As I commented prior to the beginning of England’s footballing disaster The World Cup, the BBC ingeniously chose to stream its games live. Shortly after the conclusion of Sven’s hideous reign The World Cup Riyad wrote in his editorial 40 Years of Hurt just what a roaring success it had been. Never slow to catch on, Rupert Murdock’s boys have hopped onboard this web revolution.
Of course being Rupert Murdock as opposed to Auntie, Sky television will not be adopting the same footloose and completely free service that the Beeb had conjured up but – for the first time – it will be allowing viewers to stream Champions’ League coverage live over the web.
Beginning 12 September (yup, today), Sky will offer up coverage of every group stage match in real time with an introductory offer charging customers just £3 for a single match. Access is through the Skysports.com homepage and users will need Windows 2000 and above plus a copy of Windows Media 9 or greater and a connection in excess of 600Kbps for the best quality. Video will be shown at a resolution of 400 x 300 but two further quality settings will tone this down for users will antiquated web access.
As it stands Mac owners – as is often the case – will be left out in the cold (in this instance because the Microsoft DRM licence doesn’t extend to your machines). In addition, the service will only apply to residents in the UK or ROI. For a full FAQ check here.
Of course, non techies (whoever they may be) will also be able to get all games in High Defintion for the first time while Sky’s Interactive service has been expanded to add goal alerts while there shall be mobile in-game goal clips for mobile phones.
All in all, there has never been an easier way to get kicked out the house by your girlfriend…
PS Yes, the Liverpool only Sky photography troubled me too but to be honest Glenn's boys need a miracle at the back if I'm ever going to get the shots I truly want...