ESPN Star Sports Cricket Sometimes Live

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    Just emailed Now TV, in Hong Kong [since when things have improved I believe]:

    I have the cricket channel – called espn star sports cricket live "live" means action as it happens, right?

    There's an international match being played right now – England vs Sri Lanka; yet the "live" tv is repeat of England vs India game from the English summer.

    Why not call the channel Star Sports Cricket Sometimes Live But Often Repeats? – or, better still, show live matches when possible.


    Reply from Now TV:

    Thank you for emailing now TV.

    With regards to your message, we are sorry to learn of your
    disappointment to our Cricket Channel. Please be adivsed that your
    valuable feedback has already been channeled back to the relevant
    department for further review . Rest assured we would use it as
    reference to future improvement, and make necessary enhancement to
    ensure such quality standard is met.


    My main int team is England; recently played series in Sri Lanka, now in New Zealand – yet none of the matches aired on the rather crappy ESPN Star Sports Cricket “Live” (haha) channel. Just turned on lest today’s 20-20 match shown – but no, was yet another repeat.

    This month, get some international matches from Australia, plus bunch of domestic matches from Australia (kind of ok if nothing of higher level to show, but that’s not the case), and under 19 “world cup” (inc Papua New Guinea team).
    Might be ok if a cheap channel – but get charged a premium price; premium price should merit premium content.


    I emailed Now TV with comment rather as above; reply here:

    With regards to your message, we are sorry that the series of England vs
    New Zealand is under our now TV coverage. Rest assured that your
    valuable feedback has already been channeled back to relevant department
    for further review in order to improve our service level and provide
    customers with the best possible service in future.

    For your information, the Tri-Nation series in Australia and also the
    “ICC Under-19 Cricket World cup” are available on now TV.


    Sent Now TV another stroppy missive re their crappy “live” cricket channel, where it seems live tv has vanished lately.
    Had reply, inc this schedule for forthcoming matches that will be shown.

    England v New Zealand Test
    (3 Tests, 1 Twenty20 and 5 One-Day Internationals)

    May 2008

    ICC Asia Cup

    June 2008

    England v South Africa Test
    (4 Tests, 1 Twenty20 and 5 One-Day Internationals)

    July – September 2008

    Australia v Bangladesh
    (2 Tests, and 3 One-Day Internationals)

    August – September 2008

    ICC Champion’s trophy

    Sept 2008

    Australia v New Zealand
    (2 Test, 5 One-Day Internationals, 1 Twenty20)

    November 2008

    Australia v South Africa
    (3 Tests, 5 One-Day Internationals)

    December 2008 – January 2009

    ICC World Cup Qualifier

    April 2009

    England v Zimbabwe
    (2 Tests, 3 One-Day Internationals)

    May – June 2009

    Twenty20 World Cup

    May 2009

    Emailed back, saying:
    Well, this looks better.

    But still hardly inspired.
    I’m interested in the England – NZ/S Africa matches over the summer. Not too excited by schedule for coming winter.

    Seems there are no cricket fans working at the channel.


    Just sent this to Now TV:

    After complaining re the cricket channel, can now note that over this summer, seems considerably improved: instead of so much recorded material, seeing quite a bit of live cricket, including some significant matches.
    Hope this is indeed part of a real improvement.

    – albeit things not perfet; no India vs Sri Lanka series, say.


    is the upcoming india australia 2008 series will be shown live on star sports………


    I don’t know; you’d think so, given should be massive interest among cricket fans in this region

    Had quick look on official websites (espnstar, and now tv), but didn’t readily find info on this. (Glad to see an English county championship game on schedule – otherwise, only seen domestic one day games on Star Cricket "Live"; tho of course reckon international games more important).
    Might be best to email Now TV.

    For my part, hoping to see some of England vs India this winter.

    Also the Stanford megabucks match in West Indies; but not at all sure re this.


    Glad to see a cricket fan around in hong kong.

    I was going to subscribe to this channel before, however it is quite costly for a single channel and I can’t find a lot of live matches therefore I have yet to subscribe it.

    If they have the australian domestic league with australian test and ODI series and of coure the Ashes series, I might consider…

    P.S. don’t think Now TV knows much about cricket as I’ve asked several operators and they do not have much clues, I suppose it is not the most popular sport in hong kong


    we (Indians) and rest of the world will miss Saurav Ganguly for rest of his life. Thankyou you Saurav for your great contribution to Indian cricket.


    Just received from Now Broadband TV:

    after confirmed with the content provider, we would like to inform that the following

    series will be shown on Cricket channel :


    -Australian Domestic Cricket , 2008 Ford Ranger Cup

    -New Zealand Tour of Australia 2008 , 3 Mobile Test Series

    -South Africa in Australia – 3 Test Matches, 5 One Day Internationals


    -South Africa in Australia 3 Test Matches; 5 One Day Internationals; 1


    -Australia vs New Zealand – 5 One Day Internationals

    -Australia vs New Zealand – International Twenty20

    -Sri Lanka in England – 2 Test Matches, 3 One Day Internationals

    -ICC World T20 – 27 Matches

    -Australia in England – 5Test Matches 7 One Day Internationals

    -Champions League T20 – 23 Matches

    -ICC Champions Trophy – 15 Matches

    -Pakistan in Australian – 3 Test Matches, 5 One Day Internationals

    -West Indies in Australia – 3 Test Matches


    After receiving schedule for rest of this year, and 2009, I sent the following to Now TV:

    Thanks for this info.

    Looks like Australia fans will be well catered for!

    As an England fan, I have some time to wait before matches of much 

    interest to me.

    Still, at least this means there will be some decent live cricket, not 

    just lots of repeats.

    just received:

    From your message, we totally understand your concern, please be

    informed that we have collected the voices of our customers and raised

    out our concern to the Content Provider, please rest assured that we are

    constantly looking to provide the best programming for our audience.


    Just commented on Facebook re lamentable quality of ESPN Star Sports Cricket channel here in Hong Kong – suggesting it may be the world’d worst cricket channel.

    A friend replied:

    ESPN Cricket are so crap. I can’t believe they haven’t shown any of the games from SA and are still repeating the SA tour of Australia!



    If you haven’t twigged by now, they only show cricket that takes place in certain countries.


    Everything that happens outside of those countries is not going to be broadcast.

    Could be because of rights issues, maybe India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, SA, WI all have their own deals with overseas broadcasters?


    i just cannot believe this channel have given another shot of commentary to harsha bhogle and alan wilkins,i mean compere–ring and interview-ing wise no doubts they are two of the best in the cricketing world but gads give me a break, actual commentating on a live match a big NO NO they have been found out to be very very limited in the knowledge and dynamics of the game, and its an insult to experts and former players of the calibre of shastri,sunny,boycott,raja,wasim and co by putting them in the same box.their standard line are “what a catch,..shot, its a four..six” which everyone can see and they sometimes seem to forget that they are commentating on a live match and not doing an interview by talking incessantly even in between balls which is very distracting and annoying……so my advice is ..stick to what you are best at and leave the rest to the experts

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