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Post by LordDowlais Fri 26 Mar 2021, 12:15 pm

I could not be happier, this is the best news I have heard in a very long time, well done. It looks as though this went all the way to Westminster as well.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/six-nations-set-remain-free-20261094

What do you think everyone ? Good news or bad news ?

Although it does look like the AI's could be up for grabs. Amazon being the front runners.

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Post by Duty281 Fri 26 Mar 2021, 12:19 pm

According to the article no such decision will be made until next month. At the moment it's just looking as though it'll stay on FTA, but things can change in the time remaining.

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Post by mountain man Fri 26 Mar 2021, 12:20 pm

Good news although would have been quite happy for Amazon to get it as their coverage of ANC was excellent I thought and we already have Prime so no further cost. However, being on free to air is obviously better purely from viewing numbers standpoint as more viewers equals more interest so game hopefully expands, more money which hopefully gets down through tiers.

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Post by The Oracle Fri 26 Mar 2021, 12:21 pm

My personal feeling is that international sport should be free to air, whereas club sport can/should go on subscription TV. I do understand the financial pressures though so would understand if international rugby went on SKY or similar. But I just feel that international sport (all of it) should be accessible to all, in an ideal world (which of course we do not live in! Wink )
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Post by LordDowlais Fri 26 Mar 2021, 12:22 pm

Also, it's interesting that they are trying to put the 6N in the crown jewel bracket.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Fri 26 Mar 2021, 1:01 pm

Sounds like lots of ifs and buts and no decision yet.not bothered as I have the access. Rather it didn't go to amazon as the background feeds are blurry whenever anything is actually happening and it takes some to get used to it..

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Post by whatahitson Fri 26 Mar 2021, 1:02 pm

It's the right decision. Everything else, including the rugby world cup, should go behind a paywall before the six nations does.

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Post by doctor_grey Fri 26 Mar 2021, 1:25 pm

LordDowlais wrote:Also, it's interesting that they are trying to put the 6N in the crown jewel bracket.
i agree with that. The Six Nations is a national sport tradition and treasure and should remain on free television.

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Post by Brendan Fri 26 Mar 2021, 1:51 pm

It all depends on what the union did with the money.  Few people get into the sport in  fan point of view because of seeing the game on TV.  6 nations is as much about nationalistic pride as rugby and most couldn't tell you anything else the rest of the year.

If the money was put into actual grassroots like club and schools then it might be able to maintain actual growth.

My one fear is if the 6N stays on FTA and the Summer and AIs go on PPV then certain nations will be looking to get their hands on that money too. Whereas if it was the other way with only the 6N behind a paywall all the money goes to the 6Ns

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Post by tigertattie Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3:10 pm

Well thats an utterly misleading headline

What the headline should be is "BBC and ITV set to increase bid to keep 6Ns matches"

If BBC and ITV stump up another few million quid then Amazon and co could turn round and stump up a few million more and the games then still go behind a paywall.

The 6Ns is not set to stay on FTA, there's just now a chance that it will.
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Post by R!skysports Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3:58 pm

If it stays on FTA it would certainly be a doubled edged sword for me

Pro- Great to have easy access to watching it and larger numbers watching

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Con - Easy to watch Scotland f up year after year and larger numbers watching

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Post by LordDowlais Fri 26 Mar 2021, 11:23 pm

Wales games on S4C are non negotiable according to Steve Phillips:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56530409

Good news. Yahoo

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Post by The Oracle Fri 26 Mar 2021, 11:28 pm

LordDowlais wrote:Wales games on S4C are non negotiable according to Steve Phillips:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56530409

Good news. Yahoo

Laugh That doesn’t mean it is actually ‘non-negotiable’!!! Tell me you realise that?! It’s a turn of phrase!
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Post by LordDowlais Fri 26 Mar 2021, 11:31 pm

The Oracle wrote:
LordDowlais wrote:Wales games on S4C are non negotiable according to Steve Phillips:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56530409

Good news. Yahoo

Laugh   That doesn’t mean it is actually ‘non-negotiable’!!!  Tell me you realise that?!  It’s a turn of phrase!

yes i know.

but at least the people in charge think the same as me. thumbsup

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Post by The Oracle Fri 26 Mar 2021, 11:34 pm

LordDowlais wrote:
The Oracle wrote:
LordDowlais wrote:Wales games on S4C are non negotiable according to Steve Phillips:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56530409

Good news. Yahoo

Laugh   That doesn’t mean it is actually ‘non-negotiable’!!!  Tell me you realise that?!  It’s a turn of phrase!

yes i know.

but at least the people in charge think the same as me. thumbsup

He’s not in charge of TV deals!!!  He’s got very little to do with the BBC/S4C bidding for it Headscratch Headscratch Headscratch
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Post by TightHEAD Sat 27 Mar 2021, 9:26 am

Get it off free to air and we get rid of all these plastic 6 nations fans abusing players, coaches, pundits.
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Post by mountain man Sat 27 Mar 2021, 9:41 am

TightHEAD wrote:Get it off free to air and we get rid of all these plastic 6 nations fans abusing players, coaches, pundits.

Not a hope. The trolls will exist and continue their toxic agenda whatever platform sport is on unfortunately.
As it happens I'm not on Tw*tter etc but surely those sorts of social media need to be accountable and have registered users which are traceable. That would stop 99% of it, problem is so much is anonymous.

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Post by doctor_grey Sat 27 Mar 2021, 11:14 am

mountain man wrote:
TightHEAD wrote:Get it off free to air and we get rid of all these plastic 6 nations fans abusing players, coaches, pundits.

Not a hope. The trolls will exist and continue their toxic agenda whatever platform sport is on unfortunately.
As it happens I'm not on Tw*tter etc but surely those sorts of social media need to be accountable and have registered users which are traceable. That would stop 99% of it, problem is so much is anonymous.
It seems to me the internet warrior troll-types always manage to find a way.  Even if additional protections were put in place.

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