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England Fans Hunt Out Dodgy Internet Streams


The British public should embrace change and realise the age of the stand-alone TV is a thing of the past. Technology now allows the official streaming of live football on the internet so get used to it. Or should we?

When Baird invented the television set many refused or couldn't afford a box the size of a large trunk to sit as snug-in-a-rug in the corner of ones living room. Look how times have changed? Many of us have 40 inch plus Plasma or LCD's screwed proudly onto our walls, while millions of us sit watching the telly with a laptop perched firmly on our knees. God forbid the thought of not being linked to the net 24/7. Even modern mobile phones give clear and precise cyberspace pictures.

Ukraine Vs England: Saturday 10 October 2009

For the first time ever England football fans will not be able to watch the international side on their conventional TV, but instead one will have to be connected to the superhighway. Your broadband connection will of course be required to cope with the bandwidth otherwise pictures will continually buffer.

The company who bought the UK rights originally offered the game at £4.99, however as Saturday approaches that figure has jumped to £9.99. If you buy on the match day itself that figure climbs to £11.99.

We are all used to PPV (pay-per-view), blimey its been around long enough. Love it or hate it but at least you had the choice of subscribing to Sky, now defunct Setanta or ESPN. If that didn't float your boat one could always nip down the local and watch the game in the company of fellow football fans. Now that option is on the verge of being resigned to the history books. Support your local pub many say. Yes we do, but now we can't even have a pint and enjoy watching an international match at the same time. Deep joy - NOT! I suppose one could always pop down to the local cinema as a few complexes dotted around the UK intend streaming the game - live. Oh how jolly of them, the atmosphere will be electric.

FA Press Release

This what the official FA website published only a couple of days ago.

Quote..

As there is a lot of debate and conjecture surrounding the way in which Saturday's World Cup qualifying match between Ukraine and England is broadcast, The FA would like to make some points of clarification.

FA Director of Communications Adrian Bevington explained that it was entirely the decision of the Ukraine Football Association how it sold the broadcast rights to the match.

Bevington said...

'The FA has had no authority over the decision to broadcast this match exclusively live on the internet.'

'It is the host nation and their commercial agents who have the authority to sell the rights for away fixtures. In this case the Ukranian FA and their agents have sold the broadcast rights for Ukraine v England to the company Perform.'


End of quote.

If this doesn't advocate fans scrambling to their search engines and typing in,Free Links To Ukraine v England' then I don't know what will.

If subscribing to 'internet only' broadcasts is the way of the future then I for one will be doing the above. Will you?

The Vital Network is currently displaying adverts for Saturdays match. Take a look and book now before the price goes up even further. Failing that you could always visit our Ukraine V England Match Day thread and see if anyone has added a dodgy internet link? I for one (and my moderators) on this occasion will be turning a blind eye.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 8 2009

Time: 1:06PM

Your Comments

www.atdhe.net/watchtv.html will defo have it usually good quality and about 3-4 options. Otherwise. justin TV UStream but i never told you
jigga1233
http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=51605&part=sports - links will appear there to watch the game closer to kick off.
MCFC_Goatboy
Folks, really is better not to post up illegal streams to the Vital Sites, we could get done! Just google if you want to use those sites and get all the virus and spyware they send your way!!!

We took the position at Vital that we'd not endorse it by taking up the affiliate deal we had on offer (where we'd have done an article with the links etc and get paid for each registration) but wouldn't object to our advertisers putting through the adverts (it is churlish of us to turn away adverts when our agency are part of the streaming and very good guys!) I personally disagree with this new age and won't be watching online at all but do believe we should all have the choice obviously!
The Fear
I hear what you're saying 'The Fear', but, 1) never suffered from virus and spyware, and know of no one who has when watching these "illegal streams", and, 2) Anyone that pays the required £5 (or more, later on), is an idiot, and should find an "illegal stream" instead, if only to show that this should never be repeated again.
BlueWolfie
Let the debate begin.
tudor
Sorry I meant to say

www.atdhe.net/watchtv.html

Will have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ENGLAND GAME honest its just really good for doing stuff when England is only on the internet.
jigga1233
No more links via this section please. I'll turn a blind eye via our match day forum but if we receive anymore via this comments section i'll be forced to delete them. Sorry!
tudor
Fair play
jigga1233
Mine wasn't a link to an illegal stream... it was a link to a site which provides links to illegal streams. If Vital can get done for that then so can google.
MCFC_Goatboy
Hope "perform" suffer techical problems on the day and are hit by low uptake. Can't imagine it costs much to stage such a broadcast, but I would imagine it costs one helluva lot to purchase the rights. If they get their fingers burned, might make others think twice about going down this route... Fingers crossed!
fifthcolumnblue
I saw an advert the other day which said that anybody with a Bet365 betting account can watch the England match live via their website free of charge as long as you have money in your account.
Kevinho
I read that too... there were some other ways like this of watching it free too but I wasn't paying attention lol.
MCFC_Goatboy
 

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