Over the past five years, technology has made it so much easier, though I’ve had to jump through a few hoops to get what I want. My latest mission was figuring out how to watch today's World Cup cricket game (SA vs. NZ) on my own TV without paying a fortune. I’m sure there are lots of techie wizards out their who've done much more geeky things than will be described in this article, but this is the tale of what I did.
There is a satellite system called DISH network that carries the cricket to your TV. I have cable TV, and wasn't going to go out and get a second provider with all of the equipment set-up, with the contract as well, just for the right to then pay lots more for the World Cup package. I recalled the previous ways I have followed live cricket before...Watching the score tick on the web without any written text is the most basic form.
That was how I followed Jacques Kallis amazing run of centuries a few years back late at night. Next up on that is waiting for the cricinfo.com commentators to type up their ball-by-ball comments. The next step up from that was when BBCs Radio Five Live broadcast their radio commentary online, I thought about sitting in front of my PC on a Saturday to hear some cricket. At the time, Skype allowed free calls from one's PC to
Unfortunately from 1 Jan 2007, Skype stopped the free calls to US numbers.There are now several websites that are offering live cricket feeds for a fee. www.Willow.tv is one that seems to be partnered with Dish to bring you the world cup for about $200 at the start, and now its down to about $100. www.CricketonTV.com was the site that caught my eye where one could pay for the full package, or watch a single game for $15.
The site I used today was actually given to me by a work colleague who follows
There are some sites like www.kuduclub.com that one can subscribe to for about $10 a month that allow you to watch Carte Blanche and EGoli as well as provincial ruby, some high school rugby etc. One thing I am certain of is that over the next five years this can only become easier.