Back in 2011, Sportsnet sent out a release stating they had picked up four years worth of international cricket tournaments to broadcast. We even put up a brief post about it. The press release from Sportsnet stated that all tournaments over the course of the agreement would air on Sportsnet World.
Fast-forward to four years later, and Rogers announced this past week that the upcoming 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand would air exclusively in Canada on pay-per-view. That’s right cricket fans, the $40 you could’ve paid to receive SN World for the six-week tournament will now cost you $180 … One hundred and eight dollarydoos. If you are a subscriber with Bell, MTS, SaskTel, Shaw or Telus, you can signup to watch the action on your television. Alternately, or for everyone else, you can purchase the digital option to watch online or on your phone for the same price. For only $130 you can signup to watch just the semifinal and final, or if the grand finale is your only interest, that one game will set you back $100.
The World Cup runs from February 13 to March 28 with just one match being showing live on Canadian television – Pakistan versus India on OMNI 2, Saturday February 14 at 10:30pm ET. Sportsnet World be allegedly showing match highlights and daily news throughout the tournament, and beginning Saturday February 7, fans can catch the latest news and results with Rogers Top Tier Cricket, a weekly highlight show every Saturday afternoon on OMNI 2 and Rogers TV.
If you’d like to signup for this service provided by Rogers, visit http://getcricket.ca.
If you’d like to save a significant amount of money and have access to a good quality VPN, I highly suggest signing up for ESPN’s Cricket World Cup PPV offering. For just $99.99 ($125 Canadian), you can access all 49 matches live or on-demand via http://espn.go.com/espncricket2015 or the ESPN Cricket 2015 app. Matches will be available on-demand or in a 60-minute condensed highlights format, something the Rogers offering doesn’t appear to offer. ESPN will also provide pre-, mid-, and post-match studio programming live from Sydney, Australia.
Sportsnet World has been dying a horrible, horrible death over the past year with less soccer and less rugby being shown – the two sports that have been a cornerstone of the premium channel. beIN Sports has taken away a few European rugby competitions, the English Super League appears to have disappeared all together, and beginning next year, TSN will be showing UEFA Champions League and Europa League, leaving SN World with the occasional EPL or FA Cup game and some southern hemisphere rugby union and rugby league. Definitely not worth the $20 a month price tag.