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3/4/13 9:15 AM
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Bootsy Collins - To be fair it seemed the actual main card started 40 mins late hence why the broadcast started awkwardly in the middle of the FB prelims. Not really ESPN's fault.

No, that's not it. For some reason ESPN were airing the last hour of the Facebook prelims. You'd think they would just show them all since they can obviously get them on air.


Really? But the broadcast started at 2 am with the prelims so were ESPN showing it on a delay so??

No, it was live.

 

ESPN started broadcasting at 2am, an hour before the main card started (3am), hence catching the last two prelim fights. To be fair, the main card probably went a bit long which is why it overran.

 

I think UFC 157 also has a 2am start time (with prelims from midnight), which again sounds like they're broadcasting an hour of  the facebook prelims (since the main card actually starts at 3am). Now, this all might just be a mistake on ESPN's part in that they're starting/ending broadcasting an hour earlier than they're supposed to. I've no idea why they'd suddenly change it though. I just assumed on Saturday that they were giving us an extra hour of prelims as a nice bonus.

3/4/13 9:20 AM
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Bootsy Collins - To be fair it seemed the actual main card started 40 mins late hence why the broadcast started awkwardly in the middle of the FB prelims. Not really ESPN's fault.

No, that's not it. For some reason ESPN were airing the last hour of the Facebook prelims. You'd think they would just show them all since they can obviously get them on air.


Really? But the broadcast started at 2 am with the prelims so were ESPN showing it on a delay so??

No, it was live.

 

ESPN started broadcasting at 2am, an hour before the main card started (3am), hence catching the last two prelim fights. To be fair, the main card probably went a bit long which is why it overran.

 

I think UFC 157 also has a 2am start time (with prelims from midnight), which again sounds like they're broadcasting an hour of  the facebook prelims (since the main card actually starts at 3am). Now, this all might just be a mistake on ESPN's part in that they're starting/ending broadcasting an hour earlier than they're supposed to. I've no idea why they'd suddenly change it though. I just assumed on Saturday that they were giving us an extra hour of prelims as a nice bonus.


They usually state on the planner when they're showing prelims but its odd that they didn't this time. I watched the Mizugaki/Caraway and Fukuda/Tavares fights on facebook, if I'd known they were on ESPN, I would have preferred watching them on my HD TV and then set another additional programme to record afterwards to ensure I'd get the full main card, what with the planner being 1 hour behind.

3/4/13 9:29 AM
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Man I wish the UFC was on channel 5
4/3/13 1:26 PM
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Jon Joe any updates from Garry Cook on this today?

4/3/13 1:29 PM
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*cough*updates*cough* Phone Post 3.0
4/3/13 6:30 PM
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Jon Joe any updates from Garry Cook on this today?


nah, he lets nothing slip that guy :/
4/6/13 6:10 PM
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Garry Cook more or less said they've secured a BT Vision TV deal in the Fuel TV 9 post fight presser just now.

Other then confirming we'll be getting extra UFC programming he didn't give an other specifics away. Phone Post 3.0
4/6/13 7:01 PM
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Got tv and telephone through sky, bt are just clowns. Oh well Phone Post
4/6/13 7:07 PM
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Big UK deal ends up being with BT fucking Vision. Fuck, fuck fuck. Seems like the sport will always be second rate in the UK. Hope the channel it goes onto ends up being available on Sky and also Virgin or the sport will die. Nobody wants BT fuckin Vision. Phone Post 3.0
4/6/13 7:08 PM
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Fucking hell... Phone Post
4/6/13 7:18 PM
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Something very wrong if it goes on BT.
Cook is a joker and a chancer imo.
4/6/13 7:29 PM
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BT Vision have the first choice Premiership games for the next three seasons. Everyone will want BT Vision.
4/6/13 7:36 PM
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How's it all gon work then? Will BT have a standalone channel where they'll air UFC, or will we need to switch providers altogether just to catch the UFC cards? If so, fook that. Phone Post
4/6/13 7:49 PM
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kimbo's kimbo - How's it all gon work then? Will BT have a standalone channel where they'll air UFC, or will we need to switch providers altogether just to catch the UFC cards? If so, fook that. Phone Post
No real details released yet. There will be a "BT Sport" channel which will air on BT Vision (and Youview) but whether or not this channel will be resold to Sky/Virgin etc has not been announced. BT have also bought ESPN image rights and catalogue in the UK so may continue to operate at least one ESPN channel (as well as BT Sport) Phone Post 3.0
4/6/13 7:54 PM
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Maldini2706 - BT Vision have the first choice Premiership games for the next three seasons. Everyone will want BT Vision.
Source for first choice please. I believe they have bought ESPN's games, which was fourth choice. Phone Post 3.0
4/6/13 7:57 PM
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It has been announced that the BT Sports channel will be available on Sky Sports:



BT secures Sky slots for sports channels

20 November, 2012 | By Alex Farber


BT has secured two EPG slots on the Sky platform in preparation for the launch of its sports channels.


The broadcaster, which has secured rights to air FA Premier League football, international football and Aviva Premiership rugby packages, has acquired the placeholders on the pay TV platform, which it has temporarily branded as Sailing 1 and Sailing 2.

Currently in testing and yet to go live, BT will rebrand and launch the channels next year, with viewers able to dial a phone number in order to access the content.

Due to BT’s existing infrastructure it is able to manage the customer relationship directly, rather than rely on Sky to re-sell its channels.

A BT spokesman confirmed the EPG slots had been secured ahead of the launch.

“Sailing 1 and 2 are placeholders for the new BT Sport channel, which will be launching next year,” he said. “For test purposes they will be showing sailing, treasure diving and kayaking content.”
4/6/13 7:59 PM
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SlickRick01 - It has been announced that the BT Sports channel will be available on Sky Sports:



BT secures Sky slots for sports channels

20 November, 2012 | By Alex Farber


BT has secured two EPG slots on the Sky platform in preparation for the launch of its sports channels.


The broadcaster, which has secured rights to air FA Premier League football, international football and Aviva Premiership rugby packages, has acquired the placeholders on the pay TV platform, which it has temporarily branded as Sailing 1 and Sailing 2.

Currently in testing and yet to go live, BT will rebrand and launch the channels next year, with viewers able to dial a phone number in order to access the content.

Due to BT’s existing infrastructure it is able to manage the customer relationship directly, rather than rely on Sky to re-sell its channels.

A BT spokesman confirmed the EPG slots had been secured ahead of the launch.

“Sailing 1 and 2 are placeholders for the new BT Sport channel, which will be launching next year,” he said. “For test purposes they will be showing sailing, treasure diving and kayaking content.”
Voted up, now they just better not price the fucker through the roof. Phone Post 3.0
4/6/13 8:01 PM
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Maldini2706 - BT Vision have the first choice Premiership games for the next three seasons. Everyone will want BT Vision.
Source for first choice please. I believe they have bought ESPN's games, which was fourth choice. Phone Post 3.0

"And Scudamore’s team were able to extricate every possible penny from what were previously the least attractive match choices by the ‘game changer’ of including a total of 18 first picks in BT’s set of 38 games to be shown on the Saturday 12.45pm slot and midweek and Bank Holidays."

They will have some top flight Premier League games. This automatically makes BT Sports relevant.
4/6/13 8:01 PM
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SlickRick01 - It has been announced that the BT Sports channel will be available on Sky Sports:



BT secures Sky slots for sports channels

20 November, 2012 | By Alex Farber


BT has secured two EPG slots on the Sky platform in preparation for the launch of its sports channels.


The broadcaster, which has secured rights to air FA Premier League football, international football and Aviva Premiership rugby packages, has acquired the placeholders on the pay TV platform, which it has temporarily branded as Sailing 1 and Sailing 2.

Currently in testing and yet to go live, BT will rebrand and launch the channels next year, with viewers able to dial a phone number in order to access the content.

Due to BT’s existing infrastructure it is able to manage the customer relationship directly, rather than rely on Sky to re-sell its channels.

A BT spokesman confirmed the EPG slots had been secured ahead of the launch.

“Sailing 1 and 2 are placeholders for the new BT Sport channel, which will be launching next year,” he said. “For test purposes they will be showing sailing, treasure diving and kayaking content.”
So... To watch UFC you need to have either Sky or BT?

That fucking sucks for people like me who are with Virgin... Phone Post 3.0
4/6/13 8:02 PM
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Hope its free on sky like espn is (in ireland)

Doubt it though. This is a very bad deal. UFC should have done all they can to get on sky. Even a short term deal to show sky how much it can grow
4/6/13 8:03 PM
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So it looks like they are going to have these two new  "BT Sport" channels on SKY plus the existing ESPN channel which they bought a few months back?

4/6/13 8:14 PM
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I'm going to be seriously pissed if the new UFC channel doesn't air on Virgin.
4/6/13 8:43 PM
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It'll be on Virgin too. They'd lose out on too much money if it wasn't.

4/6/13 9:31 PM
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Maldini2706 - BT Vision have the first choice Premiership games for the next three seasons. Everyone will want BT Vision.
Source for first choice please. I believe they have bought ESPN's games, which was fourth choice. Phone Post 3.0

My mistake, they didn't get all the first choice games, just 18 of them, it's the first time anyone but Sky has had that. Of the 7 packages available they got the 2nd and 3rd choices as opposed to the 6th and 7th choice that ESPN had. It means they'll have 28 Saturday lunchtime games and another 10 midweek or bank holiday games. It's a much better deal than ESPN's. BT also have Premiership rugby and the Italian, French and Brazilian leagues.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jun/26/bt-bskyb-football-rights
4/6/13 9:32 PM
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SeanSheehanBA - Hope its free on sky like espn is (in ireland)

Doubt it though. This is a very bad deal. UFC should have done all they can to get on sky. Even a short term deal to show sky how much it can grow

Isn't ESPN €10/12 a month?

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