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Brekkie31,795 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Poor move by World Rugby to sign that deal, especially as usually they guarantee all knock out games and home nation pool games on FTA.

FIFA did it with Australia last year with Optus for the World Cup and it was so disastrous within a week or so all games were shown FTA by SBS.
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rdd3,369 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Presumably, money talks.

But interestingly in Ireland, while only Ireland’s games are listed, the package sublicenced to RTÉ also includes all the knockout games. While I expect eir Sport’s coverage this time round to be a bit better than the days of the 2011 RWC (presented and analysed as an odd double header by Matt Williams and Neil Francis), you can be sure that once the knockout rounds come along most people will be watching on RTÉ.
Hatton Cross3,263 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Yeah. Getting pubs to open longer is not the answer. At least Spark sub-licenced coverage to TVNZ and are showing the All Black's games, with an hours delay.

But, international tournaments really shouldn't be sold off to streaming services, without the sports governing issuing the rights, first checking that the average internet speed is good enough (and not just in the heavely populated areas) and coverage elsewhere is suitable.
Acknowledging that 10% of the country will have difficulties in streaming via Spark, but then saying its still a good deal and go down the pub to watch it, just won't cut it.
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Brekkie31,795 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Presumably the pub would have to pick it up via the internet too, and as such that is no solution in a rural area, which if it's anything like here is less likely to have a pub anyway.

And can you imagine a service like Eleven having the World Cup rights here and England group games getting a FTA airing but on an hours delay. That is exactly what is happening in New Zealand and although it may have worked pre-social media it's just not viable today.
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mici012329 posts since 23 Jul 2017
BBC World News
Quote:
as the government introduce legislation in a last-ditch effort to make the tournament more accessible for fans in the rugby-mad nation.


Sounds like they want to introduce their own "Crown Jewel list" quickly before the tournament starts.
TopOfTheHour (previously smiffnz) 13 posts since 10 Jul 2016
Presumably the pub would have to pick it up via the internet too, and as such that is no solution in a rural area, which if it's anything like here is less likely to have a pub anyway.
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Pubs will be able to show it via a special Sky TV channel available to commercial premises only. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12253971

The whole thing is a mess and certainly using streaming is a WC cycle too early at least for a country like New Zealand.