Dear Lifehacker, Is there any chance I’ll get to watch State Of Origin live in HD on my TV this year? Thanks, Putting The Boot In
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Alas, no. As ever, the State Of Origin clash is only being broadcast live on Channel Nine — and Nine in its infinite wisdom has decided to only show it on its main channel, which is standard definition. GEM, Nine’s HD channel, will be entertaining non-sports fans with repeats of New Tricks and Spooks. Great use of those resources, guys.
The local networks have been agitating to be allowed to broadcast in HD on their main channel, and there’s a possibility that might happen by 2016.
But there’s a blunt commercial reality here: the lack of an HD broadcast isn’t going to stop people watching Origin, and Nine knows that. Since it has exclusive live rights (Foxtel only gets to show the repeat at 1030), that lack of clarity isn’t going to translate into a lack of ratings — and ultimately that’s all the networks care about.
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