Wales’ autumn rugby games won’t be on terrestrial TV at all for the first time

Reside protection of Wales’ autumn internationals will likely be utterly unavailable on terrestrial TV this 12 months as S4C’s Welsh language match protection is pulled.

Amazon Prime Video has introduced it’ll ship its personal Welsh language broadcast possibility for Wales’ Autumn Nations Collection matches in opposition to New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia, with the sequence starting on October 30.

Amazon, who have already got the rights to broadcast 17 of the autumn’s 20 internationals in English together with all Wales video games, is giving each Wales fan the choice to get pleasure from Welsh internationals in opposition to the would possibly of the southern hemisphere in both Welsh or English.

It’s the first time a industrial broadcaster has invested in a Welsh language possibility in a rugby context.

It’s a massive blow for S4C, who have been granted dwell broadcast rights final autumn when Amazon took its first foray into broadcasting dwell worldwide rugby. However that call has been reversed this 12 months.

S4C will, nonetheless, be capable to present as much as 40 minutes of highlights from every Wales sport. They are going to be going dwell an hour after Wales matches finish.

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Prime Video’s Welsh-language dwell match protection will embrace a full broadcast crew of presenters, pundits and commentators. Owain Gwynedd will current, commentary will likely be offered by Gareth Charles, whereas visitors and co-commentators will embrace Shane Williams, Nigel Owens, Nicky Robinson, Gwyn Jones and Sioned Harries.

Amazon Prime clients within the UK may also be capable to watch Welsh language match highlights on-demand by way of the Prime Video app, along with on-demand protection of all Autumn Nations Collection matches.

Alex Inexperienced, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe, mentioned: “We’re all the time trying to supply extra option to Prime members in how they can watch dwell sport on Prime Video and it was essential for us to ship a Welsh-language feed for the Autumn Nations Collection.

“This extra viewing expertise will carry our world-class manufacturing to Welsh language households throughout the UK, whether or not they’re watching dwell, catching up on-demand or viewing the highlights on S4C.”

Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations Rugby, mentioned: “We’re delighted that Amazon have developed a Welsh language programme to allow viewers in Wales to look at the Autumn Nation Collection within the language of their alternative.

“That is the primary time a industrial broadcaster has invested in a Welsh language possibility and we wish to thank Amazon for his or her dedication and help of the Welsh viewers. We additionally welcome the partnership between Amazon and S4C, enabling a highlights programme on the free-to-air platform.”

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Sue Butler, S4C sports activities commissioner, mentioned: “S4C is delighted to associate with Amazon Prime Video to make sure complete Welsh language protection of the Autumn Nations Collection for our audiences.

“As the one free-to-air broadcaster with prolonged identical day highlights of each Wales sport within the Autumn Nations Collection, we’ll be on the air an hour after the ultimate whistle of the matches with all of the motion and response. We look ahead to you becoming a member of us.”

Prime Video is broadcasting within the UK all of Wales, England, Scotland, France and Italy’s matches on the Autumn Nations Collection, with Eire’s matches to be included in Prime Video’s UK broadcast in 2022.

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