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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2018, 07:57:32 PM »

Sky have every game of the world cup live for this tournament and 2023. And Champions Trophy and T20 World Cup for similar time frames.

It's November and December that often see a peak in my off season cricket viewing on Sky, usually a home NZ series with nice viewing times for a night owl like me (approx 10pm start)

In November they have the Womens World Cup T20 and the Sri Lanka v Eng test series.
Moving into Dec they have the NZ v Sri Lanka test series, and the SA v Pakistan test series.

As well as more tests, the white ball cricket between SA and Pakistan continues on until Feb on Sky. By then the Windies v England is well underway.

I must say the 'how the 2018 IPL was won' is starting to grate, it seems to be on an almost constant loop.

Over the Winter BT has the Aus v SA, Big Bash, Aus v India and Aus v Sri Lanka series, and is currently showing the West Indies 50 over comp which i've watched a bit of.

Thanks Jake I feel slightly more optimistic - I guess for the money I expected even more live cricket & less re-runs.
Looking at the comments - even the die-hard fans don't think it's great value and are voting with their feet.
The sad bit it that it is not to watch better coverage elsewhere, but to stop watching all together.
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2018, 08:03:55 PM »

Thanks Jake I feel slightly more optimistic - I guess for the money I expected even more live cricket & less re-runs.
Looking at the comments - even the die-hard fans don't think it's great value and are voting with their feet.
The sad bit it that it is not to watch better coverage elsewhere, but to stop watching all together.

I only have sky sports as we got a good deal through virgin media (I also watch loads of sport not just cricket)
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2018, 07:08:59 AM »

Tbh filling an entire channel with cricket in the summer is a bit of a stretch. It does get somewhat boring flicking over to the channel and see the same repeats. I can only assume the channel must have been part of the new agreement, its a good idea in theory.

Having just got into baseball since going to a game this year when in NYC I love their susbsxription model. Pay for the app you can watch on a device or an app on your smart tv. Choice of games and highlights. They clearly have more infrastructure and demand for people to watch it compared to cricket but its the best way to show sport in the future in my opinion. Its the same with football, Id rather pay just to watch arsenls Games than watching Burnley vs Huddersfield!
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2018, 09:04:51 AM »

I've had sky sports for ~ 4 years now, and its always been bad value and the cricket offer was never brilliant. When they launched the separate cricket channel I thought they might improve things, but dismayingly, its got worse - far, far worse, to the point I barely bother hitting 404 anymore when I turn the tv on.

At least in the past there have been non-England test series to watch, now there is just nothing. The coverage is utterly pitiful. Even when there is live international cricket going on, its just repeat after repeat - and none of the games they repeat are any good - its never any of the classic test matches from the 90s or 2000s, always some boring and forgettable ODI.

I like sky for other reasons - the movies are good - but I'm actually thinking of cancelling sky sports. Its got that bad.
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2018, 09:13:30 AM »

Tbh filling an entire channel with cricket in the summer is a bit of a stretch. It does get somewhat boring flicking over to the channel and see the same repeats. I can only assume the channel must have been part of the new agreement, its a good idea in theory.

Having just got into baseball since going to a game this year when in NYC I love their susbsxription model. Pay for the app you can watch on a device or an app on your smart tv. Choice of games and highlights. They clearly have more infrastructure and demand for people to watch it compared to cricket but its the best way to show sport in the future in my opinion. Its the same with football, Id rather pay just to watch arsenls Games than watching Burnley vs Huddersfield!

I assume you mean winter?

There is so much professional cricket going on round the world that really sky cricket should be able to show at least one live cricket match every single day of the year. If not international, than foreign domestic cricket. Anything less is inadequate, given the money people pay for the channel (20 a month ON TOP of a basic sky tv package)

Its not like the footage to foreign test matches or domestic games are going to set them back millions of pounds. They could pick them up for pennies and simply rebrand them or put some additional English commentary over the top.

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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2018, 10:56:56 AM »

A dedicated channel for cricket when you dont have rights to 70% of the overseas games is definitely a bit of a stretch.
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2018, 12:01:16 PM »

A dedicated channel for cricket when you dont have rights to 70% of the overseas games is definitely a bit of a stretch.

When you think that the cricket channels costs the exact same as the premier league channel, and they pay however many billions for premier league coverage but then can't even be bothered to pay the pittance required for various overseas rights, the entire channel strikes you as being a massive pisstake. sky are mugging cricket fans off.
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2018, 12:08:44 PM »

I assume you mean winter?

There is so much professional cricket going on round the world that really sky cricket should be able to show at least one live cricket match every single day of the year. If not international, than foreign domestic cricket. Anything less is inadequate, given the money people pay for the channel (20 a month ON TOP of a basic sky tv package)

Its not like the footage to foreign test matches or domestic games are going to set them back millions of pounds. They could pick them up for pennies and simply rebrand them or put some additional English commentary over the top.

No I meant summer. Only one game a day shown which if they arent test matches dont fill a lot of the schedule even in summer
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2018, 12:19:55 PM »

No I meant summer. Only one game a day shown which if they arent test matches dont fill a lot of the schedule even in summer

There's a game somewhere in England pretty much every day between April and September. Show live cricket whenever there is live cricket happening, and then highlights and recaps for the rest of the time.

I mean, sky don't even show county highlights packages, which is pathetic, given that they already own the rights. Even worse than that, they often don't show any cricket AT ALL, even whilst there are county championship games going on, preferring to show the 8,000th repeat of some old boring documentary. I had to watch the Somerset vs Notts T20 quarter final on a dodgy streaming connection, because sky were showing a masterclass that I'd already seen 30 times before instead. At that point I thought "what on earth am I paying for here?"


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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2018, 12:36:30 PM »

I can agree with all the comments posted so far, Sky are clearly just going for the England games and nothing else. Sadly Sky's excuse will be;

a)Premier League Rights have cost them as lot of money
b)they have given so much to the ECB through tv rights etc etc
c)they will be able to come up with stats that say no one wants to watch overseas games where England are playing

As much as we can complain the only way it will change is if we fight with our wallets and refuse to pay. Only worry is is that it could back-fire and Sky chooses not to show any cricket at all and we'll be forced to watch games on obscure Asian channels or streams......or even worse through BT!
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2018, 12:44:59 PM »

Thanks Jake I feel slightly more optimistic - I guess for the money I expected even more live cricket & less re-runs.
Looking at the comments - even the die-hard fans don't think it's great value and are voting with their feet.
The sad bit it that it is not to watch better coverage elsewhere, but to stop watching all together.

Its still not great as others have pointed out, but there is at least some high quality non-England international cricket coming soon.

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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2018, 01:28:47 PM »

There's a game somewhere in England pretty much every day between April and September. Show live cricket whenever there is live cricket happening, and then highlights and recaps for the rest of the time.

I mean, sky don't even show county highlights packages, which is pathetic, given that they already own the rights. Even worse than that, they often don't show any cricket AT ALL, even whilst there are county championship games going on, preferring to show the 8,000th repeat of some old boring documentary. I had to watch the Somerset vs Notts T20 quarter final on a dodgy streaming connection, because sky were showing a masterclass that I'd already seen 30 times before instead. At that point I thought "what on earth am I paying for here?"

Let's be realistic, no one else is going to televise CC games because it's just not financially viable. The Somerset v Notts game didn't get on TV because it moved to the reserve day which clashed in their schedule.
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2018, 01:45:03 PM »

I think most are missing the point, Sky Sports is essentially a showcase for British sport. Prior Sky Sports no England away series was televised in the UK. Naturally Sky will go big on the PL football as it has a massive fan base and it is an English product. Once they lost the champions league, Sky was always gonna go all in on EPL. Sky probably did away  with subcontinent cricket rights, aside from England tours, as the viewing numbers at 4/5am in the morning are pretty low. Sky has all England rugby union coverage bar 6 nations. I don't understand why they invested so heavily in F1 and NBA with are niche markets - that said I follow both of them.
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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2018, 02:58:40 PM »

I had to give up Sky Sports over a year ago, due to costs - even if I could afford it, never had time to watch it like I used to. So I've had to find alternative solutions - there's an app on istore called Live Cricket Matches - dodgy streaming but works well. Channel 422 has had some live cricket on it recently (think it was the Pak/Aus tests) and was able to watch some of the Pakistan/Australia T20 on Channel 729 on Sky. The Sri Lanka Cricket You Tube page as had 25min highlights of each ODI game so far - hopefully it will for the tests too. And it made me listen to TMS more than I ever had done - which wasn't a bad thing.

Unfortunately, the arrival of BT didn't create better deals for the sports viewer, it just meant you pay the same for sky sports as you did before, just with much less content.

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Re: Sky Sports Cricket
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2018, 03:26:28 PM »

I must be one of the few reasonably content with what I get from Sky but then I am just about old enough to remember the days when there was no live coverage of England's overseas tours.  I also watch other sports as well as cricket so subscribe to the full sports package so there is no actual cost to me in having the cricket channel.  Personally, I have never seen so much live coverage of domestic and international cricket and the masterclasses and documentaries are first rate.  I have far greater resentment over buying a TV licence than I do over my Sky subscription.

I am also a little surprised over the negativity towards covering the women's game.  Some of the most exciting games of cricket I have seen recently have been from the women's game.     
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