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New Aussie TV combo for Masters

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The 13th tee is likely to be redeveloped and expanded 50m backwards after the new land purchase.

A new combination will bring the Masters to Australian television viewers in 2018.

Channel Nine has bought the free-to-air and streaming rights from Augusta National, replacing the rival Seven Network as host for the year's first major championship.

And in another innovation for Aussie golf fans, pay-TV host Fox Sports will deliver ad-break free to Australia for the first time.

"The Masters is one of those special sporting events that captures our imagination; an event that the nation stops and watches," Fox Sports boss Patrick Delany said.

"Since we began broadcasting the Masters Tournament live in 2014, we have constantly innovated our coverage. Our subscribers can now enjoy high definition, multi-camera coverage every day, all on a dedicated Masters channel.

"This year viewers will see our coverage improve even further, now having the ability to watch ad-break free during play for the first time."

Channel Nine will air all four days of the 5-8 April tournament, along with Wide World of Sports offering three live video streams on 9Now.

The network is yet to decide on which channel it will air the tournament.

"While the Masters is no longer on the anti-siphoning list, our partnership with Augusta National to make free-to-air coverage available to viewers illustrates our shared goal of bringing the Masters to all Australians," said Tom Malone, Nine's director of sport.


Posted by SENIOR D at
15/02/2018 08:06 PM
What is it with solicited comment online and whinging? Let's love the Masters on FTA, and congratulate 9 for their initiative.(I'm pretty sure they won't let KP host).
Posted by rob at
13/02/2018 12:08 PM
the last of the mohicans. all of the other majors lost to free viewing. kerry packer must be turning in his grave!
Posted by Phil Brown at
11/01/2018 09:53 PM
Well-they've already ruined their Rugby League coverage, and their presenters on the Ashes Cricket were probably the worst in living memory.So I'm not holding my breath for their Golf coverage !!!
Posted by STUART at
11/01/2018 03:46 PM
How long until we also lose the Masters on Free to Air to join the OPEN,US Open and the PGA with no Free to Air coverage. Dying sport on TV
Posted by Clubman at
11/01/2018 09:20 AM
My guess is it will be on one of their non HD channels. If so, that will be most disappointing.
Posted by John Tuddenham at
10/01/2018 08:21 PM

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