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Uncertainty over football changes
Online-only viewing option not suited to all
By BRITT PICKETT
Your football say
What do you think of the English Premier League football games being
shown live online in New Zealand?
Do you have concerns?
Are you set up to view it?
Is the delayed coverage and highlights on TV One a good move?
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THE BROADCAST FACTS
What: English Premier League coverage will be broadcast live online.
TV One: Will show delayed coverage of one game a week on Sundays and
an hour highlights package on Mondays.
How it works: NZ fans can sign up to premiereleaguepass.com to watch.
How much it costs: Non-Telecom customers will pay $149.90 for a season
pass or $24.90 per game. Telecom broadband customers will just under
$130 for a season pass.
Champion coach: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson applauds to the
crowd while arriving on the pitch at Old Trafford for the last time before retiring
this season. New Zealand fans of Manchester United team will have to watch
their games live online from August after Sky TV lost the broadcast rights.
Biding time: Southland Football Association development officer Ken Cresswell.
Southern football fans have
reservations about the live online
screening of English Premier
League games starting next
Previously unheard of media
company, Coliseum Sports Media
Management, surprised FANS by
winning a bidding war with Sky
TV for the rights to show the EPL
in New Zealand on its pay-per-
view website for three seasons.
It will broadcast the entire
competition online and TVNZ will
show one delayed game on
Sunday, plus a highlights show.
That news has hardly excited
southern fans, with the
unreliability in New Zealand
internet quality being a concern.
Southland Football Association
development officer Ken Cress-
well, a former All White who
played in the 1982 World Cup,
would wait to see what the quality
would be like but was disap-
pointed by previous online view-
''My streaming experiences have
not been the same quality as what
you get on TV,'' he said.
Long-time football fan, and South-
land Times' writer Stu Munro,
was not as worried about the
internet quality but was annoyed
that Sky TV lost the rights and
live games would now all be
''The thought of watching a game
of football on an iPhone just
doesn't go down well with me.''
He was disappointed in Sky TV
for not working harder to retain
the EPL rights.
''Sky relied on football to get a
standing in New Zealand.''
Sky had another blow when it lost
the rights show the rest of the 2013
MotoGP season to a new freeview
channel, Sommet Sports TV.
The decision to broadcast online
would affect a large group of
southern fans as they would not
like the idea of watching matches
on computer screens, Munro said.
Munro also said TV One's delayed
game coverage would not be
adequate for serious fans because
its timing meant major fixturesd,
involving the leading teams,
would not feature.
South Otago football adminis-
trator and supporter, Barry Keith,
a Tottenham Hotspurs fan, also
has online fears. Many areas in
South Otago were unsuitable for
broadband and wireless con-
nections and that would cause
problems for many EPL fans in
the region, he said.
Keith does not have internet or
Sky and relies on radio commen-
tary for his football fix but he sees
some spinoffs in Coliseum's
involvement, with fans being able
to watch one delayed game
weekly, plus a highlights package
on a Monday, on TV One.
Children could watch the games
and the spread in availability
would increase awareness and
participation, he said.
''It gets top level football to the
reach of everyone.''
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