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The Vicar of Dibley! Channel 7 slaps AFL fans in the face

By Dtrain 3 September 2010 39

All winter we’ve had to put up with delayed AFL broadcasts into Canberra as Channel 7 decided that Ghost Whisperer was a better prospect.

Now that Finals have come around I was hoping that maybe, just maybe,  Channel 7 would play the game at 8:30 but no – instead we get The Vicar of F*king Dibley!  Surely a Geelong V St. Kilda final would outrate The Vicar of Dibley?

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DavoDavo said :

arescarti42 said :

trevar said :

Sport haters have had to put up with the opposite problem for decades! Some boofhead kicks a ball, and we’re all supposed to miss the next episode of our favourite show

Agreed, no sympathy from me.

Yep, me too. Too much bloody sport on TV and why, oh why, do we have to see thugs beating the hell out of each other, ad nauseum, in so-called sports news? So much for teaching kids about fair play etc.

Yes because ‘reality’ tv, American sit coms and tabloid current affairs shows teach kids such valuable lessons. Give yourself an uppercut son.

p1 9:47 am 06 Sep 10

Tooks said :

If you’re relying on tv for entertainment (especially free to air), then you might need to find yourself a new hobby.

For all my protesting, I can’t say I watch a whole lot of TV any more. In fact, watching sport is about the only non-recorded TV I watch any more, so I’m really just whinging for the sake of it. Used to piss me off in pre PVR/DVD days though.

Tooks 8:41 am 06 Sep 10

p1 said :

trevar said :

Some boofhead kicks a ball, and we’re all supposed to miss the next episode of our favourite show to watch the bloody spectacle of their latent homoeroticism!

+1 for being shit to tears by this. State of Origin is the worst example, wasting what could otherwise be a perfectly normal Wednesday night. They could at least have the decency to play it on a friday or saturday when no one cares what is on.

If you’re relying on tv for entertainment (especially free to air), then you might need to find yourself a new hobby.

2604 11:12 pm 05 Sep 10

p1 said :

trevar said :

Some boofhead kicks a ball, and we’re all supposed to miss the next episode of our favourite show to watch the bloody spectacle of their latent homoeroticism!

+1 for being shit to tears by this. State of Origin is the worst example, wasting what could otherwise be a perfectly normal Wednesday night. They could at least have the decency to play it on a friday or saturday when no one cares what is on.

SOO is on for a grand total of three nights a year. Three!

Surely three nights isn’t asking too much? That still leaves 362 nights of re-hashed, 10-year-old British situation humour and formulaic BBC murder mysteries for the blue-rinse-and-Metamucil set to feast on.

Growling Ferret 9:46 pm 05 Sep 10

VG

I prefer to think of non-boofheads as cheese eating surrender monkeys.

If you don’t have Foxtel, justin.tv and various other streams can come in handy… or so I have been told.

p1 9:39 pm 05 Sep 10

vg said :

I mean if you’re going to run with the stereotype that all who watch and participate in sports/football are ‘boofheads’ then be prepared for the reverse, that those who’s views oppose are insipid, vapid nancies

It’s a bit of a leap from saying that the people playing the kind of professional football that gets Live broadcast is a boofhead – to accusing all people who play or watch sport as being a boofhead.

vg 8:59 pm 05 Sep 10

I mean if you’re going to run with the stereotype that all who watch and participate in sports/football are ‘boofheads’ then be prepared for the reverse, that those who’s views oppose are insipid, vapid nancies

p1 7:19 pm 05 Sep 10

trevar said :

Some boofhead kicks a ball, and we’re all supposed to miss the next episode of our favourite show to watch the bloody spectacle of their latent homoeroticism!

+1 for being shit to tears by this. State of Origin is the worst example, wasting what could otherwise be a perfectly normal Wednesday night. They could at least have the decency to play it on a friday or saturday when no one cares what is on.

DavoDavo 6:42 pm 05 Sep 10

arescarti42 said :

trevar said :

Sport haters have had to put up with the opposite problem for decades! Some boofhead kicks a ball, and we’re all supposed to miss the next episode of our favourite show

Agreed, no sympathy from me.

Yep, me too. Too much bloody sport on TV and why, oh why, do we have to see thugs beating the hell out of each other, ad nauseum, in so-called sports news? So much for teaching kids about fair play etc.

rxmagoo 5:29 pm 05 Sep 10

Being a Formula one fan, I feel the pain of the AFL fans. For the last 5-6 years I have had to wait until after whatever ‘reality’ show was the flavour of the week to see the F1 races. It was often delayed 3-4 hours after the races, by which stage I have seen who won and seen the highlights on youtube. The best ones where when the Late Night News was on right before the race and would announce the winner…..god job numbnuts, now all your potential viewers are off to bed.

Thankfully OneHD has saved me from that pain.

vg 11:49 am 04 Sep 10

Foxtel, OneHD and the various other HD networks. I haven’t missed a live game of any description that I wished to watch all year.

Real sports fans aren’t tight arses about ensuring their viewing choices. Get with the times. You pay, you see.

“Because everyone can just up and go down to Melbourne every week, especially on a Friday. People have lives.”

Lives where their asses are anchored to the recliner apparently

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 11:15 am 04 Sep 10

Channel 9 delays the NRL broadcast until after midnight around most of the country.

Sports programming is only shown ‘live’ (or close to) in those markets that it appeals to.

arescarti42 11:11 am 04 Sep 10

trevar said :

Sport haters have had to put up with the opposite problem for decades! Some boofhead kicks a ball, and we’re all supposed to miss the next episode of our favourite show

Agreed, no sympathy from me.

Ello Vera 10:41 am 04 Sep 10

How many stations do we have now to cater for those that don’t want to watch sport? That old argument against sport never washed and washes less and less as time marches on.

There is no defence for the Channel to show a replay of an ancient British formula-comedy (which I liked when it was first shown decades ago) over a live final. If I wanted to watch a show like Vicar of Dibley on a Friday evening, DVD, video plus the hard drive of my STB have plenty of similar shows. They are also all over some of the secondary digital channels.

I imagine the Channel reckons fans will watch the delayed telecast anyway. If so, they are wrong and last night, they ensured that sports fans watched Win.

Battlecat 9:42 am 04 Sep 10

Channel 7 screws every sport they touch, the sports should realise that and stop selling the rights to them. The Olympics were a joke.

Holden Caulfield 10:57 pm 03 Sep 10

Grail said :

…Free to air broadcasting of sports events robs the clubs of their income…

Yeah, because the clubs don’t get any share of the $1bn in television broadcast rights do they, haha!

gospeedygo 10:29 pm 03 Sep 10

Wow, what a game to not to be shown live.

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 10:26 pm 03 Sep 10

The AFL isn’t even broadcast live in Melbourne, so you’re not going to get it live in Canberra.

Buggles 9:42 pm 03 Sep 10

Rollersk8r says

‘It angers me as well – but the broadcast agreement (since 2007 – and until 2011) says Fox owns Friday nights in the ACT. Unfortunately it’s not 100% Channel 7’s fault (even though their national policy is that Better Homes and Gardens takes preference over Friday night AFL’

Fox don’t own Friday night, as you say. Nor do they even show the game on Fox Sports. As part of the broadcast deal they make their Main Event channel available to all subscribers to show the AFL Live in Sydney and Canberra.

My understanding is that Prime could even show the game live from 7.30pm if they liked, but as they have done for the last fifteen years or more (expect for the five years they didn’t have the coverage when WIN did) is treat the AFL like a yo yo with starting times varying from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

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