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Questions Please for Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta and GolTV

fox-soccer-channelFor the fourth year in a row, EPL Talk will be interviewing executives from Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports and GolTV in a special preview of the 2009/2010 seasons of the Premier League, Championship, La Liga, Bundesliga, Champions League and other major soccer leagues from around the world.

Every summer, there are always a host of changes and exciting developments at the different soccer networks in the United States, so we pose the questions you want us to ask as they relate to soccer coverage on U.S. and Canadian television.

setanta-sportsSo, here’s your opportunity to post your suggested interview questions. We’ll sort through the comments and will ask as many appropriate questions as possible (and, if selected, will read your name out on air on the upcoming episode of the EPL Talk Podcast — available via iTunes and posted on this site).

goltv-logoThe executives confirmed thus far for interviews are:

  • Dermot McQuarrie, Fox Soccer Channel
  • Shane O’Rourke, Setanta Sports
  • Rodrigo Lombello, GolTV

The plan is to assemble all of the interviews into one podcast episode. We’ve extended an invitation to ESPN for them to participate in the episode too, but given that they haven’t officially announced they’ll be covering the Premier League on US TV as of press time, it’s highly unlikely they’ll be available to participate in the interview (if at all) until after the release of the episode.

The deadline to submit interview questions is Noon on Wednesday, August 12, so hurry!

Thanks in advance for your intelligent questions!

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  1. Mike

    August 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    This question is directed to any DISH Setanta subscribers. I would like to subscribe, but when I try to add it on via online, there are two price teirs. One is Setanta for $14.99 and the other is Setanta for $9.99. What’s the difference?

  2. gunnar bennett

    August 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I subscribed to Fox Broadband soccer, and now cannot find the web page – I get a “web page has expired” message. I have at least 7 months remaining on my subscripton. Where do I go to watch Premier League?

    • The Gaffer

      August 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

      Gunnar, you can find it at is supposed to be relaunching today with access to Champions League games (presumably at a cost), but should be worth checking out.

      The Gaffer

  3. Ryan

    August 13, 2009 at 10:19 am

    HD availability obviously. What can we expect from FSC and their Champion’s League coverage? And how will it differ from ESPN?

  4. Christopher

    August 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I’d be curious to know if Setanta ever plans on possibly increasing (by two games at least a week) their coverage of the French Ligue 1. I enjoy watching it almost as much as I do the Premier League…

  5. Robbie

    August 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks Gaffer for allowing us to vent our questions here. Hope they get answered.


  6. Fsquid

    August 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Can you ask if GolTV and DISH network have had anymore conversations since yanking them off?

  7. andyinva

    August 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    congratulate them on ditching steve cohen

    • wsdsupportersunion

      August 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

      I don’t think Mr. Cohen is concerned in the least that FFF did not renew his contract. That show is absolute dross. Oh, let’s promote the WPS and have Joe Schmo from USA Community College on to talk about soccer and getting ready to go work at a gas station!

    • Gaz

      August 13, 2009 at 10:59 am


      • Gaz

        August 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

        (to ditching Steven Cohen)

  8. Aaron from Phoenix

    August 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    TV Guide information – Why can FSC get their ten day out information correctly on my Dish Network but Setanta and GolTV (when they were on Dish Network) cannot get the guide information updated in a timely manner?
    GolTV – When are you going to get back on Dish Network?
    ESPN – Can we see Press Pass every week?

  9. TheOtherJones

    August 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Gaffer, when will this podcast actually come out?

    • The Gaffer

      August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      As early as Thursday night or as late as this weekend. Be sure to subscribe to the EPL Talk Soccer podcast on iTunes so you can download it there as soon as it’s available.

      The Gaffer

  10. Orlando

    August 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Will Directv pick fox soccer hd when available?

  11. Jay

    August 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    For Setanta – what is the major delay in rolling out the channel across Comcast cable networks?

  12. jleau

    August 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    For all three – With ESPN 360, Setanta-i, and the new FSC.TV are there plans to offer greater coverage of other leagues on-line. It would be great to get more access to games from lower level english football, Ligue 1 and Budesliga.

    For Setanta-i – Apologies upfront for being critical but is Setanta prepared to address their customer service issues? When the broadband product is working it is great and the improvements last year were a huge step forward. However, when there are issues the service is boderline terrible. I have lost count of the number of unanswered e-mails and overall communication is poor.

    For Setanta – How are you going to deliver Champions League ppv on-line. There is no information available on the website.

    For FSC – I’m a big fan of FFF, can Nick and Eric move this show towards a more American focus? The EPL coverage on the show is fantastic, but what’s with all the focus on the England National team. I’d like to see more time devoted to the USMNT and MLS. I know you have a big expat audience but there are lots of yanks watching as well.

  13. Lee

    August 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

    For FSC: Do you know whether DISH will pick up FSC HD when it goes live?

  14. Dave B.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

    My big question for all involved is what are their plans for offering their channel in HD? This day and age I think not being able to see these guys in Hi-Def is a big turnoff and an obstacle for Americans looking to get into soccer. Especially after watching the recent friendlies, Euro 2008 and Confederation Cup in all its HD glory.

  15. Ryan

    August 12, 2009 at 11:06 am

    FSC- why such low production values? Why not simply ape Sky’s programming, and use simple, not-so-brightly-lit, stages?

    Setanta- as above, how can you continue to charge the same amount for less EPL?

    GolTV- I’m new to your station and I agree with the comments above that your two English-speaking commentators are TERRIBLE. Please fire them.

  16. Lance

    August 12, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Does Fox plan to use the international English commentary feed, or on-staff talent to call the Champions League games? I pray to God that you decide to use the international feed. If I have to listen to Max Bretos call a European game I’m going to lose it. He is categorically awful. He mispronounces names, butchers common phrases, and makes oral mistakes way more than a professional should.

  17. Orlando

    August 12, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Is espn ever going to get rid of scroll at the bottom of the tv? I want to watch soccer not know hoe the yankees are doing!

  18. Ivan

    August 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Fox Soccer Channel: Will they actually show games LIVE, i.e., without the annoying 2-5 minute delay? In the digital age of the XXI century, there is no excuse for that. How are they doing on making the channel available to more homes? For example, my parents live in Georgia, and their local cable company, Charter, doesn’t carry FSC on its digital tier. Also, do they plan to expand its coverage of the Premier League and the Champions League on the local Fox Sports stations? I know they have already announced the Tuesday 2:45 live game on the local Fox station but they can do better than that and show other live and delayed games in stead of fishing and poker.
    Setanta USA: Already mentioned above: w/ less Premier League games, are they going to reduce the $15 monthly fee? Showing Russian league games is kinda refreshing, actually. How expensive would it be, and are they planning on showing Dutch, Greek, Turkish leagues?
    GolTv: I like the channel: I even like Ray Hudson. Especially now that they are showing the Saturday 9:30am game from the Bundesliga live in stead of on tape, I really have no complaints.

  19. Dave G

    August 12, 2009 at 9:53 am

    For FSC
    Are there any plans/discussions to start showing Soccer AM on a saturday morning… what a great lead in to the 10 am game on saturday mornings, much better option for your faithful subscribers than watching 3 hours of infomercials
    PLEASE ESPN and FSC PLEASE Stop scrolling ads/scores on the bottom of the screen during games PLEASE I BEG YOU, WE ALL BEG YOU

    For ESPN (small thing but it gets on my wick)
    When your games are shown in HD the score box drifts slightly down and to the right on the screen and will obstruct a player in that shot…that’s kind of annoying, can’t someone fix that?…can you make your logo/score box transparent?
    Also, ESPN…(and I am not having a pop at you, this is a serious question that I think would be very interesting to know the answer to)
    have you ever actually polled or did some market research with actual football fans? you know, the idiots like myself that will get up at 7 am on a saturday to watch a pregame show, or spend hours finding a stable live stream of a game online? Have you ever thought about going to a pub in anytown USA on a saturday morning that is showing football and sitting down with those punters and asking them “what they think your coverage should look/sound/feel like” ?
    ESPN/FSC Can I help you with this? The Gaffer has my contact info…I would be more than happy to help you…we are a passionate lot on here, but all we want is a professional product and I think that ESPN is leading the charge in that department and FSC CAN become a leader.
    How do you Decide what your product looks like
    What do YOU THINK the average football fan THINKS about YOUR productions?

  20. Doug

    August 12, 2009 at 9:49 am

    For FSC, are there any plans to offer a web subscription service that would put Setanta-i to shame? Since Setanta-i has less to offer and I’m tired of my connection having errors and logging me out, please say yes.

  21. Fletcher

    August 12, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to suggest questions!

    1. FSC: Most soccer fans in the US like to have the genuine commentary from the UK as already exists. Most would also like to see the halftime, pre-, and post-match commentary directly from Sky. The FSC guys aren’t terrible but I usually switch over to Setanta or check out news during halftime. Will this change?

    Also for FSC, will we ever see any Sky shows in the US? They have wonderful coverage in the UK and I bet you could throw it on in the mornings when you currently show infomercials. I watch SkySports News every night at 7:00 and love it–even the non-soccer portions. I would love it if there was more programming like this, directly from the UK, on during other times. Will we see ever see something like that?

    2. Setanta: I have gladly paid $15 every month for two years to be able to see the EPL matches that you show. Having your channel allows me to watch every match and I love it. Now that your schedule seems to be cut in half, will you drop the subscription price? I know you have other programming but I am seriously doubting there are too many subscribers who are paying to see the Russian Premier League. Maybe $9.99 is more reasonable.

    3. GolTV: I love your coverage but your commentators are really annoying. I am generally not the kind of person who cares but I will actually stop watching certain games because of the commentators. Just a statement–I’m not leaving!

    Thanks again for giving us a chance to ask some questions!

  22. Will

    August 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

    This is a question I have had FOREVER and have never been able to get a straight answer from anyone, let alone my cable provider. I live in SC and GOLTV is available on Charter but it is part of the latino package. When I look on the on screen guide, sometimes to descriptions are in english, sometimes in spanish.

    Question is, is this channel broadcasting games in english or only spanish (maybe there would be a simulcast audio for english?) Shockingly, Charter has NEVER been able to answer my question.

    For FSC, I like Bretos passion and think he is okay, but Christopher Sullivan’s commentary is killing me. His pronunication is horrendous; he tries to be too cultured.Also, FSC should run more Sky programming, particularly in the morning.
    PS – Is the January HD rumor true/ will it be a separate FSC-HD channel or replace the current channel?

    Thanks guys,

    • Brian Chicago

      August 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

      The La Liga games I have seen on GOLTV have been broadcast in English. By the “absolutely magesterial” Ray Hudson.

  23. US AFC Bournemouth Fan

    August 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

    (1) Please ask FSC if there is a plan to offer a similar internet offering that Sentanta i & ESPN 360 provide.Since the utilization of the microsoft siverlight software the quality of the streaming has improved 100% and IMHO meets at least the quality of a standard def TV broadcast.The ability to watch delayed games on the internet is a big plus ,especially for those like myself who have limited channels available on cable & spend much time on the road.

    (2) Please ask all four if there are plans for more extensive lower league English football coverage.More live games and a decent highlights show over the weekend or monday night (available for replay on demand) would be all I could ever ask for….The BBC are showing a champsionship highlights “match of the day” show on saturday night ,which would be available in on iPlayer – if only I lived in the UK !!!!!!

    • JB

      August 13, 2009 at 12:10 am

      The answer to number one looks to be yes…

  24. David Aaa

    August 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Setanta: What’s happening with Champions League coverage on Setanta-i?

    Gol-TV: What’s the deal with availability on Time Warner Cable in Dallas? They only have the Spanish channel with the Spanish package, any chances this is going to change.

  25. NJ

    August 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I doubt they would even address this relationship but Is ESPN’s relationship with GolTV, the lead in to them acquiring the channel and using it as their Futbol feed?

  26. Kevin

    August 12, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I believe this was already talked about when the CL announcement came out but Is FSC sharing the rights to the CL with Setanta? If so, what is the distribution going to be like?

  27. dontcallmepaddy

    August 12, 2009 at 8:37 am

    FOX: Regarding your broadband service, why are the matches are only available on 24-hour delay? Are there any plans to make them available live like Setanta-i and ESPN360 do?

    Setanta: Why is the PPV content no longer available to those who pay the annual subscription fee?

  28. Woody

    August 12, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Max may be Hispanic, but he is an atrocious announcer. I cringe when a goal is scored in a game which he is commentating. It’s a good thing I have cat-like reflexes and can quickly mute the volume.

  29. Thad Williamson

    August 12, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Fox Soccer Channel: Please remove the bottom of the screen promos/news during the EPL highlights show. It makes the show unwatchable. Plus, the news has been known to give the scores of the EPL games played that day, which makes watching the highlights pointless. I still love Dream Team but wish each episode consistently broadcast twice during the week. Max Bretos is alright in my book.

    Setanta: Obvious question is with fewer EPL games, will you either cut the fee or add replacement programming? More Championship from England would be welcome, as would be more (or any?) Dutch league. Please find a regular time for the Football League review show that’s as close as possible to the relevant weekend when the games were played. Also, please have your producers be careful about getting the screen width on the feed right. Occasionally it has been known to go into the wrong ratio or whatever it’s called. Glad you all are still in business over here.

    Gol TV: Great channel, but I wish Ole! were better produced. The commentary over the higlights is bland. Work on that. Ray Hudson is a nutter but I love him.

  30. CFTV

    August 12, 2009 at 1:25 am

    My question is for FSC and GOL TV why is it necessary to run paid programming from 5am till 9am on Saturday Mornings in the case of Fox and in the case of GOL TV from 6am to 8am on Saturday Morning. On Sunday Morning GOL TV from 6am to 9am on Sunday Morning and on FSC 6am to 10am currently and 9am when the Serie A programming is on? Isn’t this prime time to run classic futbol matches or other futbol programming in the case of Fox where they have those EPL Classic Games that they can fill that time or anything on GOL. I can understand its necessary to run paid programming but on Saturday and Sunday Morning its pretty crummy to wake up if you live in the East Coast and want to watch some futbol and there is nothing to watch to get you excited for the slate of games. Wouldn’t having futbol programming in that time frame be something that you want to air before going to the pre-games and live games in the morning?

    I understand that the NFL is a cash cow for Fox and they have one of the best produced pregame shows on TV how come Fox doesn’t devote more money to the pregame shows on Saturday and Sunday Morning with up close and personal pieces and other specially produced pieces on the teams of the Premiership and Serie A like we see with the NFL? I find the production of the pregame, half time,and postgame shows look mickey mouse compared to the money put into the NFL Studio and especially talent working for the company.

    Also in last season’s preseason interview with Dermott from FSC Chris asked about airing more classic EPL Review Shows which I remember Dermott thinking was a good idea. Have FSC gone to TWI and requested the right to air a series of shows of Classic Premiership Review Shows as a running series or as filler programming. I really think that would be a lot more interesting then the 1/2 hour Classic Games that are shown now especially if it was possible to re-air the old 2 hour shows that aired on the Fox Regionals with Lionel Bienvenue from back in the day? There is so much history in the Premiership and they have an amazing hour to 2 hour long show that gives a snapshot in time and ties in the history of the league for new fans that don’t know the history of clubs and players that have graced the league over the years and that footage is just sitting in a tape library not being used.

    For Dermott is the plan to use Fox Sports Espanol to show live Champions League and if so are the games going to be in English or in Spanish and what about the replays English and Spanish?

    And a hypothetical question for Dermott does it hurt or help that FSC’s Studios and HQ are based in LA and not on the East Coast so 5am to 9am on Saturdays and 5am to 8am when the Serie A begins is considered throwaway time since it is so early on the West Coast? Would your programming mentality be any different if the network was based on the East Coast?

    My questions for John Skipper from ESPN are who is going to be the guy they are going to develop to be the lead soccer studio voice going forward for ESPN? Are Josh Elliot, Rob Stone, or Rece Davis in consideration to be the main ESPN Futbol Studio Analyst? Would ESPN ever use a talent from the UK as the lead presenter here in the States for the Premiership or is it necessary to have an American voice to put an American spin on the game?

    Now that ESPN UK is up and running will we see any programming from the UK arm airing here in the States? Also is there ever going to be a daily International version of SportsCenter that will be in English here in the States that focuses on International Sports for 30 or 60 minutes?

    Also how much futbol homework are Mike Tirico and Chris Fowler going to do during the NFL and College Football Season when both will be tied up in what is going on of those two sports till January? Will both do crash courses or are they currently eating, breathing, and sleeping futbol durng the week so they are prepared to know what they are talking about as the lead presenters for the World Cup which I would imagine is an immense job to have a working knowledge of all 32 teams in the tournament and all of the storylines that have built to get to the World Cup with the players and how they did during the season and how the teams got their qualification wise ? I can understand Bob Ley having the time because he does OTL and can spend time on weekends watching futbol. Will we get the same commitment from Tirico and Fowler as they are the lead faces for the worlds biggest sporting event and are going to be pretty tied up covering gridiron on weekends from now to the beginning of January?

    Also for Mr. Skipper is there any plans of re-airing the games that air at 7:30am on Saturday and Monday Afternoon Games on ESPN Classic and will we ever see Classic Premiership Games along with La Liga and Bundesliga replays and Classic Games now that these properties are airing on ESPN Classic?

    And how is negotiations going with cable companies in getting ESPN 360 on all providers? I have Brighthouse Cable in the Tampa area and they said they had no plans currently to air the web content when I called recently.

    Looking forward to the interview as always, Chris!

  31. Charles

    August 12, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Echoing Jay…

    FSC, how much longer until we see FSC HD?

  32. Robbie

    August 12, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Oh and whats the situation with Special 1tv and Setanta? Please Bring back the special one, sven “it”, wayne, fabio and the new signing barrack.

    Please Goltv stop using in house commentary this isn’t the 80’s and 90’s anymore. Bring back Paul Breen Turner. For goodness sake, these commentators live in Spain, they are professional journalists who have covered the league longer then Goltv has been around. They commentate from the stadium!!!!!!! Very unprofessional Goltv.

    What will ESPN’s commentary be for the Budesliga and La Liga? How will the amount of matches for each be determined for airtime? Considering same match times might conflict with each other. Will we get to see the top clubs play *live*?

    Will ESPN use the ESPN UK feed to show the Premier League matches? Regarding commentators I hope they dont use “American” commentators. Give us Jon Champion and Derek Rae.

    Why FSC would make there own in game analysis studio for the Champions League when they could use Sky Sports productions shows?

    Setanta what happened to MUTV and CHELSEA TV? Any other club channels to be available in North America?

    Does the current “LESS” available content on Setanta show us a glimpse into the future that it might not be around for much longer. Can this continue to justify the 14.99 subscription price?

    ESPN’S ambitions of attaining more premier league rights inlcuding bying out Setanta and rebranding it? The writing is on the wall, its just a matter of time.

    The future of the French, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese and other European domestic competitions. (For all three networks)

    • Steve

      August 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      I am with you 100% regarding Paul Breen Turner, he is the best pbp guy ever to hit TV in the US, get him back at all costs, his knowledge and delivery was missed so much last season, thanks.

  33. Robbie

    August 11, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    1) With regards to the Champions League. What efforts will be made to show *live* matches? Seeing what Skyports has with all the games on live with its interactive service (i.e. the red button), will FOX try and do the same with its regional affiliates to show all the group matches live on Tuesday and Wednesday? (If not why isn’t this possible here in North America?) or is this wishful thinking. Treat the Champions League with

    -The Regional affiliates have the right to break from Champions League live matchs in the event of a press conference or other “important” news reagrding their home club “teams”. How will FOX deal with this to ensure that all Champions League matches that are shown live are not interupted? We dont want to go back to the old medeival days when there were commercial and constant interuptions while a football match was shown stateside.

    – Will FOX be showing Europa League matches live, both for qualifiers and the groups stages till the final? Not like last year where they only began showing from the round of 16. Same question goes for Setanta (if they will be showing any Europe League macthes)

    2) For Setanta. How will the handing over of the 7:30 a.m.Saturday and the Monday 3:00p.m. match to ESPN affect Setanta Operations for the future reagrding the Premier League in the U.S? Will these timeslots return to Setanta or stay for the interum with ESPN? Is Setanta sinking or will there be a change of the brand name to “ESPN World?”

    – Will midweek matches (i.e. Premier League, FA Cup, Carling Cup etc…) affect the quality for Setanta in their effort to provide viewing for the Champions League? Match conflicts are a plenty. How will Setanta determine priority? (With matches played a the same time in the 2:30 p.m. EST time slot)

    3) Goltv – The situation with Dish Network. Where do the two companies stand and is there any resolution on the horizon?
    -Does sharing the Bundelisliga and La Liga rights (In English and Spanish) with ESPN threaten Goltv stability in the football t.v. market? If so is this the slow demise of Goltv which is already on a showstring budget?
    – With Goltv Canada going HD, is showing La Liga matches in HD stateside a reality or way down the road?
    – Chances for Bracelona or Real Madrid matches to be shown live on ESPN?
    – How did Goltv feel about the fiasco last year of having a tv guide that was not organized and where matches scheduled to be played were replaced by other matches not scheduled? Has this issue been resolved. Specifically regarding La Liga matches.

    – Situatuon for Setanta and Gotlv in Canada in terms of league rights and what to expect in the future.

    -For all three. With so many leagues spread across so many channels and so many contract rights held by so many tv networks, where do you see the future of televised football headed in North America? Is this a bad thing? a good thing? a sign of the times? Or better for the game?

    Thanks and Cheers,

  34. Jason

    August 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    For Setanta:

    Will Setanta still try for EPL rights in partnership with Fox for the next three-year contract cycle that begins next year?

    Are rights such as GAA and rugby in danger of being lost this year like the AFL right were lost?

  35. RedMD

    August 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    FSC-What is stopping FSC from utilizing Sky Sports feeds for games where their broadcast matches FSC’s broadcast? It was that way years ago, what changed? And are we going to see Arsenal-Celtic on FSC, or does that go to Setanta Premium?
    Setanta-How much longer do we have to put up with paying ppv for England matches? It’s 2009 for goodness sakes, just give it to us with our subscriptions!

  36. Matt

    August 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    FSC- Please ask them why Max Bretos still has a job? He’s easily the worst commentator for any sports I have ever heard in my life. He has no footballing knowledge. He can’t even tell players apart. He is not South American, so he never needs to go “Yeeeeeeeeeeessss” or EVER try to speak Spanish. He’s literally going to make me find streams online instead of going to watch FSC if he does the CL games. I won’t be able to handle it. I’d rather hear someone commentate in Arabic than him.

    So in question form-

    Will Max Bretos be covering the CL games, FSC?

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      August 11, 2009 at 11:07 pm

      Max is in fact a latino and is from South Florida.

      • Matt

        August 12, 2009 at 9:03 am

        I’m from Miami but that wouldn’t excuse me going “Goooooool” when some shnook from Akron scores against Seattle.

  37. Sandlapper Spike

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I would like to know (as has been referenced somewhat in some of the comments above) if either GolTV or FSC is exploring adding coverage of more leagues, particularly those in France (I know Setanta currently holds those rights), the Netherlands, Portugal, and Greece.

    I would also be interested in future plans for broadband content for those two channels.

  38. Brian Chicago

    August 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    For Setanta, As a Setanta-i subscriber what is the status of Special 1 Tv? Also, any plans for Setanta-i iphone app?

  39. bluemikeok

    August 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Soccer AM would be great. And since I can’t get Setanta because of my cable provider, maybe someone else could give us some Chelsea TV?? (I know that’s not possible with setanta having it, but it’s worth a shot)

  40. Cantona

    August 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    FSC: I applaud your use of the international feed for matches when available, but when it is not available the “inhouse” commentary teams bretos,sullivan,webster,costigan.. are bush league amateurs at best.. nothing to say they dont love football.. but is there a chance that you could look to hire some new talent in the near future for times when the international feed is not available.

    FSC: Any chance of any additional Sky Sports programming like Soccer AM?

  41. Scott

    August 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    First things first, I couldnt be happier than I am this year , in reference to the EPL’s footprint in the U.S. I am an FSC customer(no Setanta, comcast), and am delighted with the espn aquisition of the early Saturday game, as well as Monday 3pm(est) game. Will ESPN continue to forge ahead to show soccer across its brand of networks? Will they continue to put money and resources into creating a broader American market for football? And if so, how?

  42. Cantona

    August 11, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    GolTv: Why wont you ever use any international feed for commentary why do you constantly use you in house feed for La Liga when there is talent 90% of the time sitting in the stadium doing the commentary.

    • Cantona

      August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm

      or just fire them as recommended above.

  43. Cantona

    August 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Setanta: With less Premiership matches will we see more Championship and SPL matches…will we ever see a live Celtic or Rangers match? Any Friday Championship games?

    Setanta: Since we have lost original programming like Friday Football Show.. will we see any similiar programming being imported from Sky?

    Setanta: For Champions League Matches will we ever be able to see the full Sky Sports presentation.. ie pre/halftime/post match and commentary. You have used pre and halftime shows before but then the commentary was the international feed.. since your channel is geared to ex-pats, whats the possibility of this ever happening

  44. Chris

    August 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    That Blows lol… well at least one of my questions are vaild…lol

  45. Chris

    August 11, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Questions for FSC

    Will we ever be able to watch the South American World Cup Qualifers on FSC ?

    Given that there is a large amount of Latin American people here in the United States will we ever be able to watch any South American Leauges on FSC like the Brasilian Serie A and not just the AFA (Argentina Leauge). Im am aware that GOLTV has rights to the Brasilian Serie A which I think they have one match a week which is on a sunday, is there any way you can get these rights from them ?

    • olivert

      August 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm

      South American WCQ’s are on closed-circuit and pay-per-view, with the exception of one “rubbish” match (no Argentina, Brazil, or Colombia) live on ESPN Deportes. ESPN Deportes and Setanta Sports USA have all remaining matches on 48-hour delay.

  46. PZ

    August 11, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    What’s the status of Championship matches? Last weekend Setanta US gave us only one of the three televised matches. Setanta Canada got to see all three.

    • PZ

      August 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      sorry, I meant to add something about “given the high profile clubs in the Championship this season…you would think there would be a lot of demand…” but hit Submit too soon.

  47. Jay

    August 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Disregard the HD question for Setanta

  48. Chris

    August 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm


    With the loss of some EPL content, will other leagues possibly be added to your lineup? How much do the rights to some of the smaller European leagues cost?


    Is it possible to fire your amateur English commentators?

  49. Richard

    August 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Will GolTV be available anytime soon on Dish Network?

  50. Jay

    August 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Ask them all if HD will be possible in the future(I guess for FSC it would be when is the soonest we should see HD)

    Also for FSC, ask if there will be more programming coming from sky sports.

  51. Ken

    August 11, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Gaffer – your logic concerning ESPN makes no sense, because they have already formally announced they are showing La Liga on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes starting this month.

    • The Gaffer

      August 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

      Ken, and don’t forget ESPN Deportes are showing the Bundesliga.

      My comment about ESPN was in reference to the EPL. While we will cover La Liga, Bundesliga, Champions League and other European leagues on the show, the majority of the time will be spent on the EPL (hence the EPL Talk Podcast name).

      No worries.

      The Gaffer

      • Orlando

        August 11, 2009 at 9:29 pm

        Gaffer last week while listening to espn deportes radio they announced that espn2 will be showing the saturday early game and monday game. And my question to all is about HD , we know Fox soccer is coming january but would be great to find out about Goltv. Thanks for all your work and info.

  52. Jay

    August 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Question for Setanta:
    With apparently less EPL matches (Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons are gone from Setanta) and the the loss of all the Setanta produced shows, how will Setanta deal with us customers that feel we are now getting less for the same $14.99 per month.

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