Eir Sport 2
|eir Sport 2|
|Launched||2004 (as Setanta Sports 1)|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
|Formerly called||Setanta Sports 1 (2004–2016)|
|Sister channel(s)||Eir Sport 1|
|Sky Ireland||Channel 422
Channel 871 (HD)
|Eir Vision||Channel 403|
eir Sport 2 (formerly Setanta Sports 1) is a subscription based sports channel in Ireland and Northern Ireland under a new licensing agreement between the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the newly formed company Setanta Sports Channel Ireland Ltd replacing Setanta Sports Ireland Ltd.
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 launched on Sky on 20 July 2015, along with Premier Sports HD.
see Eir Sport.
Most of these air on both Setanta Ireland and Setanta Sports 1 and are shared between the two channels. In some instances (largely football coverage) Setanta only possess Republic of Ireland rights, during such programming the channel is unavailable in Northern Ireland. Conversely, live coverage of GAA Championship matches is available only in Northern Ireland and not the Republic.
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Europa League
- FA Cup (Republic of Ireland only)
- League of Ireland
- Setanta Sports Cup
- Friendly matches, typically on a once-off basis
Gaelic Athletic Association
- GAA Football National League
- GAA Hurling National League
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (Live coverage in Northern Ireland, Deferred (not same day) in the Republic of Ireland)
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (Live coverage in Northern Ireland, Deferred (not same day) in the Republic of Ireland)
- IRB Rugby World Cup
- Pro14 (Deferred/highlights only from September 2010 onwards)
- Exclusive rights to the highlights of the RBS 6 Nations
- Certain international rugby union Test games on a one-off basis
- IRB Sevens
Setanta's major in-house programme is The Sports Show (formerly The Hub) which airs daily. It also simulcasts the radio show Off The Ball from Newstalk.
Setanta Sports Cup
As of 5 July 2016 in the Republic of Ireland, the Eir Sport Package is available for free to any Eir broadband customer. This includes the BT Sport package. Additionally the Eir Sport Package is available on Eir TV, Virgin Media Ireland, Sky Ireland and Vodafone TV. Eir Sport offers commercial venues in Ireland programming of sports such as football (soccer), Gaelic football, hurling, golf, cricket, rugby union and rugby league and boxing.
- 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