Irish OTT football service kicks off
July 24, 2020
The Football Association of Ireland and state broadcaster RTE Sport, in collaboration with GAAGO, have partnered to deliver a streaming platform which they say will guarantee supporters can watch the #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld wherever they are on watchloi.ie.
Each Premier Division fixture, as well as selected Extra.ie FAI Cup matches, will be live streamed with RTE Sport’s cameras and commentary team set to create a production for supporters to enjoy.
Season passes went on sale July 23rd on the watchloi.ie platform at €55 for supporters in Ireland and €69 for the rest of the world. It will enable supporters to support their club with revenue created set to go to each club and with over 55 matches set to be on the platform, its founders say offer great value.
The SSE Airtricity League is set to restart on Friday, July 31st with Derry City v Sligo Rovers to be the first match streamed on the platform, kick-off at 5.45pm. “In these uncertain times, when dedicated fans are unable to attend games in large numbers, we are delighted to bring the games directly to them via WatchLOI.
“This is a chance for the whole of the Irish footballing family to get behind the SSE Airtricity League and lend their support in every way to the clubs as the heartbeat of the association,” said Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ.
“We’re absolutely delighted to launch our new streaming service, WATCHLOI,” added FAI Commercial & Marketing Director Mark Russell. “Working with RTE Sport and GAAGO will guarantee that we will have a best-in-class product which SSE Airtricity League supporters will be able to enjoy around the world. Especially with COVID-19 restrictions, this is the ideal time to launch this service but with the revenue it will generate for the clubs, this is also a major moment for the league and a fantastic opportunity to promote and enhance the domestic game in Ireland.”