duke, on May 1 2011, 04:01 PM, said:
And why are 77 of the top 100 shows on Pay TV Rugby League?
All talk/. Fact is that Rugby League is the highest rating sport on FTA and Pay TV.
The simple reason why the NRL games rates better than the AFL games on PayTV is most AFL games are not exclusive to PayTV,meaning they are both on FTA and on PayTV.
Example Week 17 Metro figures:
1 Live: NRL Rabbitohs V Dragons Fox Sports 2 277,000(payTV game only)
2 Live: AFL Port Adelaide V Gold Coast Fox Sports 1 194,000(paytv game also shown in Bris and Adel on FTA)
3 Live: NRL Bulldogs V Rabbitohs Fox Sports 2 186,000(paytv game only)
4 Live: AFL Fremantle V North Melb Fox Sports 1 154,000(payTV game also shown in Perth on FTA).
In the end more people watched those AFL games when you combine the FTA and PAYTV numbers
NRL the highest rating sport on tv , LOL! a myth started by the rugby league media.
And with Foxtel paying so much for the next AFL Rights , WHY ?
Go back to when Foxtel started the Fox Footy channel for the AFL years ago.
Foxtel weren't able to get many games of AFL on paytv and only the poorer games, so they created the Fox Footy Channel.
It was something to try and win over AFL fans in the AFL states who already had so much footy on FTA compared to the NRL, they only had the 2 games on FTA back then.
But the Fox Footy channel failed to win over AFL fans to take up PayTV , this was said by Kim Williams, the Foxtel CEO when he was on White Line Fever program when they aired its final show on Fox footy channel.
Willams said they need more games and , better quality of games to have people to buy their boxes
And thats what its all about, Foxtel sees more growth in the AFL states to sell their boxes , from next year they now have 5 games and the rest live also.
And anyone bitching about foxtel paying so much for tv rights like the AFL rights , well its the NRL , AFL and the movie channels that keep foxtel and Austar in this country going......