Broadcast announcement - Trans-Tasman & Festival of Hockey
Fox Sport to Broadcast
Under the agreement, Epicentre.tv will produce and broadcast all matches on the Epicentre.tv platform, as well as negotiate international TV distribution rights on behalf of Hockey Australia.
Already, Epicentre.tv has secured a partnership with Fox Sports Australia which will see live coverage of the following matches in 2016:
• The Trans-Tasman Cup series, which sees the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos play the New Zealand Black Sticks men’s and women’s teams in Wellington this week - (Live TV on Fox Sports)
• The Men’s Four Nations Series against India, New Zealand and Malaysia as part of the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne from November 23 - 27 (Live TV on Fox Sports / Live Stream via Epicentre.tv)
• The Hockeyroos’ three Test match series against India in Melbourne in November - (Live TV November 23 / 25 / 27 on Fox Sports / Live Stream via Epicentre.tv)
Hockey Australia Chief Executive, Cam Vale, said the broadcasting deal will expand hockey’s audience and lead to new sponsorship, commercial and marketing opportunities.
"This is a very exciting time for hockey in Australia," said Mr Vale.
"We have developed a terrific schedule of international matches which will be broadcast live and on-demand at Epicentre.tv and on Fox Sports Australia.
“The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have consistently been among Australia’s best performing and most popular international teams and the arrangement with Epicentre.tv will allow us to take the sport to new levels across all areas of the sport," he added.
Epicentre.TV Chief Operating Officer, Luke Campbell, said the broadcast schedule is a continuation of the successful partnership with HA which commenced with the live streaming of the Hockeyroos’ three match Test series with China in 2015.
"We’ve worked with Hockey Australia for the past two years and help them take the broadcasts from a low scale live stream to live TV coverage that is sure to be a great ratings success due to the popularity of the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos." said Mr Campbell.
"Each event has seen an increase in viewership and this is only going to see the sport continue to grow in popularity with the live TV broadcasts on Fox Sports," he added.
"We also have non-exclusive sponsorship and advertising rights with Hockey Australia and we will be assisting them grow commercial and sponsorship revenue off the back of our broadcasting deal."
Thursday 17 November
Hockeyroos v Black Stick Women: 1.30pm AWST / 4.30pm ADST - Fox Sports 3
Kookaburras v Black Stick Men: 3.10pm AWST / 6.10pm ADST - Fox Sports 3
Saturday 19 November
Kookaburras v Black Stick Men: 1.30pm AWST / 4.30pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Hockeyroos v Black Stick Women: 3.10pm AWST / 4.30pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Sunday 20 November
Kookaburras v Black Stick Men: 11.30am AWST / 2.30pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
Hockeyroos v Black Stick Women: 1.10pm AWST / 4.10pm ADST - Fox Sports 5
International Festival of Hockey Fixtures
Wednesday 23 November
Malaysia v New Zealand Men: 1pm AWST / 4pm ADST
Hockeyroos v India: 3pm AWST / 6pm ADST
Kookaburras v India: 5pm AWST / 8pm ADST
Thursday 24 November
India v Malaysia Men: 3pm AWST / 6pm ADST
Kookaburras v New Zealand: 5pm AWST / 8pm ADST
Friday 25 November
Hockeyroos v India: 4pm AWST / 7pm ADST
Saturday 26 November
Kookaburras v Malaysia: 12pm AWST / 3pm ADST
India v New Zealand Men: 2pm AWST / 5pm ADST
Sunday 27 November
Hockeyroos v India: 11am AWST / 2pm ADST
Men's 3rd v Men's 4th: 1pm AWST / 4pm ADST
Men's 1st v Men's 2nd: 3.30pm AWST / 6.30pm ADST