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Who is getting this channel people who complained about setanta now you will get less sport for more moneyvirgin media hasnt got it yet if it doesnt im going to be vex and go back to sky which defeats the whole purpose of sky sports not being able to show all the football

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I will be getting this, I'm with sky. I'm fairly certain Virgin will also get it.

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No chance. The Premier League say the two channels lead to 'choice', but they don't - they just drive the price up for what we had before.Pub/internet will be me for those games. The quicker Scudamore realises that selling extra games is a rip off and gives them back to Sky the better.

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I rarely watch football at home so I'm not really effected.

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probably why your so clueless on anything non arsenal related

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I watch other teams, in pubs mostly, hence why I said I rarely watch football at home.

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Said from early, unless Im getting ESPN the sameway I got Setanta, with Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Eredivise and some prem games....Then I will be pissed. Setanta was such a sick channel dont care.

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net streams or pub ftwim not paying extra f*ck all dat

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its ment to be part of sky this season not sure about next cos sky will be producing the matches but will be espn branding i posted a link about this somewhere member espn america is free now on sky also

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The US broadcaster ESPN has announced plans to launch a new UK sports channel, called ESPN, on 3 August.The channel will show 46 live Barclays Premier League football games, which were to have been shown by Setanta until its recent financial problems.The channel will also show some of the US sports to which ESPN owns rights.ESPN has reached an initial deal to have the channel shown on Sky, but it is in talks with all UK pay-TV platforms about carrying the service.Sky will also be responsible for selling advertising on the new channel.PremiumsESPN owns the rights to broadcast 46 live Premier League games in the 2009/10 season and 23 matches for each of the following three seasons.Sky's residential customers will have to pay a premium of £9 a month for the new channel if they already pay for Sky Sports or £12 a month if they do not.For commercial customers it will be part of the "ultimate" channel package.Previously, the Setanta Sports package was available to Sky customers for between £9.99 a month and £14.99 a month plus a £14.99 initial connection charge.The Premier League matches on ESPN will be produced by Sky Sports, although it will feature ESPN branding.ESPN also owns rights to show American football, ice hockey, baseball and college football and basketball throughout Europe, which it used to show in the UK on its ESPN America channel.ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company.

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The Scottish Premier League has agreed a £65m five-year deal with Sky and ESPN to screen 60 live matches each season.But the SPL has an option of opting out of the final two seasons of the agreement with the new grouping.Sky/ESPN's deal replaces the one agreed with collapsed broadcaster Setanta, but clubs will earn about half what they would have gained under that deal.The new contract is worth a similar amount to Setanta's original deal - £13m per year - due to end next year.Scotland's 12 top-flight clubs - some of whom were facing severe financial problems without a TV deal - voted on the proposal at the league's annual meeting at Hampden Park on Thursday.And SPL chairman Lex Gold said: "We are pleased that in just over three weeks we have been able to strike this deal."Sky and ESPN are two of the biggest names in sports broadcasting and they will bring first-class production standards and a wide audience to the table. This new deal gives Sky Sports viewers 30 live matches a year, including each of the Old Firm games, and it gives the Scottish Premier League clubs stability and continued investment from committed partnersSky Sports managing direrctor Barney Francis"We are looking forward to working with both in the coming years to raise the profile of the SPL for our clubs, fans and partners."Setanta's original contract began in 2006 and the Irish-based broadcaster had negotiated a new contract worth £125m due to begin in 2010.However, Setanta lost the rights to top-flight football in England and Scotland after being unable to meet payments at the end of last season.Disney-owned ESPN last month bought the rights to show English Premier League matches that were to have been shown by Setanta.It plans to launch a new UK sports channel, called ESPN, on 3 August and reached an initial deal to have the channel shown on Sky, which will also be responsible for selling advertising on the new channel.Sky and ESPN were believed to have offered a five-year contract, but the SPL appears to have won an option for the final two seasons with the new grouping, and the agreement will last until at least the end of season 2011-12.Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said this week that he had been in discussions with Celtic about buying the broadcasting rights themselves because they were unhappy at what they viewed as a cut-price offer.Those late moves by the Old Firm came to nothing at Thursday's meeting, but Celtic chairman John Reid issued a statement critical of the SPL's handling of its television rights and saying that his club and Rangers would continue consider alternative plans for the future.Lynne Frank, ESPN Managing Director in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We look forward to working with the Scottish Premier League and its clubs over the next few years and beyond as we bring British and Irish sports' fans all the SPL action and excitement live on our new ESPN and ESPN HD channels."Each broadcaster will show 30 live games each season across the UK and Ireland, starting with the 2009-10 campaign in August.Sky Sports managing direrctor Barney Francis added: "This new deal gives Sky Sports viewers 30 live matches a year, including each of the Old Firm games, and it gives the Scottish Premier League clubs stability and continued investment from committed partners."Meanwhile, St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour has been elected to the SPL board, replacing Campbell Christie, who has stepped down as chairman of Falkirk.Gold was elected unanimously for the eleventh time as chairman but indicated that he would stand down in the autumn.Hibernian's Rod Petrie, Aberdeen's Duncan Fraser and Rangers' Martin Bain were all re-elected by the clubs to complete the SPL board along with newly-appointed chief executive Neil Doncaster.
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I will never suscribe to a channel to watch footballas far as i'm concerned when the debtate comes up about whats ruined football Sky sports have a lot to answer for and why buy any of these channells anyway when theres internet streams most of the time with very good quality knocking about if it comes like Setanta and its free i'll watch it if not i aint fussed only thing i'm caring about is wheres the ufc gonna be??

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Said from early, unless Im getting ESPN the sameway I got Setanta, with Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Eredivise and some prem games....Then I will be pissed. Setanta was such a sick channel dont care.
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as far as i'm concerned when the debtate comes up about whats ruined football Sky sports have a lot to answer for
c/s
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Didnt pay for Setanta an im not gonna pay for ESPN either, Sky Sports will do then the games i do want to watch on ESPN ill just watch on stream of on MOTD or at the pub

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Still the question remains, who the f*ck is showing Italian football this season?

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My Dad will probably get it so i aint fussed

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if it also shows NHL then its a 100% purchase for me.

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Still the question remains, who the f*ck is showing Italian football this season?
Probably nobodyChannel 5 havent renewed their license I assume
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The ESPN HD channel will offer live Barclays Premier League and Clydesdale Bank Premier League football as well a wide range of international football and top quality sports. It will be available at no additional cost to Virgin Media’s XL TV customers. Sports fans on Virgin Media’s M or L pack will be able to subscribe to ESPN and ESPN HD for £8 per month if they subscribe to any combination of the Sky Sports channels or £10 per month if not.http://pressoffice.virginmedia.com/phoenix...&highlight=
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Still the question remains, who the f*ck is showing Italian football this season?
trust italian football aint bin on tv over here for time
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yea foe sky if u got SS its 9.99 if u dont its 12.99 what i been told

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The ESPN HD channel will offer live Barclays Premier League and Clydesdale Bank Premier League football as well a wide range of international football and top quality sports. It will be available at no additional cost to Virgin Media's XL TV customers. Sports fans on Virgin Media's M or L pack will be able to subscribe to ESPN and ESPN HD for £8 per month if they subscribe to any combination of the Sky Sports channels or £10 per month if not.http://pressoffice.virginmedia.com/phoenix...&highlight=
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ESPN has secured TV rights to show football from the German, Russian, Portuguese and Dutch top divisions, alongside the remainder of the US Major League Soccer season.Coverage from the four leagues for 2009/10 - and the rest of the MLS action up to November - will be shown on the firm's forthcoming ESPN channel, along with its English Premier League and Scottish Premier League matches.The station will officially launch on August 3 in standard definition and high definition at 417 and 443 respectively on Sky's EPG.Ahead of this, the Disney-owned network has agreed a multi-year deal with Germany's Bundesliga for five live games per week, including a "selection of HD matches, plus weekly preview and highlight packages".It has also negotiated a UK and Ireland exclusive deal with the Portuguese Liga and an arrangement with IMG for two Dutch games per week from the Eredivisie, as well as full live coverage from the Russian Premier League.The MLS coverage will include five playoff games to the end of the season, alongside action from the MLS Cup championship and ten matches featuring David Beckham's LA Galaxy, starting with their tie against New England on August 8 at 11pm.To mark ESPN's opening weekend, the channel will show the Italian SuperCup between Seria A champions Inter Milan and Coppa Italia winners Lazio, with live coverage from The Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, starting at 1pm on August 8.Alongside this, the station will show pre-season friendly games from Real Madrid's tour of North America - including live matches against Toronto FC on August 7 and DC United on August 9 - as well as Benfica's warm-up match against AC Milan on August 8 and Tottenham Hotspur's contest against Olympiakos on August 9.ESPN EMEA vice president of TV channels Jereon Oerlemans said: "We are delighted to bring viewers in the UK and Ireland access to a further lineup of some of the world's finest footballers and top clubs."We feel these deals represent an excellent addition to ESPN as we look to build the channel with great local and international sports."
looking foward to russian league
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