


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#5 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:45 AM

There may be an exclusivity deal in the Sky Sports contract, but I could be wrong.

 

For the UK, but for the whole of Europe?



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:01 AM

I think the whole of Europe would include the UK. In any case, does Eurosport have the capacity to send out different things to different countries? I know that the commentary changes, but I am not sure that the pictures do...



#7 brooza

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:23 AM

I think the whole of Europe would include the UK. In any case, does Eurosport have the capacity to send out different things to different countries? I know that the commentary changes, but I am not sure that the pictures do...

In Europe, Eurosport is generally available on basic digital television service providers. Since 1999, Eurosport provides various opt-out services providing more relevant sporting content specific to language, advertising and commentary needs. Eurosport offers a stand alone channel which provides a standardized version of the channel (Eurosport International in English). Alongside this there are also local Eurosport channels in France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Poland, Nordic region and Asia Pacific. These channels offer greater sporting content with local sporting events, while also utilizing the existing pan-European feed.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:24 AM

I think the whole of Europe would include the UK. In any case, does Eurosport have the capacity to send out different things to different countries? I know that the commentary changes, but I am not sure that the pictures do...

 

The UK version is referred to as British Eurosport and gets many different shows to the European version. For example, the AFL matches are shown live on Eurosport on a Saturday morning, but on British Eurosport we just get the one hour highlights programmes as ESPN has the rights to show the live matches in the UK.



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:05 PM

In Europe, Eurosport is generally available on basic digital television service providers. Since 1999, Eurosport provides various opt-out services providing more relevant sporting content specific to language, advertising and commentary needs. Eurosport offers a stand alone channel which provides a standardized version of the channel (Eurosport International in English). Alongside this there are also local Eurosport channels in France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Poland, Nordic region and Asia Pacific. These channels offer greater sporting content with local sporting events, while also utilizing the existing pan-European feed.

 

 

Very informative. You should write for Wikipedia!


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#10 brooza

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:49 PM

Very informative. You should write for Wikipedia!

An added bit of info, Eurosport and Eurosport HD are broadcast in the clear on the Hot Bird 13B and 13C satellites, and Eurosport Germany on the Astra 1L (28.2ºE) satellite, which should get a decent signal in the UK


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#11 Griff

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

I like the notion that we should just "get a Eurosport contract".

Like you can just pop down to the corner shop and get one over the counter.
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#12 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:23 PM

I like the notion that we should just "get a Eurosport contract".

Like you can just pop down to the corner shop and get one over the counter.

 

Hehe. Why not? Eurosport shows a whole host of weirdish sports anyway.



#13 deluded pom?

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:45 PM

Hehe. Why not? Eurosport shows a whole host of weirdish sports anyway.

Whenever I turn it on it's usually tennis or snooker.


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#14 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 06:01 PM

AFL (both Australian football and Arena football), T20 cricket, bowling, American football (european bowls), table football, even rock-paper-scissors :D not to mention the Rugby League World Cup last time around. Even GAA finals found their way on.

 

Most of them on Eurosport 2. And British Eurosport has a different schedule.


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#15 goldcoaster

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 06:03 PM

Eurosport Australia is not bad. They have provided the best SL coverage in Oz that we've had for some time
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 06:11 PM

There may be an exclusivity deal in the Sky Sports contract, but I could be wrong.

 

 

If i recall correctly Sky doesn't have any broadcasting rights to continental Europe. Any that you might watch in sports bars in Spain etc are actually "dodgy".

 

Hence they wouldn't have any exclusivity. If this were to become like the NRL's attempts to promote their game worldwide a couple of years ago then the broadcaster would require paying to put out RL. Not such a good idea.


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#17 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:12 PM

NRL does a nice job with its official Livestream channel, offering live and recorded games for free to countries where they don't have a TV deal. But they can afford it.


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#18 Larry the Leit

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:16 PM

Superleague should win the lottery each Saturday and fund the game in this manner.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:44 PM

i like this idea, super league could add a lot of value to eurosport i think, but without subscription fees, there would have to be significant advertising struck by Eurosport to subsidise the cost of rights.

 

Sky can pay so much for Superleague as they have a captive audience. If you want live super league , you have to pay sky. It gets them subscriptions much higher than the cost of what they pay SLE, plus the advertising space that goes with it. Decent viewing figures mean decent advertising returns for Sky.

 

WHere SLE goes wrong is that, unlike the RFU, they dont realise this potential. The BT deal in Union is huge because they understand that people will switch from SKy to the BT platform. BT use this as a launch pad to their services and so will pay over the odds for a well known competition.

 

Going back on topic, if something like this happened, there would have to be big commrcials sold to increase or match income, something im not sure Eurosport alone could deliver.



#20 Vasile Andreica

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 06:00 AM

i like this idea, super league could add a lot of value to eurosport i think, but without subscription fees, there would have to be significant advertising struck by Eurosport to subsidise the cost of rights.

 

Sky can pay so much for Superleague as they have a captive audience. If you want live super league , you have to pay sky. It gets them subscriptions much higher than the cost of what they pay SLE, plus the advertising space that goes with it. Decent viewing figures mean decent advertising returns for Sky.

 

WHere SLE goes wrong is that, unlike the RFU, they dont realise this potential. The BT deal in Union is huge because they understand that people will switch from SKy to the BT platform. BT use this as a launch pad to their services and so will pay over the odds for a well known competition.

 

Going back on topic, if something like this happened, there would have to be big commrcials sold to increase or match income, something im not sure Eurosport alone could deliver.

 

Good points. I was mostly thinking about a deal to bring rugby league in the continental Europe versions of Eurosport. That would not infringe on the Sky contract.

 

A few years ago we here in Romania could watch one or two Super League games per week on a tiny channel called Sport Klub. Eurosport would be way bigger in terms of audience and commentary quality.


Edited by Vasile Andreica, 31 July 2013 - 06:01 AM.





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