PGA TOUR and LPGA Coverage Returns to Sky
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (June 9, 2016) - The PGA TOUR and the LPGA jointly announced today agreements with Sky that will return their tournament coverage to broadcast television. The LPGA conversion begins this week with coverage of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. PGA TOUR programming will switch the week of The Greenbrier Classic, July 4-10.
The PGA TOUR and LPGA, through separate agreements with Coliseum Sports Media (CSM)/Lightbox, launched OTT subscription services in 2015 known as PGA TOUR LIVE and World Golf Pass, respectively.
While subscriber levels were healthy and the product was excellent, it became apparent after more than a year that many New Zealand golf fans did not have the necessary comfort in their broadband connectivity to maximize the viewing experience. The best course of action was to return to broadcast television and Sky, which held broadcast rights to both Tours prior to their move to the OTT service.
PGA TOUR coverage will remain on PGA TOUR LIVE until converting the week of The Greenbrier, at which time existing subscribers will be fully refunded for the remainder of their subscription. Sky will also provide PGA TOUR LIVE subscribers with a free installation for those wishing to continue watching the PGA TOUR and LPGA on the network.
The PGA TOUR will maintain an OTT presence in New Zealand through its global product, also called PGA TOUR LIVE, which provides coverage of early-round Featured Groups as well as Featured Hole coverage. This service will be provided for free to existing PGA TOUR LIVE subscribers through the end of the year.
All unused portions of Annual memberships will be refunded over the next week or two. If you haven't received your refund by mid July, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll chase it up for you.
Also, we are told that those of you without Sky subscriptions who wish to get Sky and continue watching the golf will be offered a free installation by the people at Sky, which is obviously very nice of them. Details of this offer will surely follow soon.
All required refunds are currently being processed and we are emailing out free passes to members for the new PGA TOUR LIVE platform over the next few days.