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Setanta Sports Asia

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Setanta Sports Asia
Setanta Sports logo
Broadcast areaHong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Philippines and Taiwan
NetworkEurosport Asia
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerDiscovery Networks Asia Pacific[1]
Launched1 February 2011
Closed29 January 2020 (8 years, 11 months and 4 weeks)
Replaced byRugby Pass TV

Setanta Sports Asia was an Asian pay television sports channel operating in the Asia Pacific region owned by Discovery Communications.[2] It primarily airs the sports of rugby union and rugby league.

Setanta Sports Asia was available on TV platforms in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia/Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.


In February 2011, Setanta Sports Asia launched in Hong Kong on Now TV, and in Malaysia and Brunei on Astro. In June 2015, Setanta Sports in Dublin confirmed it has sold its Asian operations to Discovery Communications.[3]

From 29 January 2020, Setanta Sports Asia has been replaced by the new dedicated rugby channel, Rugby Pass TV which launched its OTT service first, since February 2016.[4] Rugby Pass was later shut down due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Premier Sports Asia took over the acquisition of all Rugby Pass subscribers in 2021.


The channel was available on the following platforms throughout Asia:

  • In Hong Kong via Now TV
  • In Indonesia via First Media, Big TV, and MNC Play
  • In Malaysia and Brunei on Astro
  • In Mongolia via Univision and Sky Media
  • In the Philippines on SkyCable
  • In Thailand via TrueVisions
  • In Singapore via Toggle
  • In Sri Lanka via LBN, Dialog and SLT Peo TV
  • In Taiwan via bbTV

Past coverage

Setanta was the leading broadcaster of rugby in Asia, covering a variety of competitions from the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Setanta's former Rugby rights were:

Rugby league

Rugby union


Setanta provided coverage of the Gaelic Athletic Association football and hurling championships.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Businesses & Brands – Discovery, Inc".
  2. ^ "Discovery acquires Setanta Sports Asia". Broadband TV News. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Discovery buys Setanta Sports Asia". 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ Astro (28 January 2020). "Hi. Astro's dedicated Rugby Channel, Setanta Sports HD (CH823) will be renamed to RugbyPass TV beginning from 29 Jan 2020. There will be no additional charges for customers subscribed to Setanta Sports HD. ^qiss". Twitter. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  5. ^ (2 August 2011). Setanta Sports Asia {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (2 August 2011). "Super Rugby in Asia". Setanta Sports Asia.
  7. ^ (2 August 2011). Setanta Sports Asia {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ (2 August 2011). Setanta Sports Asia {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ (2 August 2011). Setanta Sports Asia {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ (2 August 2011). Setanta Sports Asia {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ (2 August 2011). "GAA Football & Hurling | Setanta". Setanta Sports Asia. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011.

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