A rough post prepared earlier. Sunday was very busy.
I don't love SBS, our partly funded by government tv station. Well not like I love our fully funded by government ABC. Once again the Liberal Party (conservative) has attacked our ABC by voting to privatise the ABC. Spokespeople for the Liberal Party are backtracking, but also saying that the ABC needs to be more fair.........to the Liberal Party's was of thinking. No surprise there.
I don't know about soccer but I do know about failure. Optus, a Singaporean owned telecommunication company, bought the rights to broadcast most of the World Cup Soccer/Football to Australia via the internet and I guess a pay tv cable station. SBS could not afford the rights but did have the rights to some matches. Optus failed with its broadcast because of technical issues and has pretty well handed over the rights to broadcast all of the soccer to SBS.
One thing stuck me about this. What is Optus phone coverage compared to SBS broadcast coverage? I am thinking people in the country are not able to watch unless in the unlikely event they have Optus coverage and of course have to pay for it. I suspect SBS covers a much larger area. Why is the World Cup not a government protected sporting event that should be available to all on free to air tv, like so many other sporting events?
Meanwhile I am very happy with my Aldi phone plan, that gives me access to Telstra's network for $25 per month with pretty well unlimited calls, texts and data. Ok, data is limited to 4 GB per month. I use about 400 MB, not much, and unused rolls over to the next month. It is so nice to not have to worry about what you are doing with your phone.
I believe that SBS has much wider coverage over Australia than does Optus. Politicians make lip service about looking after 'the bush', but do they actually do so? This one is a pretty simple and obvious way they don't.