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Fans Angered By Rugby League World Cup Television Blackout
Published November 1, 2013
So much "for live and uninterrupted coverage of the Rugby League World Cup," according to Adrian Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Not for the first time since the tournament kicked off on Sunday, "angry viewers vented on social media about their access to the showpiece international event." The U.S. enjoyed "perhaps their finest moment on the world stage in their 32-20 win against the Cook Islands in Bristol." But "in a major embarrassment for organisers, league fans were unable to tune into the action due to issues with the host broadcaster and the satellite connection." When the matter was finally sorted, "the coverage was replayed from the start of the match rather than providing the promised live coverage." A Seven spokesperson said, "The issue was with the host broadcaster and the satellite connection. When the satellite issue was resolved and play was in progress, the host broadcaster re-cued to the start of the match and we could not broadcast live." The gaffe follows complaints from fans unable to access the coverage on the Seven Network's 7mate station, "which can only be picked up by households with HD access" (SMH, 11/1).