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rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

RTÉ's Peter Collins has done a write-up yesterday on the Formula 1 Championship which detailed RTÉ's coverage in the past.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/motorsport/2020/0325/1126285-when-we-were-kings-irelands-moment-in-formula-one-sun/


The halychon days of the Two Eddies. You’d think that nobody else partook in the World Championship other than Irvine and whatever two drivers happened to be driving for Jordan at that point. Of course there was always the BBC/ITV and Murray Walker. These days of course there is no Irish broadcaster, eir Sport having lost the rights once Sky got them exclusively.
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rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Netflix

There won’t be a HBO Max in the U.K. & Ireland for the foreseeable future, given Sky have tied down HBO content until 2024, so it’s launch is unlikely to affect us on this side of the pond.

(That doesn’t mean Warner won’t launch some sort of streaming service at some point. Just don’t expect it to use the HBO brand if it has no HBO content).
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

It’s been nigh on impossible to get through to Sky over the last few days - call centre wait times +1 hour or even not accepting calls at all at times. Understandable that they would be short staffed in the circumstances, but means the online option is far more needed.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

Finally something from Sky - all ROI commercial customers (most of whom are closed) are getting a payment holiday from 14th March.

https://twitter.com/skyhelpireland/status/1239884345005019137?s=21

Domestic customers can call and - if they get through - can put their Sky Sports subscription on “pause” with no notice period.

http://twitter.com/skyhelpireland/status/1239970185739505672?s=21

Not sure if same is applying in UK though.
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rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

I suspect if anyone ever read the terms and conditions of a sports TV subscription there is probably nothing in there guaranteeing any live sport at all.

Absolutely, but that won’t save Sky from an avalanche of cancellations if there is little or no live sport for an extended period.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

You have to wonder if the widespread cancellation of sporting events continues - particularly if the Premier League does stop - that sooner or later Sky will have a flood of calls from customers looking to downgrade. Surely they’ll need to consider some sort of “amnesty” period where Sky Sports / Sports Extra subscription charges are waived while there is little live sport going on.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

Reports out of France, as yet unconfirmed, that Round 5 of the Six Nations will be rescheduled to 31st October - Italy v England is of course already postponed and Ireland v Italy from Round 4 would still need to be played.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The future of Fox Networks Group

Worth nothing that the Fox Network in the US (along with its O&Os and Fox News, Fox Business, and the national Fox Sports networks) now has nothing to do with the Fox Networks Group as a result of Murdoch retaining those properties.

I’d expect the FX brand to disappear in the US eventually (or at least get a new logo that doesn’t associate it with the broadcast network).
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Irish tv in the uk

To answer the OP, RTÉ and TG4 are available in Northern Ireland only (Sky, VM, and Freeview mini mux) but not GB.

Since the demise of Tara TV, RTÉ have talked from time to time about an international channel but aren’t currently presuing that. There is a cut down version of the RTÉ Player available internationally that contains the programmes RTÉ hold worldwide rights to.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

That would be a remarkable capture for a sport which Sky has, Southern Hemisphere and England AIs aside, practically abandoned.

However, Sky have never had exclusive rights to the Six Nations before. They did a unilateral deal for England home games only in the very early years of professionalism when it was still the Five Nations, after which the rights were centralised.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

ITV's Relationship with the BBC

It was 25% in the case of both the BBC and ITV (s16(2)(h) Broadcasting Act 1990 in the case of each ITV licensee, s186 of the 1990 Act in the case of the BBC). Those provisions were repealed and replaced by s277(1) Communications Act 2003 which provides for the same thing.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

NOW TV

Sounds like a near repeat (in terms of customer confusion) of what happened recently when eir entirely relaunched its tv package. It already had a wholesale deal with Sky, but dumped all Sky and premium channels from its own service and directed people to Now TV. The difference is they don’t have this level of integration with Now TV (in fact the “integration” boils down to customer service staff telling people who enquire about Sky Sports to download the Now TV app).
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Disney+ UK Launch Date Confirmed

Is it? I thought Murdoch held on to the Fox branded channels. He definitely did in the US, might be different for the UK Fox though.


He only held onto the Fox Network and it’s directly linked assets - Fox News Channel, Fox Business, the national pay-TV Fox Sports/ FS branded stations, and the Big Ten Network. Basically the stuff Disney couldn’t acquire (because the FCC wouldn’t have let Disney own both ABC and the Fox Network, and wouldn’t have been keen on ESPN and Fox Sports tieing the knot either).
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

The Sport Thread

For context the stadium in question is Dalymount Park, long the home of the Republic of Ireland national team until they moved to Lansdowne Road. It’s not a modern ground by any stretch of the imagination, but redevelopment plans have fallen through on a number of occasions. It did mean the opening round of the League of Ireland (whose tv rights are shared between RTÉ and eir Sport) went ahead with no live tv coverage.

The only TV event in which the game itself didn’t go ahead was Limerick v Waterford in hurling, in a waterlogged Gaelic Grounds. That game was provisionally switched to today at 2pm but no longer live on eir Sport. Leinster v Cheetahs involved the two unreserved temporary stands at either end of the ground being closed and supporters being accommodated elsewhere in the ground.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Disney+ UK Launch Date Confirmed

I wonder if rights issues might be keeping The Simpsons off Disney+ in the UK? Maybe something surrounding the rights with Sky and Channel 4 might be an issue.


I wouldn’t take the e-flyer as definite confirmation the Simpsons won’t be on it! It only mentions 15 shows (three per brand) and the Simpsons doesn’t slot neatly into the five brands of Disney+ (Walt Disney, Pixar, Nat Geo, Star Wars, and Marvel), it’s kind of it’s own thing.
rdd3,502 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Disney+ UK Launch Date Confirmed

That’s a long contract to tie you into - if true, it might be a response to the US phenomenon of subscribers tuning in for Mandalorian and then cancelling.

I did pre-register though, and got what amounted to an e-flyer today in my inbox . Which makes no mention of the Simpsons, incidentally.