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    Fall in Sky Ashes viewing figures

    Fall in Sky Ashes viewing figures leaves English cricket facing stark choices | Sean Ingle | Sport | The Guardian

    I usually don't bother too much with those "test cricket is dying" crowd however less half half a million viewership for an Ashes test is pitfully low surely cricket can't remain behind the paywall much longer if cricket is to survive as one of the major sports in England.

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    Loads of them will be watching the Premier League though.

    It is not just Sky.
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    The problem Test cricket has is that it's fundamentally unwatchable. It requires a 5 day commitment between 11am and 6pm, when most people have this thing called 'work' that gets in the way.

    I only saw as much of the 1st Test as I did because I was in bed ill for 2 days, I won't get to see a single ball of the 2nd Test live because I'm working 4 of the 5 days and on Sunday I'm heading up to St Andrews to watch the final day of the Open.
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    Its as dull as complaining about Premier League players making millions before they hit 20, but having the Ashes so often for the "casual" viewer at least has probably hurt some of its aura, and as the article suggested Wimbledon was concluding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Loads of them will be watching the Premier League though.

    It is not just Sky.
    Fair point; well made.

    If the BBC or ITV could be arsed to bid for the highlights it'd be a start.

    I actually quite like 5's coverage, but it's it's still very much the Tito of the five main channels.
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    I disagree with Furball. The great thing about Test cricket is that you can have commitments around it and still see plenty of the match. I mean, granted, I did cancel plans on Saturday once it looked like the game was going to end that day. But I worked in the office Thurs/Fri, so no visual coverage for me until around 5.30, and still feel like I saw enough of the match to form a reasonable (by my standards opinion) on it.

    I agree with Pothas's point to an extent, about the Prem, however there is no doubt that the Sky deal starting in 06 at the point when kids all around the country were picking up bats was a kicker. It was a huge opportunity wasted.

    Football hooks them in in many ways, and there is still a fair amount on free TV. The kids without sky will find a way, be it streams, visiting a relative/friend, settling for MOTD. Cricket doesn't have them on the hook to start with.

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    Yeah it is a fair point and I think it is really important that we at least get some domestic Twenty20 on free-to-air. I don't know what sort of proportion of people have Sky these days anyway, I also know that there are number of big cricket fans (my Dad being one) who still follow the game closely but would never dream of getting Sky, they settle for the radio.

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    Guess a lot of people will be like me though as I cancelled my Sky and watch it online instead. Might be a bit naughty but it saves me lots of cash.

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    Back to back to back Ashes getting tiresome ? That we've had three 5-match Ashes series since 2013 is kind of absurd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    Back to back to back Ashes getting tiresome ? That we've had three 5-match Ashes series since 2013 is kind of absurd.
    Could be a fair point. People who post on forums like this aren't complaining but it makes it less 'must-watch' for the casual fans who wouldn't dream of watching us on a winter tour or against Sri Lanka/New Zealand at home (no offence, just the way it is sadly) but enjoy watching the Ashes.

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    I'm not sure how they calculate satellite/cable viewing figures. I subscribe to BT Sport and can have anything up to 20 people watching the Saturday lunchtime game because not many people subscribe. When calculating the viewing figures they can have no idea how many people are watching in pubs or on mass at friends houses. (Incidentally I don't have 20 friends, the house is usually full of people I don't know).

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