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…
…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.
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.
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…