American sports giant FOX Sports will televise all three Harvey Norman State of Origin games live in a broadcast deal struck with the assistance of Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe.
A meeting between NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, and Crowe was the catalyst for an approach to former Channel Nine sports chief and now head of FOX Sports David Hill.
The new agreement will see all three of this year’s Origin matches as well as the 2011 Telstra Premiership Grand Final available live to more than 40 million homes across the United States on the FOX Sports Soccer channel, as well as replays of the matches shown on the FOX Sports Soccer Plus channel.
The deals sees the USA. join the Pacific Islands, United Kingdom, Canada, North Africa and the Middle East, Central and Southern Africa and parts of Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand in broadcasting the 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series live on television.
“This new United States agreement significantly adds to the mainstream exposure of two of our biggest events,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.
“It sees more than 40 million homes across the United States now able to experience live the passion and rivalry of the 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series and the Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
“Already, fans in the US can watch regular NRL Telstra Premiership matches through www.livenrl.tv and this new deal is a key part of increasing their access to Rugby League and our presence in the region.
The new agreement covering the United States follows the recent conclusion of a European deal that will see television broadcaster, Eurosport 2, make Games Two and Three of the Origin Series available live to 48 million homes across 48 territories. Eurosport 2 will also show Game One of the Series on delay.
In Australia, the Nine Network will broadcast Game One of the 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series live in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, with South Australia and Western Australia receiving delayed coverage.
Live coverage for fans in New Zealand is available through the Sky Sport 2 channel on the SkyNZ network.
Fans in all regions not covered by television broadcast agreements can watch the Harvey Norman State of Origin Series via the www.livenrl.tv online subscription service.
A complete list of broadcast times by country/region is below.
*** Please note, all times are local and correct at time of distribution. Fans should check their local guide for confirmation. ***
ACT – Live on WIN TV from 7:30pm
NSW – Live on Channel Nine, WIN TV, NBN TV and Imparja, all from 7:30pm
NT – Live on Channel Nine and Imparja, both from 7:00pm
Queensland – Live on Channel Nine, WIN TV, NBN TV and Imparja, all from 7:30pm
SA – Delayed on Channel Nine from 10:30pm, Live on Imparja from 7:00pm
Tasmania – Live on WIN TV from 7:30pm
Victoria – Live on Channel Nine, WIN TV and Imparja, all from 7:30pm
Western Australia – Delayed on Channel Nine from 10.30pm and WIN TV from 9:00pm
Live on SkyNZ (Sky Sport 2) at 2130
Live on Fiji TV (Fiji One) at 2200
Live on Sky Sports at 1030 (GMT)
Delayed on Eurosport 2 – check www.eurosport.com for details.
Live on FOX Sports Soccer Channel – check msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/tvschedule for details
Live on Setanta Sports at 0500 (ET) - www.setanta.com/ca
Live in Hong Kong (1730) and Sri Lanka (1530) on Setanta Asia - www.setanta.com/asia
Live in Singapore at 1725 on Star Hub (SuperSports) - www.starhub.com
Live in Malaysia and Brunei at 1730 on Astro (AstroSuperSport)
NORTH AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST
Live on Orbit Showtime – check www.osnetwork.com for details
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
Live on Setanta Africa – check www.setanta.com/africa for details
REST OF THE WORLD
LiveNRL.TV will provide online coverage to all other countries. Find out more at www.livenrl.tv