In recent years the coverage has been a travesty, with Channel 9 showing a one day delayed one hour highlights package in the wee small hours (2010 Briitsh Open TV coverage – an entire hour right after the midnight Skippy repeat)
In 2011 things have gone backwards, with not even any delayed highlights packages scheduled.
If Channel Nine still has the rights – as they have had since the 80’s when Greg Norman was world No.1 and the late Kerry Packer was keen as mustard to broadcast the lot – then maybe they just haven’t realised the Open is on yet.
After all, we’re writing this Monday morning and the Open doesn’t start till way over on Thursday evening. That’s three and a half days away as the crow flies. They might have just overlooked it.
Last year we rang Channel Nine in Sydney a couple of days out from golf’s most hallowed championship and they had to check with Melbourne to try and find out what their final schedule might be (see Skippy story as above).
We also asked for some comment on what their whole overall contemporary British Open television broadcasting strategy was.
Strangely, we’re still waiting for the call back.
If Channel 9 no longer has anything to do with the rights and they’ve all been handed over to pay tv under the latest anti-siphoning laws, we’re sorry we said all this. We apologise and admit we might be behavng like a grumpy old elephant who never forgets a slight. We are thinking of making a new phone call but we didn’t want to appear over anxious by calling (back) too soon.
If the Nine Network still has the rights, then the best non Fox Sport subscribers can hope is that some highlights packages will suddenly appear in the schedule. (Skippy is on 1.30am on Friday morning but that’s to soon for a delayed package.)
Even better, if Jason Day or Adam Scott is a few strokes ahead of the pack as we head into the final round on Sunday evening, then around 11pm the British Open golf could suddenly appear on free to air screens. That’s probably being over optimistic.
If you are one of us lucky ones who do have Fox Sports you’re laughing – you can watch more of the 2011 British Open than might be medically advisable.
You can watch the first round live on Thursday from 6pm to 4am, then backup and watch the 1st round replay on Friday from 9am to 3pm – and continue much the same for the four days of the tournament.
If you aren’t a pay tv subscriber, and don’t have a very understanding mate who is, you can always watch the Open at your local club till midnight-ish, then go home and try one of the many internet live streaming services that are likely to be available. Try something like MyP2P golf.
The Open will have its own new-fangled website this year that will over extensive live streaming of the event but is questionable if this service will be accessible from an Australian ISP address. But maybe so, the Open site is here.
As we said, if you are a Foxtel or Austar subscriber you’re laughing. As well as the live and replay schedule below, there’s also a swag of British Open “official films” this week and preview shows.
2011 British Open Fox Sports Schedule Australia.
Live: Thursday 6pm to 4am. Replay: Friday 9am to 3pm
Live: Friday 6pm to 4am. (No Replay Saturday)
Live: Saturday 7pm to 4am. Replay: Sunday 9am to 12.30pm; 4.30 to 8pm.
Live: 8pm to 4am. Replay: Monday 9am to 1pm.