Setanta Sports is an international sports broadcaster based in Dublin, Ireland. It was formed in 1990 to facilitate the broadcasting of Irish sporting events satellite tv broadcaster, specialising mainly in Sports.
Setanta Sports operated a number of channels in the UK, Setanta Sports 1 & 2 and Setanta Golf. They showed a number of sports, but also managed to win one package of Premier League rights, breaking Sky Sports monopoly. They also operated Arsenal TV, Celtic TV, LFC TV and Rangers TV. However, do to the inability to reach the breakeven point of 1.2m subscribers, Setanta Sports UK went into administration in June 2009. Many of their sports that they had broadcast rights to screen were subsequently sold on to other broadcasters, with ESPN succeeding in obtaining Setanta’s share of FA Premier League matches. Liverpool FC assumed responsibility for LFC TV that continues to broadcast today.
Setanta Sports Irish pay TV services are still available, and require an Irish bases subscription card.