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# Free-to-air

Last year
2022
Munster's clash with South Africa XV selection to be shown live on Virgin Media
The province take on a South Africa Select XV at Páirc Uí Chaoimh next Thursday.
All time
RTÉ and TG4 reveal free-to-air TV schedule for Irish provinces as URC partnership begins
Connacht and Leinster will both be live on Rugbaí Beo in two weekends’ time, while Munster will kick off on RTÉ’s ‘URC Live’.
# good news
United Rugby Championship will be available to Irish fans on free-to-air TV
RTÉ and TG4 will both be showing games from the event.
# Coverage
URC to be broadcast with a mix of free-to-air, pay TV, and online streaming
CEO Martin Anayi said the South African teams come ‘with a commercial might.’
Fans have fears over paywall as Six Nations enters broadcast discussions
CEO Ben Morel insists there must be ‘balance’ between commercial gain and exposure.
# public consultation
Which sports events should be free-to-air in Ireland? The public are being asked to have their say
A public consultation will last until January.
# mon the town
Dundalk's Europa League group matches to be shown on free-to-air TV by Virgin Media
The Lilywhites are set to take on Arsenal, Rapid Vienna and Molde, while Celtic have been drawn in the same group as AC Milan.
Ireland’s games in Autumn Nations Cup will be shown on RTÉ and Channel 4
Amazon Prime will also have coverage of games in the UK.
# on hold
Premier League matches could return on free-to-air TV
‘It wouldn’t send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn’t have access to it,’ said UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden.
# crunch talks
Fianna Fáil want urgent meeting with IRFU to discuss Sky's 6 Nations bid
Party spokesperson on sport, Marc MacSharry, wrote to the Union this morning in bid to keep tournament on free-to-air TV.
# Paywall
TV figures or TV money - the Six Nations has a massive decision to make
There are many strands to the huge decision facing the championship and its six unions.
# private equity
Six Nations agree to unify media rights ahead of expected CVC investment
There are fears that the championship won’t be screened live on terrestrial TV in the future.
# On the telly
'It's nothing against Sky or RTÉ, but a game like that should be seen by everybody. Simple as'
Tomás Ó Sé believes inter-county games should be available free-to-air.
# Free-to-air
RTÉ to show Ireland U19 Euros matches and senior women's qualifiers
The national broadcaster has announced plans to air several international matches over the coming months.
# Free-to-air
RTÉ and TG4 join forces to show every game of this year's Fifa Women's World Cup
The two networks have reached an agreement to broadcast the tournament to Irish viewers.
# Champions Cup
Good news for fans as Munster's European pool decider set for free-to-air TV
Virgin Media also have coverage of Leinster’s showdown with Toulouse tomorrow afternoon.
# Free-to-air
Ray Moylette's big homecoming fight to be broadcast live on terrestrial television
‘Spike’ O’Sullivan is also on the Castlebar card, which will be shown on TG4.
# TV Rights
Pro14 confirm Premier Sports as new UK and Northern Ireland broadcaster
Sky Sports will no longer be broadcasting the Pro14 from next season onwards.
# Free-to-air
Senior ladies football and camogie finals made protected sporting events
The ladies football final drew record audience figures this year.
# Free-to-air
Senior ladies football and camogie All-Ireland finals 'of major importance to society'
This means that they will now be available on a free-to-air and live basis for TV viewers.
# New Deal
You'll only need one sports subscription to watch the Champions Cup from next year
BT Sport has secured exclusive rights to both the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in 2022.
# Free-to-air
Good news for Virgin customers as Ireland's Rugby World Cup games will also be on RTÉ
eir Sport has agreed to sub-licence the host’s games to the national broadcaster.
# viewin' in the free world
Ladies football and camogie finals to be added to free-to-air list
Communications Minister Denis Naughten says the two finals are “events of major importance to Irish society”.
# controversy brewing
Dublin chairman believes county boards will unite to get all games back on free-to-air TV
Sean Shanley says encouraging people to visit licensed premises to watch matches is ‘not the correct ethos’.
Kerry pushing for an end to the GAA's controversial TV deal with Sky Sports
The Kingdom passed a motion aimed at the return of ‘free to air’ coverage after 2016.
# Fighting on Air
UTV Ireland will show Carl Frampton's next world title defence
The Belfast boxer takes on Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in mid July.
# TV deal
Government begins effort to ensure future Ireland Six Nations matches are 'free-to-air'
Advertisements were placed in national press today.
UTV Ireland confirm they will broadcast Carl Frampton's world title defence
The Belfast boxer takes on Chris Avalos on 28 February.
# TV Rights
The Six Nations may not be screened live on free-to-air TV from 2018
RTÉ and the BBC’s current rights deals conclude after the 2017 tournament.
# MMA
3e announces deal to show free-to-air UFC fights
The news was revealed at the launch of TV3′s autumn schedule earlier today.
# Free-to-air
What events are most important for Ireland? Pat Rabbitte wants to know
A number of ‘Designated Events’ are made available on free-to-air television
# Heineken Cup
Ryan's free-to-air rugby plan faces new criticism
Eamon Ryan’s proposal that Heineken Cup games be free-to-air is criticised by the former chair of the Competition Authority.