Dec 272016

Audio Problem on BBC One HD during Boxing Days MOTD

Football fans went into meltdown on Boxing Day evening when a fault resulted in Match of the Day going on-air without sound on BBC One HD.

The fault appeared to primarily affect the version of BBC One HD broadcast to England, although BBC One HD in Scotland reportedly had a shorter-lived audio fault earlier in the programme. Viewers were able to watch the football highlights with sound by switching to BBC One standard definition. Satellite viewers also had the option to switch to other variants of BBC One HD aimed at viewers outside of England.
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Jun 242015

Roger Mosey (BBC Sport) reveals background to increase in BBC MOTD Premier League Highlights rights fee

For many years people thought that the BBC significantly overpays for its Premier League highlights (ie Match of the Day – MOTD) rights.

Roger Mosey has a new book being serialised in The Times and he now reveals how the BBC came to be paying what it is.
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Jan 292015

The BBC will continue to broadcast Premier League highlights for at least the next three years with a new multi-year contract awarded in a deal thought to be worth £204m.

“We’re keeping Premier League highlights on BBC for a further three years through to and including the 2018/19 season,” read a post on the Match of the Day official Twitter feed.

This is considers to be good enws for the BBC, as ITV were expected to bid for the highlights package, now that they have lost thier Champions League and FA Cup rights.

But it’s understood that ITV did not even consdier a bid, despite reports that they would.


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Nov 212014

Match of the Day future in doubt as ITV plan Premier League rights bid
ITV is expected to place a significant bid for the Premier League highlights rights for the 2016-19 seasons in the New Year, putting the future of Match of the Day in doubt.

Reports suggest ITV is set to launch a raid on Match of the Day’s rights to top-flight highlights as broadcasters gear up for the Premier League auction despite a recent intervention from the media regulator.

The 2016-19 season package is expected to sell for more than the £180 million paid by the BBC last time.

Match of the Day recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on the BBC, and it remains a ratings hit for the corporation with Gary Lineker as its main host.

The prospect of the BBC and ITV facing off for the highlights is just one subplot for in a Premier League rights battle that will again see Sky and BT Sport competing go head to head for live games. It is not expected to be derailed by the investigation announced by Ofcom this week.

The BBC paid £60m per year to retain the rights under the current deal, which runs to the end of next season. That helped the Premier League to a record £5.5bn in broadcasting income over three years, fuelled by a bidding war between BT Sport and Sky that boosted the income from its domestic rights by 70% to £3bn.

The live rights to Premier League football are expected to remain on BT Sport and Sky Sports, who will also be going head-to-head in a bidding war for the 2016-19 season rights in the New Year.

Aug 092014

Football on TV: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and ITV

The BBC’s flagship football programme Match of the Day celebrates its 50 season. Gary Lineker leads the way and will be joined by fresh faces on the sofa in Ruud Gullit, Phil Neville and Rio Ferdinand throughout the year. And the FA Cup is back on the Beeb after a seven-year absence.

Terrestrial rival ITV have the glamour of the Champions League, plus all of England’s internationals with Paul Scholes joining their stable.

Football on the BBC
Now in its 50th season, Match of the Day will continue to show extended highlights of every Saturday Premier League game (BBC One, Saturday nights).
On Sunday nights Match of the Day 2 will broadcast highlights of the day’s Premier League games and all the action from Saturday’s matches (BBC One, Sunday nights).
After a seven-year absence, the FA Cup is back on the BBC. They will share the rights with BT Sport to broadcast the oldest cup competition in world football.
Completing the BBC line-up is the Football League Show with highlights from the Championship, League One and League Two (BBC One, Saturday nights).

Football on ITV
ITV will cover all of England’s international friendlies, home and away, and all of England’s UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.
In the Champions League, ITV get the top pick of group stage matches on a Tuesday. Coverage of the knockout stages starts from early next year and they will show the final live from Berlin in May 2015.
ITV will broadcast the top two live Europa League matches each week (usually on ITV4).
The UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla on August 12 is also on ITV (ITV4).

Football on Sky Sports
Sky will show 116 live Premier League games throughout the season.
As well as the Premier League, Sky can show up to 15 live Champions League games per week in the group stage, via the red button, as well as coverage of the knock-out stage and the final in Berlin.
Sky Sports 5, launched this year, will show up to 600 live European games, including European qualifiers, Champions League matches and games from La Liga and the Dutch Eredivisie.
Sky has exclusive rights to the Euro 2016 Qualifiers for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Rep of Ireland and will show a selection of other qualifiers.
Sky will broadcast 55 live Championship matches and the Championship Play-Offs and Play-Off final at Wembley.
Games from League One and League Two games will also be shown, as well as both divisional play-offs
Sky Sports have exclusive coverage of the Capital One Cup, broadcasting two matches from each of rounds 1-5, followed by the semi-finals and final.
Sky also have rights north of the border to screen live Scottish Premier League, Football League and Scottish Cup games.

Football on BT Sport
BT will be broadcasting 38 live Premier League games, including 18 top picks not available on Sky Sports.
They will also share FA Cup rights for FA Cup games with the BBC, showing up to 24 exclusive live games, including the final.
They will show Sunday’s FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Man City.
BT share Europa League rights with ITV and can show up to 176 live Europa League matches.
They also share rights with Sky for Scottish matches, including 30 live Scottish Premier League, Football League games and 10 Rangers matches from League One.
BT will also broadcast Conference games this season, with two or three shown per month.
Finally, BT cover a range of other international competitions, with games from Serie A, the Bundesliga, the MLS and the Copa Libertadores in South America.

Live Premier League Football Matches on Sky Sports and BT Sports for the 2014-2015 Season.