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Setanta Sports Australia is a sports television channel operating in Australia and is available to homes and businesses across all of Australia. Setanta Sports Australia is part of the Setanta Sports Group of television channels that operate around the world in Ireland, United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Africa.

Setanta Sports Australia offers a wide range of international sport including football, rugby union, kickboxing, cagefighting, GAA and cricket. Current Setanta Sports Australia broadcast content includes the FA Cup, England national football team, World Cup 2010 Qualifiers and playoffs, Scottish Premier League and England national rugby union team.

History

On November 1 2007, the Australian version of Setanta Sports was launched on into homes Australia wide. The channel had initially been made available to pubs and clubs, in November 2005.

Availability

Currently the Setanta Sports Australia channel is available on all the major pay-TV home platforms in Australia; Foxtel, Austar, UBI World TV, TransACT and also to direct satellite customers direct satellite (Optus D2). Setanta Sports Australia is also available to personal computers via Setanta-i and available commercially to clubs, pubs and businesses via direct satellite (Optus D2) or Austar.

Content

Association Football

Setanta's is one of the leading broadcasters of football in Australia, currently covering a variety of competitions from Europe & South America. Setanta's current football rights are:

Domestic Leagues


Domestic Cups


From August 2008 Setanta becomes the official broadcaster of the The English FA. Setanta Sports Australia will broadcast LIVE & EXCLUSIVE coverage of



International Club Competitions


Club Channel Coverage
Setanta is the official Australian broadcaster of



These channels offer full delayed coverage of all League and European games featuring the teams.

International Matches


In August 2008 Setanta became the official broadcaster of the The English FA. Setanta Sports Australia will broadcast LIVE & EXCLUSIVE coverage of



Rugby Union

Setanta is the leading broadcaster of European Rugby in Australia including most of Europe's top domestic rugby comcpetitions. Setanta's full rugby line up is



Kickboxing

Setanta brings the best of international kickboxing action from the It's Showtime promotion network as part of the monthly channel subscription. Coverage started in February 2009 with It's Showtime #31 from Antwerpmarker and the next event is It's Showtime #37 from Barneveldmarker, Netherlandsmarker, featuring such big name fighters as Dmitry Shakuta, Murat Direkci, Chahid Oulad El Hadj and Giorgio Petrosyan

Cagefighting

Setanta brings the best of international cagefighting action from the WEC promotion network as part of the monthly channel subscription. Coverage started in Ocotber 2009 with WEC 43 and the next event is WEC 45 in December featuring Donald Cerrone vs Ed Ratcliff as the main event.

GAA

Setanta honours its Irish origins with in depth coverage of the Gaelic Athletic Association football and hurling championships. This includes the



Cricket

Since November 2007 Setanta Sports Australia has broadcast One Day International and Test match cricket hosted by the Bangladesh national cricket team. Recently Setanta Sports Australia broadcast the 2008 Asia Cup and up to March 2008 broadcast One Day International and Test match cricket hosted by the Indian national cricket team

Setanta Sports continued its coverage of the Indian national cricket team with coverage of the Indian's home series against England and also the India away series against Sri Lanka from January-February 2009.

The next confirmed cricket series on Setanta will be the Indian tour of Bangladesh in January 2010.

Original Programming

Setanta Sports Australia currently broadcasts some original football productions from The Republic of Irelandmarker

  • Special 1 TV - a weekly comedy phone-in show hosted by a puppet of Jose Mourinho.
  • Fran - a weekly mockumentary style show following the ups and downs of life for Fran Costello, hapless assistant manager of St Peter’s United.


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