Setanta gives World Cup fans wealth of content

Setanta Sports, the sports network dedicated to meeting the sports programming needs of foreign ex-pats living here in the U.S., will help hype the World Cup machine beginning May 1 with a programming lineup featuring FIFA archival material and other content.

The Setanta Sports line-up features primetime archive and official films of past FIFA World Cups, encores of qualifying matches, and action from all of the nations competing in this year s much-anticipated event. All the programs will air in English. Setanta Sports is carried on DIRECTV (Channel 615) and GlobeCast WorldTV for $11.99 a month.

Setanta Sports previously announced its acquisition of secondary-language TV rights in the US to all 64 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup games. The games will air in the German language on Setanta Sports, 56 of them LIVE and uninterrupted, eight of them delayed (due to two or more games being played at the same time in different venues.) These eight games will be shown LIVE in US pubs and bars through the company s commercial business, Setanta Premium. Setanta is also entitled to sublicense parts of the secondary-language TV rights acquired.

The road to the 2006 FIFA World Cup line up includes:

Live and Delayed Warm-up Matches (exclusive to Setanta Sports) As the 2006 FIFA World Cup draws nearer there will be a series of Friendly games where nations will look to bed in squad players and lift confidence before the tournament starts. Setanta Sports viewers will see matches involving Brazil, England, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Encores of International Qualifying Matches (exclusive to Setanta Sports) Setanta Sports will rebroadcast 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying games and other matches played by most of the competing nations including Brazil, Germany, Italy, Holland, England, Spain, Argentina and Portugal.

The following FIFA Archive programming was acquired from Infront Sports & Media:

The 2006 FIFA World Cup The Official Guide This is an exclusive series of 16 half-hour programs which preview the 2006 FIFA World Cup through an exciting blend of originally shot material, key archival moments, match footage from qualifiers, and other innovative feature based content. Each episode will specifically feature and focus upon two of the participating nations.

The FIFA World Cup Film Collection 1954 2002 The past comes to life, with the depth of coverage, close-up intimacy and dramatic perspective that is unique to film the greatest archive source of the magic and unforgettable moments of FIFA World Cup history are featured in these 13 one-hour specials.

Up to 100 vignettes from the A-Z of FIFA World Cup Football These series consists of one hundred 60-second vignettes of the most spectacular action from exclusive film footage from the 1954 through to the 2002 FIFA World Cups. These capture varied and exciting aspects of the world’s greatest event.

The Top 20 FIFA World Cup Moments This is a count down, in reverse order of the top 20 FIFA World Cup moments of all time. Seventeen tournaments in 72 years of competition have produced so many thrilling and memorable moments that this selection help to capture the very essence of World Cup magic.

FIFA World Cup Stories This is a series of six half-hour programs which take a series of intriguing angles to provide new insight into some of the most fascinating stories in FIFA World Cup history. The individual titles are: Holland’s Quest , African Odyssey , Young Shooting Stars , FIFA World Cup Shocks , Golden Boot Legends , and Penalty Shoot-Out!

The 2006 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 9 with the host country Germany against Costa Rica.

Setanta Sports is a 24-hour, English-language, pay TV network dedicated to European and international soccer and world-class rugby. This year, the network will broadcast over 500 LIVE and exclusive events including matches from the UEFA Champions League and other top soccer tournaments. Setanta Sports has exclusive distribution rights in North America to programming from Manchester United TV (MUTV) and Chelsea TV.
Setanta Broadband launched in February 2006 and features LIVE rugby and soccer. Fans can sign up for $119 a year or monthly for $11.99.
Setanta Premium operates the residential pay-per-view business and the commercial business which consists of special event, LIVE programming in pubs other venues in the US and Canada.