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Will you pay to watch Ukraine V England online?

October 5, 2009


If you want to see the Ukraine V England World Cup qualifier this Saturday then you can pay £4.99 for the game as it will ONLY be shown online. It will be interesting to see how many people do pay the money and watch the game as England have now qualified and although it’s still an important game – how many people will pay £4.99 for it?

Most deals I’ve seen online though is that it’s £4.99 if they sign up for special offer deals which ends midweek, otherwise the match will cost £11.99.

The FA have obviously faced tough criticism regarding the availability and price for the game this  Saturday, but FA Director of Communications Adrian Bevington has said

“The FA has had no authority over the decision to broadcast this match exclusively live on the internet”

“It is the host nation and their commercial agents who have the authority to sell the rights for away fixtures. In this case the Ukranian FA and their agents have sold the broadcast rights for Ukraine v England to the company Perform”

Quite a few newspapers have made the available on their own websites for the available offer as shown above. This match will make history as the first England international to be broadcast exclusively over the internet.

James Richardson will present the live coverage, alongside ex-England manager and Notts County Director of Football Sven Goran Eriksson. Commentary will come from David Pleat and Tony Jones.

Obviously the match has bearings on FIFA rankings as England have won all of their qualifiers so far and Fabio Capello has picked a strong squad for this game and and the next one with Belarus. Reports seem to suggest that with Setanta’s collapse this is the way forward for live football.

Are you going to pay for Saturday’s game?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2009 2:12 pm

    You might get lucky on here

  2. Pete permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:13 pm

    Here in Australia we still have Setanta showing the game live lol. But seriously for people in England I strongly recommened you not to give in and pay the fee to watch the game as this would just set a precedent and encourage them to try this sort of rubbish again next time they play. If hardly anyone pays their absurd fee to watch just a single match then I think they would be forced to never do it again. Besides there are plenty of other places on the internet where you can watch the game for free.

  3. maserati4200 permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:16 pm

    I wouldn’t pay 5 quid for a dead tie.

    I would imagine that several bogus groin strains, viruses and tweaked hamstrings will surface amongst a number of England players shortly, especially when you consider the length of the trip and upcoming fixtures for the PL clubs.

    Capello should use the remaining games as a means to figure out a Plan B and C for 2010.

    This match is only relevant to the potential 2nd place qualifiers. Harsh on them, but a reality nevertheless.

  4. Neil permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:28 pm

  5. October 5, 2009 2:32 pm

    I wouldn’t advise anyone gambling if they don’t want to but ANY and ALL bet365 account holders with a funded acount will be able to watch the game FREE on the bet365 website. I don’t work for them btw, just gamble with them.

  6. October 5, 2009 2:45 pm

    Another link:

  7. Shallowgirl permalink
    October 5, 2009 5:09 pm

    What an absolutely horrible idea this is. I heard Rio saying “yeah, it’s great, it’s the future cos of all the advertising revenue”. Well thanks Rio. I’m looking forward (not) to my family cramming around my 12″ screen with our drinks and pop corn.

    I run a community football club. We would normally have a full house with the bar open generating much-needed revenue to keep our club open, when England play. What hope for us now. We’ve been clobbered by the smoking ban, now we’re having our football taken away from us. And who will suffer, our 250 junior members, because we won’t be able to afford to keep the place open.

    Where will the social interaction be. What a bunch of saddos we’re going to become if Football goes down this root. Hunched over our computers, alone.

    Please everybody. DON’T WATCH THIS. I hope it’s a complete failure.

    • October 5, 2009 8:05 pm

      Will have to figure out a way to hook up your laptop to television is all.
      Good luck though, Shallowgirl.

  8. October 6, 2009 1:51 am

    Do NOT WATCH THIS! Do not give in!! What a jip! American’s already renamed “French Fries” to “Freedom Fries” because the French are morons, if we have to rename English Muffins to “Waterboard Muffins” because our good friends across the sea have given in as well, I’m going to be livid!

  9. October 6, 2009 1:18 pm

    There’s only going to be 1 million subscribers as they believe otherwise they won’t get an “optimal broadcast” which makes me think not a lot of testing has gone into this. I won’t be signing up and feedback on here and other sites seem to be saying the same thing.

    I’d be interested to hear from anyone who does purchase the game and what the quality etc is like, I kind of get the feeling it’s going to be bad…

  10. October 8, 2009 9:03 pm

    The most reliable link I’ve found for streaming this game is :

    There seems to be plenty of free games on the Live Sports page too so it’s worth a look, I reckon.

  11. Shortbus permalink
    October 8, 2009 10:43 pm

    Love the EPL and my beloved Toffees, but never have liked watching the England team play, boring boring boring… That said, nope… I wont be watching

    With Setanta fucked up as they are, I would of missed Evertons matches in the Europa league since Fox Soccer Channel doesn’t show them either. ESPN now has the rights but I believe they have only shown 1 or 2 matches so far on this side of the Atlantic, so I paid 7 quid to and have seen every match plus some. Love that site

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