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.
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.
'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.