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1 hour ago, scotchy1 said:

I think if they did go down this route, for those clashes you would see it go on the red button.

I think they didnt go down this route because there isnt really enough content. They have only got the NRL this year and figures arent amazing for it, figures for SL arent world beating and there isnt much RU outside of Super Rugby where figures are low similar to NRL.

I can only really imagine them doing this if they have a expectation that there will be a significant change in SL's offering or they are expecting to be bringing in a lot of European RU.

I would wager they have more content than some of their other channels. At times they have been showing 10 to 15 live games of Rugby a week. There is also very cheap other content available to them if they wanted it i.e. international stuff.

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21 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I would wager they have more content than some of their other channels. At times they have been showing 10 to 15 live games of Rugby a week. There is also very cheap other content available to them if they wanted it i.e. international stuff.

But they are generally at different times. 15 games is what 30hours which is less than a test match, or golf event. And Super Rugby and NRL don't drive an awful lot of viewers and arent on at great times.

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Unless we can pay for it separately and dump soccer i don't see any benefit.  There are "dedicated" channels for other sports which don't show an awful lot.

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Seems like a good idea, I did wonder why there wasn't a rugby channel when they rebranded. Would surely mean there was a lot more league coverage even if a lot of it was highlights, classic games and magazine shows. Of course there is nothing wrong with those things. No reason they couldn't put together some other cheap content as well, even just 10-15 minute interviews with players and coaches or a quick look round teams training grounds or stadiums or something to fill in a few gaps throughout the day, wouldn't take much to create those little fillers, just a camera and a presenter, or even just a camera and a guy doing a voice over. 

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I assume from comments that Sky is the only "deal in town" with the new broadcast deal.

I wonder if Sky manage to gain more RU content, from here or around the world, how that impacts negotiations come new contract.

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I used to have Sky Sports, but can't justify it's cost for the little I'll watch it. A dedicated rugby channel will get my money 

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I'd pay to watch a channel like this in Italy...


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I've always said that I'd get sky if they brought out a package that was just sports and nothing else at all, say £15 a month, I'd get that but I don't watch much TV so aren't interested in anything else sky has to offer me. 

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On ‎12‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 4:44 PM, The Hallucinating Goose said:

I've always said that I'd get sky if they brought out a package that was just sports and nothing else at all, say £15 a month, I'd get that but I don't watch much TV so aren't interested in anything else sky has to offer me. 

That's never going to happen unfortunately. Even the minimum Entertainment TV package these days is £22 without anything else at all.

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On 12/13/2018 at 6:23 PM, Ant said:

I used to have Sky Sports, but can't justify it's cost for the little I'll watch it. A dedicated rugby channel will get my money 

But you won't be able to pay for it separately.  You'll still need an expensive sports package to watch it.

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BT Sport has RU Live Premiership Games Fri, Sat, Sun. They also compile three hours of highlights from all the weekends games and this is shown at least twice. Does anyone know when the BT contract expires? Don't know if anyone is covering domestic RU League Cup or Second Tier Euro Cup? Top flight RU Euro matches and England Internationals are on Sky.

Having a dedicated Rugby Channel, showing both codes, would be a good thing in my opinion. However, for RL, having all the content hidden behind a pay wall may not be so good. If you want the casual sports enthusiast to encounter RL it's important to have some content on the "normal telly". Such as the Challenge Cup, the recent New Zealand games, both provide a good shop window.

BT Sport have a relationship with Channel 5 who buy content for an hours highlights show and a couple of live games per season. If Sky were to do this with RL & RU on C5 / C4 that would be a bonus for the public and help Sky defray their costs. Of course there's a big emphasis on "Live" sport, but with a dedicated channel there's an opportunity to show all the Championship and League 1 matches throughout the following week. 

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2 hours ago, Damien said:

That's never going to happen unfortunately. Even the minimum Entertainment TV package these days is £22 without anything else at all.

You can get Sky Sport via the Internet on their "Now TV" Service. You can watch it on a PC, Smart Phone or Smart TV with the Now Ap, they also do a plug in stick that will turn a TV with a USB connection into a Smart TV that can handle their content. There are often introductory offers with a trial month at £16 per month, for Now Sports, but the regular price is £33.00 per month. This gets you all sports channels, no contract, cancel anytime. This is better than having a regular Sky Package plus Sports if all you want is Sports. But, if you only want Rugby, it's still expensive. If Sky did do a Rugby Channel they could choose to offer it, as a stand alone product, via their Web Now TV Service.

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Does sky still have the rights to super rugby?  And won't a fair few of those games clash with NRL games if they are both on a dedicated rugby channel?

That would be my only concern.... don't watch much Super league but id be pretty cheesed off if the NRL coverage got bumped.


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no thanks, it'll be utterly shonky, why do people think it's going to be great, on what basis?? What makes them think RL will get more money??

SKY have put out garbage in terms of RL titbits and then pulled the garbage completely, they screw fans over with their time/date changes and with no live games on a sunday how are people seeing this as an improvement when there's nothing to suggest it will be?

I'd rather pay the BBC a subscription fee than let sky have another few more years of taking the micturate.

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I have two issues with this -

1. I perceive it might be a ghetto. It's in RL's interests to remain on the general channels where people are more likely to be channel hopping.

2. We are not the same sport. Why not pair netball and ice hockey or beach volleyball and darts? We have spent 123 years fighting to detach the bungee cord back to union and the crossover in viewers isn't as great by any stretch as might be imagined. I don't want to end up sharing a channel with them.

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40 minutes ago, M j M said:

I have two issues with this -

1. I perceive it might be a ghetto. It's in RL's interests to remain on the general channels where people are more likely to be channel hopping.

2. We are not the same sport. Why not pair netball and ice hockey or beach volleyball and darts? We have spent 123 years fighting to detach the bungee cord back to union and the crossover in viewers isn't as great by any stretch as might be imagined. I don't want to end up sharing a channel with them.

Whilst I think it should result in more coverage and airtime, as well as more money as Sky would need RL, these are certainly very valid concerns too.

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Until the BBC realises it can have a wealth of top quality sports programming for a very competitive cost then RL is shackled to sky. 

While the BBC is run by the old school tie then they'll give us nothing. 

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I will bet my TV License there will be the usual amount of Championship Rugby League that was shown in 2018, ie, NONE, but there will be loads of sh**e level RU being shown 24 hours a day.

 

WHEN ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIPS GOING TO BE SHOWN ON TV??


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1 hour ago, Ant said:

Until the BBC realises it can have a wealth of top quality sports programming for a very competitive cost then RL is shackled to sky. 

While the BBC is run by the old school tie then they'll give us nothing. 

Did you miss the Beeb’s comment that ‘all live RL underperforms slot average’? Not everything is a conspiracy. 

So the next question is why RL underperforms, and that is the billion quid question. 

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