Vodafone brings sports TV packages to smartphones with Sky Sports

5 Aug 2014

Marcel de Groot, consumer director, Vodafone Ireland, and JD Buckley, managing director, Sky Ireland

Mobile operator Vodafone has forged a new partnership with Sky Sports to roll out a choice of two Sky Sports mobile TV packages ahead of the Premier League season and the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The Sky Sports Mobile TV packages provide unlimited access to Sky Sports 1 and 2, and can be availed of as part of a RED Extra tariff, or as a monthly add-on to bill pay and pay as you go plans for €5.99 per month.

Customers can also subscribe to Sky Sports Mobile TV Pack 2, which carries additional channels (Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 F1 and Sky Sports News), for €8 extra per month on RED Extra tariff, or for €13.99 per month as stand-alone add-on for bill pay/pay as you go customers.

The packages will give mobile device owners access to live sports events that include UEFA Champions League football, European Rugby Champions Cup, Guinness PRO12 Rugby, the GAA Football and Hurling Championships, major Darts championships and Formula 1.

This sporting life

“Mobile phones are an intrinsic part of people’s lives, like sport,” said Marcel de Groot, consumer director at Vodafone Ireland.

“We know from the success of our exclusive partnership with Spotify just how much customers enjoy being able to access everything they need at the touch of their fingertips. This exciting new partnership with Sky Sports means they can now view their favourite sports as easily too.”

Pay as you go customers can opt in for either of the Sky Sports Mobile TV packages by texting “SKYSPORTS” to 50221.

A Vodafone bill pay customer will get Sky Sports Mobile TV pack 1 with extra data as part of their RED Extra package; while existing RED Extra customers can upgrade to pack 2 with a monthly add on for €8 per month

“This exclusive partnership with Vodafone Ireland which will help Sky Sports reach even more sports fans across Ireland as we head into a very busy and exciting time in the sporting calendar,” said JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland.

“From rugby and football to the Ryder Cup and F1, Sky Sports boasts an unrivalled line up of live and exclusive sports and with Sky Sports Mobile TV sports fans need never miss a crucial sporting moment, whether on their daily commute or simply out and about.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years