Bilko

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  1. Bilko

    Rugby League Viewing Figures Down Again

    Two things. 1, as broadcast times increase (three hours on Fridays now) viewing figures decrease. They are average figures for the whole show and I can tell you from doing radio commentary that a lot just tune in for the match and barb figures don't equate that. 2, that 27% decrease may have just been some switching to tablets, mobile phones etc. I think barb figures are purely for TV. The way people watch TV is changing all the time with new streaming technology and its only natural that TV figures will decrease across the board. Streaming figures to my knowledge are not made public by broadcasters but likely will give them a much clearer picture.
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    Pacific Tests TV coverage

    Indeed. I genuinely think Sky only realised today that they had the rights to them.
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    If it's the tweet I saw, I didn't take it that way. Regardless, I'm 99% sure it'll be Dave Woods anyway whether from there or Off Tube from Salford, perhaps similar to how Sky did Wigan v Hull from Sydney.
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    Why on earth would Australia's Fox League host broadcast a match between England and New Zealand?
  5. Yes Sky are limited to three per week. That's all that was on offer from Fox Sports who had rights to sell to TV in UK & USA markets, not the NRL themselves. Fox prioritising the app they run. Yes Premier showed them all but this rights cycle was not a bidding process more Fox finding a partner that suits them.
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    Favourite commentary

    Darrell Eastlake passed away today. Of Henderson Gill "he does a bit of a boogie" fame. RIP.
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    Justin Morgan

    He's working for Sky Sport in New Zealand on Warriors matches, having been part of their World Cup coverage.
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    Rugby league firsts

    Hawkeye was being used by Channel 4 on Test Cricket from 2001 but only as a TV gadget. It was from 2009 that the International Cricket Council allowed use for actual reviews.
  9. Not really. Last year Sky defaulted on a Round 5 tie only because the round backed out of Easter when they'd been busy with the double weekend then had a Saturday afternoon league game because no Thursday TV match after Easter Monday. So they defaulted and hence my note on website. Them defaulting is more likely to be down to scheduling than match quality and I don't expect it to happen this time. In terms of the cup Sky have not shyed away from picking good games regardless of status. Wasn't Batley v Featherstone picked the other year?
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    WatchNrl.Com

    It'll just be the Fox games on offer. One or two a week from NSW Cup, normally middle of night Saturday or Sunday. They are working on an update to make that coverage clearer. Sadly no on demand Coverage of the games channel 9 cover from each competition.
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    WatchNrl.Com

    Not so sure about that. When I asked for rugbyleagueontv.com about NSW and Queensland Cup I was told it'd only be televised games that'd feature (Fox Televise one NSW Cup a week, Channel 9 one a week from each competition) and even then I couldn't get them to dechiper if it included the Channel Nine games from each competition. I mean, when I tried to clarify that I got a reply to a question I hadn't asked which said Origin would be Channel 9 coverage but with Fox Pre Match Build Up. Either way wait and see on the regional comps. Even if not every game from then, if you pay annually its a fantastic service. Chromecast working a treat.
  12. You must be incredibly naive to think that given the fact the trip was announced in July, a full two months before Wigan were even eliminated from top 4 contention. Its been a huge process to bring it together, planning that began on the back of the title success in 2016.
  13. Their were plenty locals on the hill where I sat. I'd say the travelling support was 50/50. Wigan had far more fans on the touchline stand which wasn't seen on TV, whereas Hull fans where congregated more together at one end like an away support would be at DW Stadium. For me the event was a great success. Wigan (as both this and next week are events that Wigan are hosting, marketing etc) got 2,300 more fans to go in Wollongong than they got to watch England v Lebanon in the World Cup at Sydney Football Stadium. It was a bigger crowd than St George got against Melbourne last season.
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    NRL coming back to Sky Sports

    Not likely because the red button is pretty default now anyway. Any over flow likely to air on Sky Sports Mix which is on Sky 121.
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    WCC Scheduling

    No its not Wigan v Hull that same weekend its the challenge matches between Hull v St George and Souths v Wigan which are also being televised over there.... And here for that matter.