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toby lerone 2016465 posts since 13 Jul 2016
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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Scottish League Cup final next month will be BT Sport's first (and likely only) Rangers v Celtic match - owing to Sky having had exclusive rights to the fixture in the league.


There has been 18 old firm derbies since 2015 after Rangers Liquidation, the first season BT took the rights from BBC Scotland in 2016-17 the second semi final was Rangers v Celtic and so far the only old firm on BT. Every Old Firm league and cup match has been on Sky Sports since Rangers got back in the SPL apart from 2015 which was on BBC Scotland when they had exclusive League Cup coverage. Next year the League Cup coverage will move to Premier Sports alongside their Scottish Cup coverage but they have yet to cover an Old Firm live, the League coverage will move exclusive to Sky so your right it will be the last on BT for the foreseeable future.

These are the only 2 Old Firm not to be live on Sky Sports since 2015.
February 2015 - League Cup Semi Final - Rangers 0-2 Celtic (Live on BBC Scotland)
October 2016 - League Cup Semi Final - Rangers 0-1 Celtic (Live on BT Sport)
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dvboy9,900 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Sad to see both Men’s and Women’s tennis almost completely disappear from Linear TV.


I see what you mean but at least they aren't doing like Cricket & Golf did with hardly any live Free to Air coverage, you still get French Open on ITV4, Queens Club, Eastbourne & Wimbledon on BBC which makes for 6 live weeks of FTA in the Summer as well as the ATP Tour Finals on BBC from the 02 before it moves as well as hopefully the continuation of the Davis Cup rights on BBC this year.


The Davis Cup finals will be on Eurosport.

Anyway, with the main tours both on Amazon Prime Video it'll be pretty easy to choose the match you want to watch rather than being stuck with whatever match Sky or BT want to show you. Want to watch first round doubles in the car park at Indian Wells at 5am after all the singles matches have finished? No problem.
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dvboy9,900 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Although Amazon still really need to improve their interface - it can still be more difficult than it should be to find the live content.


It's got better in the apps and online, it's all under a 'Sports' tab now. Fire Stick however can be slow at showing new content.

I've worked out they list matches on the website exactly 8 hours before they are due to start.
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UKnews844 posts since 26 Apr 2011
Sad to see both Men’s and Women’s tennis almost completely disappear from Linear TV.


I see what you mean but at least they aren't doing like Cricket & Golf did with hardly any live Free to Air coverage, you still get French Open on ITV4, Queens Club, Eastbourne & Wimbledon on BBC which makes for 6 live weeks of FTA in the Summer as well as the ATP Tour Finals on BBC from the 02 before it moves as well as hopefully the continuation of the Davis Cup rights on BBC this year.


The ATP and WTA always have never had huge audiences, they’ve been high quality schedule filler and probably attracted a limited amount of customers who want to see tennis above all other sports. They’re a key part of the sport but not a huge amount of interest outside of those people. Now they can pay £80 a year for complete coverage and get the US Open as well. They just need to add two months of Eurosport Player for the French Open (if ITV4 hasn’t for enough of it for them) and the Australian Open. (Perhaps another month for the Davis Cup.) That’s before anything else they might get from Amazon (streaming or otherwise). If tennis is what they really want above all else they can cancel BT Sport, having already cancelled Sky Sports. Not a bad deal at all.

As has been said the very biggest events still have extensive FTA coverage - two of the four Grand Slams live, one as highlights. I get the point about a sport growing through people coming across FTA coverage, but at least if they do and want to see more there is one service that will get them extensive coverage of the vast majority of events. That’s pretty good compared to most sports.
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toby lerone 2016465 posts since 13 Jul 2016
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S4C to show one European Challenge Cup game (presumably involving a Welsh team) each round this season - EPCR must have gotten worried about the lack of TV exposure the competition was getting in the UK last year (only two pool stage games were broadcast I think).

https://www.epcrugby.com/2019/11/06/25th-anniversary-season-of-european-club-rugby-launched-in-cardiff/


Think that your right, the upside of the new rights since last year is the FTA coverage on Channel 4 & Virgin Media but downside of the new rights is BT can do whatever they want with the Challenge Cup and not a lot was broadcast last season. EPCR should have tried to get Channel 4 / Virgin Media to show a match from this tournament as well as part of the rights like UEFA do with the Europa League.

While I am chatting about the FTA coverage they should also have let Virgin Media Ireland have an option to pick a separate match from Channel 4 as last season they had both FTA broadcasters covering the same match which meant Ireland seen Exeter v Gloucester twice live instead of Munster, Ulster & Leinster although saying that the Irish teams did get plenty of live coverage.
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rdd3,414 posts since 21 Jun 2001
While I am chatting about the FTA coverage they should also have let Virgin Media Ireland have an option to pick a separate match from Channel 4 as last season they had both FTA broadcasters covering the same match which meant Ireland seen Exeter v Gloucester twice live instead of Munster, Ulster & Leinster although saying that the Irish teams did get plenty of live coverage.

That would be something all rugby fans in Ireland, I think, would welcome, but I can understand why BT (or Sky as BT’s agents in Ireland) wouldn’t be happy with that as it would devalue their rights. A quid pro quo might be blocking Channel 4’s coverage but that could cause its own problems.