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Topic # 25584 26-Aug-2008 09:35
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This is a copy of a email I have just sent to TVNZ and Freeview, what do other readers think?

Hi I have just purchased a Freeview box a couple of weeks ago to watch the Olympic Games.

The main reason for purchase was the advertising campaign both by Freeview, TVNZ and various retailers on the great coverage of the games.
Indeed the coverage was great, however what everyone failed to add was the fact that after the games the sports channel would go off air for approx 7 days and then come back with highlights of Netball and the Parlympics.

I feel as if i have been mislead by the media content both on Freeview and TVNZ web site as in at no time was it made clear that after the games that the sports channel would go off air.

I would appreciate your comments on this.

Thank you.




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  Reply # 159802 26-Aug-2008 10:03
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I agree,
Shame the channel is going to sit there doing nothing 99.9% of the time.

And why are we only getting highlight of the special olympics? if theres highlights menas the whole thing is being recorded, why not broadcast it?





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  Reply # 159804 26-Aug-2008 10:06
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beenz: This is a copy of a email I have just sent to TVNZ and Freeview, what do other readers think?

Hi I have just purchased a Freeview box a couple of weeks ago to watch the Olympic Games.

The main reason for purchase was the advertising campaign both by Freeview, TVNZ and various retailers on the great coverage of the games.
Indeed the coverage was great, however what everyone failed to add was the fact that after the games the sports channel would go off air for approx 7 days and then come back with highlights of Netball and the Parlympics.

I feel as if i have been mislead by the media content both on Freeview and TVNZ web site as in at no time was it made clear that after the games that the sports channel would go off air.

I would appreciate your comments on this.

Thank you.



What content did Freeview lead you to believe would be on sports extra after the games?

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 159808 26-Aug-2008 10:18
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My expectation was that the sports extra channel would continue after the games and not go off air, indeed even looking at the packaging that the Zinwell decoder comes in you will see the logos of all the TV channels including Sports extra.

Would you not say this is misleading in itself?

I would.

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  Reply # 159809 26-Aug-2008 10:23
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Do not forget the new Sony adverts, for their TV's with built in tuners.

I would agree that is misleading. If they had mentioned something along the lines of over 5 channels, then that would be fine. Or in the case here, that the sports channel was to provide specialist coverage of particular sporting events, one would be less likey to assume it was a full time channel.

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  Reply # 159816 26-Aug-2008 10:45
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The Sports Extra channel is still there, it is just broadcasting a logo. In fact before the olympic games started the last sport on the channel was the Wellington Phoenix vs LA Galaxy Football game for December last year (The Beckham game).

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  Reply # 159818 26-Aug-2008 10:53
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since TVNZ have lost the rights to just about everything, I guess they have nothing to show on Sports Extra any more.

Must say, it's a real shame, as TVNZ did a much better job of V8 Supercars than TV3 are currently doing.

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  Reply # 159850 26-Aug-2008 12:29
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allstarnz: since TVNZ have lost the rights to just about everything, I guess they have nothing to show on Sports Extra any more.

Must say, it's a real shame, as TVNZ did a much better job of V8 Supercars than TV3 are currently doing.


and both tvnz and tv3 did a better job of the rugby than prime are doing Cry  (of course it cant be in SKY's best interests to screen timely delayed coverage matches)




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  Reply # 159852 26-Aug-2008 12:36
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I think it would have been great if Sports Extra could have been used to do re-runs of the Olympics.

I missed so much, and would have loved a second chance to watch some of the finals..

btw, I head theat TVNZ are saying that they will loose millions on their coverage, even though viewer numbers were above expectations.




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  Reply # 159855 26-Aug-2008 12:39
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I believe there are licencing issues preventing TVNZ from simply playing highlights packages for weeks on end - ie they would have to pay big $$$ to play reruns.

The reality is Sports Extra is a bit of a lemon - since it was launched it's had very little on it and the Olympics was the first event that it has actually had on this year.

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  Reply # 159886 26-Aug-2008 14:06
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It's stated both on the Freeview site and TVNZ's site that the Sport Extra is not a full time channel.

"TVNZ Sport Extra is an occasional channel – it is designed to give fans of selected sports the opportunity to see ‘extra' sports footage that can't be fitted in on the commercial channels."

Looks like they had intended to show V8 Supercars while they focused on getting TVNZ6 and 7 up and running. And have since lost this leaving them with no real content for the channel (apart from the Olympics, was good to have a channel dedicated to this in addition to TV One’s coverage).

However it’s not the end of the world, still early days for Freeview and TVNZ’s new channels - "Sport Extra is not forgotten and TVNZ is currently considering the best way to make use of the opportunities it provides, over the long term."


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  Reply # 159918 26-Aug-2008 16:00
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allstarnz: since TVNZ have lost the rights to just about everything, I guess they have nothing to show on Sports Extra any more.

Must say, it's a real shame, as TVNZ did a much better job of V8 Supercars than TV3 are currently doing.


and both tvnz and tv3 did a better job of the rugby than prime are doing Cry  (of course it cant be in SKY's best interests to screen timely delayed coverage matches)


as has been said, Primes coverage of league and rugby is almost like an afterthought, with it very much they're compelled to do it. 

i haven't had to put up with their rugby coverage, but their Warriors coverage is awful.

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  Reply # 159961 26-Aug-2008 19:05
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allstarnz:
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allstarnz: since TVNZ have lost the rights to just about everything, I guess they have nothing to show on Sports Extra any more.

Must say, it's a real shame, as TVNZ did a much better job of V8 Supercars than TV3 are currently doing.


and both tvnz and tv3 did a better job of the rugby than prime are doing Cry  (of course it cant be in SKY's best interests to screen timely delayed coverage matches)


as has been said, Primes coverage of league and rugby is almost like an afterthought, with it very much they're compelled to do it. 

i haven't had to put up with their rugby coverage, but their Warriors coverage is awful.


I suspect that the 2010 and 2012 Olympic coverage on Prime will also be an after thought..




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  Reply # 159962 26-Aug-2008 19:19
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TVNZ sports extra has returned to as it was since FreeView began, showing nothing except when they have sports material that they have rights too and not enough hours to schedule it into TVOne or TV2. Has something changed.

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