StarHub Secures Broadcast Rights To Major Rugby Events
StarHub TV Expands Its Suite of Sports Line-up To Include Rugby
Singapore, 17 February 2011 – StarHub announced today that it has secured the broadcast rights to various rugby events, including Six Nations Championships, Tri Nations and Super Rugby, otherwise known as Super 15. The rights were acquired from international sports broadcaster, Setanta Sports. With this latest coup, StarHub TV will offer rugby fans top-notched rugby matches which are highly sought after.
The Six Nations Championship has over a decade of history involving six European nations, namely England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, and is held yearly in the northern hemisphere. France has won this Championship five times in the last decade and the nation is currently tied in first position with England.
Tri Nations is contested annually by the Australian Wallabies, New Zealand All Blacks and South African Springboks. These three teams have been dominating international rankings in recent years and many consider the Tri Nations to be the toughest championship in the world of rugby. The All Blacks have won seven out of the last 10 championships and this makes the upcoming Tri Nations in July exciting for rugby fans as many are eager to find out if the All Blacks will be able to retain its legacy.
Super Rugby, the largest rugby union competition held in the southern hemisphere annually, comprises 15 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and is typically held from February to July. StarHub TV Sports Group customers will be able to catch up to 125 ‘live’ matches for this season’s Super Rugby.
Ms Sandie Lee, StarHub’s Vice President of Content said, "StarHub is pleased to add rugby to the suite of sporting events on our platform. We have consistently enhanced the value of StarHub TV by acquiring content that add depth and breadth to our service. With the major events now available on StarHub TV, fans’ thirst for some action-packed rugby matches will now be quenched.”
Mr Roger Hall, Setanta Sports Asia’s Managing Director said, "We are delighted to partner with StarHub to bring extensive coverage of the major rugby competitions in Singapore. We are also glad to be able to immediately offer ‘live’ coverage of the key matches from the Six Nations and Super Rugby through SuperSports. Both Six Nations and Super Rugby draw a huge following worldwide and through this partnership with StarHub, we believe local rugby fans will be delighted.”
Telecast schedules are available at www.starhub.com/beentertained.
Existing customers using a HubStation, HubStation HD or HD Interactive set-top box may add the Sports Group by simply tuning in to any of the channels in the Sports Group, and pressing the blue button on their remote controls to subscribe and start viewing the channels instantly. StarHub TV customers who sign up for the Sports Group will receive a 50 percent discount for the first six months (1). This offer is valid until 30th June 2011.