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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 Julianne at
02/04/2018 12:03 PM
Congratulations to 9 on getting some golf! I am a golfer and it is frustrating that most events are not covered on Aust free to air. Most golfers subscribe to Fox to get it. Could be an opening for new programming for 9!
Posted by Grant Vickery at
31/03/2018 08:34 PM
Can’t believe that Sam Newman is covering for channel 9. What a joke 🙄
Posted by Nick at
27/03/2018 09:43 AM
Any chance the covering can kick off before 6am? Nothing worse than missing half the event.
Posted by Chris R at
24/03/2018 03:50 PM
Always look forward to The Masters. My absolute favourite. By the way SENIOR D, who is KP?
Posted by Peter at
01/03/2018 11:17 AM
It looks like 9Gem will be the station in Tassie for coverage. Standard definition for an event like this is very poor. I'll be watching on Fox 3HD to get maximum enjoyment. It is a crying shame for those without Fox.
Posted by Kevin McCarthy at
27/02/2018 01:54 PM
go fox with i hope good commentators.
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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