Another long year for AFL fans

paperboy 7 February 2009 16

The NAB Cup opens tonight with Collingwood playing West Coast at Subiaco, and it looks like Prime is going to make it another series of very late nights for AFL fans.

The Canberra Times TV guide tells me Prime will replay the game at 1am.

For those with Foxtel, it’s on Main Event (518) live from 8.30, but for long suffering AFL supporters in this city with only free to air services, it’s going to be another long (late) season.

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Ivan76 Ivan76 8:31 am 10 Feb 09

Growling Ferret said :

Shanefos, I resemble that remark!

Ivan – the games that clashed with the Swans ‘Canberra’ were generally shown on 518, but not advertised or acknowledged anywhere…

Nope, including the Main Event channel, that’s the focus however as there is inevitably something else on that channel (boxing, wrestling etc…).

djk djk 11:25 pm 08 Feb 09

Primal said :

Oddly, the SMH TV guide and my digital program guide thought that Prime would be doing a smart thing and showing the game on their HD channel from 8:30. Of course, they did not.

What did they show instead? A non-HD simulcast of Sister Act from their main channel.

I noticed this as well, and was looking forward to it after having already sat through “Honey” on what was a very lacklustre TV viewing night.

But alas some new release called “Sister Act” was on both Prime channels…

astrojax astrojax 10:22 pm 08 Feb 09

c’arna cats!

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 4:25 pm 08 Feb 09

Shanefos, I resemble that remark!

Ivan – the games that clashed with the Swans ‘Canberra’ were generally shown on 518, but not advertised or acknowledged anywhere…

Ryan Ryan 12:21 pm 08 Feb 09

I was going to say, it was scheduled for 8.30 on Prime HD. I wasn’t home to see it, but sometimes it takes a while for Prime to flick the switch and get the HD feed from Seven. Sometimes i’ll go to channel 60 to watch something, find its not there, flick away and then back and its suddenly there..

Call Prime and ask them what the deal was!

Bundybear Bundybear 12:16 pm 08 Feb 09

Proudly declared on numerous occassions shanefos. Excellent win last night.

shanefos shanefos 11:18 am 08 Feb 09

GF and Bundybear: you almost sound like Collingwood supporters!

gibbering gibbering 9:41 am 08 Feb 09

I was told last year that because all AFL games are included on the Govt Anti-Siphoning list of sigificant sporting events, if a FTA network decides to show it they must show it FIRST on their primary analogue channel before they are allowed to show it on their digital channel (as not everyone has digital). Though not sure how 10 in Melb & Sydney can show the F1 which is also listed?

Chapter 11 in “When good laws go bad” by Richard Alston. Thankfully meant to be reviewed this year – hopefully it won’t get lost in the GFC turmoil.

Primal Primal 11:58 pm 07 Feb 09

Oddly, the SMH TV guide and my digital program guide thought that Prime would be doing a smart thing and showing the game on their HD channel from 8:30. Of course, they did not.

What did they show instead? A non-HD simulcast of Sister Act from their main channel.

Does Prime not like the idea of getting some extra viewers? Are they enjoying wasting their money on their 99% pointless HD channel? I hope so.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:52 pm 07 Feb 09

Deckard said :

Foxtel is the go. Watching sporting events without ads is worth the $50 odd dollars a month.

For the AFL you actually get to see replays of a goal.

QFT!

Ivan76 Ivan76 8:45 pm 07 Feb 09

No we dont get every game live here in the ACT, not by a long shot, especially when the Swans play in Manuka.

Last season we had the same game on free to air (feed from Sydney), on main event & I think 2 radio stations also.

I pay for Foxtel & prefer the coverage to free to air but there was at least 4 occasions where I wasn’t able to see my team play live.

Bundybear Bundybear 7:54 pm 07 Feb 09

With you GF, Swans suck rs

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 7:40 pm 07 Feb 09

We have EVERY AFL premiership season game live in the ACT – nowhere else do others get that. Not in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide where their games are on delayed coverage

OK, you have to pay for the privelage but it is worth every cent

Shanefos, you know as well as I do that Swans supporters are not football supporters. They are the hillsong happy clappers of the AFL

LG LG 7:34 pm 07 Feb 09

Since we have ‘freeview’ and broadcasters have digital channels coming out of their ears… I don’t understand why we can’t AFL coverage here 🙁

shanefos shanefos 7:22 pm 07 Feb 09

Unless you’re a Swans supporter, in which case, you’ll see pretty much every game on free-to-air (including the two games played in Canberra).

Deckard Deckard 6:24 pm 07 Feb 09

Foxtel is the go. Watching sporting events without ads is worth the $50 odd dollars a month.

For the AFL you actually get to see replays of a goal.

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