Snooker has arrived on Quest -from October! Great news! The Home Nations Snooker Series is a new feature to the Snooker calendar and looks like we will see some coverage for free! Quest is owned by Discovery, who also own Eurosport – this is why sports such as Cricket and British Superbikes have been appearing on Quest lately.
Well, Quest have some more info which I detail below –
Monday October 10th is when the coverage starts and Quest says “…the TX times so far are 12.45 pm, and the main play will start from 1pm.”
Coverage continues during the week. On Thursdays and Fridays, coverage starts a bit earlier at 11.45 am. Quest also says “We will showing highlights of the evening sessions from Tuesday, and these will be aired from 12 noon… before the live coverage at 1pm… so if you want to catch those, tune in earlier.”
As for weekend coverage Quest say “…the transmissions on the weekend are the same, apart from the final, during which we will show the evening session from 7.15 pm.”. Great that we will see even more Snooker on Freeview.
Quest will be showing the Home Nations Snooker Series, starting with the English Open on the 14th October at Event City in Manchester. Quest will only be showing the morning sessions from Monday to Saturday, however we will be broadcasting highlights from the evening sessions next day, and will be showing the complete final on the 16th October.
Andy Goldstein will be presenting the tournament, whilst Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds will play pundits.
David Hendon, Phil Studd and Mike Hallett will be the main commentators with guest appearances from Neal, Ronnie, Jimmy and other players onsite.
Full transmission times on Quest:
Monday October 10th
12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 1 at the English Open (till 5:30pm). Don’t forget Quest + 1 is on Freeview Channel 38, so you can watch coverage till 6:30pm when you get in from work, if you can’t record it.
Tuesday October 11th
11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Monday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)
12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 2 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)
Wednesday October 12th
11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Tuesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)
12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 3 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)
Thursday October 14th
10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Wednesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)
11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 4 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)
Friday October 15th
10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Thursday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)
11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 5 at the English Open (till 5:30pm). Quarter Final time.
Saturday October 16th
11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Friday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)
12:45pm – Live coverage of the first semi final at the English Open (till 4:30pm). The second semi final will be exclusively live on Eurosport.
Sunday October 17th
12:45pm – Semi Final highlights (from last night on Eurosport)
1:45pm – Live coverage of the Final at the English Open (till 5:30pm).
7:15pm – The final concludes (coverage live on Quest until 10:30pm)
Other tournaments to come?
Hopefully Quest will show the Irish, Scottish and Welsh Open in the Home Nations Series too.
For me, this is a good result – Eurosport subscribers get full coverage, but at least the Home Nations series gets the chance to attract a wider audience also. The Irish Open will follow in November, with the Scottish Open and Welsh Open to come too. Hopefully Quest will show coverage of these as well! BBC Red Button and BBC Wales have shown free-to-air coverage of the Welsh Open historically, but if the coverage attracts good audiences – maybe we’ll see more of Eurosport’s Snooker tournaments appearing on Quest… I for one, certainly hope so. Chris