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  • Paul Campbell,

    It actually appears that while the RWC is on there may not be room on TV for anything else ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I can buy there being an argument for there being rugby on two channels live at once - once on an English speaking channel, and simulcast on another channel in partial or full Maori. Sounds good.

    Aren't we getting some games on umpteen channels at once? There is a rumour going around that some people actually don't care about rugby and might want to watch something else...

    Since Nov 2006 • 6204 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Trouble is, it's an audience that already has Sky TV and enjoys watching sport in HD

    Except that there is a difference between Sky TV and Sky TV + Sports. So I am part of the audience that wants to watch all the games but will be glued to free-to-air.

    Also, what is the online coverage looking like?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Isn't the pointless 3rd/4th place play-off one of the games shown on all channels?

    That will set a new record for non-viewers, especially if the All Blacks aren't in it. Networks fighting for their share of the sister-kissing: good luck with that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Undoubtably the Herald, as part of it's ongoing desire to serve the aims of strengthening the dictatorship of the kleptocratariat, bolstering the political unity and ideological conformity of the people and rallying them behind the Party and the Great Leader in the cause of the great project, will declare a mighty victory over the foreign devils of the IRB, who have been routed from their lairs and sent packing with their tails between their legs.




    In other news, Anne Tolley reveals we've always been at war with Eastasia.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1810 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce,

    Discussion on teh wireless this morning with Dave Walden (sp?) Advertising guru saying it's going to be hard selling advertising because the audience size is going to be very difficult to predict without exclusivity of broadcast.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Kim_Wright,

    As Paul C says (although admittedly more politely) if you're not a fan of gorilla racing then you're stuck with very few options.... looks like the only TV viewing in our house for the duration will be selected Channel 6 and C4 viewing (yay for Rough Science and please, please let the third series of Breaking Bad conincide wiht the RWC)

    maybe less TV is not a bad thing but I love the movie selection on Maori TV and no doubt that will be taking a back seat...

    Yes, they were odd interviews on RNZ this morning... hard to see how Maori TV is going to get much out of this deal, they only way it can work in thier favour is if their commentary and background i/v's etc are streets ahead of the competitors so people don't jump ship for the big games

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 43 posts Report Reply

  • Alien Lizard (anag),

    Can current technology not put small robust cameras on each player - and one channel could just have live feeds from them, or even a 3D version that we can all be part of the action - otherwise seems a lot of money spent for oversupply of signal...

    The Arrrgh Complex • Since Jan 2010 • 158 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Radio New Zealand can't afford to cover the Commonwealth Games

    Can't they ghetto it and do commentary from Wellington while watching telly? I seem to recall a few small radio stations getting away with this.

    Also, Mt Eden Community Board have a few good name choices for a pointless new link road being built for the RWC - Minto Rd, Mandela Way, Drop Kick Lane.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4463 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Won't we all be at Queens Wharf watching it free anyway?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 277 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    It actually appears that while the RWC is on there may not be room on TV for anything else ....

    Ugh!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Also, what is the online coverage looking like?

    Pretty shit.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    At a time when Radio New Zealand can't afford to cover the Commonwealth Games, this is a mess.

    There's a term for this sort of thing. Actually, make that two.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4351 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    yes - perhaps they could choose smaller rugby players ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    Ahh yess, I just can't wait to share the grand marquee with a pack of beer-swilling pissed-up yobs. What a 'party central' indeed!

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    Does anyone recall the viewership for the NZ/France Quarter Final at the last World Cup? Y'know, the game broadcast free-to-air on TV3 on a Sunday morning?

    (Distant memory it was only 1 million people).

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    It actually appears that while the RWC is on there may not be room on TV for anything else ....

    Another reason to use bittorrent.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1646 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Clarke,

    -36.76, 174.61 or thereab… • Since Nov 2006 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I just can't wait to share the grand marquee with a pack of beer-swilling pissed-up yobs

    Large public gathering places showing sport for free on big screens tend not to be the place to find the "pissed-up yobs". For that you'll want to watch the game at the very cheapest sports bars and backpacker pubs.

    Unless of course that was a generalisation of rugby/sports fans, in which case, get fucked.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    While not a generalisation of rugby/sports fans, I can assure you that, yes, a large venue at the bottom of the Auckland CBD showing sports on large screens, with beer, is exactly the sort of place that will generate a fair percentage of pissed up yobs. You may, perhaps, be slightly more cultured in Wellington. I can assure you sir, that while most people may be relatively well behaved in such a location as our newly spruced mooring, our culture of binge swilling will result in clumps of idiots behaving badly. Shit, you just have to stroll up Queen Street of a Friday eve to realise to truth of this!!!

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    this is why i am hoping to rent my house (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & 2 cars) for the duration of the RWC and live in rarotonga during the entire RWC.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 493 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan,

    I understand all the channels have the rights to play the games but does that mean they are all going to?

    A savvy programmer at one of the channels could take alot of advertising share by being the only channel who is not playing rugby

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    As Paul C says (although admittedly more politely) if you're not a fan of gorilla racing then you're stuck with very few options

    And

    yes - perhaps they could choose smaller rugby players ....

    THE Sport

    These were the days......"Lets have a stoning...."

    Impact of the 1981 Springbok tour

    Support for the Springbok tour was particularly strong in rural and small-town New Zealand. In the Taranaki dairy town of Eltham, 50 lonely protestors were showered with eggs and bottles as they marched up the street one Friday night.

    But now everyone is happy. Those brownies aren't getting the games on their own now!!!! I have to smile though. I can't recall the news items this morning mentioning the fact that Maori TV is showing ALL 48 games (32 delayed). But they did mention who was in the consortium.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Party Central reminds me of the big white tent sited in the middle of a soggy field in Dunnes, filled with Southern men swilling Speights.
    OK for a pre-game 'warm-up', but not the place to be for an after match function.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    Monkey tennis?

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

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