From Bahrain to Bermuda and everywhere in between, GAA fans in over 80 countries have been enjoying the new reality of watching Gaelic Games online with GAAGO, the GAA and RTÉ’s new subscription-based online streaming service for Gaelic Games outside of Ireland.
Since its launch in May this year, the GAAGO service has been streamed by fans on nearly every continent of the world (all except Antarctica). To date, the highest number of streams of GAAGO has come from North America, followed by Great Britain. Australia and Canada have had the third and fourth highest number of streams respectively.
Other countries included in the top 10 countries watching GAAGO are France, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Spain and Germany. The more exotic and far-flung countries where GAAGO is being streamed include Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan and Jamaica.
The most popular live game so far amongst GAAGO users was the Munster Hurling Championship clash of Cork and Clare on June 15th. The most popular game viewed on-demand is the Leinster Hurling semi-final between Galway and Kilkenny which ended in a draw after a dramatic finish.
The country with the fifth highest number of sales is Ireland. While the GAAGO service is only available to view outside of Ireland, ardent Gaelic Games fans in Ireland are pre-purchasing GAAGO Season Passes and Game Passes to view the 2014 GAA Championships while travelling abroad for work or holidays or to gift Passes to friends and family abroad.
A GAAGO Season Pass, available to purchase on www.GAAGO.ie for $150 (€110), gives online access (live and later) to all forty-five televised games from the 2014 All Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships, as broadcast by RTÉ and Sky Sports. Gaelic Games enthusiasts in Great Britain have access to twenty-five games which can be purchased for $81 (€60) as a GAAGO GB Pass.
Pay-per-game priced at $13.60 (€10) is also available to purchase. For the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the All-Ireland Championships the pay-per-game price is $19 (€14).
Dónal Moriarty, Product Leader, GAAGO said, “The popularity of GAAGO is growing each weekend and as we move towards the Provincial Finals and the knock-out stages of the 2014 Championships we expect the interest in the service across the world to continue to grow. It’s clear from our streaming numbers and the response we are getting from Gaelic Games enthusiasts that the GAAGO service is having a really positive impact, as fans are enjoying the new reality of being able to watch the games streamed in high-quality HD on almost any internet-enabled device.”
With GAAGO now being watched across the globe, fans have been quick to share the more unusual and exotic locations where they are watching the games. Everywhere from up the mountains in Western Canada, on the 26th floor of the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, to Mount Fuji in Japan, Kuala Lumpur and hot and sunny Orlando, fans are enjoying the excitement of the 2014 GAA Championships with GAAGO, no matter where they are in the world.