Thursday 17 April 2014

Sports broadcaster Setanta posts €750,000 loss

The Luxembourg-based unit of Irish sports broadcaster Setanta posted a €741,309 loss in 2011, according to accounts just filed in the duchy and seen by the Irish Independent.

That follows a €543,000 loss posted by the firm – Setanta Sports Hibernia S.a.r.l. – in the previous financial year.

The Luxembourg firm is the one with which subscribers to Setanta here have their contracts.

Setanta confirmed this week that it has signed a deal with BT to show the BT Sports channels, including ESPN, from August 1 to Setanta subscribers in Ireland.

It will offer an additional 38 Premier League matches a year, including 18 top-tier games, to add to the 33 matches Setanta already has rights to air.

Setanta currently offers two premium sports channels in Ireland, Setanta Ireland along with Setanta Sports 1.

Irish Independent

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