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Premier Sports 2013

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Any news?

Heard today that an agreement in principle has been made with premier sports. There may be a chance two trial matches may be shown this weekend. So with any luck we can all relax and look forward to the return of the NRL.

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Sounds promising. Let's hope you're right. Premier Sports TV say if they get it their intention is to improve their coverage. Wonder how they'll be able to given the plentiful nature of games shown each round in 2012?

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Indeed, can't see any other broadcaster showing as many games as prem so hope it's true. Saw it browsing around the web. It was on another forum, the poster said he'd been emailed that from IMG so as you say sounds promising.

Maybe by getting people like Brian noble and Aussie SL stars in a studio is the way they mean.

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AndB.T won't start until later this year,so If they tried to get the nrl,they would miss half a season to start with.Things got to be sorted now,this is turning into a joke.

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I did contact IMG who are doing the contact neogotiations for the NRL and World Cup rights, and I got a reply on Friday to say that Premier have got the NRL rights for 2013. Looking round on Facebook, a few other people have emailed them as well and got the same reply. Unless IMG are deliberately giving out false info, this looks like good news. As to why no official announcement has been made - who knows? Presumably Premier would want to announce this as soon as possible, so maybe it's down to the NRL themselves.

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.

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New update yesterday. news expected in next few days haha

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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.

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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.

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NRL back on Premier Sports for another 5 years according to their latest tweet.

.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_88ZPL1Uk00

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Its on the Premier Sport website as well. The Channel will now be showing 238 games of Rugby League this season.

Would they be able to afford the Super League contract and become a Rugby League channel?

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Always knew they wouldn't lose the rights without a fight,well done Premier Sports,the rugby league channel.

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Great news!!!! And every game...result well done ps.

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If you are deciding whether to subscribe to Premiers Sports for the NRL, Championship RL and of course their other sports them maybe these details posted on their web site might help you decide:

28/02/2013

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.

Premier Sports

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Its an obscene amount of RL on there now! Very happy with this outcome, particularly the fact that every game is on tv whether live or delayed, just have to work out how i will go about fitting them in over the weekend!

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Hate to suggest this but you might have to be selective, well at least on busy weeks! :D

... then there's going to be NRL Full Time as well on Tuesday nights, plus of course the Championship game each week.

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The question now is whether to take out the 12 months subscription or subscribe for say the seven months or so of NRL.

I suppose the Extra cost that would be for the annual subscription would make the other months very, very cheap.

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If you do it in a one-off payment you get two months free if you want to do it that way. £99 all in.

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So each weekend will now consist of:

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!

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And more good news for those of us struggling with the almost un-watchable Ustream "service" because we have Virgin cable rather than Sky.

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.

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When asked on their Facebook page about the possibility of showing the NRL in HD , Premier Sports answered:

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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.

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