2. For Wayne, how many times has it to be explained that the putting of the big rugby games on PPV is not Setanta's doing but a decree from the IRB. Setanta probably does the best it can by putting it on tape delay as soon as the IRB will allow. I'm sure it will be the same with the Six Nations.
Actually, I don't think this was really explained in this thread. All that was really mentioned was this in post 343:
Originally Posted by Andrew1
Apparently it is the IRB who are responsible for the good matches being available only on PPV.
So you are saying that the IRB decreed "In North America there will be no Live Coverage of the RWC beyond Round 1 except on PPV" Why would they do that - was it solely PPV in other countries like the UK, France, Aus, New Zealand and South Africa? I don't think it was in Argentina which is where I watched the Final Match. Or were they forced to PPV due to exorbinant fees demanded by the IRB for North America. It would be interesting to find out exactly how much the IRB made from this in North America as I don't imagine there would have been tons of subscribers willinng to pay the fee.
So Robin100, can you please explain exactly how it is the IRB's doing that all RWC games past the first round were PPV? And why it is the IRB's fault some or all of the Six Nations will also be PPV?
And what is the relationship between the IRB and the Six Nations? I do not believe that IRB has much to do with the Six Nations as the IRB is the Global body whereas the Six Nations is purely a European Competition. I don't think the IRB would have any say over TV rights for this competition. It is kind of like Soccer - I don't think FIFA has anything to do with the Euro tournament as UEFA is the one that administers this tournament.
And the same thing with Tri-Nations - it is run by the SA, Aus and NZ Rugby Unions so the IRB shouldn't have any say.
By the way, if you look back through this thread you will see that I have generally been quite supportive of Setanta. It is great to see rugby on TV in Canada again and to a degree that we have never seen before. But I feel that I, as a rugby fan, am being taken advantage of when I am paying $15/month and then being deprived of big games. This is pretty much the most expensive English language channel on TV, it is much more expensive than the Movie Channel, so that is why I have high expectations for it. As I mentioned earlier I am not much of a soccer fan, if there was a Setanta rugby channel that I could subscribe to I would do so and not subscribe to soccer, so I am not paying for the soccer.