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|Launched||13 August 2001|
|Owned by||Chelsea F.C.|
|Audience share||N/A (No data available, )|
|Sky||Channel 421 (SD/HD)
Channel 422 (SD)
|Live Stream||Watch Chelsea TV Live Stream Online|
The channel first launched in August 2001 on Sky channel 421 in the UK and Ireland and is the only broadcaster filming at the club's training ground on a daily basis. It broadcasts 7 days a week in the UK and Ireland for 17 hours a day - 8am to 1am. Subscribers can watch a live stream of the linear channel on www.chelseafc.com
Daily short form & VOD content is published online, on mobile and via social network platforms. All online and mobile content is broadcast live and published in HD.
Chelsea TV online subscriptions are available via a Chelsea Fan Club+ membership
The channel broadcasts live from Stamford Bridge and the club’s Cobham training ground on a daily basis and is available internationally as either 3 or 6 hour ‘block’ content or as full representation of the UK channel.
The channel broadcasts a mix of live programming, documentaries, interviews and live matches. All programming is available to watch as VOD at chelseafc.com
Key programming includes…
- Blues News
Daily updates at 1pm and 5pm with a full news round-up at 6.30pm & 10.00pm All the latest news direct from Stamford Bridge including reports from Chelsea’s training ground and exclusive interviews with the players. Any player to sign for Chelsea FC films an exclusive first interview that can only be seen on Chelsea TV and chelseafc.com
- Every minute of every Chelsea FC first team game
Available on Chelsea TV and at chelseafc.com, you can watch short or extended highlights and the full 90 minutes of all Chelsea’s matches.
- Live Football
Chelsea TV broadcasts live coverage of all pre-season friendlies. Live coverage of Chelsea’s Academy teams including the Barclays U21 Premier League, U19 UEFA Youth League (mirrors the senior UEFA Champions League) and the U18 FA Youth Cup.
- Matchnight Live
A full hour of in-depth match build-up, exclusive player previews and the team news before anywhere else. Followed by post match reaction, analysis and a chance for fans to have their say in the full-time phone-in. Pre and post mid-week Chelsea games, including UEFA Champions League matches.
- Pre-match at The Bridge, live commentary & Extra-time at The Bridge
Live from inside Stamford Bridge’s TV gantry – exclusive build up to the game with live reports from around the ground and the latest teams news pitchside. Followed by Live match commentary and Guus Hiddink joining a live phone-in show from the dugout post match.
- Wherever They May Be
Every away weekend match Jason Cundy and Tommy Langley are joined by special guests, including Frank Sinclair, Jody Morris, Clive Walker on the sofas for an in-depth preview with live reports from the ground. Full minute by minute coverage for all matches not broadcast live in the UK.
- Weekend Review
Pat Nevin and Jason Cundy dissect the weekend’s action and provide a comprehensive analysis every Monday. Includes a full review of the weekend’s Academy matches.
- Academy Focus
Under the skin of Chelsea’s Academy with behind-the-scenes features from grassroots to every stage of development at Chelsea FC. Chelsea matches are mainly commentated on by Trevor Harris…
Half an hour of pure nostalgia in the company of some of the greatest players from Chelsea's past. From Roy Bentley, Chopper Harris and Peter Osgood to Kerry Dixon, Gianfranco Zola and Ruud Gullit, all the biggest names to have graced Stamford Bridge take a look back at their Chelsea careers.
Chelsea Fan Club+
Becoming a Chelsea FC Fan Club Plus+ member offers fans access to several digital products hosted on Chelseafc.com, including thousands of videos on-demand and access to live shows in HD on your laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Fan Club Plus+ Members have access to the following;
- Chelsea TV : Live – watch live programming in HD quality
- Chelsea TV : Video On Demand – a Video on demand service which offers full match replays, match highlights, goals, skills, documentaries and other exclusive content.
- Digital Magazine and Programme – access to digital versions of Chelsea FC’s monthly magazines and matchday programmes
- Matchday Commentary – Live audio commentary via the Chelsea match centre
- Email Newsletter – Stay up to date with all the latest Chelsea FC news
Fan Club Plus+ membership costs £5.99 per month. Click here to sign up
Chelsea FC also has a free version of the Fan Club.
The free version offers users the following:
- Access some video content including the daily Blues News headlines
- Weekly email newsletter
- Jose Mourinho’s matchday programme notes
- John Terry’s matchday programme notes
If you are a subscriber to Chelsea TV via Sky you can access Fan Club Plus+ for free. Simply register with your sky viewing card to unlock the Fan Club Plus Membership
The channel has various presenters, and a mix of ex-players and pundits.
Regular pundits include
1970s/1980s = Clive Walker, Tommy Langley
1980s = Pat Nevin
1990s = Jason Cundy, Frank Sinclair
2000s = Jody Morris
Regular presenters include Gigi Salmon, Ben Andrews, Lee Parker and Neil Barnett.
Chelsea matches are mainly commentated by Trevor Harris, Ben Andrews (who hosted the 2007 League Cup Final, 2007 FA Cup Final and 2008 UEFA Champions League Final), Mark Tompkins, Dan Roebuck and Gary Taphouse. Cundy is often co-commentator and is highly enthusiastic when Chelsea score in big games.
Gigi Salmon currently presents many shows on the channel and has been a Chelsea TV station presenter since the channel was launched in August 2001. Some of the programmes she presents include Blues News, Friday Night Live and Matchnight Live and Paperview. Neil Barnett has been presenting since the launch of the channel in August 2001. He began working for The Blues in the 1980s writing articles for the club's magazine.
In the UK Chelsea TV can be viewed on Sky Digital channel 421. Chelsea TV can be watched in many regions around the world including:
|Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia||Sport Klub||www.sportklub.tv|
|Czech Republic, Slovakia||Nova Sport||www.nova.cz|
|France, Switzerland, Andorra, Luxembourg, Monaco||Ma Chaine Sport||www.machainesport.fr|
|Africa & Middle East|
Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi. Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
|Pan Middle East
Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine (including Gaza Strip), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia (MENA region)
|Al Jazeera Sports||www.aljazeerasport.net|
|Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka||Ten Sports||www.tenaction.com|
|China||Chong Qing TV||www.cbg.cn|
|New Zealand||Sommet Sports||www.sommetsports.co.nz|
|Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua||Claro Sports||http://www.clarosports.com/|
|United States, Canada||One World Sports||www.oneworldsports.com|
Journalist: Granit Tërstena