Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Monday, October 05, 2009

England Blackout?

Our intrepid Mancunian UWS has turned up startling news that we will be blacked out of coverage of the England WC qualifier against Ukraine on Saturday due to a slippery Internet-only deal. Cut and paste the following link for details:

Does this mean that our usual friends in cyberspace will not have the streams? Anyone have any ideas about how to access the match?


Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't think we are going to be able to find it. We see the games that are on the TV. If aint on the TV, where will they get the feed.


3:45 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

It's a bad precedent in any case, and coming on the heels of ESPN's, Fox's and Univision's rejection of the Honduran broadcast right's holder's extortionate demands and the blackout of this weekend's US qualifier too, it bodes ill for the future.

8:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm certainly no technical expert in these matters, but I hope that UWS is wrong. I would think that, given that the stream is already up on the Net, it would all the easier to hack into, right? After all, what we're watching most weekends is not someone filming his or her telly while the match is on. The only issue is whether these Kentaro folks will have the Net police out in effect. They'll obviously have the incentive to do so, but whether they have the ability to shut everyone down is another matter. I'm still hopeful.

10:14 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

It's going to be interesting. I look at it as a definite shot-across-the-bow to Justin and his ilk. I wonder if a single distributor is easier to police than the jillions of distribution avenues for Premiership football.

It is worrying.

10:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just taken a look at the schedule of programming for tomorrow on MyP2P and it's got Ukraine vs. England listed with the note that a stream will appear at 13:15. Match time is 1:15 pm EST so it appears that we're still on.

Come on, England!

5:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, that was interesting. There was definitely more cat and mouse games online than usual but in the end, we fought the law and for once WE WON. I'm quite pleased to have cheated the Internet robber barons out of their pound of flesh today.

What about those who paid up and got to watch a fairly dreary England performance in a dead rubber - what must they be feeling tonight?

3:26 PM  

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