I can't see techincal problems as they won't be producing any of the content on their own, they'll take the UK feed the same way SN/TSN did.
TSN would switch audio and video within a couple seconds when problems were noted. They even had prescence of mind and preparation to cut over to ABC when required. CBC on the other hand has taken hours to respond to similar problems on their broadcasts.
They won't need another channel, they will sell off some of the games to another channel.
How do you know that? Nancy Lee's plans for this sound really unformed actually.
And 2010 is a long time away, who knows how much better the HD landscape will be at that time.
I think the point is that if CBC is that far behind TSN today, how much further behind will they be in 2007, 2008, etc? Do we have any reason to believe they will catch up?
TSN-Sportsnet did a nice package of pre and post-match that CBC has given no indication they could pull off. Coverage was seamless across TSN and Sportsnet.
Recent history doesn't lend confidence to the CBC bid:
- Curling: they missed many of the broadcasts people wanted to see, buried coverage on a niche channel (Country canada). When people subscribed to Country Canada to get coverage, CBC abruptly flipped coverage off Country Canada with no warning, disrupting viewers and wasting their money.
- Olympics - American networks provided more hours of coverage, more live events, better analysis, picture quality and reliability. Not only that, but their coverage teams were better informed much more impartial!
- CFL - CBC's CFL broadcast is much weaker than TSN's, the picture quality suffers in the comparison, games are inexplicably shown in low-def even when HD truck and gear at at the stadium. HD broadcasts are scheduled haphazardly, either being low-def when scheduled for HD, and sometimes HD when the schedule says low-def. TSN will rebroadcast games off-hours in full HD, not so on CBC - CBC's airs test patterns instead.
- NHL - CBC shunned available HD feeds of hockey, content instead to use their own low def signals. They blamed a lack of available HD equipment, but somehow the tiny OLN with very limited budget was able to provide more and better HD coverage of NHL hockey. Moving pictures were blockier than the same events on NBC and OLN.
- Summer Games - CBC bought exclusive rights to this event and blocked all other broadcasters. Then they timed a lockout of their workers to coincide with this event. CBC officials were unapologetic of their decision which wasted money and deprived citizens of coverage for this national event. Apparently they timed this lockout hoping to break the worker's resolve in time for the lucrative hockey season.
These are my indicators of how the CBC soccer deal *might* go. What indicators do you have that it might go differently?