2015 is not even 2 week in yet there is a backlash on social media about sports being delayed and not shown in HD.
In recent weeks, there has been a huge backlash against TEN currently airing the cricket Big Bash League as to its delayed coverage in markets outside of eastern daylight savings time especially in Adelaide and Brisbane.
Perth, three hours behind Melbourne and Sydney enjoy the tournament live on ONE (but not necessarily in HD) while viewers in other areas not on AEDT have hit social media complaining about delayed telecasts.
To me the simple solution would be to show the Big Bash live on ONE to all markets and ideally in HD. That would solve all the problems – keep in mind, that before TEN took over covering Big Bash it was live on Foxtel and in HD to all markets.
Givem that we are now 100% digital in Australia and only a handful of people would now not be able to receive an HD free to air channel, why would TEN not air Big Bash live to all markets on ONE?
Pardon the pun but one only has to turn to Seven to look at what they are doing with the tennis at the moment – while not all in HD – one tournament on 7TWO, the other on 7mate in HD. All live to all markets – while the main channel shows observationals and movies!
As for Nine, their summer of cricket is live to all markers and they do use GEM when they need to in order to ensure they meet their 6pm new commitments. Although there have been nights where an entire night of scheduling runs an hour late as a result of cricket finishing an hour late – even to the point where three scheduled Big Bang Theory repeats still air an hour late rather than just one to get shows after these repeats to actually air on time.
I personally am a strong believer in all sports being LIVE and in HD where-ever possible. I will not watch delayed sports as I know I will see the result – for example – doing footy tips with NRL – I would often see the result of the delayed Sunday afternoon game on Nine before it concluded in airing. Thankfully in 2015 these delayed 2015 NRL games are a thing of the past.
I have no problem with delayed free to air broadcasts of events – provided those who chose to or can afford in can see them live on Foxtel. For example. the Asian (soccer) Cup – was live on Foxtel yet delayed on ABC. This does commonly happen with Foxtel and SBS in relation to the A League soccer.
But when a telecast is delayed and there is no option to watch it live legally if one can, then that is a big problem. Fair enough Foxtel will have some rights before free to air and negotiate accordingly – but at the end of the day that is the nature of the business of TV broadcast rights – Foxtel will get the rights before free to air from time to time unless such an event is protected by the anti-siphoning list.
And then if it is – such an out of date concept – you can guarantee the event will be shown live and free and BLURRY on an FTA main channel – and maybe even in delay if you do not live in the south eastern corner of Australia.
Mind you, as bad as anti-siphoning is, there are some countries where you get bugger all on free to air as the cable networks have taken control.
Remember, free to air is exactly that – free! You will get what you are given – and as much as we don’t agree with it, be thankful we actually have sports on free to air and, as a sporting nation, many are protected.