NRL to be shown Australia-wide

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NRL to be shown Australia-wide

Post by JRD » Thu 29 Mar, 2012 10:54 am

NRL to be shown Australia-wide

The Federal Government today approved the Nine Network’s request to broadcast specific 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership games on digital channel GEM in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and remote Central and Eastern Australia.

In a first for rugby league, the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy, has removed these matches from the anti-siphoning list. This allows the Nine Network to broadcast 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership matches into the southern markets on digital channel GEM from this Friday, as well as the New Zealand-Australia rugby league test on April 20.

The decision has reinforced the Nine Network’s and Senator Conroy’s commitment to provide viewers access to sport nationally, giving Australians the chance to watch the action as it unfolds.

“This is a win-win situation for all the stakeholders – the viewers in these markets, the NRL, the Federal Government and of course Nine, whose joint mission is to bring the game to as many people as possible,” Jeffrey Browne, Nine Network Managing Director, said.

“We are particularly grateful for Minister Conroy’s positive and prompt consideration of the network’s application to make it a reality.”

From round five of the NRL, the southern markets will broadcast two games in Friday Night Football, one live at 7.30pm AEST and the next one at 9.30pm AEST. Then on Sunday afternoon, a third match will go to air at 4.00pm nationally.

The two-hour NRL Sunday Footy Show hosted by Peter Sterling and a panel of rugby league experts, broadcast in Sydney and Brisbane live at 11.00am on Nine, will be shown at 2.00pm on GEM in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania in the lead-up to Sunday Afternoon Football at 4.00pm

And its about bloody time after 9 seasons of living in SA finally i can watch live footy on a friday night on tv without having to stream it on the net.Its pissed me off for years that in sydney brisbane and canberra you can watch afl live on the mainevent channel on fox and games on free to air even when its not a swans game but over here the nrl doesnt get the same coverage.Can we chalk this one up to the new commission?

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Post by Cultured Bogan » Thu 29 Mar, 2012 12:30 pm

Why did Channel Nine require Federal approval?
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Post by T-D-C » Thu 29 Mar, 2012 4:34 pm

I think it was because the Regional 9 Networks did not have the rights to broadcast into these markets.
The anti-siphoning list is a list of sporting events that the Government has determined should be available on free-to-air television for viewing by the general public.

It is called the anti-siphoning list because it aims to prevent these events being 'siphoned off' by subscription television to the detriment of free-to-air viewers.
The current anti-siphoning list and scheme

On 22 December 2010, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced an interim anti-siphoning list to take effect on 23 December 2010.

The government intends to reform the anti-siphoning scheme, but until the reforms are finalised and legislation is passed, the current scheme applies.

Under the current scheme:

subscription television broadcasting licensees are prohibited from acquiring the right to televise an event on the anti-siphoning list, unless:
national and commercial television broadcasters have not obtained these rights by 12 weeks before the start of the event; or
the right to televise are held by commercial television licensees who have the right to televise the event to more than 50 per cent of the Australian population; or
the right to televise are held by either the ABC or SBS
free-to-air television broadcasters are required to premiere events, on the anti-siphoning list, on their analog channel and core digital channels. Listed events may be simulcast or repeated on the broadcaster’s digital multi-channels, but cannot be shown first on the multi-channel.

The anti-siphoning scheme does not:

reserve listed events solely for free-to-air broadcasters
oblige free-to-air broadcasters to buy the rights to events on the list
guarantee free-to-air broadcasters exclusive rights to events on the list
compel free-to-air broadcasters that acquire the rights to events on the list to broadcast the events live or in full.

The ACMA has general monitoring, compliance and investigation functions under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 in respect of the operation of the scheme. Complaints and enquiries can be sent to:
Though I have no idea why 9 needed approval as they already had the rights to these Games. Unless the Gov recognize Gem as a separate network and did not allow 9 to put these on another channel.

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Post by Juro » Thu 29 Mar, 2012 4:52 pm

About bloody time! Nine do such a woeful job in promoting the sport that has kept them competitive for so long...
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Post by Muffstar » Thu 29 Mar, 2012 9:10 pm

Must be contract renewal time, amazing what happens when there is a chance your contract may not get renewed - better service !

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