Call it soccer or football, footy or the beautiful game, extensive multi-platform delivery of international premium soccer content will be available across TV, radio, online, mobile and print media platforms at Rogers Sportsnet.
In fact, Sportsnet soccer programming will extend to the U.S., with the sports specialty’s launch of a new one-hour daily soccer news show on Sportsnet World, in partnership with FOX Soccer. It airs nightly in Canada, and a separate edition of the program airs nightly in the U.S. Although both (new) shows will air similar content, the Sportsnet World version will cover Canadian content when warranted (i.e.: Canadian MLS teams, National team, etc.). The talent will be the same for both shows aside from some of the analysts.
The new show, Soccer Central, helped kick off Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League campaign.
“The launch of Soccer Central bolsters Sportsnet’s already robust portfolio of soccer programming and solidifies our commitment to delivering viewers premium soccer content,” said Scott Woodgate, Vice-President of News and Information Programming, Sportsnet. “We are thrilled to partner with Fox Soccer as we continue to serve as Canada’s premiere destination for soccer news, opinion and highlights.”
A Rogers spsokesperson later confirmed for Mediacaster Magazine that the new Soccer Central show on Sportsnet World will be available on multiple-platforms including live streaming on RogersAnyPlaceTV.com. The show will repeat the next day on Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE, both of which are available online and mobile through RogersAnyPlaceTV.com.
Sportsnet is using its specialty channels to carry select matches from the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup starting Aug. 20, and upcoming UEFA Champions League, 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and UEFA Europa League.
In addition to the TV coverage, online and mobile platforms will be used to deliver soccer coverage, including video highlights of every BPL and UEFA Champions League match.
Rogers’ customers will have exclusive access to BPL and UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games on their computers and smart phones. Rogers digital television customers who subscribe to Sportsnet and/or Sportsnet World can live stream the matches on their computers via RogersAnyplaceTV.com. Rogers wireless customers can live stream the games on their smart phones with the Rogers Anyplace TV Live mobile app, available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.
A flat fee for unlimited viewing will be applied until October 31st, Rogers describes, after which streaming video will be priced per hour, with a monthly cap.
Radio and print platforms will also be used to provide coverage, analysis and commentary throughout the soccer season.