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TV3 confirm they have won broadcasting rights for the 2015 Rugby World Cup

There are many details yet to be finalised, but the broadcaster is looking into high-definition screening of the tournament.

Joe Schmidt, TV3 Group CEO David McRedmond, IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper and Sean O'Brien.
Joe Schmidt, TV3 Group CEO David McRedmond, IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper and Sean O'Brien.
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TV3 HAVE CONFIRMED that they have won the Irish rights to broadcast the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

With the official announcement made at a press conference in Dublin this morning, the broadcaster has revealed that they will manage the screening of all 48 matches in the tournament, as well as delivering a “TV, digital and mobile highlights offering.”

Each of Ireland’s games, as well as the final stages of the competition, will be broadcast free to air, while TV3 have also underlined that they are “currently in discussion with platform operators” about carrying HD [High-Definition] capability from mid-2015.

With the World Cup kicking off on the 18th of September, the channel hopes to have HD cameras ready to go for Ireland’s Pool D clashes with Canada, Romania, Italy and France.

TV3′s Group CEO, David McRedmond, says the broadcaster is “honoured” to have been awarded the rights by the International Rugby Board [IRB].

We are quite sure that the Rugby World Cup will be the stand out sporting event in 2015, which will anchor our 2015 Autumn Schedule,” says McRedmond. “Rugby following in Ireland is at an all-time high following successes in the Heineken Cup and most recently the success of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team in the six nations.

“As Ireland’s leading commercial broadcaster TV3 is building its strongest ever schedule of originated programming. The Rugby World Cup win is an endorsement of the strategy to invest in the most relevant content for Irish audiences and advertisers.”

TV3 have not yet finalised their plans for coverage of the tournament, although the early expectation is that 20 matches will be broadcast on TV3, with the remainder on 3e. However, TV3 has not ruled out sub-licensing certain games to other Irish broadcasters.

Announcements on TV3′s studio, commentating and touchline panels are expected in due course.

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