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Arsenal join Setanta stable

Setanta has struck a deal with Arsenal FC that will see it exclusively offer the club's new TV channel in the UK and Ireland.

The six-year deal, which is structured almost identically to a three-year deal signed in July with Liverpool FC, will see the Arsenal channel offered as part of Setanta's Sports Pack on digital satellite TV from December.

Setanta, which also offers channels for Celtic and Rangers, will also provide the Arsenal service on cable TV via Virgin Media.

AFC TV will offer at least six hours of original programming content a day, five days a week.

Programming on the channel will include all Arsenal matches in the Premier League and Champions League. It will also offer a daily news round-up, exclusive interviews with players and coaches, live coverage of reserve games, and highlights from ladies and Academy games.

Under the terms of the deal, Setanta becomes the exclusive official broadcast sponsor of Arsenal FC and the Arsenal channel.

Setanta will take all subscription revenues, while Arsenal will receive a rights payment and retain all "gross receipts" from sponsorship and advertising on AFC TV.

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