Monday, 9 February 2009

Bet365 upcoming live matches

21:00 | SOCCER
Guarani v Deportivo Tachira
23:15 | SOCCER
Defensor Sporting v America de Cali
01:30 | SOCCER
Aurora v Boyaca Chico
06:00 | SOCCER
Korea DPR v Saudi Arabia
10:20 | SOCCER
Japan v Australia
11:00 | SOCCER
Uzbekistan v Bahrain
11:30 | SOCCER
Iran v Korea Republic
18:30 | SOCCER
Malta v Albania
19:15 | SOCCER
Greece v Denmark
20:00 | SOCCER
France v Argentina
20:45 | SOCCER
Portugal v Finland
22:30 | SOCCER
Libertad v Universitario
00:30 | SOCCER
San Lorenzo v San Luis
01:00 | SOCCER
El Salvador v Trinidad & Tobago
02:30 | SOCCER
Costa Rica v Honduras
21:00 | SOCCER
Nacional De Montevideo v Deportivo San Martin
23:15 | SOCCER
River Plate v Nacional
01:30 | SOCCER
Universitario de Sucre v Deportivo Quito

Live matches on digitalb 10 February - 13 February

Tuesday, Feb.10 Listings
07:45 pm SS1 Brazil - Italy, Friendly Match

Wednesday, Feb.11 Listings
06:30 pm SS1 Malta - Albania, WC Qualifiers
07:30 pm SS2 Germany - Norway, Friendly Match
08:00 pm SS3 France - Argentina, Friendly Match
09:00 pm SS1 Spain - Engand, Friendly Match

Friday, Feb.13 Listings
07:30 pm SS1 Hoffenheim - Leverkusen

Sunday, 8 February 2009

More digitalb problems

Apparently digitalb had transponder difficulties during the Portsmouth vs Liverpool match last night, causing subscribers to lose picture during the climax to the match in a method that made ITV's problems in the week look trivial.

According to posts on the Alsat forum, the issues are out of their control, but any problems never seem to be digitalb's fault.

I was watching on Setanta with no problems, but Digitalb's prices are putting me off next season - much more likely to go with an ART/Al Jazeera combo, which is cheaper and has a wider range of more exotic leagues.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Live Serie A on UKTV shocker!

The Milan derby will be live on BBC on Sunday 15 Feb, 7.30pm kick-off, no doubt due to the presence of Sir Lord Beckham.

Still, let's enjoy a little slice of Serie A while we can.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Sky win four of six Premier League packages from 2010-2013

Sky have won 4 packages so far of the next round of bidding rights, with the other packages going to a second round of bids.

Details of prices or which packages have yet to be announced, and won't be until all 6 packages have been awarded, but it is likely Sky have won the rights to the packages they already hold. Sky can win one more package under EU legislation.

There is the possibility that live rights could become even more fragmented with ESPN rumoured to be interested in bidding.

Personally, I don't think Sky will win, or even go for any more packages. One package isn't enough for a PPV package, which by all accounts lost Sky money, and an extra package on the subscription channels doesn't make financial sense, as the outlay will not be recouped in extra subscriptions. Unless of course, Sky try to win another package in an attempt to run Setanta out of business.

All very interesting, especially to see how much has been paid. This could be the first time the cost of rights has not risen significantly since the last round of bidding - the BBC have held highlights rights for the same price as last time (effectively cheaper given inflation), plus MOTD2 will now be on the iplayer the Tuesday after broadcast (presumably so other outlets retain some kind of exclusivity for a period of time).

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Catching up

A busy weekend of football just past; Saturday was the fantastic clash between Arsenal and Man United, which is by far the best "Big Four" clash I can remember in recent years, as both teams properly went at each other for 90 minutes as the match ebbed one way and another. In the end, the result was probably fair as Arsenal made the most of their chances, and United squandered most of theirs (both sides were woeful in front of goal for much part), in a match that shows why Chelsea are probably favourites for the league this season as they cruised to a victory over Blackburn on Sunday. If Arsenal were to play with this much fire week in, week out, they'd mount a serious challenge; one feels another Stoke or Hull is only round the corner for them.

Morecambe got through to a home tie in the next round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Grimsby, in a match which they dominated from start to finish despite having plenty of players out injured. The cynic in me says Grimsby were as awful as Morecambe were good, but since our change in formation, we've lost against Port Vale with a last minute goal, drew with Accrington and then won against Aldershot and Grimsby (ignoring a defeat in the JPT), and things look rosier. Keep playing like this and we'll even begin to trouble mid-table, which is preferable to looking over our shoulder and watching the teams with points deductions catch us.

On Sunday, I watched Inter against Udinese whilst trying to not fall asleep. One of those matches that gives Serie A a bad name, but not for boring defensive play, just plain ineptitude as passes were misplaced and shots sailed over the bar. Each were as bad as each other, and Inter bundled on in at the end to steal the points and to stop Mourinho getting a pasting in the papers. Over to Germany for Schalke vs Bayern which started like Arsenal vs Man United, before petering out in the second half as Bayern held on to a 2-1 lead, inspired by Franck Ribery. The Bundesliga appears to be the place for goals this season, with high scoring matches abounding. I still haven't managed to catch Hoffenhiem yet as their matches don't seem to coincide with what gets shown live, but hoping to see them soon.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Coppa Italia live on SportsXchange

SportsXchange (Sky Digital Channel 456), will be showing live coverage of the Coppa Italia starting with the Udinese vs Reggina match on 12 November.

While it'd good to get some Italian football back on UK TV, it's a shame it's a competition played in front of empty stadiums with reserve teams. Still no word on Serie A joining it on any station.