You should try living in Perth!
So-called "live" telecasts are frequently delayed 2 hours (3 in Summer) to
maintain uniformity for the network's timing of broadcasts around
Australia - as a result, we had a lot of the WC games delayed by 2 hours,
and currently the Wimbledon broadcasts are actually showing rain which fell
2 HOURS AGO!!! You may think that live rain is dull, but you should try it 2
hours old, especially when you have already seen it on the net!!!!
In Summer, all the Day/Night ODIs, other than on weekends, are delayed 3
hours, which ensures that the news falls in the break. As a result, you
can't even turn down Lawry, Chappell & co, and listen to the ABC. God KNOWS
what I'll do if they try to keep Ray ***y Martin doing his impersonation
of a cricket commentator!. Bring back Billy Birmingham!!
The trouble with the requirement to offer broadcasts to other stations is
that those stations don't really want just the dregs, so they often won't
pick it up. In my view, if Channel 9,or any other station, is dinkum about
cricket coverage, then they should commit to showing the whole thing live
across Australia, or relinquish the rights altogether!
> I read somewhere in the paper ( The Daily Telegraph-Sydney) yesterday that
> the free-to air networks that get the rights to show a sport event have to
> show it live. This was becasue in the last Ashes tour, Channel 9 decided
> show their normal shows during the first session of the cricket. If they
> dont show dont show it live, they have to offer it to ABC or SBS for a
> cheaper rate before the Pay-tv networks get it
> Now, this could mean the end to free-to air sport events such as cricket
> tours overseas because channels such as 9 will refuse to show any of it as
> they dont want ot lose their ratings of their popular shows. But i
> it is also good news as it means that if they do happen to get the rights
> the sporting event that they will have to show it LIVE!