Wales v Fiji is the third outing for Wayne Pivac’s men this fall.
And, as was the case for the curtain-raising against the All Blacks and the defeat to South Africa last weekend, live coverage of Wales in action will not be available on terrestrial television.
This fall campaign is the first time this has happened.
The Wales vs. Fiji game starts at 15:15 on Sunday.
Amazon Prime Video secured exclusive broadcast rights to show the entire Autumn Nations Series on its streaming platform in a blow to the BBC, while it was later confirmed that the Welsh language live match coverage of S4C was also pulled.
Amazon is instead offering its own Welsh battle day broadcast option for Wales’ autumn internationals, which will culminate in a clash against Australia after the Fiji game. It marks the first time a commercial broadcaster has invested in a Welsh-language option in a rugby context.
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S4C will instead show up to 40 minutes of highlights from each Welsh game, going live an hour after Wayne Pivac’s men leave the field. This year’s broadcast situation was a big blow for S4C, which last year received live broadcast rights despite Amazon making its first leap into the rugby broadcast market.
Amazon is showcasing 17 of this autumn’s 20 internationals to audiences in the UK, showcasing all matches from Wales, England, Scotland, France and Italy at the Fall Nations Series, and Ireland’s matches will be included in Prime’s UK broadcast Video in 2022.
Elsewhere, Radio Wales lost in securing rights to cover the Welsh men’s matches this campaign, with talkSPORT broadcasting the autumn series for the first time. But Radio Cymru will also have full live reviews of all the men’s fall International games this year.
Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe, previously said: “We are always looking to offer more choice to Prime members on how they can watch live sport in Prime Video and it was important for us to deliver Welsh. Food for the Fall Nations -Series.
“This additional viewing experience will bring our world-class production to Welsh-speaking households across the UK, whether they are watching live, on demand or watching the highlights on S4C.”
Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations Rugby, said: “We are delighted that Amazon has developed a Welsh program to enable viewers in Wales to watch the Autumn Nation Series in the language of their choice.
“This is the first time a commercial broadcaster has invested in a Welsh language option and we would like to thank Amazon for their commitment and support from the Welsh audience. We also welcome the partnership between Amazon and S4C, enabling an outstanding program on the free.” aerial platform. “
S4C chief executive Owen Evans, meanwhile, later told a Senedd commission that he believed Amazon Prime Video’s new deal to exclusively broadcast live coverage of Wales’ autumn rugby was a “step backwards”. You can read his full comments here.
WRU chief executive Steve Phillips later loyally defended the TV deal, insisting there was no comparable free-to-air broadcast offer tabled to rival Amazon’s. You can read what he had to say here.
However, on the eve of Wales v New Zealand, BBC Wales and S4C announced a new television deal that saw them jointly engage in broadcasting all three of Wales Women’s autumn rugby internationals on terrestrial television.
Wales’ matches against Japan, South Africa and Canada – on November 7, 13 and 21 respectively, all at Cardiff Arms Park – will be presented by Scrum V’s Catrin Heledd, while there will also be coverage on Radio Wales and Radio Cymru.
Wales Women’s campaign is their penultimate before next year’s World Cup in New Zealand.
Sue Butler, S4C’s sporting commissioner, said: “We look forward to Wales Women starting their autumn series on S4C as part of our support of Welsh rugby across the board. Good luck to our women in all three games, we will be. With you.”
Rhuanedd Richards, director of content and services at BBC Cymru Wales, said: “I am so pleased that we have been able to announce this new deal with the WRU.
“BBC Wales is committed to bringing high quality women’s sport to the audience and this deal allows fans to follow the team’s journey during the tournament. I can’t wait to see the campaign begin.”