Sport on Freeview – Week Commencing August 29th 2015

Sport on Freeview – Week Commencing August 29th 2015

Hello all – it’s been a while, but I thought I’d return to the Sport on Freeview Guide.  It may not include all sport listings this week, but next week, I’m aim to include more – the main thing is… the website is back!  I’ve typed up as much as I can for this week, look out for updates every Saturday morning – spread the word!  You can follow me on Twitter @chrisbenson007 I’d love to hear from you.

BT Showcase

Notice on Monday evening, BT Showcase (Freeview Channel 59) has programming from 7pm through to midnight – worth a look.

Incidentally, a couple of people asked how does it calculate to 351 games that BT will be screening for the Champions and Europa League each season for the next three years?  Well, here’s the breakdown.

UEFA Super Cup

1 game (already played)

Champions League

20 games = Play Offs (10 ties, 2 legs)

96 group games

16 games = Last 16 (8 ties, 2 legs)

8 games = Last 8 (4 ties, 2 legs)

4 games = Last 4 (2 ties, 2 legs)

Final

Europa League

144 group games

32 games = Last 32 (16 ties, 2 legs)

16 games = Last 16 (8 ties, 2 legs)

8 games = Last 8 (4 ties, 2 legs)

4 games = Last 4 (2 ties, 2 legs)

Final

Now, BT have to screen 11 more games ‘free to air’ on BT Showcase – out of those, at least 3 will involve British teams (they have to screen Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City at least once) and we have to see the final as well.  As for the other seven games, who knows?

In Europa League, BT have to screen 14 games ‘free to air’ on BT Showcase – out of those, at least 3 will involve British teams (they have to screen Liverpool, Spurs and Celtic at least once – Southampton failing to get through to the group stages) and we have to see the final as well.  As with the Champions League, which games will we see?  I suspect we’ll see one group game from each matchday for the Champions/Europa League – keep an eye on my blog, I’ll publish the TV details as soon as I have them.  Read my articles from earlier this week re: BT Showcase (Cricket and Football coverage)…

Pro 12 Rugby

I’m trying to establish which Pro12 games are being shown next weekend, for the first games of the season.  I think there will be a couple of games available through the BBC Sport App, but none on the Red Button itself as there’s Wheelchair Basketball.

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Saturday August 29th 2015:

10:30 – 12:10

World Athletics (Day 8) LIVE
BBC TWO

11:30-12:00

Football Focus

BBC One

12:10 – 14:30

World Athletics (Day 8) LIVE
BBC ONE

13:30 – 16:10

Channel 4 Racing

Live racing from Goodwood, Beverley and Newmarket

Channel 4

14:30 – 17:25

Rugby League – Challenge Cup Final LIVE
BBC ONE

14:45 – 17:00

Rugby Union – Barbarians v Samoa LIVE
ITV4

16:30 – 17:30

Final Score – Football Updates
BBC TWO

17:00 – 18:30

British Touring Car Highlights
ITV4

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

20:00 – 23:30

ITV4

World Series of Darts – Day 2 of play from Auckland

21:00 – 22:25

Football League Tonight

Channel 5

@footballon5

22:25 – 23:55

Match of the Day

BBC1

Premier League highlights. Repeated tomorrow morning BBC ONE at 7:30am.  Highlights include Newcastle v Arsenal.

Sunday August 30th 2015:

00:15 – 03:15

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

11:00 – 14:30

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

20:00 – 21:00

Rugby Sevens Highlights
ITV4

21:00 – 00:30

ITV4

World Series of Darts – Day 3 of play from Auckland

21:00 – 23:00

TNA Wrestling
Challenge

22:30 – 23:30

Match of the Day 2

BBC ONE

Premier League highlights.

Monday August 31st 2015:

15:30 – 18:00

Sgorio Live – Bala v UK Airbus

S4C

You can access S4C live through BBC Iplayer – click on ‘Channels’, select S4C, and ‘Watch Live’ – you can also watch on the S4C website at http://www.s4c.cymru/en – I use the NOW TV box and access the BBC Iplayer app there.

19:00 – 20:00

Cricket – T20 Highlights England v Australia

Channel 5

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

19:00 – 19:30

UEFA Super Cup Highlights
BT Showcase

OK, highlights were on ITV a few weeks back but if you missed this game – it was a cracker!  Watch it, that’s all I’ll say.  Nine goal thriller!

19:30 – 20:00

Champions League Play Off Highlights

Manchester United’s 1st leg at home to Club Brugge
BT Showcase

20:00 – 21:00

MOTO GP – British Grand Prix Highlights

ITV4

20:00 – 20:30

Champions League Play Off Highlights

Manchester United’s 2nd leg away at Club Brugge – shown on BT Showcase last week.
BT Showcase

20:30 – 21:00

Jose Mourinho Interview – Portrait of a Champion
BT Showcase

21:00 – 22:30

Fear the Walking Dead – Episode 1
BT Showcase

Not sport, but on a Sports channel – BT Channel AMC launches this week, and the Walking Dead spin-off series has its premiere episode available on free-to-air.

22:30 – 00:00

BT Sport Films – The Crazy Gang
BT Showcase

http://sport.bt.com/sport-football/news/bt-sport-remembers-the-crazy-gang-in-new-film-S11363945076873

Sounds like this should be a good documentary, looking at the rise of Wimbledon FC through the 80’s.

23:00 – 00:00

German Football Highlights

ITV4

Tuesday September 1st 2015:

17:15 – 18:00

Football Focus Special – Transfer Deadline Day
BBC2

Wednesday September 2nd 2015:

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

Thursday September 3rd 2015:

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

21:00 – 22:00

TT Classic Highlights
ITV4

22:00 – 00:10

TT: Closer to the Edge (Documentary Film)
ITV4

22:40 – 23:40

Sports Life Stories – Peter Shilton
ITV

Friday September 4th 2015:

12:30 – 16:45

Wheelchair Basketball LIVE – Women’s Semi Finals European Championships
BBC Red Button

18:15 – 22:30

Wheelchair Basketball LIVE – Men’s Semi Finals European Championships
BBC Red Button

19:30 – 22:00

Euro 2016 LIVE Football Qualifier – Germany v Poland
ITV4

22:00 – 23:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

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BT Showcase – Review of Champions League Coverage

BT Showcase – Review of Champions League Coverage

Hello all, here’s my review of BT Showcase’s first Champions League game…

7pm

Gary Lineker introduces the build up to Club Brugge v Manchester United.  Guests in the studio at the ground are Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes.  There’s a few ad breaks to fit in before kick off, but I liked the pre-match build up, it included an interview with Louis Van Gaal the United manager, and looked at potential key players during the game.

7:45pm

Kick off with commentary from Ian Darke and Michael Owen.  Really enjoyed the commentary – Ian Darke in particular is really knowledgeable and not only that, I think he’s pretty good at keeping the viewers interested too.  Rooney scores after 20 minutes to effectively end the tie, but I keep watching – I’m enjoying the coverage.

8:30pm

Half time – and same format to ITV, two ad breaks with a bit of analysis from Lineker, Ferdinand and Scholes in between.  A tried and tested formula – it works.

8:45pm

Second half – which I start five minutes late but thanks to my Panasonic Hard Drive (and putting bits of the second half on double speed) I eventually catch up with the live game again.  At 4-0, it was a comfortable win for United; and as BT are not obliged to show United again on Freeview it’s a shame such a one-sided tie was picked (after the first leg it looked almost certain United would go through, a two goal advantage was pretty comfortable).  But, from BT’s point of view, it means now those key group games at Old Trafford and away can be advertised as ‘exclusive to BT Sport Europe’ – I don’t think we’ll see United again on BT Showcase…

9:40pm

Des Kelly interviews hat trick hero Wayne Rooney, and we have reaction from Lineker, etc.  Overall, good coverage – but one thought.  BT are “obliged” to show each British team in Europe at least once – in both Champions and Europa League.  Southampton are 1-1 in their Europa League tie tomorrow night, and let’s face it could get knocked out.  What happens if they lose?  BT Showcase aren’t showing the tie, I think they should?

10:07pm

My mate Ian text me earlier saying he’s watching the Barnsley/Everton game on Sky Sports through Now TV.  Thought he was picking the wrong game, was convinced that was going to be a walkover.  Just checked the score.  How wrong I was!

Let’s be honest though, BT didn’t publicise that this match was on free-to-air as much as they perhaps could have done.  There’s been wall to wall advertisements in the press, they could have easily advertised “Watch Club Brugge v Man United on BT Showcase tonight from 7pm”.  Why would they want to do that?  Well, the more people see their coverage, the more people might choose to pay for more?  Yes, they promoted the game on social media (e.g Twitter, Facebook) but I think of football fans like my Uncle Frank, not actively involved in the world of social media.  How do people like Uncle Frank find it?  Well, lucky for Frank – I told him 😉

Chris

BT Showcase can be found on Freeview Channel 59.  There’s no listings in TV guides for this channel but I can tell you the next scheduled programme is Fear the Walking Dead Episode 1 at 9pm this Monday to promote new channel AMC.

First BT Showcase Champions League Game Announced

First BT Showcase Champions League Game Announced – Freeview Alert!

Monday August 28th 2015

Chris: The full BT press release is below – thanks to BT for this.  I will be back at the bottom of the release with my observations from this.

BT SPORT TO SHOW MANCHESTER UNITED UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CLASH ON BT SPORT SHOWCASE

The first UEFA Champions League live match shown on BT Sport Showcase will be Manchester United’s vital second leg play off against Club Brugge next Wednesday, August 26.

The clash, which will determine whether the Red Devils qualify for the next stage of the competition, will be shown for free on BT Sport Showcase, on Freeview channel 59, with coverage starting at 7pm for a 7.45pm kick off.

United lead 3-1 after the first leg at Old Trafford, after a last-minute header from Marouane Fellaini gave them a two-goal lead to protect at the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “We are delighted to offer this finely poised second leg match as the first live match that will be freely available on BT Sport Showcase. It will give Freeview viewers the opportunity to enjoy a great live European tie and take a look at the new BT Sport Champions League coverage, if they are not already subscribers.”

The show will be fronted by Gary Lineker and analysis provided by ex-Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

BT Sport is the only place to watch all of the 351 exclusively live UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches, and will show at least 12 UEFA Champions League matches and 14 UEFA Europa League ties exclusively live on BT Sport Showcase, where customers can enjoy the action for free.

The game will also be shown on BT Sport Europe for existing BT Sport customers.

Chris: BT has to screen 12 Champions League games free each season for the next three years… this is the first.  I wasn’t expecting a play off game to be shown in honesty, but with 11 more games to screen, it’s likely we’ll now see 6 group games shown free, the final, plus maybe four games from the last 16, meaning the latter stages (quarter and semi finals) will be exclusive to BT Sport Europe customers before the final (which has to be screened free) is aired on BT Showcase.  It will be interesting to check out the BT Sport coverage – coverage starts at 7pm and finishes at 10:15pm. (ITV’s coverage normally started at 7:30pm and ended for the news at 10pm, so more time for analysis and features at least).  It’s not perhaps the best match to start the free-to-air coverage with, United already have a two goal advantage and I suspect they will be make it through to the group stages without complication.  But it’s a big name to attract viewers to the channel – if viewers can find United in an early game, then the channel will be remembered for future rounds.  BT Showcase is located on Freeview Channel 59.  Highlights during Champions League rounds can be found on ITV Wednesday evenings at 10:40pm.

BT Sport Wins Rights to Next Ashes Tour in Australia!

BT Sport Wins Rights to Next Ashes Tour in Australia!

Monday August 24th 2015:

Chris: The full BT press release is below – thanks to BT for this.  I will be back at the bottom of the release with my observations from this.

BT Sport to be the home of the 2017/18 Ashes

 

Australian International Cricket and KFC Big Bash League to be screened on BT Sport for Five Years

 

BT Sport to show the Ashes Down Under in 2017/18 as part of 210 days of exclusively live international cricket from 2016-2021

BT Sport is to become the home of The 2017/18 Australia vs England Ashes and will show all Australian home cricket internationals exclusively live in the UK, from 2016 to 2021, after winning a five-year rights deal.

Cricket fans will see England defend the Ashes when they travel down under in 2017/18, as part of 210 days of international Australian cricket to be shown on BT Sport.

BT Sport will show all Australian Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals played in Australia, including the five-match Ashes Test Series against rivals England in 2017/18. Multiple series against world leading nations such as New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan will also be broadcast on BT Sport.

The rights also include the hugely successful 35 KFC Big Bash League matches, which see international stars flocking down under, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and former England international Kevin Pietersen.  BT Sport will also show the women’s Ashes and the women’s T20 Big Bash League.

BT Sport has also acquired a free-to-air rights package that includes daily highlights of international matches and the Big Bash League, as well as one Big Bash League ‘match of the round’ broadcast live and free each week.

The deal with Cricket Australia is in addition to BT Sport’s broadcasting of the annual Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament featuring some of the world’s biggest stars such as Chris Gayle.

Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is delighted to be adding international cricket to its line-up, and to be the new home of the next Ashes tour in Australia.  We will show live domestic games featuring the best players in the world during the Big Bash League and all Australian home matches for the next five years.”

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Media, Communications & Marketing Ben Amarfio said the agreement signalled a new era in Australian cricket broadcasting. “We are delighted to be entering into this important new partnership with BT Sport,” Mr Amarfio said.

“BT Sport put forward a highly compelling bid for the rights to broadcast cricket from Australia to audiences throughout the United Kingdom.

“They are uniquely placed to become one of the UK’s largest sports channels and we think cricket can provide the content and opportunities to help them do just that.

“With more cricket content now available via BT Sport, free-to-air television and through our digital platforms, we are making the game more accessible to more people. The principle of taking the game to more people is very important in our efforts to grow the game.”

Chris: Looks like some Cricket at least heading to BT Showcase!  Great news – we do see a great highlights show of home internationals on Channel 5 and full credit to them, but Sky Sports has dominated the sport for a while, this goes a good way towards attracting a new audience to the game.  The last Australian-based Ashes series had highlights on Pick TV, so at least through this news we know we’ll get to see free-to-air highlights again – (5 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3 T20s, so 33 highlights shows to my reckoning).  Then there’s the Big Bash League – if there’s nightly highlights then that could be about 30 hours per year of highlights (35 games in the tournament, some days they play two games).  And the tournament lasts about five weeks, so with one match broadcast free each week that could be around five games live on Freeview – which helps towards ITV4 losing the Indian Premier League to Sky Sports, we haven’t had live cricket in any shape or form since then).  And let’s remember, this is a five year deal – so that’s a lot of cricket coverage we wouldn’t have expected.  Good on BT Sport for bringing some of this to a wider audience – it would be quite easy to put all of the games behind a paywall – this tactic of giving viewers a ‘tease’ might just attract their subscription base even further.  

 

Sport on Freeview Guide – Welcome Back!

Hello all – it’s been a while, but I thought I’d return to the Sport on Freeview Guide.  It may not include all sport listings this week, but next week, I’m aim to include more – the main thing is… the website is back!  I’ve typed up as much as I can for this week, look out for updates every Saturday morning – spread the word!  You can follow me on Twitter @chrisbenson007 I’d love to hear from you.

Saturday August 22nd 2015:

10:35

Delayed-as-live V8 Supercars, Rd 8, Sydney (Race 1 & 2)

Motors TV

11:30-12:00

Football Focus

BBC One

12:10 – 14:30

Formula One Live – Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
BBC ONE

13:30 – 16:15

Channel 4 Racing

Live racing from York, Sandown and Chester

Channel 4

16:45 – 19:15

Sgorio Live – Llandudno v Aberystwyth

S4C

A new day. A new time – Sgorio’s back! Join Dylan Ebenezer, Nicky John, Owain Tudur Jones and the red button boys, Mark Jones and Tomi Morgan for a historic match to launch the 2015-16 Dafabet Welsh Premier League. Sgorio will be at Parc MBi Maesdu on the first Saturday of the new season as MBI Llandudno prepare for their first-ever match in Wales’ top football league, when they face Aberystwyth in an eagerly-anticipated fixture. With kick-off at 5.15, Sgorio will bring you all the afternoon’s key football results as well as goal highlights from the Friday night fixture between Rhyl and Bangor, before turning our attention to a little piece of history being made on the Welsh Riviera!

You can access S4C live through BBC Iplayer – click on ‘Channels’, select S4C, and ‘Watch Live’ – you can also watch on the S4C website at http://www.s4c.cymru/en – I use the NOW TV box and access the BBC Iplayer app there.

18:00 – 21:30

ITV4

World Series of Darts – Final day play from Sydney.

Semi-Finals
Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
followed by the Final

19:00 – 19:55

Cricket – Ashes Fifth Test Highlights

Channel 5

Day 3 of action from the Oval. Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 10:45-18:45.

21:00 – 22:25

Football League Tonight

Channel 5

You may still think that Football League highlights are on BBC1 after ‘Match of the Day’, but you’d be wrong – Channel 5 has the rights to Football League and Capital One League Cup highlights for the next three seasons. With highlights of three Championship games, plus all the goals from the Championship, League One and League Two (and in a decent prime time slot), this can only be good for the 72 Football League clubs. Week 1’s show was far from perfect, but after a barrage of criticism on social media, programme makers listened – and last week’s show was a lot better – less focus on the studio audience, all of the goals shown in division order…

@footballon5

22:00 – 23:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana (Stage One)
ITV4

22:20 – 23:40

Match of the Day

BBC1

Premier League highlights. Repeated tomorrow morning BBC ONE at 7:40am. Live radio commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live today: Manchester United v Newcastle United 12:45-15:00, Leicester City v Tottenham 15:00-17:00.

22:35

FIA World Rally Championship, Rd 9, Rallye Deutschland (Day2)

Motors TV

23:40-00:40

Rugby Union – France v England highlights

BBC One

Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live from 19:50-22:00. Repeated tomorrow BBC TWO at 6:00pm.

Sunday August 23rd 2015:

01:30 – 06:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

10:45 – 18:10

British Touring Car Championship LIVE – From Knockhill
ITV4

11:00 – 15:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

12:10 – 15:30

Formula One Live – Belgian Grand Prix
BBC ONE

19:00 – 19:55

Cricket – Ashes Fifth Test Highlights

Channel 5

Day 4 of action from the Oval. Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 10:45-18:45.

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

20:00 – 21:00

Rugby Union Sevens Highlights
ITV4

21:00 – 23:00

TNA Wrestling
Challenge

22:30 – 23:40

Match of the Day 2

BBC ONE

Premier League highlights. Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live today of Everton v Man City at 16:00-18:06.

Monday August 24th 2015:

02:30 – 04:30

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

11:00 – 15:15

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 19:55

Cricket – Ashes Fifth Test Highlights

Channel 5

Day 5 of action from the Oval. Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 10:25-18:45.

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

19:00 – 20:00

Rallycross Highlights
Quest

23:00 – 00:00

German Football Highlights

ITV4

Tuesday August 25th 2015:

11:00 – 14:30

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Athletics

Highlights of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

23:35 – 00:20

Rugby League

The Super League Show – highlights.

BBC Two

Wednesday August 26th 2015:

02:30 – 05:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

13:05 – 15:05

EuroHockey

Scotland v Italy, Women’s match.

BBC Red Button

11:00 – 15:15

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Athletics

Highlights of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

19:20 – 21:00

EuroHockey

England v Germany, Women’s match.

BBC Red Button

20:00 – 21:00

British Superbike Highlights from Cadwell Park
ITV4

22:40 – 23:40

Champions League Highlights

ITV

Highlights from Manchester United and Celtic’s Play-off Second Leg games this week. Live radio commentary of Manchester United’s game on BBC Radio 5 Live tonight from 19:45-22:30.

23:00 – 00:30

Football League Cup Round 2 Highlights
Channel 5

Thursday August 27th 2015:

02:35 – 05:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

11:00 – 14:45

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

13:05 – 15:05

Euro Hockey

Men’s Semi Final Match

BBC Red Button

19:00 – 20:00

Athletics

Highlights of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling Highlights – Vuelta a Espana
ITV4

19:20 – 21:20

Euro Hockey

Men’s Semi Final Match

BBC Red Button

Friday August 28th 2015:

01:35 – 04:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

09:15 – 11:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Red Button

11:30 – 15:15

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Red Button

13:05 – 15:05

Euro Hockey

Women’s Semi Final Match

BBC Red Button

19:00 – 20:00

Athletics

Highlights of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling

La Vuelta a Espana – Stage 7 Highlights

ITV4

19:20 – 21:20

Euro Hockey

Women’s Semi Final Match

BBC Red Button

20:00 – 00:00

Darts

World Series – Auckland (Day 1)

ITV4

Saturday August 29th 2015:

00:25 – 04:15

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing – Men’s 50km walk

BBC Red Button

02:55 – 06:00

Athletics

Live coverage of the World Championships from Beijing

BBC Two