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# 255526 16-Aug-2019 09:38
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/115047081/sky-tv-makes-big-bet-on-rugby

 

Those that were using rugby pass to avoid using sky....seems like things might go full circle.

 

 





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  # 2300200 16-Aug-2019 09:39
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Really smart move by SKY. The new CEO is doing great work




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  # 2300202 16-Aug-2019 09:41
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JPNZ:

 

Really smart move by SKY. The new CEO is doing great work

 

 

Mightn't it just add to fragmentation of Skys own platforms.....they currently have, Sky Go, Sky Sport Now (Fanpass), Neon, and now this.  Thats a lot of different developers if they all have different backends. 

 

 





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  # 2300204 16-Aug-2019 09:41
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I was using it (watched last weekends game on it) but will no longer need it now that Sky Sport Now is a much better option with the weekly passes available.


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  # 2300206 16-Aug-2019 09:44
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davidcole:

 

JPNZ:

 

Really smart move by SKY. The new CEO is doing great work

 

 

Mightn't it just add to fragmentation of Skys own platforms.....they currently have, Sky Go, Sky Sport Now (Fanpass), Neon, and now this.  Thats a lot of different developers if they all have different backends. 

 

 

 

 

If I recall RugbyPass uses Neulion (now Endeavour). 


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  # 2300211 16-Aug-2019 09:54
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trig42:

 

I was using it (watched last weekends game on it) but will no longer need it now that Sky Sport Now is a much better option with the weekly passes available.

 

 

Same here.  I'm using it to tide me over from cancelling Sky to starting the World Cup with Spark Sport.  After that, we'll probably go to Sky Sport Now.  

 

The Aussie commentary on the test on Saturday was a major negative for me.  Also with current exchange rate, it's not that cheap.

 

Note, if you want to get Rugby Pass at half price, then just email to cancel your subscription.  They'll try to keep you by offering you a half price code (for annual subscription, I think).  A mate just went through this.  i think they offered him 25% first, then 50%.


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  # 2300213 16-Aug-2019 09:57
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Some interesting observations:

 

Sky has bought RugbyPass from Coliseum - and Discovery has its investment in Coliseum.  

 

RugbyPass didnt get the SEAsian rights to the RWC.

 

Breakeven was about 20,000 subs.  Most of those were Five Nations followers not Super15.

 

Why would Coliseum be exiting?  It kicked PLP to the curb presumably cos it didnt get enough subs to make it worthwhile to rebid against BeIN.  Now its exiting Rugbypass after about 3 years.  Guessing it didnt meet return hurdles for that 3-year timeframe and Cooper is deploying capital elsewhere.


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  # 2300214 16-Aug-2019 09:57
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davidcole:

 

JPNZ:

 

Really smart move by SKY. The new CEO is doing great work

 

 

Mightn't it just add to fragmentation of Skys own platforms.....they currently have, Sky Go, Sky Sport Now (Fanpass), Neon, and now this.  Thats a lot of different developers if they all have different backends. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It could well do, but on the flip side if they have purchased a superior platform, it might be just what they need to keep their head in the streaming game, they may even dismantle some of their other tech as a result.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2300217 16-Aug-2019 10:11
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davidcole:

 

JPNZ:

 

Really smart move by SKY. The new CEO is doing great work

 

 

Mightn't it just add to fragmentation of Skys own platforms.....they currently have, Sky Go, Sky Sport Now (Fanpass), Neon, and now this.  Thats a lot of different developers if they all have different backends. 

 

 

 

 

As I see it, it's nothing to do with Sky NZ customers. They bought a new business that streams rugby to 62 other countries. RWC is soon, rugby gets a boost, its an investment in the international market


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  # 2300229 16-Aug-2019 10:31
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I disagree. I believe their current internal streaming platforms are either limited or expensive to maintain and develop further. I haven't used RugbyPass.com recently, but it certainly seemed a lot more functional a few years back than SSN seems now. 

 

It's a very smart (if not slightly ambitious) move. Potentially gives them extra revenue away from their direct NZ Income and potentially allows them to leverage a more feature-complete platform by which to deliver online services to NZ. 

 

 


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  # 2300353 16-Aug-2019 11:28
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ockel:

 

RugbyPass didnt get the SEAsian rights to the RWC.

 

 

 

 

Are you sure about this?  I was sure that Rugbypass was/is going to be showing the RWC.


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  # 2300368 16-Aug-2019 11:45
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rp1790:

 

ockel:

 

RugbyPass didnt get the SEAsian rights to the RWC.

 

 

 

 

Are you sure about this?  I was sure that Rugbypass was/is going to be showing the RWC.

 

 

"BeIN Asia Pacific, the group’s regional operation, will broadcast the event in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Singapore, including pre and post-tournament coverage between 6th September and 10th November."

 

http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/bein-sports-japan-rugby-world-cup-asian-broadcast-rights

 

 

 

And rugbypass still isnt listed for rights on the RWC Wikipedia page.  I'm happy to be wrong if you've got a source.


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  # 2300391 16-Aug-2019 12:28
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networkn:

I disagree. I believe their current internal streaming platforms are either limited or expensive to maintain and develop further. I haven't used RugbyPass.com recently, but it certainly seemed a lot more functional a few years back than SSN seems now. 


It's a very smart (if not slightly ambitious) move. Potentially gives them extra revenue away from their direct NZ Income and potentially allows them to leverage a more feature-complete platform by which to deliver online services to NZ. 


 



Sky Sport Now and rugbypass both use the same platform (endeavour/NeuLion) so any difference in features would be down to sky’s choice on what to provide, I’d have thought.

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  # 2300395 16-Aug-2019 12:36
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Rugbypass and Fanpass  were two totally seperate services owned by different companies. They are still seperate with their own features/functions and they operate in different markets. Given that FP has just been renamed, they have not been able to as yet, align the ATV app with the iOS/web options as the new FP is now unhobbled. Like Spark Sport, and others, iOS is easier, TVoS always seems to be later to create/update for for some reason


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  # 2300408 16-Aug-2019 13:08
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RugbyPass.com supplies the content and service, at a price point I'm happy to pay. As long as this doesn't change, I don't care who owns it.


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  # 2300411 16-Aug-2019 13:17
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I did the online chat on Rugbypass and it would appear they are still negotiating the rights to show the RWC.  Bummer, hope it comes though but it's very late in the day.


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