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EPL Talk Podcast: GolTV, Setanta North America, and FSC 09-10 Coverage Plans


For the fourth year in a row, EPL Talk brings you a special edition of the EPL Talk Podcast to preview the TV coverage changes that soccer fans in the United States can expect to see on Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports and GolTV. The episode is a must-listen for soccer fans in North America.

In this episode, Rodrigo Lombello the COO of GOL TV, Shane O’Rourke the President of Setanta North America and Dermot McQuarrie the VP of Programing and Production for FSC join host Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss football coverage plans for the new season.

Premier League topics include:

  • Changes to Setanta’s coverage of the Premier League this season,
  • When Premier League games will be available on HD,

Champions League coverage:

  • How Fox Soccer Channel coverage of the Champions League will differ from ESPN,
  • How the rights are split between Fox Soccer Channel, FSN and Setanta Sports,
  • Which matches will be shown on Setanta-i – their broadband matches,
  • Fox Soccer Channel’s plans for broadband coverage of the UEFA Champions League,
  •’s involvement in bringing Champions League matches to online matches,
  • News about Fox Soccer Channel showing Champions League classic matches,

Bundesliga topics covered include:

  • Bundesliga coverage on GolTV and how they’ll be showing more live matches,
  • Whether Bundesliga matches will be available on broadband via GolTV,

International topics include:

  • GolTV’s rights to the national teams of Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland,
  • GolTV’s plans for World Cup 2010 coverage,
  • Setanta’s coverage plans for CONMEBOL games,
  • Setanta’s plans for coverage leading up to the 2010 World Cup,

La Liga news includes:

  • Sublicensing of La Liga games to ESPN and how that’ll impact GolTV,
  • News about a new show from GolTV called La Liga 360,

News about new TV shows from GolTV:

  • Whether GolTV has plans of airing Mexican games in the future,
  • News about a new league that GolTV is acquiring in the next two weeks,

And news about other leagues and shows:

  • Exclusive news about Bobby McMahon,
  • Whether we can hope to see Soccer AM on Fox Soccer Channel or not,
  • News about GolTV’s rights to Coppa Italia,
  • Setanta’s plans for coverage in Canada and whether it’s changed or not,
  • News about Setanta being added to more Comcast regional stations in the near future,
  • Which programs Setanta have lost because Setanta UK are out of business,
  • Fox Soccer Channel’s opinion about the Nielsen ratings it has been receiving,
  • Setanta’s plans for Lique Un and the Russian Premier League,
  • News about Serie A and MLS — and when they’ll be in HD on Fox Soccer Channel,
  • Setanta’s coverage of the Coca-Cola Championship and how you can watch more Championship games, and
  • Fox Soccer Channel’s memories of Lionel Bienvenu.

Thanks to all of the readers for submitting suggested questions, as well as thanks to Setanta, Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV for taking time out of their busy days to update EPL Talk readers and listeners on the soccer coverage news for US viewers.

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  1. Jeff

    August 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    38 minutes in: ALL FOX SOCCER CHANNEL GAMES IN HD AS OF JAN 1 2010: includes EPL, CL, and MLS. Thank the lord. It only took until the year 2010

  2. Chris from Texas

    August 14, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Where can I get the TV pictured in the article? I’m looking for a new TV and really, really want that one.

  3. john

    August 14, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    yes, yes…that’s right…information on HD availability.Spot on elizonodo… That’s what I’m primarily concerned about.

  4. EPL_elizondo

    August 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with the summary idea…..Essentially what can we expect this weekend and this season regarding EPL matches on ESPN, GolTV, FSC? And will any of these matches be HD?

  5. Jason Gatties

    August 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    People forget that many subscribe to Setanta for RUGBY, which makes the monthly subscription price well worth it. There are thousands of rugby fans in this country, don’t forget that.

  6. uh?

    August 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Kartik has the worst radio voice, lol. You guys need to hire someone better for the podcasts because Gaffer doesn’t sound very good either.

  7. Phil

    August 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I’m sorry, but we all don’t have time in my day to listen to hour long interviews to get this information — can you please post a summary of the information gathered in the interviews in an article?

    • Sudonihm

      August 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm


  8. dageeza

    August 14, 2009 at 8:47 am

    good interviews.
    few questions unansered…
    Any develepments with setanta for NYC viewers?
    Why is Setanta still charging full whack for both TV and Setanta -i for a greatly reduced service… ie. no saturday early kick off, no monday aft. kick off champions league live…no football matters etc…reduced programming same price…..

    as david above…will the second Setanta game at 10 ET on Saturday be available on Setanta-i?

    • dageeza

      August 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

      what i meant to say was :
      Any develepments with setanta for NYC TIME WARNER CABLE viewers?

      • Jason

        August 14, 2009 at 10:53 am

        The providers and Setanta can’t say much, so all they say is we’re still talking. No surprise and you won’t know of a deal until it’s ready to be inked.

        The lesson with all of rights for soccer is that no one network can afford to buy the rights to a whole league when only a couple of games are shown. The leagues need to understand that if the providers aren’t making a profit, they won’t be getting the fees they’ve been seeing over the past few years.

  9. David Aaa

    August 14, 2009 at 8:14 am

    There are some questions still unanswered, will the second Setanta game at 10 ET on Saturday be available on Setanta-i. What about Goltv expanding their channel onto cable networks?

  10. eplnfl

    August 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Always look forward to the TV preview show. It is sort of like getting a preview of your Christmas gifts. Let’s hope that big one of ESPN on Saturday mornings appears under the tree soon.

  11. kicks

    August 14, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I wanted to mention what are the chances of any of these channels picking up African Soccer?
    There’s no reason why we can’t see Drogba/Eto’o/etc compete for the Nations Cup/World Cup Qualifiers

  12. RedMD

    August 14, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Come on, no questions about Special 1 TV? Tons of people requested that one, and yet nothing to Mr. ORourke!

    • The Gaffer

      August 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

      RedMD, I’m in close touch with Setanta Ireland and right now, nothing has been agreed with Special1 TV to bring them back for another season — yet. Just like the ESPN deal, they’re in negotiations. As soon as I hear something, I’ll let you know.

      The Gaffer

      • RedMD

        August 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

        Thanks, I appreciate the work you do here for the rest of us supporters.

  13. Robbie

    August 14, 2009 at 12:50 am

    What about the Dishnetwork situation with Goltv?

    • The Gaffer

      August 14, 2009 at 7:25 am

      Hi Robbie, the situation with Dish and GolTV hasn’t changed. They’re both continue to talk to each other, but no resolution appears to be on the horizon anytime soon.

      The Gaffer

  14. Brian Chicago

    August 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Great interviews, thank you for the information and hope Comcast signs up FSC HD!

  15. SamSpur

    August 13, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    new league, during the week, on GolTV? has to be Europa, no?

  16. Orlando

    August 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Overall great interview but i guess you could have found out from goltv when are they going out HD.

    • The Gaffer

      August 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      Orlando, I’ve placed a follow-up message in to GolTV to find out the answer to that question and will post the reply once I hear back from GolTV.

      Thanks for reminding us about that important question.

      The Gaffer

      • Orlando

        August 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm

        thank you and once again great work!!

  17. steve

    August 13, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    new league on GolTV?

    Hmm, could that be the 2 missing EPL slots?

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