2015 Cricket World Cup To Be On Stupidly Expensive PPV Instead Of Sportsnet World

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.

Sportsnet Releases 2012 IPL Schedule

Sportsnet has released their 2012 Indian Premier League cricket schedule. The IPL is the best club Twenty20 cricket league in the world. Last season matches aired on Sportsnet One and PPV. This year Sportsnet World is taking over the PPV broadcasts, which is good news for Canadian cricket fans.

Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Sportsnet World steps up to deliver ‘wicket’ coverage of one of the most highly anticipated cricket tournaments on the calendar – Indian Premier League presented by CIBC. Sportsnet World, the premier destination for cricket fans, is home to IPL 2012 group stage matches and playoffs – featuring the most talented players in the world, led by Ravindra Jadeja and Chris Gayle.

Coverage begins with the season opener on Wednesday, April 4 as the defending champion Chennai Super Kings host the Mumbai Indians at 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet World. The heated two-month tournament culminates with the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (tape delay) on Sportsnet World.

n addition to IPL, Sportsnet World is also the home to the International Cricket Council’s biggest events, continuing Sportsnet’s four-year multiplatform agreement with ESPN STAR Sports, signed last year. The exclusive Canadian media agreement includes eight major international tournaments on Sportsnet World, leading up to the world’s premiere cricket event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

OMNI Television primes fans throughout the 2012 IPL season with The Cricket Report, premiering on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on OMNI.2 , OMNI Alberta at 6 p.m. MT and OMNI BC at 11 p.m. PT. The Cricket Report will appear every Sunday on OMNI.2, OMNI Alberta and OMNI BC as hosts Zeshan Qureshi and Arjuna Ranawana recap key plays and stories while going in-depth on the upcoming matches. Encore presentations for The Cricket Report will appear weekly on Sportsnet World and Sportsnet ONE. OMNI Television will also broadcast four IPL matches this season.

Continue after the break for the complete broadcast schedule.

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Sportsnet Picks Up ICC Cricket

Major news for cricket fans in Canada today, Sportsnet has picked up rights to all major International Cricket Council (ICC) events over the next four years. Most coverage will air on Sportsnet World, while some will air on the other Sportsnet channels too. Sportsnet World will broadcast 8 major events between 2012 and 2015 including the World Twenty20 in 2012, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and the Cricket World Cup in 2015. Sportsnet World will also have live coverage of the top world T20 club competition, Indian Premier League, beginning next year.

Here is a quote from Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media:

Our new partnership with the ICC and ESPN STAR Sports strengthens our hold on cricket across the country and is a great addition for Sportsnet World. Fans in Canada now have access to more cricket coverage than ever before.

Here is a complete list of ICC events that Sportsnet World will broadcast. The location of each event is in brackets)
-2012 U19 World Cup (Australia)
-2012 ICC World Twenty20 (Sri Lanka)
-2013 ICC World Cup Qualifier (Scotland)
-2013 ICC Champions Trophy (England & Wales)
-2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup (India)
-2014 U19 Cricket World Cup (TBC)
-2014 ICC World Twenty20 (Bangladesh)
-2015 Criket World Cup (Australia & New Zealand)

Cricket is Coming to Rogers Sportsnet One

Rogers Sportsnet just keeps coming with the surprise announcements for their new digital channel Sportsnet One. The latest announcement is the most surprising of all, beginning next Friday April 8 Sportsnet One will air Canadian coverage of the Indian Premier League, the top Twenty20 cricket league in the world. Cricket has gained momentum in Canada over the past month as the World Cup has taken place in India. This past Wednesday highlights of the semi final match between India and Pakistan even made it on to Canadian sports highlights programs, something unheard of in the past.

Rogers Sportsnet One will air 36 regular season matches, while an additional 34 will air on PPV. All three playoff games, and the Championship Match will air on PPV as well. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is the first time cricket has aired in full form here in Canada. While some have ridiculed the additions of TSN2 and Sportsnet One in Canada, they have provided an outlet for sports that haven’t aired in Canada in the past, like the Australian Football League and now cricket.

Here is a quote from Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting

Cricket is a premiere sport whose multinational flavour is felt across the globe. This partnership will not only attract fans of the sport but also introduce a brand new audience to Sportsnet as we become the destination for the Indian Premier League in Canada.

In case you are wondering about Twenty20 cricket, here is a quick rundown as best I understand it. If anyone reading this can clarify/correct any of this, please leave a comment.

  • Each team has one innings consisting of a maximum of 20 overs.
  • Games take about 3 1/2 hours to complete, much shorter than the one day matches we see at the World Cup.

You can see the complete Indian Premier League on Sportsnet One schedule here.