Sky has announced that it’s obtained broadcast rights for the majority of Barclays Premier League in the Republic of Ireland, with BT Sport broadcasting the remainder.
As it turns out, these broadcast rights correspond exactly with what both companies have secured in the UK. The 116 matches that Sky will be show and BT’s 38 games will be exactly the same. Even the headline ‘first pick’ games shown in Ireland will be the same as the UK fixtures.
These rights will remain in place for the next three seasons, from 2013-14 up to 2015-16.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports added: “Sky Sports Irish viewers can enjoy Premier League football in HD, 3D and online as well as across mobile and tablet devices.”
Sky subscribers will be able to keep up with the action on the move thanks to the Sky Go mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Thanks to a recent update, Sky Go is available on even more Android phones than before.
Marc Watson, chief executive of TV for BT said: “We are delighted that we’ll be able to offer viewers in the Republic of Ireland the same fantastic live games from the Barclays English Premier League that we’ll be offering in the UK. We’ve secured 38 live matches and 18 of them are the ‘first pick’ top-quality matches.”
BT recently announced that it had acquired ESPN’s UK line-up of sports channels, including live coverage of Clydesdale Bank SPL games and UEFA Europa League matches. Though BT Sport doesn’t have anywhere near as many Premier League titles as Sky, it’s been busy securing broadcast rights to a comprehensive range of other sports and football leagues.
BT Sport hasn’t announced an official launch date yet but we’ve a hunch it’ll be sometime before August 17, 2013 when the 2013-14 season kicks off.