They’ve always done this during their news bulletins, even if a Fox Sports produced game, showing what is/was usually a generic Seven Sport watermark, most likely pasted on a clean feed which they’d have access to as rights holder (like Foxtel have access to Seven’s clean) and ingest the footage for newsrooms nationally.
However, more recently, Seven News have started using a generic (they use the old 2015 Fox Footy watermark) on footage I think from games not simulcast anywhere (i.e.) two Vic teams and not produced by Seven - maybe Foxtel and/or AFL got unhappy with them using “7” watermarked footage when it was never brosdcast anywhere by them.
Also, in years gone by, you’d often see the blue “7mate” sport watermark on their news and current affairs programs, such as Sunrise, but this was most likely from a Sydney dirty feed/as broadcast and recorded. ABC News also do this (take as broadcast recordings from Sydney).
During the 2007-2011 deal, Ten would always show Seven games clean with the Ten sport watermark and vice-versa Seven Ten’s. I think this was the first era of clean feed play-out (digital, HD and widescreen by then too) and as Fox Sports would always immediately replay their games after final siren - Seven and Ten would record a 5min opener just for the Foxtel replays.
Whereas during the 2002-2006 deal, it appears for the most part, watermarks are burned-in to archival footage (such as Ten and Nine’s old sport wartermarks back then on the AFL), did the original Fox Footy channel back then also air Ten and Nine’s games after they finished and I’m guessing they provided Foxtel with clean vision)? It could simply be because Seven lost the rights during this time and were out of the AFL broadcast ecosystem, the archival footage from then they air now is just what they recorded and it’s easier than sourcing the official clean footage from the AFL - it’d be interesting to see old tapes used during Ten News and Nine News / Footy Show and see what vision they use and say if any are clean compared to Seven.
Yep, both Friday night anchors/callers BT and JB, even veteran Tim Watson (not required for Seven News sport duties as it reverted back to Mon-Fri tradition instead of Sun-Thur like trialled on/off years ago but something Sydney have stuck with).
I think Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms (including national news shows) are always like-for-like, but I wonder what other local bulletins like Seven News Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth do, especially for a local team - use pooled/network feeds/footage or go rogue and just record from their local signals as broadcast - which should be noticeable by who’s watermark, type used and if any, sort of what ABC News do.
Watson seems to be doing a game every couple weeks this year, not sure how I feel about it
I don’t understand Ch7 and how they work their commentators. They make Bennett do VFL and AFL on the same day (happened last week), and have about 8 who can cover their 6 slots (3 games x 2). Hopefully in 2025 they can reset their stocks a bit, they seem to be stuck with a few legacy contracts (Hamish McLachlan, Luke Darcy) they can’t get rid of.
I also don’t understand why they have Bennett do VFL & leave at HT to get to the AFL game when they can have him do Saturday night or even Thursday like year (which I think might of been their way of introducing him into permanent role?)
Noticed in recent weeks that long-time Seven Sport/7AFL wardrobe sponsor Peter Jackson has been replaced by Mountain Designs. Only other I can think of apart from them would be Gant, including during their ‘Summer of Tennis’.
The centre circle at the SCG degrades in quality quite quickly (a by-product of being in the centre square for cricket), the amount of traffic it gets makes it difficult to keep the grass cover up.
The SCG doesn’t have the required infrastructure to support a drop-in pitch too - there is no way to get one in and out of the ground (and various works on the stands was done on the basis that there wouldn’t be one in the future)