The matches will also be available to watch live via the S4C Chwaraeon Facebook Live channel and the coverage kicks off a run of 15 televised games on the Welsh language channel in total over the season which will follow the Principality Premiership and National Cup, Plate and Bowl to their conclusion. Eight teams will fight it out to reach the Principality Premiership semi-finals and final once the Premiership splits in the New Year and performances in the next few weeks will be critical to the make-up of that Pool of eight. The next Principality Premiership action sees Cardiff, currently in eighth place, take on third placed Blues rivals Pontypridd on Friday 23 December, while the first televised game is at Bridge Field on Boxing Day with Bedwas, who sit in fifth place as the table stands, hosting ninth placed Ebbw Vale at 4. Last year's finalists Pontypridd take on Cross Keys, who are curently tenth but with a chance of challenging for the top eight with a run of form.
Photo Credit: Neil Roberts. The HD coverage will be a new addition following years without it on Scrum V.
There will also be a highlights programme run on Sunday evenings. TV coverage offers chance to redeem values The Premiership has been dubbed by many as a league of low quality, shoddy rugby.
Many fans only seeing the odd games to judge their opinions from. The TV coverage will ensure that there will be added cash flow in placement for that t aken away in a decision earlier in the summer.
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Sponsorship is likely to increase across all clubs as they get featured on national television, in some cases more than once. There has been the issue of unbalanced TV appearances with Bargoed being the only side without a slot in the provisional fixtures.
S4C has since announced that they will be adding more fixtures throughout the season to take their total to around Bargoed will be hoping that a good cup run or play-off berth could see them get their 15, or rather 80 minutes of fame.
Viewing figures, the ultimate judgement Will the games provide enough spectators on TV has been a major cause for concern.
S4C have televised games in the past and only a handful of the games hit their top20 viewed for that time frame. Games peaked around , viewers.
The added influx of media surrounding the biggest season in Welsh club rugby for almost a decade as well as BBC HD coverage should see these figures rise. Fans have aired their voice on the issue stating how games on TV have, at least in the past, lowered the attendance at the game.
Games on S4C have traditionally been aired on a Sunday afternoon.
A poor time for public transport for those who commute further than a walk. Fans of those clubs involved will still manage to get to the game, but it gives other rugby fans the opportunity to get their week over before settling down for some rugby.
That is of course if they choose to watch the Premiership over the major Friday rival, the Pro Unlikely amongst pro rugby fans, but more feasible amongst the community game supporters.
The new split between them in terms of taking the pathway links apart and lowering cash input has taken away the pressure of developing talent, of which it had made a shoddy job of in recent years and allowed clubs to flourish.
Clubs can focus on being the community focal point with recognisable faces and a history of decades behind them. They have a different brand and style both on and off the pitch and the added TV coverage can help them find that and polish up the product.
The Premiership will never be the professional game and those who believe it should be are living a pipe dream.
Free to air coverage opens up gateway to public The lack of youthful supporters at Premiership games can be put down to the newer generations being brought up around regional rugby.
The lack of advertisements to the public eye, whether it be articles, broadcasts or the clubs work in the local area are also lacking. Clubs have started reaching out more in recent years, but find themselves lacking in the media. The FTA coverage offers a chance for everyone to see and get used to the product without the need to part with any cash.
This could help in getting new fans into the system.
Something that is badly needed. The chance to have floodlit games back on the tele will begin the new era for Premiership rugby as it heads towards a 12 team league that is open to relegation and promotion whilst allowing clubs to find and pay out as much as they can afford. No burden to produce players for the professional level or the financial implications that come with it and what better way to get into the new season than with a montage.