Setanta Sports USA

Setanta Sports USA

Setanta Sports
Setanta Sports logo
Launched April 26, 2005
Closed February 28, 2010
Owned by Setanta Sports
Country United States
Language English
Replaced by Fox Soccer Plus (unconnected)
Website www.setanta.com/us

Setanta Sports USA was a premium television channel launched in 2005 by the Irish sports broadcaster Setanta Sports to offer live and tape-delayed mainstream sports events in the United States and Caribbean.

Setanta Sports was available via DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, AT&T Uverse, selected areas on Comcast and Cox, RCN, and GlobeCast World TV for an a la carte fee.

Setanta Sports had the rights to delayed Manchester United and Chelsea matches on MUTV and Chelsea TV, which were shown in segments within the channel. Any given broadcaster can only gain access to a maximum of 2 club channels under the current Premier League international TV rights.

On January 27, 2010, Setanta Sports announced that they had reached an agreement with Fox Soccer Channel to transfer rights to select programming (soccer & rugby) that would be effective as of March 1. In addition, Setanta Sports announced that they would cease broadcasting the channel in the US and Caribbean on February 28, 2010.[1] The channel signed off on March 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM EST.

Ownership changes

As of July 27, 2009 the ownership structure of Setanta Sports North America Limited changed. Setanta Sports North America Limited was owned by Sabloss. Both Setanta Sports Channel Ireland Limited and Setanta Sports North America Limited were licensed by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.[2]

Programming

Setanta Sports USA

Soccer

Rugby Union

Other Events

Setanta Premium

This was available only to select commercial subscribers for Pay-Per-View events while most are broadcast delayed on the full-time Setanta Sports US channel.

This service charges fans a cover charge of $10–$20 per head, depending on the match.

Setanta Sports Xtra

Setanta offered the Setanta Sports Xtra Channel at no extra charge to DirecTV customers when two live events need to be aired simultaneously.

Platforms

Broadband

Setanta-I also offered a broadband subscription service, Setanta Broadband, which allowed customers with a high speed internet connection to view some of the Setanta Sports channel content on their computers and includes access to pay-per-view events. Portuguese Liga soccer was available and Premier League matches were also broadcast starting the 2007-08 season on Setanta Broadband. Broadband customers do not receive Australian Football League matches as of July 2008, due to the league's new distribution deal with aussiesport.tv.

See also

Fox Soccer Plus - the channel Fox created after acquiring coverage rights from Setanta Sports USA.

References

  1. ^ Setanta Sports USA To Go Dark Feb. 28 - Premium Network, Transferring More Programming Rights To Fox Soccer, Will Also Cease Caribbean Operations Multichannel News January 27, 2010
  2. ^ http://www.bci.ie/news_information/press230.html
  3. ^ http://www.epltalk.com/espn-adds-premier-league-to-soccer-line-up/9899

External links

  • Setanta Sports
  • Interview with Setanta Sports about their DISH Network announcement