Some games not shown until hours later
TV has changed its previous broadcast schedule for World Cup 2010 matches this
week and some of the upcoming games will not be broadcast live.
reason that eight games will be televised on tape delay between Tuesday and
Friday is partly because of how those games are scheduled.
(football’s international governing body) typically schedules the third and
final games of the group stage World Cup matches to be played at the same time.
This is done to avoid a situation that has occurred in previous World Cup
tournaments where teams that already know they have made it through to the
second round simply don’t play hard or even agree beforehand to end the game in
does have two channels available to broadcast the matches, but there is only
one satellite feed available – so the company essentially has to pick which
World Cup matches are broadcast live and which ones are delayed.
means that a number of games coming up this week, such as USA v Algeria,
Honduras v Switzerland, and Paraguay v New Zealand will be broadcast two to
two-and-a-half hours late and fans will already know the outcome of the games
before they watch them.
have no control over this and again, just to clarify, IMC (International Media
Content Ltd.) is the only company with broadcasting rights for the Caribbean,”
a WestStar spokesperson said last weekend.
local TV station has already taken some heat for what is essentially a
contractual ‘blackout’ of World Cup games being shown on ESPN and Univision in
the Cayman Islands.
in Cayman who haven’t been able to view the World Cup games on ESPN (WestStar
channel 30) since Sunday, 13 June, began angrily emailing the Caymanian
Compass, asking why the coverage had been blacked out.
to WestStar TV Operations Director Tracy Bradley, the blackout of the US-based
broadcast network ESPN as well as Mexico-based Univision is due to distribution
rights for the World Cup in the Caribbean. That arrangement allows WestStar to
provide the World Cup only on its local channels, Cayman 27 and Island 24.
rights are a major source of income for FIFA … which sells distribution
rights for specific regions and WestStar has acquired the broadcast distribution
rights in the Cayman Islands,” a press release from the company stated.
rights require WestStar to only carry the feed delivered from IMC, the authorised
re-seller in the Caribbean, to ensure the interests of the sponsors are
protected. As a result, all (World Cup) feeds on the other cable channels have
been blacked out.”
some TV viewers reported on Sunday that ESPN was on the air broadcasting the
football matches again – for two games at least.