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PRO14 TV deal details: Every game to be screened live next year

Ulster fans will be able to watch every game live next season

Ulster's Iain Henderson celebrates scoring against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
Ulster's Iain Henderson celebrates scoring against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Every game of next season's PRO14 will be screened live by new rights holder Premier Sports.

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The paid-for channel will screen all 152 matches live from around the UK.

One game per round of fixtures, 21 in all, will be shown for free on the company's free channel Free Sports.

The subscription channel to enable viewers to watch every game will cost £9.99 a month.

The PRO14 is moving to Premier Sports after its long association with BBC Sport ended last season.

Every game will be broadcast in high definition for the first time as part of the deal.

Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, said the new deal was good for teams and fans alike.

“The partnership with Premier Sports will be a watershed moment for the Guinness PRO14, our clubs and their supporters," he said.

"As an innovative global rugby championship full of world-class players we are always looking to raise our game and this relationship is a bold step for us. This will take coverage of the Guinness PRO14 to a new level and unlock the tournament’s vast potential.

“By better resourcing our clubs through increased central revenue, we will ensure sustainability so they can further invest from the ground up to drive success on and off the pitch so they can retain supporters and attract new fans of all ages. Now rugby fans will be able to watch every game in the Guinness PRO14 which offers them more action than ever and that’s a terrific achievement.

“The bidding for broadcast rights showed us just how much interest there is in the Guinness PRO14 since our expansion into South Africa and the significantly increased revenue will allow us to invest back into our clubs, a figure which has doubled over the last three years.”

Mr Anayi said the new deal would see changes to the coverage of the league.

"Our new broadcasters have control over their schedules and have less restrictions compared to network television," he said.

"This means that our broadcasters will be able to work closely with our teams to help provide kick-off times and dates that are better suited to them and more convenient to their supporters.

"There will be extended pre and post-match analysis, magazine shows, highlights packages and Television Match Officials at every game which is a significant step forward for the Guinness PRO14 in order to raise standards across the board."

Ulster will be one of the teams making up next season's PRO14 alongside teams from around the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa.

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