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Pools join iFollow: Streaming information

3 August 2021

We are delighted to announce that we are joining the iFollowservice as a proud member of the English Football League.

iFollow is the officialstreaming service for EFL fans. With live video streaming of matches, audio

match commentary, behind the scenes content, newsletters, match highlights and

much more, there's no better way to get closer to your club.

The EFL have recently announced that it will return to the position as was prior to the

pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of any match in England, Wales

and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of 2:45pm-5:15pm on

Saturday afternoons. Once iFollow is up and running for our club, international

audiences outside of England, Wales or Northern Ireland will be able to live

stream both the home and away Hartlepool United fixtures. With UK fans able to

access all the ifolllow content including audio commentary, match highlights

and live in-game text commentary.

With the club opting in for iFollow

this season, we are required by the EFL to move over to a new website that is

driven by iFollow content. The EFL are currently arranging the club's new website

and due to the quick turnaround since our National League season finished, the website

and the iFollow platform will not be ready.

How to access everyPools game until the end of August

With our iFollow

access not being available until the end of August fans will be able to tune in

to live Mixlr audio commentary ( Now subscription based, information below) that

will continue until iFollow is available and start 20 mins before kick-off.

This will apply for both home and away matches.

Match content andhighlights will continue to be produced on our social media channels and Youtube.

Once the EFL provide the new

website and iFollow access, match commentary will be passed over to BBC Tees

who will continue to cover Hartlepool United for the rest of the 2021/22 season

via a subscription package on the iFollow website.

Unfortunately, Mixlr commentarywill not continue due to the EFL and iFollow regulations.

When iFollow is up and running,

you will be able to access different content based on your subscription package.

Please find below the different options:

Mixlr commentary

Due to the EFL regulations, Mixlr audio commentary

now will be a subscription-based product. You can purchase a matchday audio

pass from the link below. Once you have purchased your audio ticket, you will

be sent a link and a code. Click the link, enter the code and the commentary

will be available. Available from £2.50 per game.

https://poolsretail.com/products/mixlr-audio-match-pass

Please find below a statement from the EFL

regarding streaming and commentary this season:

HOW TO WATCH THE EFL IN SEASON 2021/22

With COVID capacity restrictions lifted and EFL fixtures set to be

played in front of full crowds again for the first time since March 2020, the

best place to see your team live in season 2021/22 is, of course, at the

stadium.

But if you cannot get there for whatever reason, there are other options

to catch up with your Club's progress – including live TV, live radio,

streaming of selected matches alongside highlights on TV and online of every

Sky Bet EFL game.

LIVE TV (DOMESTIC)

In the UK, Sky Sports will show 138 Sky Bet EFL matches, 15 Carabao Cupties and the Semi Finals and Final of the Papa John's Trophy.

In the case of Weekend Fixtures, the EFL's designated kick-off times*for Sky Live Matches are usually scheduled as follows:

  • ·  Friday evenings at 7.45pm or 8.00pm
  • ·  Saturdays at 12.30pm; Sundays at 12 noon

    *Within the Sky contract there are other kick-off times that are available

    to the broadcaster

In the case of scheduled Midweek Matches, live Skyfixtures will be between 7.30pm and 8.00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

RADIO

TalkSPORT offer exclusive live commentaries on

national radio across the Sky Bet EFL as well as non-exclusive rights to the

Carabao Cup that are shared by the BBC. Both TalkSPORT and the BBC have the

ability to broadcast score flash updates across all competitions. BBC Local

Radio also have individual commentary deals with selected EFL Clubs.

LIVE TV(INTERNATIONAL)

Any match shown live on Sky Sports in the UK is

made available overseas via the League's international broadcast partners. As

well as this fixture, a minimum of 36 Championship fixtures taking place on

Saturdays at 3.00pm, will

be distributed for international coverage, alongside selected League One

and Two fixtures, Carabao Cup ties, and action from across the Sky Bet

Play-Offs.

A full list of the EFL's international broadcast partners are availablehere: https://www.efl.com/iFollow/international-broadcasters/

HIGHLIGHTS

In the UK, Quest will continue to be the home for all highlights of

matches in the Sky Bet EFL, Carabao Cup and Papa John's Trophy, with action

from a full weekend schedule of matches broadcast at 9pm on Saturdays, and

midweek League highlights and Carabao Cup midweek highlights also screened on

applicable weeknights. Internationally, a number of the EFL's broadcast

partners show repeat transmissions and highlights.

STREAMING

In respect of domestic streaming, the EFL will return to the position as

was prior to the pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of any match in

England, Wales and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of

2:45pm-5:15pm on Saturday afternoons.

EFL Clubs will have the right to live-stream midweek matches on iFollow

or Club equivalent service, with Sky Sports also able to stream the same

Championship fixtures to subscribers across their Red Button interactive and

digital services.

The position in each Sky Bet EFL division is as follows:

DIVISION

DOMESTIC

INTERNATIONAL

Championship

All scheduled midweek

matches (unless selected as one of Sky Sports Exclusive midweek selections)

Displaced weekend

matches – matches which are moved from Saturday 3pm kick-offs for non- TV

purposes (at the discretion of the Home club)

Bank Holiday matches (at

the discretion of the Home club)

Overseas supporters can

watch live all EFL Championship league games provided that they have not been

selected for international television broadcast in a territory that has an

overseas broadcast partner

League One

All scheduled midweek

matches (unless selected by Sky Sports)

Displaced weekend

matches – matches which are moved from Saturday 3pm kick-offs for non- TV

purposes (at the discretion of the Home Club)

Bank Holiday matches (at

the discretion of the Home club)

Papa John's Trophy

matches (apart from the Semi-Finals and Final which are live on Sky Sports)

Overseas supporters can

watch live all EFL League One games provided that they have not been selected

for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas

broadcast partner

League Two

All scheduled midweek

matches (unless selected by Sky Sports)

Displaced weekend

matches – matches which are moved from Saturday 3pm kick-offs for non- TV

purposes (at the discretion of the Home Club)

Bank Holiday matches (at

the discretion of the Home club)

Matches that fall on an

International Weekend will be streamed.

Papa John's Trophy

matches (apart from the Semi-Finals and Final which are live on Sky Sports)

Overseas supporters can

watch live all EFL League Two games provided that they have not been selected

for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas

broadcast partner


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