Eir Sport 2
CountryIreland
Broadcast areaIreland
Northern Ireland
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerEir
Sister channelsEir Sport 1,
Eir Sport X1,
Eir Sport X2,
Eir Sport UHD
History
Launched2004 (as Setanta Sports 1)
Closed20 July 2021; 2 years ago (20 July 2021)
Replaced byFreeSports HD (Sky Ireland only)
Former namesSetanta Sports 1 (2004–2016)
Links
Websitewww.Eirsport.ie

Eir Sport 2 (stylised as eir Sport 2, formerly Setanta Sports 1) was an Irish pay television channel owned by Setanta Sports Channel Ireland.[1]

The channel carried coverage of association football (including top-flight European leagues and UEFA Europa League), boxing, golf, motorsport, and coverage of the SSE Airtricity League.

On 16 December 2013 Setanta Sports launched a high-definition of Setanta Sports 1. Setanta Sports 1 HD was first exclusively available through Virgin Media Ireland, but later launched on Sky on 20 July 2015, along with Premier Sports HD.[2]

On 15 August 2019, Eir Sport and Virgin Media Sport contracted a deal to show Virgin Media Sport on Eir Vision and Eir Sport 1 on Virgin Media Ireland.[3]

As per eir's announcement on 19 May 2021, Eir Sport 2 closed on 20 July 2021. Eir also announced that Eir Sport 1 will also close before the end of 2021. [4]

Broadcast rights

Most of these aired on both Setanta Ireland and Setanta Sports 1 and were shared between the two channels. In some instances (largely football coverage) Setanta only possessed Republic of Ireland rights, during such programming the channel is unavailable in Northern Ireland. Conversely, live coverage of GAA Championship matches was available only in Northern Ireland and not the Republic.

Club football

International football

Gaelic Athletic Association

Rugby Union

Rugby League

Other programming

Setanta's major in-house programme was The Sports Show (formerly The Hub) which aired daily. It also simulcasted the radio show Off The Ball from Newstalk.

Setanta Sports Cup

Setanta was the sponsor of the Setanta Sports Cup, an annual soccer tournament which featured teams from the League of Ireland and Irish Football League.

Availability

As of July 2016 in the Republic of Ireland, the Eir Sport Package was available for free to any Eir broadband customer. This included the BT Sport package. Additionally the Eir Sport Package was available on Eir TV, Virgin Media Ireland, Sky Ireland and Vodafone TV.[5][6] Eir Sport offered commercial venues in Ireland programming of sports[citation needed] such as football (soccer), Gaelic football, hurling, golf, cricket, rugby union and rugby league and boxing.[citation needed]

On 12 September 2019, Eir Sport 2 was removed from Sky in Ireland and was replaced by Virgin Media Sport.[citation needed] On 13 August 2020, Virgin Media Sport's feeds on Eir and Sky Ireland that were provided by Eir were replaced by Eir Sport 2 on those platforms, as Eir refused to pay the contracted distribution license fee.[7]

References

  1. ^ BCI approves ownership changes at Setanta and signs 2 new Content Contracts Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, 28 July 2009
  2. ^ Costanza, Tina (16 December 2013). "UPC adds Setanta 1 in HD to its TV offerings - Gear | siliconrepublic.com - Ireland's Technology News Service". Silicon Republic.
  3. ^ Croke, Ruaidhrí. "Eir Sport and Virgin Media agree deal to share sports packages". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ Goodbody, Will (19 May 2021). "Eir Sport to cease broadcasting later this year". RTÉ.
  5. ^ Paul, Mark (5 July 2016). "Eir Sport secures rights to 2019 rugby world cup". The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "Eir rebrands Setanta channels as part of new offer". RTÉ News. 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Virgin Media suspends supply of sports channels to Eir Sport". The42.