In what can only be described as the best possible scenario for professional sports, Fox television announced that beginning Thursday, August 20, 2015, rugby fans can catch live Championship action online. Both players and fans are excited and ready for the games to begin live streaming in just the second year for rugby at the professional level.
Fans should keep in mind that viewing 2015 National Rugby Championship (NRC) live matches will not be provided free of charge. The games are brought to viewers via Foxtel, the Australian pay television company. Foxtel is a joint television venture that differs from pay-per-view sporting events because users may elect to watch all types of programming with a paid subscription. To view the Rugby live matches will require either a Foxtel subscription service or users may elect to join the News+ digital service.
The teams participating in the Championship are ready to show their rugby skills to an International audience. Prior to this agreement with Fox Sports, each team had to pay for individual game live streaming privileges, using their own media departments.
Not only is Fox Sports providing live streams online, the television network is also dedicating its own talented commentators to the broadcast. The commentators will call play-by-play action and offer live coverage on the ground. Subscribers have the option to choose their device for the live streaming as it will be available for both web and mobile users.
Coverage will include 39 games, and the live stream broadcast will be available the next day, for 24 hours after the games are played. Although Australian rugby has been a dominant sport in Australia for quite some time, it is the first time that fans from all around the world will have equal access to live action from the NRC online.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fox Sports, Patrick Delany realizes that his network has a golden opportunity to not only present the Championship, but also showcase the talented, hardworking players, many of which are not yet internationally known.
Many familiar with the struggles to gain viewer-ship see this as a once-in-a-lifetime dream come true. The established Australian rugby players, regarded as superstars in their country, can show why they deserve such recognition and up and coming players can show their skills to the entire world. One thing for certain, the number of viewers will definitely increase from the previous year.