RugbyPass wins Six Nations exclusivity in 23 Asian territories
RugbyPass, the over-the-top digital media service that offers live coverage of top-level rugby in various Asian markets, will exclusively show the Six Nations this year after securing a new multi-year rights deal for the rugby union competition involving England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy.
The “landmark” agreement will allow RugbyPass air exclusive coverage of the Six Nations across the 23 Asian countries and territories it operates in.
RugbyPass, which launched in February 2016, is available in: Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei; Cambodia; China; East Timor; Hong Kong, India; Indonesia; Laos; Macau; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; South Korea; Sri Lanka; Taiwan; Thailand; and Vietnam.
Live and on-demand coverage of every match will be available from the 2018 tournament’s opening game, Scotland against Wales on 3 February.
News, statistics, text commentary, original
video analysis and highlights will also be available on rugbypass.com.
International broadcast rights to the Six Nations are sold by the Pitch International agency in a deal running from 2018 to 2021.
Tim Martin, chief executive of RugbyPass said: "This new partnership with the NatWest Six Nations ensures that rugby fans across Asia can continue to watch all the best live rugby action live and on-demand through a single account.”
The service aired last year’s Six Nations on a non-exclusive basis in most of Asia as Setanta Sports Asia, the Discovery-owned sports broadcaster, also held rights to the tournament (although exclusive coverage was offered by RugbyPass in 13 territories).
RugbyPass, which is owned by Singapore-based Coliseum Sports Media, also has rights to England’s top-tier Aviva Premiership Rugby, France’s Top 14, the European Rugby Champions Cup and the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby.