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Had Sky covered the World Cup

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I think the interaction with Sky Sports news would have been prolific. Maybe a lot of cross-sport stuff as well with many other sports personalities. I think we would also have seen a lot more people watching the games and interacting on SM. Also, I don't think we can underestimate the trailers around other big sporting fixtures on sky's channels.

 

I think the quality of the camera work would have made a significant difference to the viewing spectacle. I would have loved to have seen that late Tonga no-try against Scotland from a few more angles.

 

As for the games, well I don't think PS has lost anything with the commentary. Haven't missed Eddie and Stevo. With PS, I get frustrated at the inconsistent jump to adverts and sudden finishes to the games but it has been okay. Would have liked it on Sky for the reasons above but Premier Sports have tried their hardest to put on a great show. I think it has been a big thing for them to get it. hopefully this will keep encouraging them to cover our sport.

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You wouldn't have had 2.2 million people following England's progress every Saturday afternoon either.

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You wouldn't have had 2.2 million people following England's progress every Saturday afternoon either.

Nail, head, contact

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You wouldn't have had 2.2 million people following England's progress every Saturday afternoon either.

 

No Gav, I meant had Sky taken on the equivalent of the Premier Sports RLWC package with other games on the beeb as per.

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We've had plenty of Sky-covered Rugby League events and the coverage/promotion has been patchy. They certainly didn't whip up much excitement in 2000 (not saying they were to blame for that one). If Sky had covered the Rugby World Cup, we'd still have been looking for the RLWC snippets on Sky Sports News between hours of football and build-up to the union friendlies.

 

Premier are far from perfect but have mixed it up a bit. Sky no longer rule the TV roost, so if they want RL they'll have to make an effort. They haven't made much of an effort with their RL coverage in years, bar the odd new camera.

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If the main selling point of having it on Sky is to feature on Sky Sports News I think its worth bearing in mind the average Sky Sports News viewer watches a total of 9 minutes a week, so there exposure to the World Cup would have been minimal at best.  Source

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I think people are slightly harsh on Sky to be honest.

 

They cover Super league brilliantly imho and I'd like to have seen them cover the RLWC, although I have been very pleased with Premier Sports.

 

One thing that SKy brings is additional viewers simply by being on in many pubs.

 

SSN does also bring plenty of coverage in pubs, we have had so many highlights of this tournament it would have been great to have had these on a loop on SSN.

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Sky would improve their coverage immeasurably by removing the two tools that front their coverage.

They also do little or no promotion of RL on their own network. Yet they push union down our throats on billboards and trailers of what's coming up this month on their channels.

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Sky would improve their coverage immeasurably by removing the two tools that front their coverage.

They also do little or no promotion of RL on their own network. Yet they push union down our throats on billboards and trailers of what's coming up this month on their channels.

That isn't actually true though.

 

We get loads of ads for Super League and Internationals that they are covering on both the Sports channels, plus other channels with high ratings. They also took out newspaper ads for Monday Night coverage last year.

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That isn't actually true though.

 

We get loads of ads for Super League and Internationals that they are covering on both the Sports channels, plus other channels with high ratings. They also took out newspaper ads for Monday Night coverage last year.

 

I didn't see any of that.

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having 3 bbc channels surely they could have put more on tv 

 

I agree, they could and should have shown more. My assumption is that they don't really give a fig about RL.

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Yeah they never have and they never will.  The old prejudices are still well and truly set in stone over at BBC towers.  Which is why they don't get any money for their rip off TV license off me.  They don't satisfy my needs as a viewer, and so I don't satisfy their need to laugh all the way to the bank :-)

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Personally i'm delighted that i pay £12 per month to watch League for a couple of months, rather than having to miss out due to not being able to afford Sky. The England BBC games should pull in some new viewers especially if we go all the way. It's a huge let down that the BBC have failed to keep a regular highlights show going though. Think how many Scots would have shown added interest watching their fantastic matches.

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Don't think Sky would have done the World Cup any favours. They would have wanted stupid kick-off times to fit around their soccer coverage and we would have spent even more time talking about ref decisions than we have.

Good to have a break from Sky and see how great the sport can be without Eddie & Stevo cocking it up.

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Don't think Sky would have done the World Cup any favours. They would have wanted stupid kick-off times to fit around their soccer coverage and we would have spent even more time talking about ref decisions than we have.

Good to have a break from Sky and see how great the sport can be without Eddie & Stevo cocking it up.

kick off times were fine in 2000.

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next Saturdays quarter is at 8pm on a Saturday - not q great slot for sport.

The final last time was 3pm.

The reality is rlwc can make the demands, Sky probably wouldnt have too many issues with the times we have had this WC.

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I would have been happy to see sky bid some decent money for the WC. Fact is, they couldn't be arsed so it's irrelevant.

I know we are losing out in one respect but I aren't missing the sky coverage one bit. I don't think they do much to cover RL apart from the programmes they show (if that makes sense). I mean they rarely include it on general promotional stuff.

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For those that missed the Sky coverage of the RLWC,Stevo was mainly 'confused' and 'furious',whilst randamly shouting out 'forward pass' after every terrific try,whilst his analysis consisted of suggesting that every time someone kicked to a winger,the coach had spotted a defensive weakness.Hemmings commentary consisted of variations on,'White,to Brown,tackled by Green,the Irish international'.

 

The two are an embarassment to sports journalism and utterly ruin Sky's,otherwise impressive coverage of rugby league.Frankly,I'm amazed the RFL haven't insisted the pair are removed.I know at least one Chairman of a Super League club who agrees.

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Yeah they never have and they never will.  The old prejudices are still well and truly set in stone over at BBC towers.  Which is why they don't get any money for their rip off TV license off me.  They don't satisfy my needs as a viewer, and so I don't satisfy their need to laugh all the way to the bank :-)

 

BBC1

BBC2

BBC3

BBC4

CBBC

CBeebies

Radio 1

Radio 2

Radio 3

Radio 4

Five Live

6Music

Countless other stations

One of the leading websites in the country

iPlayer

£145 a year.

 

Yeah, the BBC. What a load of rubbish.

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Personally, I've found the BBC and Premier Sports a pleasant change from Sky, whose presentation's been looking increasingly tired and stereotyped lately. A complete change in presenters would help, but with Eddie and Stevo contracted to the end of the current agreement that'd be too much to hope for!

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Oh, the joys of hindsight! If Sky, PS and the BBC (and whoever else, like BT) had been able to predict what a brilliant and thrilling event this was going to be, they'd all have offered more cash and promised more coverage.

 

As it is, they probably looked back at the last RWC held in the Northern Hemisphere and based their judgments on that. And they also, quite possibly, listened to the code's own home-grown Jeremiahs, who were "only telling it like it is" and "weren't here to be cheerleaders" before the event.

 

And, anyway, who among us, however positive, really expected stories like the USA or Scotland?

 

We have to be realistic and look at 2013 as a prestige-earning event, which should pay back handsomely when it comes to future tournaments.

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I think the PS coverage has been fantastic, my only gripe is the lack of a HD picture!

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