Setanta Sports stops taking on new TV customersSetanta stops new subscriptions to its service

11 June 2009

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Setanta Sports stops taking new subscriptions whilst managers try to secure the sports broadcaster's future

Setanta Sports has announced it is no longer taking on new customers. The move comes as the premium sports provider’s management is trying to secure Setanta’s future.

A customer message on Setanta’s website insists that it ‘has not gone into administration’ and that all its channels are still broadcasting.

The news follows events in February, when Setanta lost the rights 23 of its 46 live English Premier league games to Sky Sports from season 2010/11. This had already cast doubts over the Sports broadcaster’s business model and how it would attract new customers.

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In Setanta’s case, most customers will be on a one month contract, but as with any company under financial pressure, it’s advisable to keep an eye on the latest developments.

Senior Which? Legal lawyer Peter McCarthy said ‘Protect yourself by paying for services costing over £100 with a credit card. You'll have a claim against the bank if the company goes out of business before providing the service. If the service costs less than that then you could try and use "chargeback" to reclaim payments made on a Visa credit or debit card’. For more information see Your rights when paying by credit card.

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Setanta Sports on Sky, Virgin Media and BT Vision

Some digital TV providers have offered Setanta Sports bundled as part of a TV package. Setanta’s decision to stop new customers from signing up to the service will have a knock on affect on some of Virgin Media, BT Vision and Top Up TV Anytime’s packages.

If you’re interested in finding out more about which sports packages are offered where, see our guide to Sport on TV. See our review of the latest LCD and Plasma TVs for the latest HD TV models.

TV providers such as Sky, Virgin Media, BT all offer TV services bundled with broadband and phone calls. Virgin also offers some bundles with mobile phone services.

For more information see our reviews phone, internet and TV packages.

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