UnderGround Forums
 

UnderGround Forums >> ESPN UK Possibly leaving UK market


2/20/13 6:50 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
DOMINANTDAN#1FAN
119 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/17/11
Posts: 2110
The problem if it was Eurosport would be the lack of promotion. The whole point is to grow the sport and you're not going to find new viewers on Eurosport. I can't remember the last time I watched that channel. Obviously with the majority of the major sports being on Sky, they would expose those fans to MMA. Anyone know where to find peak number of Sky Sports viewers compared to Eurosport? Phone Post
2/20/13 7:03 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Outlaw'd by Lytle
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 2/14/11
Posts: 6849
DOMINANTDAN#1FAN - The problem if it was Eurosport would be the lack of promotion. The whole point is to grow the sport and you're not going to find new viewers on Eurosport. I can't remember the last time I watched that channel. Obviously with the majority of the major sports being on Sky, they would expose those fans to MMA. Anyone know where to find peak number of Sky Sports viewers compared to Eurosport? Phone Post
Correct.

Eurosport would be a disaster in terms of exposure/growth. Phone Post
2/20/13 8:24 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bootsy Collins
162 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/26/07
Posts: 8508
Eurosport used to make a complete hash of K1 when they showed it too.
Although the thought of SENSEI WILL VANDERS commentating or in some way related to a UFC show would be hilarious.

'Dan Henderson dancing like moonlight on a mountain stream, throws a hook but it has a second-class postage stamp on it. OSSS!'
2/25/13 9:05 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Legendash
1 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/25/13
Posts: 16
BT to buy ESPN UK and Ireland channels

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21577676

Does anyone know what this means for the UFC coverage ESPN currently provides?
2/25/13 10:11 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bootsy Collins
162 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/26/07
Posts: 8539
Hmm, not mentioned in the article.
I'm hoping that the rebranded FX (now Fox UK or whatever) will be the one
2/25/13 10:49 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life
153 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/16/11
Posts: 2165
Can someone paste the article, I'm unable to access it on the iPod. Phone Post
2/25/13 11:15 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bootsy Collins
162 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/26/07
Posts: 8540
BT has agreed to buy ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels as it adds to its live sports coverage.

The deal sees BT acquire the ESPN and ESPN America channels, and their live rights to show FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, Uefa Europa League, and German Bundesliga matches.

The company will launch its BT Sport TV package in the summer.

BT had already secured the rights to show live English Premier League games for the first time, from next season.

The UK telecoms firm has been investing heavily in its sports offering, including buying the rights to show live Aviva Premiership rugby union matches and a deal with the WTA to show women's tennis.

It has taken on some big-name sports presenters including Jake Humphrey, who led the BBC's Formula One coverage, and Clare Balding who presented horse racing and Olympics coverage for the BBC.

After last year's auction of Premier League rights, which raised more than £3bn, ESPN was left with no rights to show live matches after the 2012-13 season.

The package went for 70% more than the previous one, with BSkyB agreeing to pay £2.28bn for the rights to 116 games per season from 2013-14 to 2015-16. BT, meanwhile, agreed to pay £736m for the rights to 38 games per season over the three-year period.

New package

The ESPN deal is expected to be completed at the end of July. After that BT said it would continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel as part of its new sports package.

ESPN channels will broadcast from BT Sport's new facilities at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

"We are delighted to have reached agreement with ESPN for the acquisition of their UK channels business and that we have been able to add some exciting new sports rights to the ones we already have," said Marc Watson, chief executive of television, BT Retail.

"The FA Cup, Scottish Premier League and Europa League rights will allow us to offer customers of BT Sport even more quality live football, including our first games from the Scottish top flight and our first European competition rights."

The deal will also see BT continue to show the US sports currently shown on ESPN America, which includes college basketball, college football and Nascar racing.

Ross Hair, ESPN's managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We could not be more proud of the TV channels built and nurtured by our talented team over the past four years.

"The value of that hard work is reflected in this deal with BT and the continuation of ESPN on television screens across the UK and Ireland."

The deal does not include ESPN Classic, which will be wound down
2/25/13 11:31 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life
153 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/16/11
Posts: 2166
Thx, I'll vote you up when I get to a PC. Looks like their gonna bankrupt themselves. I don't see the appeal, you have to stream everything and fuck that at the moment. I get a 20 mb connection but still numerous issues when streaming Phone Post
2/25/13 11:57 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Outlaw'd by Lytle
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 2/14/11
Posts: 6964
Bootsy Collins - BT has agreed to buy ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels as it adds to its live sports coverage.

The deal sees BT acquire the ESPN and ESPN America channels, and their live rights to show FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, Uefa Europa League, and German Bundesliga matches.

The company will launch its BT Sport TV package in the summer.

BT had already secured the rights to show live English Premier League games for the first time, from next season.

The UK telecoms firm has been investing heavily in its sports offering, including buying the rights to show live Aviva Premiership rugby union matches and a deal with the WTA to show women's tennis.

It has taken on some big-name sports presenters including Jake Humphrey, who led the BBC's Formula One coverage, and Clare Balding who presented horse racing and Olympics coverage for the BBC.

After last year's auction of Premier League rights, which raised more than £3bn, ESPN was left with no rights to show live matches after the 2012-13 season.

The package went for 70% more than the previous one, with BSkyB agreeing to pay £2.28bn for the rights to 116 games per season from 2013-14 to 2015-16. BT, meanwhile, agreed to pay £736m for the rights to 38 games per season over the three-year period.

New package

The ESPN deal is expected to be completed at the end of July. After that BT said it would continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel as part of its new sports package.

ESPN channels will broadcast from BT Sport's new facilities at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

"We are delighted to have reached agreement with ESPN for the acquisition of their UK channels business and that we have been able to add some exciting new sports rights to the ones we already have," said Marc Watson, chief executive of television, BT Retail.

"The FA Cup, Scottish Premier League and Europa League rights will allow us to offer customers of BT Sport even more quality live football, including our first games from the Scottish top flight and our first European competition rights."

The deal will also see BT continue to show the US sports currently shown on ESPN America, which includes college basketball, college football and Nascar racing.

Ross Hair, ESPN's managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We could not be more proud of the TV channels built and nurtured by our talented team over the past four years.

"The value of that hard work is reflected in this deal with BT and the continuation of ESPN on television screens across the UK and Ireland."

The deal does not include ESPN Classic, which will be wound down
No mention of The UFC? Phone Post
2/25/13 12:09 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
El Toro UK
136 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Edited: 02/25/13 1:27 PM
Member Since: 7/11/12
Posts: 140
Outlaw'd by Lytle -
Bootsy Collins - BT has agreed to buy ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels as it adds to its live sports coverage.

The deal sees BT acquire the ESPN and ESPN America channels, and their live rights to show FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, Uefa Europa League, and German Bundesliga matches.

The company will launch its BT Sport TV package in the summer.

BT had already secured the rights to show live English Premier League games for the first time, from next season.

The UK telecoms firm has been investing heavily in its sports offering, including buying the rights to show live Aviva Premiership rugby union matches and a deal with the WTA to show women's tennis.

It has taken on some big-name sports presenters including Jake Humphrey, who led the BBC's Formula One coverage, and Clare Balding who presented horse racing and Olympics coverage for the BBC.

After last year's auction of Premier League rights, which raised more than £3bn, ESPN was left with no rights to show live matches after the 2012-13 season.

The package went for 70% more than the previous one, with BSkyB agreeing to pay £2.28bn for the rights to 116 games per season from 2013-14 to 2015-16. BT, meanwhile, agreed to pay £736m for the rights to 38 games per season over the three-year period.

New package

The ESPN deal is expected to be completed at the end of July. After that BT said it would continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel as part of its new sports package.

ESPN channels will broadcast from BT Sport's new facilities at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

"We are delighted to have reached agreement with ESPN for the acquisition of their UK channels business and that we have been able to add some exciting new sports rights to the ones we already have," said Marc Watson, chief executive of television, BT Retail.

"The FA Cup, Scottish Premier League and Europa League rights will allow us to offer customers of BT Sport even more quality live football, including our first games from the Scottish top flight and our first European competition rights."

The deal will also see BT continue to show the US sports currently shown on ESPN America, which includes college basketball, college football and Nascar racing.

Ross Hair, ESPN's managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We could not be more proud of the TV channels built and nurtured by our talented team over the past four years.

"The value of that hard work is reflected in this deal with BT and the continuation of ESPN on television screens across the UK and Ireland."

The deal does not include ESPN Classic, which will be wound down
No mention of The UFC? Phone Post

This backs up what John Joe and B=G4L have been saying in this thread about ESPN. We've just got to wait and see what happens now. Hopefully UFC coverage somehow doesn't end up exclusively on BT Vision.

 

2/25/13 5:42 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
El Toro UK
136 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Edited: 02/25/13 5:44 PM
Member Since: 7/11/12
Posts: 141

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

2/26/13 3:36 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life
153 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/16/11
Posts: 2172
El Toro UK -

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

BT Vision? If it is then UFC is fucked in the UK? Phone Post
2/26/13 4:18 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
SonnendbySilva
63 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 6/22/11
Posts: 1239
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life -
El Toro UK -

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

BT Vision? If it is then UFC is fucked in the UK? Phone Post
I would personally seriously consider getting bt vision if the ufc were on it Phone Post
2/26/13 4:22 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Pl4stickman
13 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 2/7/13
Posts: 18
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life -
El Toro UK -

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

BT Vision? If it is then UFC is fucked in the UK? Phone Post
I really hope not. It's gonna be a nightmare to watch if on that! Please let there be BT channels on sky showing UFC. It's the only reason I have ESPN just now Phone Post
2/26/13 5:05 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Outlaw'd by Lytle
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 2/14/11
Posts: 6982
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life -
El Toro UK -

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

BT Vision? If it is then UFC is fucked in the UK? Phone Post
Agreed.

BT vision is a sideways step as opposed to a progressive nice forward.

If indeed it does move to BT Vision then Zuffa aren't serious about the UK market.

Horrendous platform to choose. Phone Post
2/26/13 5:06 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Outlaw'd by Lytle
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 2/14/11
Posts: 6983
Outlaw'd by Lytle -
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life -
El Toro UK -

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

BT Vision? If it is then UFC is fucked in the UK? Phone Post
Agreed.

BT vision is a sideways step as opposed to a progressive nice forward.

If indeed it does move to BT Vision then Zuffa aren't serious about the UK market.

Horrendous platform to choose. Phone Post
^ progressive move Phone Post
2/26/13 5:06 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
dandare
2 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/19/10
Posts: 67
This is from BBC news.

The deal will also see BT continue to show the US sports currently shown on ESPN America, which includes college basketball, college football and Nascar racing. Phone Post
2/26/13 5:10 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life
153 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/16/11
Posts: 2174
Outlaw'd by Lytle -
Bisping=Gatekeeper4Life -
El Toro UK -

Gareth A Davies tweeted this a few hours back :

Gary Cook EMEA CEO @UFC says 'we are re-writing the landscape - try not to read the press it can affect your judgement and spiral' #UFC #MMA

Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "we have been a US tv product. 96pc has been late at night, a niche market. We want to re-package, rebuild."


Gary Cook CEO EMEA @UFC #UFC "Sky have dominated. BT Vision have around 15 million homes, and have moved into the marketplace"

Apparently GC was on Ariel's show today Phone Post

BT Vision? If it is then UFC is fucked in the UK? Phone Post
Agreed.

BT vision is a sideways step as opposed to a progressive nice forward.

If indeed it does move to BT Vision then Zuffa aren't serious about the UK market.

Horrendous platform to choose. Phone Post
This. The 15 million customers is way of. Sky have 11 million customers. BT probably have 1.5 going by what El Toro has posted. If the UFC go to BT Vision then how the fuck do they possibly think they will expand the Sport. They will more than likely kill it in the UK. Phone Post
2/26/13 7:14 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
El Toro UK
136 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/11/12
Posts: 142

Just to add GC said he would he would consider a two channel deal like what they have in brazil where they show programming on both a freeview type channel and a subscription channel 

2/26/13 10:12 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Tartan warrior
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 3/20/08
Posts: 2274
dandare -  This is from BBC news.

The deal will also see BT continue to show the US sports currently shown on ESPN America, which includes college basketball, college football and Nascar racing. Phone Post

What you posted has no relevance. Ufc is shown on ESPN UK not ESPN America.
2/27/13 7:02 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
El Toro UK
136 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Edited: 02/27/13 7:35 AM
Member Since: 7/11/12
Posts: 143

Might be nothing but BT Vision are offering Barao/McDonald on demand http://bit.ly/Xhq3Rv

As well as Aldo Edgar prelims http://tinyurl.com/caqxh5l and main card http://tinyurl.com/c8d7xh2

The current season of TUF is also available in their library 

 

I'm with sky but do virgin or anyone else offer ufc events on demand?

 

2/27/13 7:42 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
NorthernIrishZombie
175 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 3/2/12
Posts: 454

BT's sports channels will have to be on Sky/Virgin for it to be economically feasible. It'll just be like having ESPN, only hopefully with more/better coverage of the UFC.

2/27/13 8:13 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Flannerz
9 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/7/06
Posts: 466
BT will be launching two sports channels in the summer. I'd guess they'd be on the Sky platform but they haven't announced anything more yet
2/27/13 8:40 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
DeWebb
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 9/14/10
Posts: 345
BT Vision is more or less freeview isn't it? Any BT Sports Channels will likely be available to a huge amount of people, tho likely via sub. Isn't freeview in like 60 million homes? Phone Post
2/27/13 8:49 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
DeWebb
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 9/14/10
Posts: 347
Best case scenario would be Channel 4, they have HD across Sky/Freesat/Freeview, that pretty much covers the whole of the UK. Phone Post

Reply Post

You must log in to post a reply. Click here to login.