By: Hibernian Media on 23 Jul, 2020 10:23
The wait is nearly over.
We’ve all missed our Hibernian fix over the last few months, and the season opener against Kilmarnock on Saturday 1 August can’t come soon enough.
It won’t be the same without a packed stadium roaring on Jack Ross and the team. Believe us when we tell you we’re doing everything we can to get you back where you belong as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Until then, our focus has been on providing you with the next best thing – a revamped Hibs TV.
Season ticket holders will enjoy free membership until we’re back to full capacity, while there’s lots more for domestic and international subscribers to enjoy as we take you behind the scenes like never before.
If we’ve been quieter than usual of late, rest assured it’s because we’ve been working hard on a package, we think you’ll love and will allow you to get up close and personal with The Hibees.
Like Jack, we’ve been able to make some big summer signings.
For more than 20 years David Tanner has been one of the most recognisable, respected figures on the Scottish sports broadcasting scene.
David’s professional life has taken him from covering the domestic game to the heights of the Champions League – charged with going toe to toe with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Pele, not to mention Martin Boyle earlier this week…
Around a busy charity fundraising, conference and event-hosting schedule, he’s also been flying the flag for Scottish football on TalkSPORT of late.
On top of that, as a local lad, David is passionate about Edinburgh and showcasing the best of what this city – our city – has to offer, alongside his work as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Creative Industries.
With his experience and enthusiasm, we are delighted to have David on board to front The Match.
He said: “I’m really excited to get started with Hibs TV, at a time when the club is determined to take things to the next level on and off the park.
“It’s a club with heart, that likes to entertain and play a big part in its community. There are stories to tell here and the start of the season can’t come soon enough.”
David’s sidekick on a weekly basis needs little introduction.
Tam McManus will be taking that devilish smile of his to a Hibs TV screen near you.
A Hibernian Academy graduate who lived the dream by playing and scoring in the green and white – Tam always had plenty to say for himself and he won’t be holding back as our guest and co-commentator.
Tam said: “Everyone knows what Hibernian means to me. Like everyone else I’ve really missed my football and I’m looking forward to the new season.
“Hibs have a top manager in Jack Ross and have made some really good signings. It has all the makings of a really exciting season.”
Keeping Tam in check will be our commentator, Cliff Pike.
‘The Voice of Hibernian’ was one of the founding members of the trailblazing Hibernian Interactive, which was the first incarnation of what is now Hibs TV back in 2002.
Cliff – who also memorably called the Scottish Cup triumph in 2016 – said: “It doesn’t matter how many games I’ve commented on at Easter Road. It’s always a privilege. A dream come true.
“Hibs TV has come a long way from those early days, and we owe a lot to the late Stuart Crowther and the other people who have helped make it what it is over the years
“Now, more than ever, we have a duty to give supporters a service they can be proud of.”
We’re upping the ante when it comes to Hibs TV content.
Through the week you’ll get a look behind the scenes at HTC, with exclusive content from Jack and the players – plus a host of stories from across the Hibernian community.
As part of The Match – our home game production – viewers will enjoy a half-hour build-up with David, Tam and a rotating cast of familiar faces, alongside some no-holds-barred half-time coverage and a post-match round-up.
Season ticket holders and international subscribers will be able to see every kick of the ball at Easter Road live, with domestic supporters having access to an upgraded audio-only offering.
International subscribers will also – for the first time – have access to every top-flight stadium, with every league game now available to view, complete with our own green-tinted commentary from Cliff and Tam.
We won’t be talking at you. There will be plenty of opportunities for supporters to get involved. Watch this space…
We’re back with our regular technical partner, Stream Digital, who have teamed up with 11 of the 12 Premiership teams for this season. Stream Digital have invested heavily and spent the summer ensuring their servers are equipped to handle an increased audience across the league and globe.
Joining us this year are QTV – an award-winning multimedia production company who have a long, successful track record in bringing a whole range of live sporting events to life. We think you’ll notice a difference.
Season ticket holders will get free and full access to Hibs TV for as long as we can’t get supporters into Easter Road Stadium.
With the enhanced product, more content and more games for international subscribers there will be an increase in the pricing to reflect this. Season ticket holders will get the matches for free as well as free access to Hibs TV until we are back at full capacity.
Our domestic subscription package is set at £7.99 a month and £79.99 for an annual pass. For international subscribers, it’s £17.99 a month or £179.99 for the year.
We’ll be sending out step-by-step instructions later in the week for how Season Ticket holders can access the matches and Hibs TV.
As ever, if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – which takes you straight to our technical partners at Stream Digital.