Virgin Media Sport to launch on 18 September
Niall Quinn will join Graeme Souness and Kevin Kilbane in live coverage
At a launch event in Dublin this morning, Virgin Media confirmed that its new Virgin Media Sport channel will launch on 18 September, when the group stages of the UEFA Champions League kick off.
Virgin Media Sport will be available to all Virgin Media TV customers at no extra cost. Meanwhile, if you’re a Virgin Mobile or Virgin Media Broadband customer, you’ll be able to access Virgin Media Sport and all live matches through the Virgin Media TV Anywhere App for free for the first two months, then at a reduced rate of €10 a month after that.
If you are are not currently a Virgin Media customer, you can sign up for access to the Virgin Media TV Anywhere App for €20 per month on a 30-day contract, which will give you access to all of the Virgin Media Sport content.
What will I be able to watch on Virgin Media Sport?
In total, there’ll be more than 400 live games available through the channel this season.
Virgin Media Sport will broadcast all UEFA Champions League matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays along with UEFA Europa League on Thursdays.
Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League matches will also be free-to-air on Virgin Media One, which will also broadcast the Champions League and Europa League finals.
In terms of punditry, Niall Quinn will join Graeme Souness and Kevin Kilbane on the panel, which will be hosted by Tommy Martin.
The broader presentation team will include former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr, former Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews and presenter Niamh Kinsella.
Coverage will be broadcast live from a new, purpose built Virgin Media Sport studio.
Virgin Media customers won’t miss a single match
Virgin Media has confirmed that customers will be able to record, replay, pause and watch archived matches and footage on-demand, either through the TV Anywhere App or by pressing ‘start-over’ during any live match to go right back to kick-off time.
Could come in handy for those 6pm kick-offs!
“The new home of European Football in Ireland”
Speaking at the launch today, Virgin Media’s Vice-President of Commercial, Paul Farrell, said, “Virgin Media Sport is the new home of European Football in Ireland. It’s going to be an exciting season on and off the pitch with our top panel of pundits providing in-depth local analysis and opinion exclusively for our customers.”
He added that the company’s investment in Virgin Media Sport reinforces their position as Ireland’s “leading connected entertainment provider”.
Not currently a Virgin Media customer?
If you’re not a Virgin Media TV customer, but you’re interested in signing up to avail of Virgin Media Sport for free, there are some great offers available at the moment.
For example, if you want to go for a broadband, TV and home phone bundle, there are savings of up to €480 available now and you’ll get:
- broadband with speeds of up to 360Mbps (depending on what package you go for);
- up to 114 TV channels; and
- unlimited anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles, along with minutes to landlines in 22 international destinations.
If you don’t want to opt for a triple-play bundle, there are plenty of standalone TV plans available too.