I'm not a big fan of soccer. I don't mind watching the occasional game but it's not a game I particularly care for. This weekend, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets played out a match that was decided by an umpiring error. But it was an avoidable error being blamed on a failure in the technology that detects players when they are offside. The system broke down meaning that a clear violation of the rules was missed and the only goal in the match stood when it ought to have been disallowed. But the role of technology in sport has been vexed for some time.
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It's the 'fight of the century'. Boxing versus MMA, Old versus New, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather versus Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor. Nothing about it makes any goddamn sense whatsoever but it's happening and there's nothing anyone can do about that.
The only thing we can do now is prepare.
Welcome to the bluffer's guide to Mayweather vs McGregor.
Regular physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, protecting us from a host of modern ills such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers. Sport and exercise are great ways to accumulate regular physical activity, but what about when they do us harm?
Football fans this weekend are in for a treat as the AFL and NRL Grand Finals are on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. How do you watch it for free if you don't have tickets to see the games live? How can you watch them if you're overseas? How do you make conversation with AFL and NRL fans when you know nothing about the two sports? What snacks should you make while you and your mates watch the games? We've got you covered.
One of the stranger features of the Australian TV landscape is the anti-siphoning rule: a list of key sporting events which free-to-air TV essentially has exclusive access to, blocking out pay TV platforms from bidding. Despite current plans to deregulate much of the local TV industry, the Federal Coalition government appears to have no plans to change that.
This Saturday, the Wallabies take on the Lions in the decider for this year's test series between Australia's and Britain's national rugby teams. As well as excessive amounts of mud and testosterone, the games also offers up some interesting lessons in a field rather removed from rugger biffo: analytics and business intelligence.
The second State of Origin rugby league match is on tonight, and once again viewers will have to put up with the complete absence of any HD broadcast because Nine doesn't want the extra expense. One minor sop? The quick replay feature in Nine's Jump-In interactive app, which only worked on iPad for the first Origin match this year, now works for iPhone users as well.
Dear Lifehacker, Looking at the TV guide, I see that once again there is no high-definition (HD) broadcast for the State of Origin on Channel Nine. I will again have no other option but to watch a standard definition (SD) presentation of the game on my HD-ready plasma TV. What I can't understand is why?