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Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by Old Hob » Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:59 am

BT Sports has warned it may lose the right to broadcast after having a "final offer" rejected. Premiership Rugby Ltd (PRL) turned down an offer from BT of a 4 year extension to the existing deal for about the same £40 million a year fee. BT believes the offer to be generous, it is reported. However, in May 2019 when PRL sold 27% of its shares to CVC Capital the firm believed it could sell the rights for more and attract better commercial deals. Darren Childs is the boss and he was chief executive of UKTV and he brought several former colleagues with him with the aim of securing higher broadcast income.

Mick Crossan, owner of London Irish, claimed Amazon has thrown its hat into the ring but it is not thought they have made an offer.

BT has signalled to its presenters that it is ready to walk away.
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by RagingBull » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:19 am

Well if I can save about £280 a year on a channel that I only use for rugby currently then I will be very happy.
I already use Amazon Prime so the saving will be more.
That's basically pays for my Season ticket.

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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by ay2oh » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:33 am

RagingBull wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:19 am
Well if I can save about £280 a year on a channel that I only use for rugby currently then I will be very happy.
I already use Amazon Prime so the saving will be more.
That's basically pays for my Season ticket.
Same here :smt023
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by Noggs » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:10 am

Am I correct in thinking that the BT deal runs out at the end of this season?
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by TigerFeetSteve » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:12 am

ay2oh wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:33 am
RagingBull wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:19 am
Well if I can save about £280 a year on a channel that I only use for rugby currently then I will be very happy.
I already use Amazon Prime so the saving will be more.
That's basically pays for my Season ticket.
Same here :smt023
And me would be massively happy with Amazon becoming the defacto home of rugby given
a) I'm already a Prime member.
b) It's cheaper than Sky or BT subscriptions
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by ay2oh » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:16 am

TigerFeetSteve wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:12 am
ay2oh wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:33 am
RagingBull wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:19 am
Well if I can save about £280 a year on a channel that I only use for rugby currently then I will be very happy.
I already use Amazon Prime so the saving will be more.
That's basically pays for my Season ticket.
Same here :smt023
And me would be massively happy with Amazon becoming the defacto home of rugby given
a) I'm already a Prime member.
b) It's cheaper than Sky or BT subscriptions
The only downside is that you cannot record it on prime
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by sam16111986 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:21 am

ay2oh wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:16 am
TigerFeetSteve wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:12 am
ay2oh wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:33 am


Same here :smt023
And me would be massively happy with Amazon becoming the defacto home of rugby given
a) I'm already a Prime member.
b) It's cheaper than Sky or BT subscriptions
The only downside is that you cannot record it on prime
You can normally watch the game back on Amazon Prime on the same weekend. I'd imagine they'd launch a rugby hub where you can watch the games, highlights and associated shows on stream as well. With a bit of luck they'd pick up the BT presenters as well.

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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by Moose » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:21 am

ay2oh wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:16 am
TigerFeetSteve wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:12 am
ay2oh wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:33 am


Same here :smt023
And me would be massively happy with Amazon becoming the defacto home of rugby given
a) I'm already a Prime member.
b) It's cheaper than Sky or BT subscriptions
The only downside is that you cannot record it on prime
If the Autumn Nations Cup is anything to go by though, you can watch from start if you missed the beginning, and matches are available on demand within an hour or two of finishing.

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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by chipnchase » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:26 am

Darren Childs is an absolute waste of space in the current environment.

He tried to play hard ball with BT hoping Sky would create a rugby only channel like they have with Golf, Premier League and F1 however they decided it wasn't commercially viable.

BT have come back to the table and he's holding out hope that Amazon will pick up Prem rights but I think their focus is very much around internationals and more likely than not they will want to bid big for the six nations as it guarantees viewers.

In the current climate they are probably better off developing the offer with BT sport, more televised matches wouldn't go a miss in return for a bit more income.

Even when people are allowed back in stadiums there is no guarantee they'll want to stand shoulder to shoulder in the stands any time soon.

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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by chipnchase » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:27 am

I should add however I'd prefer to see everything on one channel.

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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by ay2oh » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:40 am

chipnchase wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:27 am
I should add however I'd prefer to see everything on one channel.
Yes all this red button stuff is pants. Poor quality picture, no half or full time analysis and no option to record
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by JP14 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:57 am

My disgruntlement with BT Sport's coverage is well known and if it goes to Amazon I'll be more than happy to switch as I'm the only family member who uses it anyway and its price is nowhere near value for money.

My only hope is that Amazon don't swoop up the BT team... no one needs the shocking bias of Dallaglio and Healey, or the dull afters of Ben Kay, or the shallow and nonexistent presenting of Elgan & Craig Doyle and the irrelevant, uninspiring and irritating commentary of Nick Mullins et al.

However I don't mind Bayfield, Monye, O'Driscoll or Flatman.
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by MCC1964 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:46 am

JP14 wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:57 am
My disgruntlement with BT Sport's coverage is well known and if it goes to Amazon I'll be more than happy to switch as I'm the only family member who uses it anyway and its price is nowhere near value for money.

My only hope is that Amazon don't swoop up the BT team... no one needs the shocking bias of Dallaglio and Healey, or the dull afters of Ben Kay, or the shallow and nonexistent presenting of Elgan & Craig Doyle and the irrelevant, uninspiring and irritating commentary of Nick Mullins et al.

However I don't mind Bayfield, Monye, O'Driscoll or Flatman.
I I have to disagree with you regarding Nick Mullins and Alistair Ekyn (?) for that matter. Personal preference I know, but I think they are far superior to their Sky TV predecessors. Miles Harrison anyone? Dear me, no. As to the pundits, give me Flats and Benny Kayser any day. Quite like Ugo as well.

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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by voice of the crumbie » Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:54 am

I'll adapt to most presenters. However there is one up with whom I will not put.

Yes, you've got it - Lawrence (master of stating the ********* obvious) Dallaglio. I find it better to watch with the commentary turned down when he's on.
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Re: Premiership rejects BT TV offer

Post by SthrnTiger » Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:08 pm

MCC1964 wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:46 am
JP14 wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:57 am
My disgruntlement with BT Sport's coverage is well known and if it goes to Amazon I'll be more than happy to switch as I'm the only family member who uses it anyway and its price is nowhere near value for money.

My only hope is that Amazon don't swoop up the BT team... no one needs the shocking bias of Dallaglio and Healey, or the dull afters of Ben Kay, or the shallow and nonexistent presenting of Elgan & Craig Doyle and the irrelevant, uninspiring and irritating commentary of Nick Mullins et al.

However I don't mind Bayfield, Monye, O'Driscoll or Flatman.
I I have to disagree with you regarding Nick Mullins and Alistair Ekyn (?) for that matter. Personal preference I know, but I think they are far superior to their Sky TV predecessors. Miles Harrison anyone? Dear me, no. As to the pundits, give me Flats and Benny Kayser any day. Quite like Ugo as well.
On pundits for me Flatman is the best by a mile. I also think Sam Warburton is very good, who despite not playing for Wales long ago manages to be completely unbiased. For commentators Andrew Cotter is my favourite though don’t have a problem with Mullins or Ekyn.

Not trying to be politically correct but genuinely think some of the female pundits are pretty good such as Maggie Alphonso. The advantage they have compared to the likes of Dallagio and Healey is not carrying around the massive egos so actually make some insightful comments.

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