It’s fair to say the Pass to Paradise streaming service launched by Celtic this season has had its issues.
From a plethora of complaints regarding technical issues to a lack of what was promised regarding punditry contributions – it hasn’t been smooth.
And season-ticket holders have been struck with another disappointment this afternoon after it was confirmed the club isn’t able to automatically schedule the upcoming Scottish Cup tie next month for a live broadcast.
Celtic are due to face either Arbroath or Falkirk on the weekend of April 3rd. However, TV sponsors Premier Sports have selected the fixture for live coverage [The Scotsman]. Indeed, Celtic’s third-round clash will be shown along with Rangers’ game against Cove Rangers.
Due to that, Celtic don’t have the rights to broadcast live to season-ticket holders at the same time. Instead, any agreement would have to be made with Premier Sports to broadcast on the Pass to Paradise system, as confirmed by the club’s SLO:
We can't include automatically Craig as Premier own the rights so there would have to be a negotiation to see if anything could be done
— Celtic FC SLO (@CelticFCSLO) March 4, 2021
Hopefully club can come to an agreement for Pass to Paradise subscribers
It’s fair to say the Celtic fans haven’t seen anything that suggests “extra value” from their Pass to Paradise pass this season.
Celtic managed to agree terms with Premier Sports back in November during the Betfred Cup. This allowed Pass to Paradise subscribers to watch our 2-0 home defeat to Ross County at Parkhead. This worked via a free weekend pass for the Premier Sports player [Scottish Sun].
It’s unclear how much Celtic forked out to the TV company for the agreement. However, they should be dipping their hands into their pockets again for the upcoming Scottish Cup tie.
Season-ticket holders have been taken for a ride this season. Let’s make no mistake about it. Supporters who have shelled out over £500 for their streaming service yet have been totally ignored when calling for Lennon to go earlier this season.
Celtic have it in them to go and do another deal. At this point, the club should be looking to compensate Pass to Paradise holders whenever they can.
We’ll see what the coming weeks bring. But hopefully, something can be thrashed out here. It would hardly make up for some of the decisions this year, but it’s something the club owes the supporters.