Pretty late for a deal to be reached, the day before the match? And excuse my ignorance, but why is it only airing on ThreeNow?
It was looking like it was going to be streamed via YouTube as no broadcaster had got the rights due to cost but looks like WBD stumped up
As for your other question, probably not worth clearing the FTA tv schedule for test cricket from Bangladesh, especially with news commitments, prime time and The Project’s final week. But it is a solid pick up for the service and gets a bit of brand awareness of ThreeNow out there which it sorely needs.
Plus it will only be the world feed so won’t have NZ pre/post/break content, which won’t be suitable for TV.
I’m sure it’d be fine. Sky regularly takes this stuff warts and all.
Sky being a sport channel, not Three. And Sky would have people or other content they could package it with for little cost, while Three would have to prepare a team and clear the schedule in a couple of days.
Oh I get you. Sorry yeah. You’re right.
The days of media networks sending a commentator to every sporting event that NZ is involved in is over. You are going to get more world feeds and more remote commentary.
No I understand that, and that’s not the point I was making. What I was saying mate was that it’s not going to be a fully, nicely packaged program that say Fox Cricket provides from Australia. It won’t be FTA-broadcast worthy outside of actual play and would require studio programming around it that Three can’t provide (on such short notice).
“Starting at 4pm” suggests they were actually likely to take half an hour of world feed pre-match, or at least would guarantee they’d take any early starts if they lost overs along the way. Normal start of play is 9.30am Bangla time (+6), so 4.30pm NZ. Not going to move Newshub + The Project around for a 6.30 lunch.
They took the world feed from 4pm.
It showed the toss live, then it cut to a wide stadium shot with no sound before coverage started properly at 4:15pm including a replay of the toss.
Same as last summer/Spark essentially.
And they’ve got a lot of cricket to get through too.
Obviously a few overseas experts to chime in but would have been nice to see some new faces.
LOL, no Ian Smith, John Morrison, Glenn Turner, Geoff Bryan, Richard Hadlee or any of those guys.
Smithy’s the only bloke under 70 and most of them haven’t done commentary in 25 years.
The Traitors NZ is back for season 2 with casting opening next week.
Im probably wrong, but I think back then the standard of commentary was a lot better.
They were very good for their time - but I think the sport and the TV presentation of it (worldwide and in NZ) demands different strengths now.
It always surprised me Geoff Bryan didn’t end up at Sky in the 90s/2000s.