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Cycling TV Channel

Spawn of CabbieSpawn of Cabbie Posts: 382
edited May 2007 in Pro race
That's it.

I've decided to launch my own cycling TV channel.

I've worked out what the scheduling would be and the subscription cost.

Now can anyone give me advice on how to broadcast, acquire rights - you know basically everything and I reckon I will be on air for full Giro 2008 coverage.

By full, I mean full.

Who's with me?

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  • PeteinSQPeteinSQ Posts: 2,292
    Well the first thing to do is to find out how much it costs to have a channel broadcast by sky digital.

    Then you need to find out who owns the rights to show the Giro etc and buy those rights off them.
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  • Nice one Pete. How do I do that?
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Has anyone actually seen the tripe that clutters up the Sky EPG? I'd guess you could launch a channel for around œ34 a year. We could put a few hours of cycling on it, and fund it by putting a couple of slappers begging for people to text them at œ2.50 a go.

    It's a winning formula!
  • PeteinSQPeteinSQ Posts: 2,292
    Contact Sky about the first part.

    We can assume that Eurosport own the rights to the Giro so you would have to contact them.

    Another option is to wait for the rights to come up for sale again, I assume they are negotiated much like the rights to premiership football.
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  • PeteinSQPeteinSQ Posts: 2,292
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">We could put a few hours of cycling on it, and fund it by putting a couple of slappers begging for people to text them at œ2.50 a go.
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    I had forgotten about them. Good idea.
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  • vermootencpvermootencp Posts: 1,298
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by PeteinSQ</i>

    Well the first thing to do is to find out how much it costs to have a channel broadcast by sky digital.
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    For some reason I have œ75,000 in my mind - not sure if that's per month or per year.

    Problem is that no-one actually wants to watch cycling in the UK or else Eurosport would show it. ES has a well-developed infrastructure and if they can't get advertisers to spend money to pay for their showing live cycling, what hope does anyone else have? I'd gladly pay œ30 a month or more for a cycling-only digital channel on telly but how many other people would? Not enough to make it profitable I'd wager.

    cycling.tv simply doesn't cut it for me. Small, low-res images that you can't capture (easily) onto DVD for subsequent viewing. I think the future will be rosy for them but we need to give it a few years.

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  • OK - Taking the worst case scenario, I need 30,000 subscribers at 5 pound a month and I haven't bought any rights yet - That's based on a similar amount for Virgin Media and 15k a year for the listings people to right the inaccurate synopses.
  • I would be happy to pay œ10-20 per month for a cycling only channel. I could then get rid of sky sports and save a few bob. At least we would know it would contain what we want - all things cycling, Road racing, MTB, BMX, community stuff, campaigns, local clubs etc etc.

    If i won the lotto i could be tempted to invest.

    If cycling is free why does it cost me so much buying the nick naks
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    According to this, it is œ75k per year just for a place on the Sky EPG. Rights would need to be bought from TV host broadcasters like RAI, TVE, Unipublic etc.

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/show ... el+sky+epg

    Personally, I wouldn't pay for a dedicated cycling channel unless it showed the grand tours, and good luck outbidding Eurosport to show those.

    For the other races, you'd have to offer a better deal that cycling.tv are offering - œ20 for a whole year.

    I really don't think there is a demand for any more televised cycling. I've lost count of all the races I've watched this year.
  • peter_andrewpeter_andrew Posts: 373
    You need to ask Brian S who posts sometimes who is heavily involved in Cycling TV
    He will kow all about broadcast rights
    Peter
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