IRB launches broadband service



Fans can watch the whole Rugby World Cup through the internet for about $100 with a new service that the IRB is providing in the RWCPlus package.


You can find out the details at their website


This is the story from the IRB:


The International Rugby Board (IRB) and MediaZone, have announced that fans will be able to view all the matches from Rugby World Cup 2007 online through an exciting official broadband video service, RWCPlus.


The product, which will go live on July 31st, will be streamed through the official Rugby World Cup 2007 website:


RWCPlus will offer fans a Rugby World Cup Pass that includes 24-hour delayed coverage of all 48 matches from the tournament, as well as live audio feeds, match previews, half-time and full-time highlights, interviews, and archived Rugby World Cup content for US$49.99. Individual matches are also available on a pay-per-view basis.


Existing MediaZone Rugby All Access Pass customers in eligible territories can purchase the package at a discounted rate of $75 (US$39.99). Rugby fans interested in purchasing both the RWC Pass and the MediaZone Rugby All Access Pass can buy a combined package for $272 (US$139.98).


RWCPlus is produced in association with MediaZone Rugby, the market-leader in online Rugby video. MediaZone Rugby provides coverage of more than 250 matches worldwide per year and a wide variety of additional content including highlights packages and match previews to viewer forums.


Together, the IRB and Mediazone will offer the most comprehensive and far-reaching coverage of Rugby World Cup 2007.


“Rugby World Cup 2007 promises to be the most successful Rugby World Cup to date,” said Head of Rugby World Cup Department, Kit McConnell. “Ticket sales are on course to reach record levels, while the global TV audience looks set to reach the 4 billion mark.


“The provision of a dedicated official online video service where all 48 tournament matches can be viewed further enhances global coverage and will ensure that more rugby fans than ever before will be able to watch all the action,”


“In addition to providing online coverage of premier events like Wimbledon, the Indianapolis 500 and the New York Marathon, MediaZone is a market leader for online rugby coverage and it is a perfect fit for us to be working with the IRB to deliver online video coverage the world’s biggest sporting event in 2007,” said Patrick Guthrie, MediaZone’s Director of Rugby.


“We are thrilled to be providing this affordable online option so rugby fans worldwide can see every single scrum, lineout, ruck, maul and try while they support their favorite teams throughout the tournament,” added Guthrie.


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