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<br><br>UniBond TV Goes On Line 05/01/2007 <br><br><br>From January, non-league football fans will be able to download recorded highlights of UniBond league games from their PCs, laptops and PDAs with the launch of UniBond TV. <br><br>The league has teamed up with Onside Sports - the company behind Charlton Athletic TV and production company for Sky TV’s Hong Kong Soccer 7’s and International Masters Football - to launch a service that will be available to anyone with broadband internet access. <br><br>For every week of the season, visitors to will be able to download a 20 minute programme from a Premier or First Division match, filmed by Onside Sports. The footage will be available within 48 hours of the final whistle in the televised match and will contain interviews and match analysis. <br><br>A second, 45 minute long programme of highlights from other UniBond league matches compiled from footage supplied from those clubs able to film their games will also be introduced in the coming weeks. <br><br>Each programme will cost just ?2 to download, with mini season tickets offering discounts to customers signing up for multiple matches. <br><br>This is the first time that a Step 3 competition has launched its own TV service and it is hoped that this could be the first step towards regular satellite, or even terrestrial, TV coverage for the UniBond League. <br><br>The UniBond TV initiative comes from the league’s Marketing & Sponsorship Group, and follows a successful pilot scheme at the end of last season, when over 1,000 people downloaded highlights of the play-off finals in three days. The Marketing & Sponsorship Group was also behind the kit deal with Macron to which 18 UniBond clubs have so far signed up. <br><br>Peter Brooks, former MD of Manchester United TV and chairman of Onside Sports said "non league football has suffered from a lack of TV coverage for many years. This is a great opportunity for fans who follow their local sides to enjoy key action via the internet. It bridges the gap between main broadcasters’ excellent coverage at the top end of the game for those fans who want to see pictures from grass roots level." <br><br>An announcement of the first league game to be televised will be made on the website next week. <br> <br><br> <br> <br> <br>