Universal Sports, NBC announce multiplatform coverage for Rugby World Cup
| 04 November 2014
Universal Sports Network and NBC Sports Group have announced multi-platform coverage plans for next year's IRB Rugby World Cup.
We are one year out from the tournament — running from 19 September to 31 October2015 — and Universal Sports and NBC Sports will broadcast nine of the tournament's 48 matches.
Coverage will also feature a studio pre-game show, plus half-time and post-game shows, as well as several other production enhancements.
In addition to broadcast and cable TV coverage, all 48 of the tournament's matches will be made available live on a pay-per-view basis from leading cable, satellite and IPTV providers.
For online viewing, live streaming and on-demand access to all 48 matches will be available exclusively at UniversalSports.com as a subscription offering. Fans will be able to purchase a full-tournament package or individual matches online to watch via the Web on desktop, mobile and other connected TV devices on a pay-per-view basis.
"The Rugby World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and we are excited to showcase it to an American audience," said Scott Brown, President of Universal Sports Network. "Interest in the sport of rugby has never been higher, and with unprecedented coverage across multiple platforms, both longstanding and new fans of the sport will be able to follow every minute of the action from England."
Universal Sports acquired multi-platform media rights to the Rugby World Cup in a multi-year deal with the IRB (International Rugby Board) prior to the 2011 edition which allowed for Universal Sports and NBC to broadcast the quadrennial tournament live for the first time in the United States.
"We're proud to present live coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup to a national audience," said Jon Miller, president of programming, at NBC Sports and NBCSN. "The 2015 Rugby World Cup Final on NBC will serve as a great platform for the continued growth one of the world's most popular sports."