Viewers upset over Cricket’s move to Pay TV
Sports fans reacted to discovering the One Day International was not available to Free to Air for the first tim in 45 years.
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.
So today is the day that most Australians will realise that Aussie ODI cricket matches won't be on free-to-air TV because Foxtel bought the rights to them. The summer of cricket is dead before it begins.
Personally, I suspect there will be a (well deserved) shit-storm. #AUSvSA
— Ben Green | Ben's Lodge (@BensLodge) November 4, 2018
#AUSvSA where is the free to air coverage? What I have to pay Foxtel more than $50 to watch ODI cricket! *%#& that. So cricket is off the menu this summer. Goodbye aussie cricket hello any other sport.
— John Dickey (@dickeywjohn) November 4, 2018
@cricketcomau Can’t believe that I can’t watch cricket without paying silly money to Foxtel , I have been enjoying cricket for 45 years and now they want us to pay to watch our national sport, you have lost a faithful supporter #AUSvSA
— sean macdonald (@manicmadmac) November 4, 2018
— Dave McPherson ⛰️🏃🏽👨🏽🚒 (@boymc) November 4, 2018
Outstanding decision by @CAComms to sell the exclusive rights of all ODIs to @Foxtel. Saving their brand image and saving the general public from having to view a woeful cricket performance by Australia. #AUSvSA
— Alex Righton (@ajr_106) November 4, 2018
But there were also those supportive of the coverage and streaming, if not necessarily the match performance:
— TVP – #StayStrongVictoria (@ThanhViet86) November 4, 2018
— James Moore + (@mrjamesmoore) November 4, 2018
— John Dean (@JohnDean_) November 4, 2018
Watching cricket in 4k is great, watching Australia bat in 4k isn't #AUSvSA
— troy himself (@troy__himself) November 4, 2018
Kudos to Cricket Australia for free live streaming of #AUSvRSA seeing as we can’t watch it on free to air…
— Nathan (@ncrook93) November 4, 2018