Setanta Sports has secured a three-year package of live Irish broadcast rights to Premier League soccer.
The pay-TV broadcaster will show 33 live games a year from England's top flight from next season until the end of 2015/16. These will be chosen from the weekly Saturday 3pm kick-off slot, which will be exclusive to Setanta in Ireland. Games played at this time are not available, due to a longstanding agreement, to broadcasters in the UK.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Setanta Sports in Ireland which dates back to 2004 when they first started showing live Barclays Premier League games in the Republic. They will continue to provide Irish fans with top quality coverage of the Barclays Premier League and we look forward to working with them in the coming seasons."
"The beginning of the 2013/2014 season in August will mark Setanta’s 10th consecutive year showing live Saturday 3pm Premier League games," added Setanta Sports marketing director Brian Quinn. "It is still the traditional kick-off time in most fan’s minds and one that features a great calibre of games."
Setanta has also recently secured the live TV rights to the Republic of Ireland's friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on 29th May.