20 Jun 2013

Rural football fans expected to suffer

4:39 pm on 20 June 2013

The Telecommunications Users Association says rural football fans will suffer under a new move to show the English Premier League matchers on the internet.

Coliseum Sports Media announced on Wednesday it has won the right to screen the English Premier league online for the next three years, with TVNZ showing one game each Sunday.

But TUANZ chief executive Paul Brislen said even with pending improvements to rural internet connections, they still won't be fast enough to screen live matches.

Young Farmers chief executive Richard Fitzgerald said the movement of television content to the internet is disadvantaging rural communities.