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Topic # 56950 29-Jan-2010 14:18
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Alright. got the new Skywatch in the mail today. Searched through to see what options we have to watch the Superbowl.

It seems the biggest one day sporting event in the world, who a lot of NZers are excited about, will NOT be shown in HD.
Instead it will be on ESPN (which has most of sky's NFL coverage). The problem with this is that ESPN here is of terrible quality, non-HD and I don't even think its in widescreen yet.

Sky had bought rights for the Playoffs games to have in HD so i don't see why the superbowl, which is a HUGE event with hundreds of millions of viewers world-wide, should not be.

We get the Australian feed of ESPN. Over in aus ESPN IS HD (hence we get the ESPN HD ads). But Sky in NZ don't want to pay the extra to have another full HD channel. The question is why not? whats the point of buying a new tv, My Sky Hdi etc if programs aren't even shown in widescreen let alone HD?

Anyone else think this is compelte BS?

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  Reply # 294343 29-Jan-2010 14:35
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Personally, I could not care less. I wonder what you call 'a lot of NZers' and if your numbers match SKY's. Obviously economics come into it, and I doubt enough people would be interested in superbowl. But maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.

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  Reply # 294344 29-Jan-2010 14:35
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Totally agree
Unfortunately it's all about gross profit and f**k all to do with providing a service that sports fans crave and desire
Joys of living at the bottom of the world totally disconnected from the rest of the world with a miniscule population
Sorry getting real angry



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  Reply # 294347 29-Jan-2010 14:42
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rscole86: Personally, I could not care less. I wonder what you call 'a lot of NZers' and if your numbers match SKY's. Obviously economics come into it, and I doubt enough people would be interested in superbowl. But maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.


Sky's increased coverage tend to agree with me though. This year along with the usual ESPN weekly coverage Sky has bought rights to one or two delayed games. They were shown in HD though.

The playoff games leading up to the SBowl were in HD too. Surely they would have gone SD if they thought no one would watch it?

In  previous years Sky has put the SBowl on SS1 as well as ESPN to improve coverage. This year they can't because cricket is on at the same time, but not on SS2. HD feed on SS2 plz

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  Reply # 294349 29-Jan-2010 14:44
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rscole86: Personally, I could not care less. I wonder what you call 'a lot of NZers' and if your numbers match SKY's. Obviously economics come into it, and I doubt enough people would be interested in superbowl. But maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.



Then why post at all?


As for economics there are 150+ american guests a a single hotel here in Qt that arent happy about it, so numbers might be higher than you think.



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  Reply # 294353 29-Jan-2010 14:49
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Yeah and 'cos ESPN in never shown in hotels I can imagine it. I've emailed sky and asked for a respnse from Kevin somone (can't remember his name), the sports director of sky for comments

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  Reply # 294356 29-Jan-2010 14:54
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MikeyPI:
rscole86: Personally, I could not care less. I wonder what you call 'a lot of NZers' and if your numbers match SKY's. Obviously economics come into it, and I doubt enough people would be interested in superbowl. But maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.



Then why post at all?


As for economics there are 150+ american guests a a single hotel here in Qt that arent happy about it, so numbers might be higher than you think.


The OP did ask if he anyone else thought this was BS, I am merely pointing out I do not think its BS.

I know the numbers will be high, I just do not know if they are high enough. I would be interested to know just how many people tune into pool games here in NZ.

I guess you can only hope that SKY change their mind from what they decided on when the skywatch went to print.

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  Reply # 294376 29-Jan-2010 16:10
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arnies: The question is why not? whats the point of buying a new tv, My Sky Hdi etc if programs aren't even shown in widescreen let alone HD?


Phone/write to Sky stating this. make them aware they are messing up the product (My Sky Hdi).




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  Reply # 294378 29-Jan-2010 16:11
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Didn't Sky promise the Superbowl in HD l;ast year and reneged at the last minute and put it on ESPN in 4x3 and mono sound. Another good reason this year for not getting a HDi this year for the Superbowl, Winter Olympics and maybe C/Wealth games..




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  Reply # 294405 29-Jan-2010 17:08
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CBS is the host provider for the USA, ESPN has the rights for the pacific Asia area so Sky has to deal with ESPN to get the superbowl live, and ESPN is not in HD here yet.The only reason Sky had Football in HD during the season is that they could do deals with Fox and CBS to get the rights, they cant do a deal with CBS to screen it in HD, its all to do with rights not what Sky would like to do,




Common sense is not as common as you think.




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  Reply # 294541 30-Jan-2010 00:17
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That is a good point. I guess this just comes back to why the hell doesn't Sky NZ have ESPN HD yet? Is there any good reason for it?

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  Reply # 294568 30-Jan-2010 08:03
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arnies: In  previous years Sky has put the SBowl on SS1 as well as ESPN to improve coverage. This year they can't because cricket is on at the same time, but not on SS2. HD feed on SS2 plz


Really? I can only remember it ever only being on ESPN!


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  Reply # 294649 30-Jan-2010 15:37
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I would watch it if it was shown in HD. I refuse to watch ESPN because the quality is so poor.

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  Reply # 294652 30-Jan-2010 15:50
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That it is .....but are we not cutting off our nose to spite our face???



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  Reply # 294669 30-Jan-2010 17:44
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stagnant16:
arnies: In  previous years Sky has put the SBowl on SS1 as well as ESPN to improve coverage. This year they can't because cricket is on at the same time, but not on SS2. HD feed on SS2 plz


Really? I can only remember it ever only being on ESPN!



Yep 2 years back

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  Reply # 294783 31-Jan-2010 02:37
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B@stards! I emailed sky a few weeks ago asking if they'd have the SB in HD and they said "we're currently in negotiations to get the SB in HD and will let you know".

Gutted!

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