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URC TV Launched As League’s Official OTT Service

URC TV Launched As League’s Official OTT Service

Kieran Treadwell, Chris Farrell, Garry Ringrose and Paul Boyle are pictured together at the Aviva Stadium for the Irish launch of the United Rugby Championship ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RTÉ and United Rugby Championship have officially launched URC TV, a new global streaming service offering fans around the world the opportunity to watch games live and on-demand, and follow their team home or away.

URC TV will be the ultimate single destination for fans to watch all 151 games when and where they want, with every minute of every URC game live and on-demand.

The introduction of South Africa’s four elite teams to the URC has created a challenge unlike any other rugby as two hemispheres collide as the best of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales stand their ground against the best of South Africa.

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URC TV promises to give rugby fans access to world-class, year-round content and to follow all the action of their favourite team.

The streaming service is will be easily accessible across multiple devices with mobile apps launching soon after the tournament starts. Matches will be broadcast in HD with high quality English commentary.

Martin Anayi, chief executive of URC, said: “In addition to RTÉ’s strength in TV, it has experience of streaming big sporting events globally and is evidence of a broadcaster that can adapt to market demands and provide a very creative offering for rights holders.”

Dee Forbes, RTÉ’s Director General, commented: “We are delighted to collaborate with URC on the launch of this innovative new global OTT service to ensure fans across the world don’t miss a moment of URC action.”

A free service showing a range of highlights, archive matches and snackable videos, will be available in all countries including the UK and South Africa (fans in these countries can watch all games live on Premier Sports and Super Sport respectively).

URC TV will also offer a range of subscription packages including a Season Pass (all games), Ireland Pass (all games featuring Irish provinces), Weekend Passes (all games within a round) and individual games passes.

These will be available for fans watching in Ireland, Europe (excluding the UK), the USA and a number of other territories. Visit www.urc.tv to sign up.