GAAGO, RTÉ and the GAA’s online streaming service for Gaelic Games outside of Ireland, today launched its 2016 Season offering, with over 120 events set to be streamed to fans internationally, including the 2016 GAA Championships, Allianz League and The Sunday Game highlights show.
This follows a strong second season for GAAGO in 2015, which saw international users of the GAAGO service increase by 55%. Since its launch in June 2014, GAAGO has been streamed in over 180 countries and over 630,000 hours of content has been streamed to date.
Games are streamed in high-quality HD and include full commentary, scores, and studio programming as broadcast to audiences in Ireland. GAAGO subscribers can view the games live and on-demand on any internet-enabled device including mobile phones, tablet devices and laptops. Season Pass holders also have access to an archive of all matches played in 2016. This also makes the GAAGO Season Pass the perfect gift for the GAA fan overseas.
Among the subscribers last year were fans in Aruba, French Guinea, Mongolia and South Sudan, while the greatest numbers accessing GAAGO came from the US, Australia, Great Britain and Canada.
In 2016, GAAGO will stream:
- GAA Football & Hurling Senior Championships (45+ matches worldwide, 25+ in GB)
- Allianz League (45+ matches)
- The Sunday Game highlights show (20 shows)
- Electric Ireland GAA Football and Hurling Minor Championships (selected matches)
- AIB GAA Senior Club Finals (Football & Hurling – 2 matches)
- Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship (selected matches)
- EirGrid GAA Football U21 Championship (selected matches)
- Christy Ring/Nicky Rackard/Lory Meagher Cup Finals
- Additional bonus matches as they arise
Múirne Laffan, Managing Director of RTÉ Digital, said; “The GAAGO service has proven to be a great hit with GAA fans around the globe. We greatly expanded the service offering in 2015, more than doubling the number of games being shown and this is reflected in the 55% increase in subscribers in 2015. No matter how far away from home, regardless of time zone, GAA fans still want to stay in touch with the action as it happens, and be part of conversation with family and friends at home.”
Peter McKenna, GAA Commercial & Stadium Director, said; “GAAGO, now entering its third year in operation, continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to once again bring such a high quality viewing service to the thousands of GAA members worldwide. Making our games readily available using the latest technological innovation is crucial to the Association staying current and maintaining a connection between our international GAA fan base and our marquee events at home”.
Noel Quinn, Media Rights Manager, GAA, said; “There are now more than 400 GAA clubs overseas and this growth looks set to continue in the foreseeable future. Providing live streaming to over 180 countries to date signals huge penetration and the team looks forward to building on this reach in 2016.”
Dónal Moriarty, GAAGO Product Leader, said; “We are pleased to offer the GAAGO Club Scheme again in 2016, giving subscribers around the world the chance to raise funds for their local overseas GAA club. In 2015, 130 overseas clubs benefited from the Club scheme.”
Pricing in 2016 remains unchanged from 2015.
A worldwide GAAGO Season Pass (excluding Ireland and Great Britain) is priced at €160 and will provide online access to over 100 televised matches, live and on-demand, as broadcast by RTÉ, TG4, Setanta and Sky Sports, in addition to 20 episodes of The Sunday Game highlights show. In 2015 the cost of a GAAGO Season Pass was the equivalent of €1.24 per event.
For audiences in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), a Season Pass (GB) is priced at €100 and will provide online access to over 80 matches, live and on-demand, as broadcast by RTÉ, TG4 and Setanta, in addition to the 20 episodes of The Sunday Game highlights show. Games broadcast by Sky Sports will only be available through Sky Sports. In 2015 the cost of a Season Pass (GB) was the equivalent of €0.92 per event.
Individual games and The Sunday Game highlights show can also be purchased worldwide on an individual pay-per-game basis, priced at €10. For the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the GAA Football & Hurling Senior Championships the pay-per-game price is €14.
The new GAAGO site www.gaago.ie went live today, with the 2016 GAAGO Season Pass now available to purchase and gift.
GAAGO Club Scheme
Following the successful introduction of the GAAGO Club Scheme in 2015, which saw 130 GAA clubs outside of Ireland take part and raise money for their club, GAAGO is pleased to offer the Club Scheme again in 2016.
The GAAGO Club Scheme provides GAA clubs outside Ireland with the opportunity to raise funds for their club when members and friends of the club purchase or gift GAAGO 2016 Season Passes.
Upon registration, GAA clubs outside Ireland will be issued with a club-specific promo code to distribute to members and friends. When a customer purchases or gifts a GAAGO 2016 Season Pass and enters a club-specific promo code, GAAGO will donate 10% of the purchase price to that GAA club.
For full details, including how to register your club and terms and conditions of the Club Scheme, visit www.gaago.ie.
Clubs who signed up for the GAAGO Club Scheme 2015 must sign up again and obtain a new code for GAAGO Club Scheme 2016.