Yeah I know, it sucks! India and Pakistan out of the World Cup huh. But what the hell, my friends and I changed our citizenship to Australia so we can be proud World Cup winners once again. Amidst all the melodrama going on in India and Pak, here’s the good news.. the World Cup is now available for only $99.95 on DISH Network. Now that all the so-called inconsequential matches are over, we can get in the mood for some real cricket.
You know what, I watched the soccer World Cup though India doesn’t play in it. I am a sucker for the Champions League and F1 (which has nothing to do with India except for Narain’s highly unforgettable season last year). I watch NFL, NBA and rugby all the time. So why not some cricket.. given that it’s getting more exciting by the day.
Here’s to the World Cup… may the best team win!
Last night at dinner, my friends and I got talking about watching sports online. What I started off as regular banter actually made sense and by dessert I had them eating out of my hand (non-metaphorically speaking, they soon saw my point and took oath to never support piracy ever again).
I thought I stood a good chance of enlightening a few other folks by organizing my argument better and putting it up here.
To begin with, how does piracy work?
Pirates steal the feed from people who actually pay for the rights and sell it themselves. It’s something like thieves who hijack a milk truck, set shop overnight and sell the milk themselves.
Why does piracy suck?
Pirates aren’t accountable. When was the last time someone took Captain Jack’s word and then held him responsible for the repercussions of his lie? You can subscribe to an Internet website that promises you the entire World Cup but then several things could happen:
- A technical issue, such as bandwidth, or server going down could crop up and you could end up sitting 6 hours in front of your computer trying to figure out how to watch the match. But your money’s as good as gone!
- With all the piracy policing going on nowadays, the website could be shut down, and then your 150 bucks are gone down the drain.
- The website might be relaying a game but you are unable to access it. You are desperate, frustrated and angry. But there’s no one to vent on. Coz there’s no ‘Contact Us’ section in the website. How clever!
Why doers piracy suck – II?
I’ll try and make it as simple as possible. Not much of an economist myself, but this is anybody’s understanding.
Cricket has been broadcast in the US by veterans such as DISH Network for the past 15 years. With more people, especially from South Asia, migrating to the US every year, these people decided to give us a break by reducing the price of cricket packages.
But then piracy came into the picture. People willing to ignore their conscience for a while to save a few bucks (just amazes me how people are willing to sell themselves for that cheap) become willing customers of these pirates despite their unreliability, bad service and lack of ethics. So legal broadcasters lose revenue. In the beginning these broadcasters make up for that loss by firing employees. But after a point (believe me I’ve read up on this, we are very close to this stage), airing cricket becomes unviable and they decide to shelve it. So now you can no longer watch legally telecast cricket. And worse, the pirates do not have a feed to steal from, so they cannot stream it either. So a few years from now, all you can do is read the news the next day and wish you had seen Dhoni’s blazing century.
What’s the alternative?
BUY IT!!!! It costs freaking 199 bucks!! Spread it over 51 matches and that’s about 4 bucks a match. Watch it with three friends and that’s the DISH Network dollar menu right there. You go to work and you can sneak into the restroom to check the ball-by-ball updates on your mobile. You get live coverage on a computer and interactive highlights. So stop being penny wise pound foolish and BUY the freaking package.
It’s like nature. We have it to enjoy, but we also need to make sure our future generations can enjoy it too!
What if Sachin Tendulkar was made to sit at home and a similar-looking duplicate was sent onto the field? What if Brett Lee’s yorkers measured only 98 on the clock because he was replaced by an identical but very unskilled counterpart? Don’t fool yourself into watching pirated cricket. Be original and buy original.
After sieving through several reviews, it seems that the award for the most cost-effective, the most reliable and the most comprehensive coverage of the ICC World Cup in the US goes to DISH Network. Their coverage includes all the 51 matches UNINTERRUPTED besides online streaming to one IP address, ball-by-ball updates on your mobile, interactive highlights and several other value-added services. And it costs just $199.95!! I mean come on, that’s like 4 bucks a match. And if you watch it with a few other friends (which is almost always the case with me), it’s about 50 cents a head. These guys are giving McDonald’s dollar menu a run for their money, what say? http://www.dishcricket.com for more details.
And guess what, I found this commercial online for DISH cricket. The soundtrack is abso rocking!!!