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BT Sport's opening gambit

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Heck of a lot of advertising around London for BT now. Seems to ramped up this week alone, with seemingly every second billboard or newspaper page having a page having a picture of Bale, Van Persie with the major point being it's free (with small print stating on BT Broadband). They've obviously got a big budget and are splashing the cash in all forms of media.

 

The question is, what sport are they showing over the summer months? The premiership and RU don't run through June/July and most of May/August.

That's a big window to fill and you can't seriously suggest that cricket can bring in the punters? Possibly an opportunity for some SL games, or even the tail end of the  CC?

 

Surely all this seasons RL has already been sold to Sky or Premier Sports.

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Surely all this seasons RL has already been sold to Sky or Premier Sports.

And most of next seasons.......?

SL deal till 2015?

World Cup signed up. Guess BT must have looked at the RLWC and not bid enough given the timescales of the recent announcement of the RLWC TV deal and now the BT Sports Channel.

Next years 4 Nations signed by BBC.

Is it only the Championship and NRL available next season? Or maybe the 'spare' Challenge Cup game that Sky won't show? To me these are not attractive enough to entice BT.

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Heck of a lot of advertising around London for BT now. Seems to ramped up this week alone, with seemingly every second billboard or newspaper page having a page having a picture of Bale, Van Persie with the major point being it's free (with small print stating on BT Broadband). They've obviously got a big budget and are splashing the cash in all forms of media.

 

The question is, what sport are they showing over the summer months? The premiership and RU don't run through June/July and most of May/August.

That's a big window to fill and you can't seriously suggest that cricket can bring in the punters? Possibly an opportunity for some SL games, or even the tail end of the  CC?

 

This year they have a RU lions tour to fill the gaps if they have the rights.

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The broadcasters seem obsessed with throwing money the RU club game despite its lower viewing figures. Do they perceive RU fans as more valuable for advertising?

I will not be going to BT it is safe to say

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This year they have a RU lions tour to fill the gaps if they have the rights.

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The R U Lions tour is live and exclusive on sky

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And most of next seasons.......?

SL deal till 2015?

World Cup signed up. Guess BT must have looked at the RLWC and not bid enough given the timescales of the recent announcement of the RLWC TV deal and now the BT Sports Channel.

Next years 4 Nations signed by BBC.

Is it only the Championship and NRL available next season? Or maybe the 'spare' Challenge Cup game that Sky won't show? To me these are not attractive enough to entice BT.

The NRL has signed a five year deal with PS

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The NRL has signed a five year deal with PS

ok, cheers. Its even more certain then that BT aren't going to get involved with RL anytime soon.

Broadband change for me then, after BT charged us for going over the broadband download limit, by 1 GB and it supposedly happened the day no-one was in the house. 2nd time they've done that and hey presto, after you complain, your daily usage monitor goes down.

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The broadcasters seem obsessed with throwing money the RU club game despite its lower viewing figures. Do they perceive RU fans as more valuable for advertising?

 

 

Yes.  Financial services, luxury cars etc.

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I've read today that apparently Sky are now looking to expand their coverage of RU's second tier to fill out their schedule, due to the intro of BT?

This is on top of Sky buying the rights to the RU celtic comp and means there will be a ridiculous amount of Union on TV next season.

 

Is there really that much TV value for RU in this country?

 

Interesting to note though is that the RU clubs are getting vocal because Sky don't want to pay more for the extra content.

So it must be more about filling gaps in the schedule at short notice, as opposed to actually attracting viewers.

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I've read today that apparently Sky are now looking to expand their coverage of RU's second tier to fill out their schedule, due to the intro of BT?

This is on top of Sky buying the rights to the RU celtic comp and means there will be a ridiculous amount of Union on TV next season.

 

Is there really that much TV value for RU in this country?

 

Interesting to note though is that the RU clubs are getting vocal because Sky don't want to pay more for the extra content.

So it must be more about filling gaps in the schedule at short notice, as opposed to actually attracting viewers.

 

It's an interesting one that's for sure, I can't help thinking that Sky will be kicking themselves for not buying in the NRL and the championship RL matches now, I can't see them getting more than the proverbial two men and a dog for the second tier of RU. 

 

On the Trinity forum on RFLANS I read this comment:

 

 

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Just watched Newcastle Falcons v Leeds Carnegie.

Not one try scored and commentators enthusing throughout about it .

Not one negative comment.

Unlike Eddie, Stevo etc who seem to nowadays delight in being negative.

Comparing that dreary offering to yesterday's superb spectacle or even more pertinently to an average RL game one has to ask why as a sport do we criticise ourselves so much?

 

It's clear to me that we have an image problem, we don't sell our game well enough AND/OR advertisers don't think we're worth trying to sell to.  That's a pretty big issue as far as the future of our game is concerned.  

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Noticed loads of roadside advertising also, as much emphasis on their union coverage as their football coverage. Have to say though, BT Broadband is the worst customer service i have ever experienced in my life, and if signing up for free had involved a telephone call i wouldn't have done it.

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Noticed loads of roadside advertising also, as much emphasis on their union coverage as their football coverage. Have to say though, BT Broadband is the worst customer service i have ever experienced in my life, and if signing up for free had involved a telephone call i wouldn't have done it.

 

I'll be interested to see how their RU coverage pans out.  ESPN gave it equal prominence at first as well.  I think media types believe rugby union has a lot more casual viewers than reality suggests.

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Heck of a lot of advertising around London for BT now. Seems to ramped up this week alone, with seemingly every second billboard or newspaper page having a page having a picture of Bale, Van Persie with the major point being it's free (with small print stating on BT Broadband). They've obviously got a big budget and are splashing the cash in all forms of media.

 

The question is, what sport are they showing over the summer months? The premiership and RU don't run through June/July and most of May/August.

That's a big window to fill and you can't seriously suggest that cricket can bring in the punters? Possibly an opportunity for some SL games, or even the tail end of the  CC?

Cricket gets relatively good figures for T20 games. Also I believe the T20 games are all being moved to Friday and Saturday due to the huge difference in crowds for games held on those evenings so I am assuming something similar will happen to the BARB ratings. Do not forget they are taking up a significant amount of Motor sport which tends to be popular.

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More possible competition for the SL and NRL rights can only mean good things for the game.

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