Amazon ‘shocked’ by how many watched rugby in Welsh language rather than paid to watch in English
Amazon decided not to allow S4C to broadcast Autumn rugby internationals after being “shocked” by how many chose to watch in the Welsh language rather than pay to watch in English.
Amazon have bought the rights for all four Wales Tests and will include Welsh language as well as English commentary.
The Daily Mail‘s rugby correspondent Nik Simon was told that the multinational company “were shocked by how many viewers they lost to the terrestrial channel”.
“As a result, the Gain Line understands they have decided to cut out S4C by using their own Welsh language team,” he said.
Amazon Prime Video announced in August that they would broadcast 17 of this autumn’s 20 rugby internationals in the northern hemisphere in what will collectively be known as the Autumn Nations Series from 2021.
However, at the time talks with S4C were thought to be ongoing. It means no autumn rugby Tests will be broadcast on BBC or ITV for the first time.
In the Republic of Ireland, Ireland’s matches will still be shown on RTE.
Meanwhile, the BBC have also lost the rights to broadcast the games on radio to TalkSport, with Wales international George North set to be part of their broadcast coverage.
Wales will play New Zealand on 30 October, South Africa on November 6, Fiji on November 14, and Australia on November 20.
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Amazon have a Welsh language team?
They’ve just created one.
Bought it off a cheap website ! Prime members get free delivery, so they say.
That would be the same team who deleted reviews of Welsh books in Welsh would it?
I’ve found a way around that ban. Type it in English, save it, then edit it in Welsh, and save.
And who sold the “rights” to Amazon?
Organisations that needed the money.
The same people who charge 80 quid for a ticket at the Millennium.
The private equity group who have the rights to the 6 Nations, part of the deal was that they control the media rights,and say who gets the broadcast deal.
I’ll just stream it from pirate sites then. I am not paying money to watch my national team to a company that doesn’t pay tax and treats its employees like crap.Amazon can stick it up their arse and the WRFU can go to hell.
The women’s rugby union ?
There is no F in the WRU
Given that they have sold out their fans to a multi-national who don’t pay tax and who treats its employees like crap I think you’ll find that there is an F’in WRU.
Just sign up for the free trial
RTE will broadcast Ireland’s games.
There’s a lesson there.
Is there any way to watch these instead?
Get a VPN https://www.vpncompare.co.uk/how-to-watch-rte-in-the-uk/
Typical Amazon. They giveth then taketh away.
Listen on Radio Cymru / Radio Wales.
The story say that the BBC have lost the rights to broadcast to Talksport.
Not looking forward to this.Last autumn Prime coverage in Wales was ok for games like Scotland v Georgia,for the Wales matches it kept buffering.Now with even more subscribers it will be worse.
Held to ransom by yet another greedy multi million pound company. No thought whatsoever for those who cannot afford. Pay to view sport
Simple. Boycott Amazon like many of us already do.
Nails being knocked in to Rugby’s coffin. Going off free to view nearly killed off cricket.
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May attract more people to go and watch the games in the pub if they don’t want to pay to watch?
So I can’t even listen to it in Welsh on without paying. There we are then, can you hear the last nail in the coffin being hit? Without thousands of casual viewers the international game’s standing will wither.