FAI unveil broadcasting deals ahead of the new season with WATCHLOI set for a return

Fri, Feb 26 2021
The SSE League of Ireland logo

The SSE League of Ireland logo Credit: Gerry Shanahan (ETPhotos)

The FAI have unveiled new broadcasting deals ahead of the 2021 League of Ireland and Women’s National campaigns.

The new deal will see WATCHLOI return up until the mid-season break, while a new entity LOITV will broadcast games in the First Division and Women’s National League.

There is also a new deal with RTE Sport to cover first picks for the live transmission of Friday Night Football.

RTE Sport will cover all production costs for WATCHLOI with all profits from the platform set to go straight to the Premier Division clubs.

The WATCHLOI platform will return with the free to air offering of the FAI President's Cup between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk on Friday, March 12, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

LOITV will stream all matches across the SSE Airtricity First Division and the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League with Pixellot cameras to be installed in every ground ahead of the 2021 season.

The Pixellot system uses artificial intelligence with HD cameras to deliver a top-quality viewing experience with the cameras used in many leagues across the world.

The streaming service will also be available to the coaching and analysis staff at all clubs.

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