SBS Strike Again! Another Special European Broadcast

Last week I wrote a post about a “Special Broadcast Service” from the terrestrial television channel SBS here in Australia.

I got thoroughly bashed in the comments by everyone; it seems that nobody else liked the “Special Broadcast Service” I was talking about. It was a little European competition that has been established so many years it has become, in my view, a continental treasure!

If you don’t know which competition I am talking about, check out the post here…

Television in Australia: A Special Broadcasting Service

…and maybe even leave a comment. Especially if you are a fan of the event.

Undeterred, today I am going to announce another European competition to be shown on SBS. This one starts on Saturday and like the last one, I’ll be watching every minute of it.

But this time, I don’t think I will be getting beaten up for doing so.

Euro 2012

This competition first took place in 1960 and was called UEFA European Nations Cup. In 1968 it changed it’s name to UEFA European Football Championship, although these days it seems to just be referred to as Euro, followed by the year, so this year it’s Euro 2012.

footballThe competition, of course, is football. The one with the round ball; the one that Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell play; the sport that in Australia is known as …

And the “Euro” competition is just like the World Cup, except it’s for those nations that live in the part of the world known as Europe.

Not that Australia will feel hard done by, they take part in the AFC Asian Cup. It may surprise you to learn that that continental championship has been going longer than the Euros! Australia have never won it, but they’ve only entered twice, coming second last time out. Australia host the next comp in 2015. Come on you Socceroos!

England, on the other hand, have entered every Euro since 1960, never had a sniff!

Anyway, through the joy that is SBS, I will be watching quite a bit of Euro 2012 thanks to another of their Special Broadcast Services. But I won’t be watching all of it.


The full rights to screen Euro 2012 in Australia are with Setanta. I believe Setanta went bust in the UK, but here in Australia they are alive and well. Unfortunately, just like the setup used to be in the UK, to get the channel you need to pay extra each month on top of your digital subscription.

That’ll add at least $15 per month onto your digital TV payments, not something I’m prepared to do.

It’s not just the money, there is a another reason. Kick-off times turn out to be 2 AM and 4:45 AM here in Brisbane. Those times aren’t really any use to either night owl or morning lark!

So, for me, it’s SBS and the one hour highlight show on at 5:30 PM every day. I’ll be recording them and watching them each night when Mrs BobinOz has gone to bed.

SBS will also be showing two of the quarter-finals and one of the semifinals, along with the final, live.

Not bad, better than nothing. But I seem to remember a much better coverage from them in 2008.

Will you be watching Euro 2012? Who is going to win it?

To whet your appetite here are some highlights from previous competitions, watch out for a fantastic goal (and celebrations) by Gazza…

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  • Eike June 12, 2012, 5:57 pm |

    Hi Bob,
    I’m watching the games on Setanta – recording them and watching the next day or, if somehow possible, live. Not easy with those kick-off times… but I managed for Germany vs. Portugal and France vs. England.
    The cost situation isn’t great either, but I feel I’m saving compared to people who watch it at pubs etc., as they spend lots on beer and food. Watching at home can be a lot cheaper!

    Who will win it? Well, I’m German… 😉

    • BobinOz June 14, 2012, 1:02 pm |

      Yes, a friend of mine signed up, I think he said it will cost him $50 in all and then he will probably cancel. On that basis, it would be cheaper than going to the pub, so, it probably is a good plan.

      Who will win? We never count out Germany, but I think five or six teams are in contention this year. Early days.

  • Sarah June 11, 2012, 9:34 pm |

    Good website you’ve got here!! Just came accross it when doing a search for my boyfriend for which channels show the euros out here!

    • BobinOz June 12, 2012, 12:51 am |

      Thanks Sarah, glad to have helped you and your boyfriend. Have a look around, I do other stuff, not just TV listings 🙂



  • Marcus June 11, 2012, 6:43 pm |

    Cheers Rob and there i was thinking delayed meant 10-15 mins! lol 😉

    • BobinOz June 12, 2012, 12:48 am |

      That’s why I didn’t mention the delayed games much, how can you delay a game 36 hours and expect people to wait! Absolutely ridiculous!

      I’d watch the highlights, or find a friend with Setanta.

  • Rob@Gooner June 10, 2012, 10:38 pm |

    Details of the SBS coverage are on the pdf at the URL below:

    Cheers, Rob

  • Marcus June 10, 2012, 6:32 pm |

    Hello Bob, i’m also looking forward to the Euros…Come on England!! Although i don’t expect us to do much more than make up the numbers!

    The whole coverage thing here is annoying, although i thought i had read somewhere the as well as the ‘finals’ (i always regarded there as being one!) that SBS were going to be showing 4 selected games live but delayed…including the England v France match! I can’t seem to find any of these on their schedule listings but!?

    Oh well, looks like i’ll be doing the same as i’ve done for the premiership…early morning live streaming! 🙂

    My money is on Germany this time out!

  • Rupert June 9, 2012, 5:05 pm |

    Sorry Bob, I couldn’t give a flying rat’s fart about football.

    But I am looking forward to the Canadian GP this weekend, which is on One HD and Ten. In the UK, you now have to pay for it now after Murdoch outbid the BBC.

    Glad to be in Oz!

    • BobinOz June 12, 2012, 12:43 am |

      Don’t like Eurovision, don’t like football, Jeez! And you now have to pay to watch the GP in the UK? Who would??

  • Tommy June 9, 2012, 12:06 pm |

    Hey Bob, thanks for the intel. Was trying to find which games were being aired. I am an expat pommie so will try to watch as much as I can. Beats me that they are only showing ONE of the semis!!! That sucks. I bet if England make it..(Which they won’t I know) but if they do it will be their semi not aired! But like you say better than nought!
    Keep well


    • BobinOz June 12, 2012, 12:40 am |

      I think the problem is Setanta got the rights, SBS got the scraps. They are allowed two of the quarter-finals and one of the semifinals along with the final four live games.

      And if England make the semis… aw, think we’ll worry about that if England make the semis 🙂

  • Joel June 8, 2012, 10:51 pm |

    Great news Bob!
    You can watch the Euro2012. I am from Venezuela and I am a fan of football as well (yes, we know it by his proper name: Football), We will have a complete coverage on free TV as well.
    Venezuela has become a football freak country. I guess you may barely follow southamerican football, and I am talking about Brazil 2014 Worldcup clasification matches, not clubs matches. I guess you may probably follow an Argentina vs Brazil. Anyway, I would like to know if there is any option to watch Southamerican Countries teams games, either on paid or on free broadcasting?
    Enjoy the Eurocup, although my guess is that either Spain or Germany should be winning this year, but, who knows? Remember Euro 2004!

    • BobinOz June 11, 2012, 9:44 pm |

      Hi Joel

      Good to hear you are all football crazy down there and you call it by the correct name. You will have access to some of it here, we have a program called The World Game on SBS and they sometimes show South American games, but I think you might have to sign up for Setanta (paid) for a more thorough coverage.

      Sorry I’m a bit sketchy on it, too busy watching the English Premier League, not enough time in the day for me to enjoy all the other good football around the world.

      Maybe somebody else knows exactly what’s on?

      As for this year’s Euro winners, I’ve got a feeling it might just be somebody who has never won it before. We might all be in for a surprise!

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