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Monday, August 7

Uh-oh... TV COVERAGE

Big problem ahead boys... if you dont have Setanta Sports TV channel you are soon going to wish you had..............

2006-2007 English Premier League (EPL)

FOX Sports International (FSI) has sublicensed US and Canadian TV rights to an average of approximately 4 2006-2007 English Premier League (EPL) matches each week to Setanta Sports North America.

In the United States, FOX Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports USA will divide the 2006-2007 EPL season as follows:

Saturdays at 7:30am ET: Setanta Sports USA

Saturdays at 10am ET: Setanta Sports USA has the 1st and 3rd picks, FOX Soccer Channel has the 2nd and 4th picks

Saturdays at 12noon ET: FOX Soccer Channel

Sundays at 8:30am ET: Setanta Sports USA

Sundays at 11am ET: FOX Soccer Channel

Mondays at 3pm ET: FOX Soccer Channel

Tuesdays-Fridays: Setanta Sports USA has the 1st pick, FOX Soccer Channel has the 2nd pick

The EPL will no longer air via pay-per-view in the US.

This means we get the best game of the week on Fox Sports (11am Sunday) and the Monday night game (often crap) - we lose the second best game of the week (sometimes the best) to Setanta with the early Saturday game. If 4 games from the Saturday regular kick offs are televised we will only see the second and fourth best of those. Get ready for a season of Reading. United matches will almost all show upon Setanta...

16 Comments:

  • Setanta broadband might be an option if you have a good connection ($12 a month)

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 10:59 AM  

  • Not available on Broadband! Their channel or to the pub... The first weekend sees Arsenal, United and Liverpool all on Setanta Sports. This sucks.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 11:03 AM  

  • This is all a load of crap. I don't understand the financial arrangement here, especially with FSC's alleged commitment to grow the sport in the USA with coverage. It's clear that they are having major trouble selling advertising space/time on the network, thus the sublicense to Setanta. The NFL, NBA, MLB and even the NHL blockout all of the big ad dollars from the beer and auto industries; what's left for soccer? Once again, it all comes down to dollars and cents - not sense, unfortunately. I'm pretty friggin pissed off. Thankfully, the Banshee Pub in Dorchester is not too far away from the safe confines of Brookline.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 11:17 AM  

  • Further research shows that to get Setanta you have to have Direct TV.
    Its 10 dollars a month if you get the year long subscription.

    There is also some global satellite network you can get but its clearly crap so dont.

    It doesnt seem that the English football is on their internet channel - though i will write to them and say why not?

    If you dont have DirecTV its almost certainly back to the pubs.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 11:57 AM  

  • The problem is how many pubs are going to be arsed to open up at half seven for Pompey - Anyone.

    As for GAC, don't you understand by now FSC has MLS and A League "action". The EPL is only watched by a small section of the soccer viewing public in the US. There is no need to cater to that crowd.

    Until we get Sky Sports this will continue to be a problem. Some were none too pleased that Sports Guy wrote about the "EPL" prefering the profile of the league not be raised by pretenders. I argued we needed all the support we could get.

    Now Setanta matches are available on Comcast On Demand at $20 a pop. I often did that rather than contend with the muppets and bad food at the Phoenix. Why can't they give us the package

    By Blogger Chris P, at 1:24 PM  

  • The problem is how many pubs are going to be arsed to open up at half seven for Pompey - Anyone.

    As for GAC, don't you understand by now FSC has MLS and A League "action". The EPL is only watched by a small section of the soccer viewing public in the US. There is no need to cater to that crowd.

    Until we get Sky Sports this will continue to be a problem. Some were none too pleased that Sports Guy wrote about the "EPL" prefering the profile of the league not be raised by pretenders. I argued we needed all the support we could get.

    Now Setanta matches are available on Comcast On Demand at $20 a pop. I often did that rather than contend with the muppets and bad food at the Phoenix. Why can't they give us the package

    By Blogger Chris P, at 1:24 PM  

  • I agree, i want the PPV instead, i can choose then to watch Arsenal for a tenner or 15 or whatever it was - rather than have to go to a pub to see a channel i cant get otherwise. I quite like not going to the pub these days and watching 7.30am matches in bed.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:10 PM  

  • And... Setanta wrote back to me to confirm they wont be broadcasting Premiership matches on the internet.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:11 PM  

  • The hits just keep on coming! FYI: site meter is very cool.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 2:46 PM  

  • Is there a link for the Setanta Comcast schedule???

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 2:47 PM  

  • Dont think Setanta airs on Comcast does it?

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:49 PM  

  • Just the PPV. Comcast does offer a MLS package with over 129 games for $69, a NASCAR package and plenty of BMX on demand options as well

    By Blogger Chris P, at 3:06 PM  

  • NASCAR is so exciting. Left turn, then another left turn, then another and, finally, another...but BMX is even better! I would rather watch rodeo.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 3:55 PM  

  • This is my reaction to what's transpiring with EPL telecasts in the USA...enjoy!!!


    http://www.break.com/index/angry_german_kid_with_subtitles.html


    Future goosestepper?

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 3:58 PM  

  • Somebody call the samaritans for me, this has tipped me over the edge with living here....

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 1:25 AM  

  • Community Shield is being broadcast on FSC.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 5:38 PM  

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