It’s always great when you tune in for an historical result. Being on holidays this morning, I got a Twitter tipoff that the US Masters golf was getting exciting, so I watched the last hour and saw Adam Scott’s victory. Nice work from the Aussie, and great to be able to see it live as it happened!
The online environment for TV viewing has changed considerably in quite a short time. And I won’t lie, I used to download a lot of TV — never films or movies — and while I still do a little bit, I’ve largely stopped now. There’s a few reasons for this.
One, I guess I’m just older. I can afford to buy things more now, and I’m more selective, and more specific in how I spend my time.
But two, and most importantly, there are just more ways to buy and watch things online now. And when they’re really good, like say Game of Thrones, they are worth buying.
And so much has changed. The window of waiting is increasingly smaller than ever, and sometimes non-existant. Game of Thrones is the best example here, airing within hours of the US, and on iTunes the next day.
There’s a few services, but iTunes has changed my viewing habits. For the price of what you’d pay for DVDs in 12 months time, you can get the whole season immediately. The biggest problem is still the shows that aren’t show quickly on Australian TV, and iTunes doesn’t get shows until they’re shown here, but there’s fewer of them than previously, and hopefully that will stop soon.
So right now I get things like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire through iTunes, and the other big example is The Daily Show. $10 for 16 episodes (more or less a month). Damn right. Before, the only legit way to get these was Foxtel, and that is not a wise of fair cost structure. I mean, even the NRL is getting in on the act, with the $90 season pass letting me watch all games live on my iPad! It’s all changing…
A nice lunch out today while I’m in Sydney, to Oliveto’s at Rhodes. Good Italian food combined with incredibly busy and large crowds, usually big Italian family gatherings. It’s always off putting when you arrive, bit it never hampers service or food quality. I had their Risotto special, with prawns, saffron and other assorted wonders.
And the football. It’s always odd watching Wests with my father and brother. Wests won for a start, 28-18, good at times, inconsistent overall, but enough to win, which this early is enough. But the ups and downs of watching this are a sight to behold!
Last night I signed up for NRL Live — and it feels like they’ve finally entered the 21st century. I wrote about this a couple of years ago now, wondering why we didn’t have this system already, and now finally we do!
For the first time ever, I was able to — in the comfort of my own home on my iPad — watch the Monday night football Wests vs Newcastle game. This was something that had previously been accessible only by paying for Foxtel or being there.
Like NBA season passes or other innovations, the NRL has finally this year, through their online rights-holder Telstra, enabled an online pay-per-view system for games. Because out where I live you can’t even get Monday night games on the radio, this is very new. For a surprisingly low cost, you can get weekly, monthly or yearly access to watch all Foxtel NRL games live on your iPhone/iPad (and Android as well).
Great quality video and audio, glitch free and great access. I can Airplay it to my television if I want (not when the misses doesn’t want to watch though!) or watch it in any room I like. I paid the $5.49 weekly pass because that’s all I could afford last night, but $90 for the full season looks like the best option, and to be honest $90 per month is a price you’re lucky to pay for most Foxtel packages.
Let’s leave aside for a moment that Wests were pretty woeful in the game… losing 44-10! But despite that, it was outstanding to be able to watch the game, and basically to know that I can watch every game they play for the entire season (and a whole lot more!) This is very similar to my iTunes Daily Show subscription that lets me pay $10 a month for the show, rather than having to look at more Foxtel subs or piracy (and also my subscription to watch premium shows like Game of Thrones). If they make it easier and more convenient to pay for things legitimately, more people will.
Cudos to the NRL, and yes I suppose Telstra too, for implementing this system and making it affordable!
This whole drugs in sport thing just got a little more nuts, with the Cronulla Sharks suspending their coach and sacking four officials, two days before their first game. No idea if player suspensions will follow, but it seems likely.
I didn’t make the Google Teacher Academy cut at all, and neither did most people I know online. Some did however, so I’ll just have to look for different ways to level-up my skills.
But of course, when I mentioned this it was followed by many calls of thanks and support from online folks. Can’t deny that feels good
For the first time ever that I can think of, the new season started on a Thursday night, and I decided to tune in. Souths vs Roosters, big return of Sonny Bill Williams, big things expected from Souths star line-up. And well, Souths certainly delivered!
28-10, big result, easy victory for Souths. Roosters pretty disappointing, but that was to be expected I think. Souths deserve to be second favourites this year I think, behind reigning premiers Melbourne.
As for my team, Wests Tigers? Have to wait until Monday night to see them play, probably can’t watch it but will listen out for the result. They should do better than last year, but no idea of their true form. The season awaits…
The Newcastle Knights visit Coonabarabran High School on February 20, 2013, in aid of our bushfire appeal fundraising.
A great day for the town with coach Wayne Bennett appearing and also players including Kurt Gidley, Willie Mason and Jarrod Mullin, among others. The kids at the primary and high schools had a great time, and I got to photograph the arrival and much of the event:
School Newcastle Knights visit 200213, a set on Flickr.
I’m both heartened and annoyed to find this site exists:
It’s exactly what I’ve wished existed for years… for $15 a month you can watch all NRL games live or on replay. Perfect for the league fan who (like me), finds pay TV expensive and largely pointless. I would sign up for this in a second….
Except it’s not available to anyone in Australia.
Now I already know why this is, of course. It’s a Bigpond Sport site, and Telstra wants Australian NRL fans to sign up for Foxtel, pay the bloated and inefficient costs there, and get a massive load of stuff they don’t want, in addition to the sport they do want. Foxtel is $40 a month minimum, and so much of it is just crap (believe me, I did subscribe for about four years). The existing model of Pay TV is inefficient and unnecessary.
This online service would be brilliant… pay directly for the sport you want to watch and forget the rest. $15 would be great, and I’d watch plenty.
But no, not for you Australian NRL fan…
I think I’ll be checking out those VPN services again… (I always thought that would be to access foreign sites, not sites right at home!)
This is a new one for the site, a bit of an experiment really. My first foray into podcasts, as my brother Wayne and I jump into the world of Rugby League and the NRL.
Wayne is a great talker when it comes to Rugby League, and I thought we’d try a podcast format which is simply our weekly League talk on the phone! That explains the difference between our voices, and it’s all you need to know. Without any further introduction:
We discuss St George dominance, Wests Tigers team, the problems facing NSW State of Origin campaign this year, and more!
Had a Melbourne Cup function at work today, naturally… tables full of snacks, and finger foods, plus beer. Good stuff: little pastries and prawns and sandwiches and breads and dips, that kind of thing.
Most of the entire afternoon went to the party of course… and the race was five minutes. I do love Australian traditions
And while I put some tiny bets on a got nothing, somehow I did win one of the work sweeps! For a measly $2 I picked up $30 since I got Shocking as my random selection. It’s been years since I won one of these things. Good stuff!
Dinner’s on me… or something