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Ste1,147 posts since 22 Jun 2001
Granada North West Today
BBC sign new 4 year FA Cup Deal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47629869

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FA Cup matches will be shown live on the BBC until 2025 as part of a new four-year broadcast deal with the Football Association.

The new agreement - which starts at the beginning of the 2021-22 season - will see BBC Sport continue to show live fixtures, highlights and online clips.

Up to 18 fixtures a season will be televised - more than ever before.


No news on Pay-TV rights yet.
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toby lerone 2016421 posts since 13 Jul 2016
UTV Newsline
BBC also announced today they are covering the 2 Women's FA Cup Semi Finals live as well as their continued coverage of the final

Sunday 14 April 2019
Reading v West Ham (12:30pm) - Live on BBC Red Button & BBC iplayer
Manchester City v Chelsea (3.30pm) - Live on BBC Two

Saturday 4 May 2019
Women's FA Cup Final (5.30pm) - Live on BBC One
Brekkie31,426 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Looks like international friendlies remain under the central UEFA contract alongside the Qualifiers. I thought that was just for games alongside the Nations League.

No presenter for Sky's coverage of Wales tonight - obviously didn't fancy the trip up here to Wrexham.
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ethanh05355 posts since 2 Apr 2017
HTV Wales Wales Today
Looks like international friendlies remain under the central UEFA contract alongside the Qualifiers. I thought that was just for games alongside the Nations League.

No presenter for Sky's coverage of Wales tonight - obviously didn't fancy the trip up here to Wrexham.

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Steve Williams2,719 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Looks like international friendlies remain under the central UEFA contract alongside the Qualifiers. I thought that was just for games alongside the Nations League.

No presenter for Sky's coverage of Wales tonight - obviously didn't fancy the trip up here to Wrexham.


Sky can do 45 minutes build up to a bog-standard Championship game every Friday but five minutes for a Wales match. I know it was only a friendly, but still. Similarly there's only five minutes for the Ireland match on Sasturday. I know it's only Gibraltar, but still. No interviews, nothing. On a sports channel.

I assume that, like the Nations League, friendlies played on matchdays assigned for qualifiers are included as part of the qualifying contract. Certainly the ITV deal gives ITV live rights only to friendlies played before a tournament rather than all of them.

Sad to see that in the new deal we also lose the ITV highlights show at the end of each round of fixtures, which I thought was a really valuable show in terms of rounding up everything and giving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland some decent UK-wide exposure. It was a good show that certainly wasn't averse to leading with a nation other than England. Instead it looks like, like the Nations League, ITV can only do highlights from matches played on the same night as their live game, so they can show Lithuania vs Luxembourg but not Scotland or Wales. Seems to rather negate the point of bringing all these qualifying rights together if we can't get a single show wrapping it all up.

Instead Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get their own highlights shows on BBC1 in the nations, which in some ways is better because they can do them on the night rather than wait for the end of each "round" of fixtures - although BBC NI aren't doing their highlights of tonight's match until tomorrow - but this should have been in addition to a single nationwide show including everything.

I can't really complain given that you can see all the highlights shows on iPlayer and I have Sky Sports, so it's easy for me to follow Wales from London, but the Sportsnight-esque highlights show was really useful in rounding everything up without having to search out several different highlights shows from the different nations, and I was certainly seeing more of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Such a shame.
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thegeek4,869 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
It seems that BT Sport are to produce with Sunset and Vine Amazon Prime's Football Coverage from next season.

SVG article:
https://www.svgeurope.org/blog/headlines/bt-sport-and-sunsetvine-to-produce-amazons-premier-league-football-coverage/

Excerpt from the press release:
Quote:

LONDON – 21 March, 2019 - In December Amazon announced that from the 2019/20 season UK Prime members will have exclusive access to watch 20 matches per season on Prime Video at no extra cost to a Prime membership. This will comprise of two full fixture rounds – the first December midweek round and the Boxing Day round - featuring live coverage of every Premier League team, and will be the first time a full round of Premier League fixtures will be broadcast live in the UK. Amazon has today announced that Prime Video has contracted BT Sport with their strategic football partner Sunset+Vine to support Amazon Prime Video’s production of both studio and live action match-day coverage.
rdd3,305 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Looks like international friendlies remain under the central UEFA contract alongside the Qualifiers. I thought that was just for games alongside the Nations League.

No presenter for Sky's coverage of Wales tonight - obviously didn't fancy the trip up here to Wrexham.


Sky can do 45 minutes build up to a bog-standard Championship game every Friday but five minutes for a Wales match. I know it was only a friendly, but still. Similarly there's only five minutes for the Ireland match on Sasturday. I know it's only Gibraltar, but still. No interviews, nothing. On a sports channel.


To be fair, most Republic of Ireland fans who do want a build up to the match on Saturday can watch on RTE2 who are doing a full hour pre-match. I know that’s no good for fans based in GB.

Interesting news re BT/Sunset and Vine and the Amazon match coverage. Presumably there won’t be any expectation that full pre and post game shows be provided for all ten matches in those rounds, and that there’ll be a “key game” that’s picked for wrap coverage with other games on a whistle-to-whistle basis. Be interesting to see how Premier Sports will deal with these rounds in Ireland also.
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rdd3,305 posts since 21 Jun 2001
New European Qualifiers graphics by the way for Euro 2020, though they are very similar to the previous ones colour and font wise (but a lot smaller and a different shape).

More noticeably the title sequence has been redone (though to almost exactly the same storyboards as last time) and with a new (more rubbish) arrangement of Ode to Joy. Also Sky used the custom Northern Ireland version - think before they only used the generic version.
Steve Williams2,719 posts since 1 Aug 2008
More noticeably the title sequence has been redone (though to almost exactly the same storyboards as last time) and with a new (more rubbish) arrangement of Ode to Joy. Also Sky used the custom Northern Ireland version - think before they only used the generic version.


It looks like there are variations for each nation, which I don't think was ever the case before.
rdd3,305 posts since 21 Jun 2001
There was, but Sky only used the generic version, while ITV of course didn’t use the standard titles for England games and only used the generic version for their second pick game. RTÉ did use the Republic of Ireland version however.

There’s an example of some of the other designs - including the unused England one - from the original titles here, but the new version works on the same principle.

https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/july-2014/jump-and-brandia-central-create-european-qualifiers-identity-system-for-uefa/

Overall it seems to be one of these rebrands where the exact same brief went out to design agencies with a “make this look more modern” stamp.