Telecom has announced it's an official telecommunications and technology partner for PremierLeaguePass.com, meaning it's able to give discounts and special deals to football fans on its network.
In a statement to the press, Telecom says existing broadband customers can receive a 15 percent discount on a PremierLeaguePass.com season pass (down to $128 from $150) and are in the draw for one of 1,000 free season passes.
New broadband customers on 12-month contracts can opt for a free season pass with their data plans.
There's no news yet whether the PremierLeaguePass.com data will be unmetered (as Slingshot has recently announced), although it looks unlikely at this point. Tim Martin, co-founder of Coliseum Sports Media, has told Idealog in the past that he would love to see more ISPs unmeter online TV content – but understands that their business models hinge on charging for gigabytes.
This isn't an exclusive partnership between the two companies, PremierLeaguePass.com can seek other partners.
Pre-registrations are being taken on the Telecom website.
Original: Last month, Martin confirmed his company secured the exclusive broadcast rights for the English Premier League across TV and online, for the next three seasons – beating Sky TV's bid for the same license.
Much like NFL and NBA season passes in the US, the Premier League Pass platform provides streaming access to subscribers for $149.90. This is the basic package covering the all 380 live matches and 250 on demand games, more commentary and content can be accessed with a top tier $231.90 subscription. A day pass option is also available.
The games will be viewable on the Premier League Pass site, as well as through apps for iOS and Android. TVNZ is Coliseum's free-to-air partner, covering 38 matches screening on Sunday afternoons.
“We’re excited to be working with Coliseum to give TV viewers a chance to see the world’s most watched and closely followed football competition. We know football fans are passionate supporters of the beautiful game," says Jeff Latch, TVNZ’s head of ONE and TV2.
Although this puts TVNZ add odds with Sky, with which it has a 49/51 ownership of Igloo TV.
Martin says there will be limited advertising inventory offered to brands leading up to kick off, but after a game gets underway the content is ad-free.
Asked how this will affect sports fans who now need to subscribe to two different services to get rugby and football, Martin says it's something those fans will need to weigh up.
Original: Sky TV has lost the rights to broadcast English Premier League football matches to startup media company Coliseum Sports, according to reports.
According to Newstalk ZB, Coliseum EPL Limited – which according to the Companies Office website is owned by Coliseum Sports – has outbid Sky for the rights to air games from the UK sports league, which has a strong fan base in New Zealand.
Sky's shares have tumbled six percent following the news.
A press conference will be held at 2 pm to reveal the future of EPL broadcasting in New Zealand.