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01-04-2012, 12:06 PM #1
Apple Reportedly Bidding on English Premier League Broadcasting Rights
Missed this interesting tidbit of news last night, but Apple is apparently bidding on the rights to stream English Premier League football (soccer) to its customers.
The Daily Mail (who is notorious for stirring up rumors without sources) claims that both Apple and Google are looking to secure streaming rights to the EPL. The deal presents a lucrative business opportunity for the company who eventually does secure the rights granted the EPLís popularity in the U.K.
The current deal with Sky Sports will terminate at the end of this season with ESPN, and Al Jazeera already expressing interesting in securing the rights for their own channels. Securing the rights will no doubt be expensive as Sky Sports current deal cost the company roughly $2.5 billion. Apple currently streams (via subscription) NBA, NHL and MLB games for U.S. owners. Securing a deal with the EPL would give Apple a massive marketing tool to increase interest in Apple TV in the U.K.
However, the competition during a bidding war for EPL rights, if it did erupt, would be fierce. Apple, Google, and other entities could likely drive the price up through the stratosphere. I can see Google artificially driving the price up just to see how much cash Apple would be willing to throw down before backing out. Apple by far has the most purchasing power out of any of the rumored entities.
And who knows, if the rumored Apple Television sets are on the way, this could be a huge selling point for the yet-to-be confirmed product.
Source: The Daily Mail
01-04-2012, 12:35 PM #2
An international selling point maybe. In the US, soccer is all but pointless for marketing purposes, except for certain demographics that don't fit the ideal Apple purchaser anyways.
01-04-2012, 12:49 PM #3
And what is the ideal apple user??
01-04-2012, 01:11 PM #4
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01-04-2012, 01:16 PM #6
I doubt they will go for it. Sky pay thousands of millions of £ for it. I think they will probably scare Apple away from it. Other companies have tried to take it away from them but they just pay over the odds. Sky have like 5/6 sport channels. If they lose the majority of the reason why people get Sky then they would lose those customers and then the channels.
They just need it more than Apple.
Last edited by KraXik; 01-04-2012 at 01:18 PM.
01-04-2012, 01:31 PM #7
If I can watch Manchester united on an apple tv, I will definitely buy one.
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01-04-2012, 01:59 PM #8
That would actually be the selling point that could push me to buy one.
01-04-2012, 02:10 PM #9
It's a good idea. For me i live in Canada, pay $15 a month for a channel called Sportnet World for EPL games and other games come on TSN and The Score. TSN and Score are in HD so that is good.
Has nothing to do with SKY, SKY has the rights in the UK and apple TV wouldnt be allowed to broadcast all the games in the UK because of a blackout there just like SKY cant.
Saying that does APPLE TV have good quality for sports? would there be an extra cost involved??
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01-04-2012, 02:38 PM #11
"The Daily Mail (who is notorious for stirring up rumours without sources)" sums it up, the paper just wants to stir things up
Don't believe a word of it
01-04-2012, 02:55 PM #12
Im sold. Bring on the EPL
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01-04-2012, 08:43 PM #16
If I can get decent quality live (HD) EPL matches in Australia without having to use Foxtel I'm sold.
The 'free' alternatives that I have found don't have the quality. There is an internet based subscription channel available in Aus as well but the quality wasn't up to it either.
01-05-2012, 05:03 AM #17
If Apple is really considering going into Football, they should take advantage of the recent launch of Apple TV in Brazil and go for the Brazilian Football League, which will probably be waaay more cheap to acquire the rights of transmission and would guarantee hundreds of millions of subscribers all around the world.
01-05-2012, 08:32 AM #18