Will Coliseum get the rugby?

August 16th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The internet-based broadcaster that snatched English Premier League football away from Sky is now eyeing the All Blacks.

This weekend Sports Media will stream the first of 380 Premier League matches to subscribers.

CSM chief executive Tim Martin said he could not reveal the number of PremierLeaguePass subscriptions, which start at $149.90, sold so far, but interest had “ramped up massively” this week.

“You don’t know how the sales curve is really going to shape because we haven’t done this before … we are well into the thousands, well into, and that is tremendously encouraging.”

He confirmed Coliseum is eyeing a much bigger scrap with Sky – contesting the rights to the All Blacks and Super 15 when they come up in 2015.

Although there had been no concrete discussions, Mr Martin said he had met with New Zealand bosses. He acknowledged they had a strong relationship with Sky, but an eventual play for was realistic.

Yesterday Sky’s director of sport Richard Last said it was committed to holding on to rugby rights.

“There is always a competitive marketplace … I don’t think there is any piece of content that is an absolute slam-dunk must-have, because you have to run a business.

“Obviously everybody who is interested in television in New Zealand would be interested in rugby. Winning the rights is easy – you just pay more than the person with the highest bid.”

Excellent news. Competition for sporting rights is good for the sports, and I believe good for viewers also. It is quite exciting to see video on demand emerging as an alternative to traditional television.

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17 Responses to “Will Coliseum get the rugby?”

  1. flipper (4,186 comments) says:

    AND pigs might fly.

    Absolute bullshit (sorry pig shit).

    Please remember that British Premier soccer has less viewers in NZ than a Phoenix v Waikickamoocow game.

    No disrespect to you DPF, but there are wheels within wheels on this, and the so called inet proposition is dead on the water. (Oh, sorry, except for the children that purport to be journalists in 2013)

    Period.

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  2. Matthew Percival (20 comments) says:

    Sky aren’t stupid.

    They worked out they were overpaying for live coverage of the EPL because the majority of subscribers weren’t watching the games live anyway. Sky have got delayed coverage for four of the big five teams which will cover most NZ EPL fans, adding a further dent to the potential subscriber base of Coliseum.

    Sky are too involved in rugby for Coliseum to even be considered a threat. Besides, how are Coliseum going to broadcast games? They are a distribution company, not a production company.

    Coliseum are about to find out that they have overpaid for live rights to the EPL, especially if the picture quality is as bad as initial reports suggest. Coliseum will be a distant memory by the time Sky loses its rugby rights.

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  3. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Great stuff. I refuse to ever have Sky as I think their’s is a shonky business built on monopoly practises. Even if Coliseum doesn’t get it this time round, the warning shots have been fired, people are getting more media centres and the internet on their TVs and we might soon be able to pay for the TV we want to watch, not the junk Sky peddles you.

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  4. cha (4,073 comments) says:

    Let me guess flibber – the friends in high places told you so?.

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  5. F E Smith (3,306 comments) says:

    Would love it if they did! And get the NFL too, please.

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  6. Nick R (508 comments) says:

    +1. Bear in mind that for the EPL, all Coliseum has to do is pay for the rights to transmit a feed that is provided by someone else. The actual work of providing cameras, OB, commentary, graphics etc is done by Sky in the UK.

    If Coliseum is going to buy the rights to rugby in NZ, what exactly are they going to broadcast? Sky NZ are not going to produce a feed for them – not for free, anyway.

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  7. Cunningham (845 comments) says:

    “Excellent news. Competition for sporting rights is good for the sports, and I believe good for viewers also

    Not necessarily, well not right now anyway. The people who have Sky now have to fork out for Sky and Coliseum. Those people will be fuming at having to pay twice.

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  8. gump (1,657 comments) says:

    Competition for sports rights is bad for consumers.

    If companies have to pay more to secure television rights, then it seems pretty clear that they will need to recoup the extra costs through charging higher fees to access their content.

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  9. aitkenmike (95 comments) says:

    @ FES

    https://gamepass.nfl.com/nflgp/secure/schedule.

    Not sure if it will stay free once the season starts, but for now it is free for international viewers.

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  10. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    Thank God, boring football is off the air….

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  11. Scott (1,816 comments) says:

    Nooo! I don’t watch TV on the Internet. Happy with sky which has awesome picture on a big screen. Who wants to watch sport on a pc in low def? And what if you’ve invested in sky and don’t have a big broadband allowance? Can’t see any advantages and heaps of downside.

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    DPF

    This post totally below you, you’ve just pasted and put a trite wee comment at the end.
    1. Sky will never loose the rugby, if they were to let it go they cease to exist.

    2. Colisium are just fomenting happy mischief.

    3. Sky announced yesterday they have secured all of Manchester United’s games for the next three years live through MUFC’s own HD TV broadcast. Which is a great big fuck you to CSM. MUFC are the biggest club in the world and have the most fans world wide. For the casual watcher like me thats all they need. No one cares about Scunthorpre Rovers V The Rovers Return Derby match.

    4. With the MU deal Sky are doing what freinds in the States do for there Baseball and footaball. You buy all the games of the Yankees as a package if they are your team or if you are a Steelers fan you buy the Steelers Foootball package and you get all their games homes and away , you don’t have to be in Pittsburgh. MLB offers this through apple TVF already.

    5. So in a word CSM have bought a pup and will be shitting themselves. They will be desperately trying to lay off games to other providers. Not even the most ardent football fan wants to watch all of the games.

    6. CSM talk baout HD streaming, do fuck off, i get great internet in Mt Albert but it will still not stream HD over a period of 2 hours without buffering big time.

    7. Its not competition either, competition is if CSM had a set top box and provideda service similar to Sky

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  13. aitkenmike (95 comments) says:

    PEB, they don’t actually show the Man U EPL, FA Cup or Euro games live – the ‘live commentary’ is audio only. Delayed games only. Its the same with the Spurs, Arsenal and City, and also with Chelsea and Liverpool on Sommet.

    Colliseum also apparently get a cut of all the deals that Sky and Sommet are doing to show delayed games through club tv as the rights holder for the area. (Not certain on this). I certainly won’t be buying it, as I don’t tend to get up to watch live games, but I think a lot will.

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  14. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    NZ Rugby Union will be rubbing their hands together. Competition for broadcast rights means the price tag goes up. They are just starting to recover from financial doldrums and this will be a nice juicy bonus to the bottom line. Hopefully that flows through to the clubs who are desperately in need of the cash.

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  15. flipper (4,186 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay (4,051) Says:

    August 16th, 2013 at 9:12 pm
    DPF

    This post totally below you, you’ve just pasted and put a trite wee comment at the end.
    1. Sky will never loose the rugby, if they were to let it go they cease to exist.

    2. Colisium are just fomenting happy mischief.

    ****

    PEB….
    Excellent stuff.
    Notwithstanding what aitkenmike says, you nailed it in “seven”. :)

    ****

    As for you cha,
    I didn’t need “friends in high places” to know that this pig shit would never fly..
    I most certainly do not need them to see that your pea brain has not reached even Level Six (In NCEA BS terms) education, and is up your arse.

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  16. Razorlight (52 comments) says:

    Colliseum will not survive.

    They have paid too much for the rights to a game played when 95% of us are asleep.

    Sky know most EPL games were recorded or watched delayed. And they have the biggest games delayed. They have not lost much.

    Colliseum will attract hard core fans who get up at 3am to watch their team. The casual sports fan with standard internet and TV will watch games delayed on Sky

    Unless they have very very deep pockets and are in this for the long haul, Collieum will be selling the rights within 12 months

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  17. wreck1080 (3,954 comments) says:

    So, sports fans, $70 a month for sky sports, $200 a year for football, and $300 for rugby.

    This fragmentation gets real expensive real quick.

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