Live News

For the last few seasons live Aviva Premiership matches have been exclusively on BT Sport. Before that they were broadcast by Sky.

There are usually highlights shown later on an ITV channel (I think) but only well after the event.

Every so often BT have shown live games on freeview to prompt new subscriptions – last Sunday’s game at the Rec between Bath and Gloucester for example.

Despite only watching the rugby I fork out each month in order to get live Premiership, however there was some good news today for those who don’t –

Premiership Rugby matches will be shown live on terrestrial television for the first time in the competition’s history, as Premiership Rugby and Channel 5 today confirm a landmark four-year deal.

The agreement will see Channel 5 broadcast five live games each season from 2017-18, as well as show a highlights programme every Sunday night, covering Premiership Rugby, Anglo-Welsh Cup and Premiership Rugby 7s.

The new contract has been agreed after a competitive bidding process, and will see Channel 5 simulcast five live games with BT Sport, who will continue to broadcast up to 80 live Premiership games per season.

Okay so it’s not a huge number – but it will no doubt be welcomed by rugby fans.


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