Australian sporting organisations have been left scrambling after it was revealed that Cluch Pty Ltd., who operates Cluch TV, has gone into administration this week.
Cluch TV provides streaming services for a vast number of sporting organisations and sports in Australia, including football through NPL.tv, Hockey Australia through LIVEHockey, and the AFL.
Hockey Australia is one of the hardest hit by this news in the immediate aftermath, as it has multiple events currently taking place which Cluch were providing streaming form, including the Masters Championships and the 2023 Australian Under 13 Carnival.
In a statement, Hockey Australia said, “HA can advise that Cluch TV will fulfil its obligations in covering the remainder of the 2023 Australian Under 13 Carnival in Newcastle on LIVEhockey.com.au, which is scheduled to conclude tomorrow, September 29.
“The LIVEHockey.com.au streaming coverage of the combined Men’s and Women’s Hockey Australia Masters Championships, currently taking place in Perth until Saturday 7th October, will cease after today. HA apologises to all audiences and stakeholders impacted by this disruption, ” it said.
“HA will collaborate and work with its Member Associations to explore options for the streaming of national and state hockey championships in 2024 and beyond.
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Sources confirmed to The Inner Sanctum that Cluch contacted organisations it provides services for earlier this week to inform them of the ceasing of their services due to entering administration.
Cluch entered a partnership earlier this year with the Australian Ice Hockey League to provide AIHL.tv, with prices ranging from $5.90 for a single game, to $59.90 for the full season.
It is unclear at this stage what will happen to the platforms which Cluch provide services for that are not under the Cluch branding, which include NPL.tv, unisporttv, and LIVEHockey.
The Inner Sanctum has contacted Cluch for comment.
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