Sports fans took to social media yesterday to vent over no Free to Air broadcast of the One Day International in Perth.
Australia lost to South Africa and Cricket Australia appears to have lost further goodwill with the public due to the Foxtel / Seven broadcast deal. It was the first time in 45 years that an ODI has not screened on Free to Air -but it was available at Cricket Australia’s streaming app.
Australia collapsed with South Africa winning by six wickets. It was the first time ever Australia has lost seven ODIs in a row.
Foxtel’s big $1.2 billion bet on the summer sport includes 4K coverage, a dedicated channel and new shows and commentators including Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee and Ian Healy.
Foxtel will screen all cricket this summer. Seven will broadcast all men’s Test matches, all women’s internationals, the majority of BBL matches each season and selected Rebel WBBL games under the new deal.
One Day Internationals are on the anti-siphoning list prompting many fans to target the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield yesterday.
Anti-Siphoning List (Cricket):
– Each Test played in Australia
– Any Ashes Test match
– ODI’s played in Australia where Australia is playing
– T20 Australia match
– Cricket World Cup final if in Australia or New Zealand
– Australian matches in the Cricket World Cup
– Final of T20 World Cup
– Australian T20 World Cup matches if played in Australia or New Zealand
Australia now must win the last two remaining matches, in Adelaide on Friday and Hobart in a week’s time, to take out the series.
Foxtel & Seven have been contacted for comment.
But there were also those supportive of the coverage and streaming, if not necessarily the match performance: