I think it’s basically a stop gap for the moment and the fact that’s it’s only a one year deal is telling in that regard. As I say it’s a pity it only includes the NZ matches and it would be much better value if the Australian and Trans-Tasman ones were also included. Re getting it up on a TV my understanding is that there’s an Apple TV app, at any rate, and Airplay and Chromecast support.
It's priced for the die-hard supporters, and not the casual fans, much like the FloSports package for the Pacific Rugby Premiership a couple of seasons back.
I think if it's proven that RugbyPass can deliver, I would quite like them to bid for any and all rugby rights coming up, and develop big screen-capable apps.
Valid point - many (myself included) follow a club & country "die-hard" and just enjoy following/watching the other big leagues. I'm fortunate to have Sky & BT Sports, and took a one-month trial for Amazon last autumn (which I hope was a one-off). ...
..which leads neatly onto the idea that a mixture of pay & FTA broadcast contracts has always sat nicely with me. Put the big tournaments on FTA, there's certainly more scope for that with bundling the autumn series into a Six Nations contract. Then keep the club games & summer tours on a pay-broadcaster (with FTA highlights) for those wanting to pay.
I'm not a fan of streaming for live events, but I can see how it could then work for the "lesser" (I use that term very loosely, to also include the awkwardly timed) leagues.
When you suggest RugbyPass should bid for "any and all" contracts, I'm curious how you'd see this fitting into a FTA/pay broadcast model? I'm uncomfortable with, to take the glaring example, taking the Six-Nations off FTA.
From reading around a few Aussie/Kiwi news sites, it seems the "stop-gap" setup of this season is especially true of Sanzaar, more than I previously realised.
Last edited by japitts on 25 February 2021 11:38am