HD and the Champions League: A Difference Maker
I admit I was late to the HD party. When the initial craze of high definition made its rounds of sports fans in the US, I thought it was an awful lot of money to spend to watch games on TV, when I could continue to enjoy the very same events without paying an arm and a leg for HD.
Recently, however I have found HD more useful. In the case of the UEFA Champions League which on DIRECTV features several HD games versus a low quality SD signal on FSC and Setanta, the HD ends up choosing for me, which games to watch.
interestingly enough, HD made for me the Stuttgart-Rangers, and Dynamo KievRubin Kazan matches much more watchable than the Inter-Barca or Liege-Arsenal matches. This scene was merely a repeat for me from the previous day, when I made the same decisions on watching matches based on HD. For example, I spent more time watching Wolfsburg-CSKA Moscow than Chelsea-Porto.
DIRECTV’s HD offerings on spillover UEFA Champions League is a godsend to the American viewer. With DIRECTV showing such an appreciation for the growth in American football interest, it will be interesting to see how they market in the future to those stuck in the relative stone ages of cable with COMCAST and others.
With FOX’s acquisition of Champions League rights and subsequent sub licensing to DIRECTV, the United States has gone from a Champions League wasteland made up of ESPN’s patronizing and limited coverage, to nirvana thanks to FSC’s round the clock coverage and DIRECTV’s decision to show the additional games in HD on spillover channels.
HD makes viewing better, enhancing the already excellent FSC coverage.