Sportsnet World logo
|Launched||August 10, 2007|
|Owned by||Rogers Media
(Rogers Sportsnet, Inc.)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Fuelled By Fans|
|Formerly called||Setanta Sports (2007–2011)|
|Bell TV||Channel 420 (SD)
Channel 1414 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 239 (SD)
Channels 121 & 621 (HD)
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant||Channel 149 (SD)
Channel 467 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 420 (SD)
Channel 1420 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 521 (SD)
Channel 454 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 128 (SD)
Channel 673 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 245 (SD)
Channel 545 (HD)
Sportsnet World is a Canadian English language Category B digital cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Rogers Media. Sportsnet World primarily airs top level association football (soccer), featuring exclusive coverage of the Barclays Premier League along with content from other leagues in Europe. In addition, it airs matches from such sports as Rugby Union, Rugby League, events from the Gaelic Athletic Association including Gaelic football, cricket events (including the Indian Premier League, ICC World Twenty20 and Cricket World Cup), and hurling.
The channel was launched as Setanta Sports, in partnership with Ireland-based Setanta Sports, on August 10, 2007 in time for the 2007–08 Premier League season, as a pay-per-view (PPV) service under the auspices of Rogers' occasionally used Rogers Sportsnet PPV licence. Although operating under a pay-per-view licence, Setanta acted as a pay television service, with a 24-hour commercial-free schedule, rather than a pay-per-view service where customers are prompted to pay a price for each individual event.
Rogers later applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a category 2 digital licence which was approved on July 15, 2008 under the name Sportsnet 2.
In mid-2009, Rogers swapped licences for Setanta Sports, from using the pay-per-view licence to the category 2 digital licence, without interrupting service; at which point, the Irish-based Setanta Sports company gained a 33.33% interest in the Rogers subsidiary that owns 80% of the channel, as well as a 20% interest in the channel itself.
In July 2011, Rogers announced that Setanta Sports would be rebranded as part of the Rogers Sportsnet family of networks on October 3, 2011, becoming Sportsnet World. The change was intended to allow the channel to be cross-promoted through other Sportsnet properties – which would also be rebranded with a new logo and image campaign on the same day. In preparation for the relaunch, Setanta Sports' minority stake in the channel was sold to another company, MLM Management, and the rights to Setanta programming were maintained by the channel. Despite being branded as a Sportsnet service, it remained a premium channel separate from the Sportsnet regional networks and Sportsnet One. MLM Management's interest in the channel was sold to Rogers in early 2012, giving Rogers 100% interest in the service.
- United Kingdom: Premier League, FA Cup, Scottish Premier League
- Europe: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, International friendlies
Sportsnet World broadcasts 6-7 Premier League matches each week in Canada with the remaining matches airing on TSN2 (1-2 matches), Sportsnet (1 match) and Sportsnet One (1 match). On December 4, 2009, Rogers Sportsnet announced on-air that they had secured the Premier League rights for the next three years, starting with the 2010-11 season.
- United Kingdom: Aviva Premiership, RaboDirect Pro12, EDF Energy Cup
- New Zealand: ITM Cup
- South Africa: Currie Cup
- International Competitions: Heineken Cup, RBS 6 Nations, Super Rugby & The Rugby Championship
- India: Indian Premier League
- International Competitions: Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup & Women's Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy,
Sportsnet World HD
Sportsnet World HD is a high definition simulcast of Sportsnet World's standard definition feed. It was launched on August 1, 2010 as Setanta Sports HD. It was renamed Sportsnet World HD on October 3, 2011 to coincide with the rebranding of Setanta Sports to Sportsnet World.
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