The live streaming arrangements for the new RFU Championship season have been confirmed today.
Matches will be available via championshiprugby.co.uk/live-streams on a pay per view basis.
The shortened Greene King IPA Championship season kicks off this weekend and Bedford face a tough trip to Coventry on Saturday at 3pm. Their Bedfordshire rivals, Ampthill, host Doncaster on Sunday at 1pm.
All round one tickets are priced at £10 pay per view.
The Bedford Independent understands that the decision to host all live streaming via the league’s website was made by clubs in the Championship Clubs’ Committee on 25 February, 11 days before the first round of fixtures.
Details were confirmed today after paperwork from all clubs and the streaming provider had been received.
All revenue after tax, costs and third party provider charges will go to the Championship clubs, but only at the season’s end.
The clubs’ committee deferred deciding how that revenue will be split until later in the season.
Revenue from Bedford Blues live stream home season tickets, however, will go to the club ‘in advance’. The club’s website also describes it as ‘the only way to guarantee your virtual seat for all five of our home matches’.
Advertised perks for Bedford Blues’ £50 live stream home season tickets include free access to a digital matchday programme and ‘priority access to match tickets when crowds return’.
If the easing of lockdown restrictions goes ahead as planned, an up to 50% capacity crowd will be able to attend Blues’ final league home game against Ampthill.