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Rugby World Cup – HD?

By PigDog - 10 September 2007 17

Just wanted to express my disappointment in SC10 not showing the Rugby World Cup in HD.

I’m surprised you can even buy the rights without showing it in HD.

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Rugby World Cup – HD?
hingo 3:09 pm 12 Sep 07

Yeah easy on PigDog! FFS!! 😉

I think you meant to refer to me justbands. No worries. Although, I think the Italian Grand Prix would draw more interest than a Samoa vs South Africa walkover match. Each to their own.

justbands 2:33 pm 12 Sep 07

Easy on PigDog….I wasn’t having a stab (& no, not the kind of person who beat anyone at all up!). I was just making the point that when there are multiple sports happening in the same timeslot, that the one with higher interest will usually win out.

aidan 12:04 pm 12 Sep 07

Since they aren’t doing the rugby in HD, they could be doing the F1 in HD and showing the rugby at the same time in SD. Why don’t they do that?

Because our lame-arse federal pollies wet themselves when old man packer got on the blower and told them he didn’t want multi-channel broadcasting over free to air.

Has unfortunate consequences on his advertising revenue.

Packer Jr has seen the writing on the wall and is rapidly removing himself from the FTA TV business.

PigDog 11:22 am 12 Sep 07

Since they aren’t doing the rugby in HD, they could be doing the F1 in HD and showing the rugby at the same time in SD. Why don’t they do that?

hingo 11:14 am 12 Sep 07

Calm down mate I was having a laugh. No need to be a prick. Were you the kind of jock at school who beat up kids who didn’t play rugby?

justbands 9:49 am 12 Sep 07

> Yeah its the World Cup…and F1 is the World Drivers Championship. Stuff the World Cup I say!

Ever stopped to think why they put Rugby (or AFL) ahead of car races? It’s because they rate better, people actually want to watch them. Basically, you’ll just have to get over it.

hingo 9:38 am 12 Sep 07

Yeah its the World Cup…and F1 is the World Drivers Championship. Stuff the World Cup I say!

terubo 9:08 pm 11 Sep 07

As long as I can see the ball – and the bloke who’s got it – then I’m happy. 16:9, 4:3, HD, SD – won’t help us win the RWC!

justbands 9:42 am 11 Sep 07

Get Fox. 😉

Oh…& yeah, stuff the F1. THIS IS THE WORLD CUP PEOPLE!

asp 5:28 pm 10 Sep 07

One other thing. The SD transmission is NOT in wide screen. Given that HD camera use 16×9 as their native ratio, this indicates that the original broadcast is probably not in HD and is instead a cheap 4×3 satellite broadcast.

asp 5:26 pm 10 Sep 07

I would be surprised if they were actually showing it on the HD channel. For two reasons:
1. Satelite streaming of HD (simulcast with SD) takes up greater bandwidth and is more expensive. This applies to the transmission from France to Ten in Sydney however. If the commentators are saying it’s in HD, then perhaps it’s just SC not showing it in HD. On the other hand, many people believe digital is always HD. They could be confused.
2. Few ads are in HD and currently, no ads are displayed about 99% of the time on SC HD. They instead use a loop. This means that not only are they paying extra to stream the HD, but they are making less advertising dollars for providing it.

PigDog 4:29 pm 10 Sep 07

Dante – It is weird that High Def Rugby looks a lot like the Annual Cootamundra Wattle Show on a loop.

Why set up a HD channel when you aren’t going to show anything (apart from Australian Idol) on it? I am really not sure why Channel 10 can broadcast it, but SC10 can not.

hingo 3:36 pm 10 Sep 07

I agree DawnDrifter. I knew Channel 10 would screw us F1 fans. So much for the home of motorsport. Unfortunately, Channel 7 got the V8’s and its also treated second to the AFL. Hell, they even cut races short so it won’t cut into an AFL match! What a joke! Motorsport on free to air TV has gone to shit.

Dante 2:48 pm 10 Sep 07

What’s even more confusing is that the commentators have mentioned that it’s streaming in ‘digital high-definition’ a few times now.. I keep flicking to SC10 HiDef and finding that irritating loop video.

Hooray for Southern Cross Broadcasting! *thumbs up*

DawnDrifter 2:19 pm 10 Sep 07

Id like to express my disappointment that they showed Samoa vs SA instead of the formula1 at Monza!! wouldnt have had a problem if it was say AUS vs the unwashed… fkn pricks!

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