The GAA and RTÉ say they plan to more than double the number of games being shown internationally in 2015 on their streaming platform GAAGO.
The service launched earlier this year with 45 events.
“The feedback and general reaction after the first year was hugely positive and we are confident of building on the positive start with the enhanced package of games on offer in year two,” GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy explained.
Next year that will be more than doubled to more than 120 events, including The Sunday Game highlights, football and hurling senior championships, the Allianz League, the Electric Ireland minor football and hurling championships, the AIB senior club finals and the Bord Gais Energy under 21s.
“RTÉ is innovating to develop new digital services and content at great speed, not only to serve our domestic audience but our growing international audience, who see RTÉ as an important part of their lives,” said Noel Curran, director general, RTÉ.
“GAAGO has proved to be a great development for Gaelic Games enthusiasts around the world and it is an historic step for RTÉ and the GAA, who have a long and proud shared history.”
Keep up with the game, even if you are thousands of miles from home
Also for the first time, The Sunday Game highlights show will be available to watch globally on the day of transmission as well as on-demand.
“The Sunday Game has been going strong for 35 years, and has been essential viewing on Sunday evenings for many people in Ireland over that time,” said Des Cahill, presenter of the show.
“It’s great to know that GAA fans, and fans of the show, even if they are thousands of miles from home, can now watch the show live or on-demand on GAAGO. GAA supporters, no matter where they are in the world, can now get involved in the discussion and debate on The Sunday Game, and I know that’s important to them.”
A worldwide GAAGO Season Pass (excluding Ireland and the UK) is priced at €160 and will provide online access to more than 100 televised matches, live and on-demand, as broadcast by RTÉ, TG4, Setanta and Sky Sports, in addition to 20 episodes of The Sunday Game highlights show. The cost of the GAAGO Season Pass is the equivalent of €1.33 per event, down from €2.24 per event in 2014.
For audiences in the UK, a Season Pass is priced at €100 and will provide online access to more than 80 matches, live and on-demand, as broadcast by RTÉ, TG4 and Setanta, in addition to the 20 episodes of The Sunday Game highlights show. Games broadcast by Sky Sports will only be available through Sky Sports. The cost of the GB Season Pass is the equivalent of €1 per event, down from €2.22 per event in 2014.
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