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#61 gingerjon

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:12 AM

Not having BT Broadband, am I right in assuming if you have BT Broadband but don't have a Sky subscription you can still watch BT Sport online? 

 

If so I'm guessing for now those figures are excluded from the viewing figures given above, which might be substantial given the relatively low figures quoted for some sports and a broadband user base that was 6 million+ in the last figure I saw quoted.

 

You are correct.  But I do wonder how many are bothering.  The service is poor and makes the ITV Player look marvellous.


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#62 Dave T

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:20 AM

BT really need some content.  Several evenings in a row the only live sport they have is on ESPN and whilst I'm watching college football, baseball and the AFL I accept I'm not usual in this regard.  Aviva Premiership won't save them - not least because it'll still leave Mon-Thu with nothing doing.  If you're that desperate for women's tennis (which isn't going to be completely year round) it's on Eurosport.

It is a little strange, for a relatively modest investment, they could probably have gone for Super League, taken the Championship for free, and maybe even pushed for the NRL and become a true RL channel - I expect that RL would even allow 3 live SL games per week if BT wanted to fund this.



#63 Amber Avenger

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:09 AM

You can't really blame BT for not going for SL, considering we signed a 5 year tie-up with Sky before they even bid for the Premier League rights. By the time the SL contract expires, they may no longer have the Premier League as another round of auctions will have happened. I believe they did bid for the NRL though didn't they? Certainly a strong rumour at the time, as was the world cup rights. For whatever reason, neither happened.


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#64 Dave T

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:17 AM

You can't really blame BT for not going for SL, considering we signed a 5 year tie-up with Sky before they even bid for the Premier League rights. By the time the SL contract expires, they may no longer have the Premier League as another round of auctions will have happened. I believe they did bid for the NRL though didn't they? Certainly a strong rumour at the time, as was the world cup rights. For whatever reason, neither happened.

I'd be surprised if they were outbid for the NRL and World Cup - if they were I'd suggest their bids weren't overly serious as I don't think Premier will be paying a bucket load of cash.

 

You're probably right about the SL rights though, will be interesting to see what happens next round.



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:21 AM

You can't really blame BT for not going for SL, considering we signed a 5 year tie-up with Sky before they even bid for the Premier League rights. By the time the SL contract expires, they may no longer have the Premier League as another round of auctions will have happened. I believe they did bid for the NRL though didn't they? Certainly a strong rumour at the time, as was the world cup rights. For whatever reason, neither happened.

 

I don't recall those rumours.  Are you sure it was more than people shouting out random broadcasters on forums?

 

BT appear to have done three pieces of buying.  They've bought a package of 1/4 of Sky's total Premier League coverage, they've bought European rugby union, and they bought ESPN's product rights.

 

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:45 AM

I don't recall those rumours.  Are you sure it was more than people shouting out random broadcasters on forums?

 

BT appear to have done three pieces of buying.  They've bought a package of 1/4 of Sky's total Premier League coverage, they've bought European rugby union, and they bought ESPN's product rights.

 

Bra-****ing-vo.

They've also nicked MotoGP off the BBC :( 


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#67 gingerjon

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:56 AM

They've also nicked MotoGP off the BBC :(

 

Passed me by that.  Another "only at weekend" sport though?


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:29 AM

Well you're the bloody journalist, go and ask the questions and do some digging.

I did, months ago, but they were not prepared to reveal any details of their sports buying policy, and whether or not the World Cup ever came into their thinking.

 

I still think it would be a great promotion for them, given how half-heartedly their output has been received so far.


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#69 Amber Avenger

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:05 PM

I don't recall those rumours.  Are you sure it was more than people shouting out random broadcasters on forums?

 

Dave Hadfield - either in Forty/20 or RLW I think. Could be misremembering. Also recall a couple of journos implying on twitter, but not sure how much wishful thinking was involved


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#70 Johnoco

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:10 PM

Here we go again. When are people on here going to accept that rugby league is a minor sport played in a few working class towns in the North and even then plays second fiddle to football in most of those towns (not forgetting some students and RU players playing half a dozen games a season in towns across the UK). The league winners this year got between 5000 and 6000 spectators for most of their home games. Few are interested even in 'the birthplace of rugby league'. Why on Earth would BT want to pick it up? So they can be associated with showing games involving RL powerhouses like Italy and USA playing in near empty stadia? I really don't think they are rueing a missed opportunity here. I suspect that they've got a different objective.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:10 PM

Not having BT Broadband, am I right in assuming if you have BT Broadband but don't have a Sky subscription you can still watch BT Sport online? 
 
If so I'm guessing for now those figures are excluded from the viewing figures given above, which might be substantial given the relatively low figures quoted for some sports and a broadband user base that was 6 million+ in the last figure I saw quoted.


I'm in the other boat I have Sky tele and BT broadband but didn't take up the free BT sports.

#72 Plan of Attack

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:14 PM

ESPN!

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#73 EastLondonMike

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:15 PM

i've got both SKy and BT (free via the broadband) and so far i've only watched one of the UFC events so far.. partly because i keep forgetting its there.. the UFC is the only thing of real interest to me on the channels so haven't bothered to check out the rest of their content. i'd imagine a lot of people are in the same boat and forget its actually there.. There are probably plenty of people who don't flick past channel 405 (SSN) on the sky platform.


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:40 AM

I'm in the other boat I have Sky tele and BT broadband but didn't take up the free BT sports.


Me too. Nothing on BT Sport to entice me to take up my free subscription.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:51 AM

if it being free is'nt enticement enough i don't know what is lol

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:16 PM

They certainly seem to be doing everything they can to promote the sports they do have,

 

http://home.bt.com/n...-11363832064588

 

Wonder if the RFL could convince sky to do something similar for Super League one weekend, could be a good way to raise the profile of the season launch if the first game was available to all



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:12 AM

Me too. Nothing on BT Sport to entice me to take up my free subscription.

Worth it if only for ESPN's 30 for 30 documentries. "4 Days in October" and "Little Big Men" were great viewing.

Wish there were RL documentries like these - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_for_30

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#78 gingerjon

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:15 AM

Worth it if only for ESPN's 30 for 30 documentries. Wish there were RL documentries like these.

 

30 for 30 are mostly incredible.  I'm only aware of one accepted dud (and I haven't seen it) which is the one where the guy convinces some rich people to buy the original rules of basketball and bring them home (to Kansas from memory).

 

The one I watched last night on the Pacers-Knicks mid 90s rivalry was superb - and I say this as someone who has no interest in basketball *at all*.  Not as good as Four Days in October but then until they make a doc about the Cubs shaking off the curse of the goat nothing will be.


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#79 Wiltshire Rhino

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:21 AM

until they make a doc about the Cubs shaking off the curse of the goat nothing will be.

They've made "Catching Hell"


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:24 AM

reggie miller v spike lee.......ive seen that probably a dozen times

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