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    Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    A group of pub landlords in Portsmouth have escaped punishment after finding a unique way of showing live Premiership matches at knock-down prices. They have signed up to Al-Jazeera Sports Plus which, at only %u00A3300 for an annual subscription, is considerably cheaper than the %u00A36,000 that some pubs in Britain have to pay for the privilege of showing Sky Sports in their hostelries.
    The commentary is in Arabic and the adverts for items normally of little interest to anyone in Portsmouth, such as Middle East mobile phone companies. "We turn the volume down," said Derek Hopper, landlord of the Royal Exchange pub. "We tried radio but we found it was a little distorted."

    Al-Jazeera is doing nothing wrong as they have legally bought the rights to the matches for countries outside the European Union. "It's illegal and it's copyright theft," said Dan Johnson, a spokesman for the Premier League. "We sell to Sky, and they have the sole rights to show league matches [in Britain]."

    The Premier League has tried to sue the five pubs in Portsmouth showing matches on Al-Jazeera but in two cases last month the landlords were cleared because the judge ruled they were not aware they were doing anything illegal. The other three had their case dismissed after the judge refused the Premier League time to gather more evidence. The pubs' problem is that they now know they will be challenged and must decide whether to carry on and risk getting caught.

    Venables in dual role

    England players reading the News of the World on Sunday must have raised their eyebrows. Besides the latest serialisation of Steven Gerrard's autobiography, which claimed that Theo Walcott should never have been in the World Cup squad, they were also treated to a tactical analysis of their performance against Greece a few days earlier by the new assistant coach Terry Venables.

    Can it be right that a senior Football Association official is allowed to share his views with one newspaper, for which he is paid handsomely no doubt - especially when the players themselves were banned from doing columns during Euro 2004 and the World Cup in Germany? It will be interesting to see if the FA is prepared to take action against a man they have famously fallen out with once before, resulting in him leaving them when he was manager.

    A top spot for Lerner

    Billionaire Randy Lerner, who is hoping to complete his takeover of Aston Villa shortly, may have to think of moving his British home, which is just a stone's throw from Stamford Bridge. Lerner owns a magnificent house in south Kensington, and Chelsea fans pass down the end of his street as they head for home matches. Perhaps we will soon see Mr Lerner, left, in the estate agents of Sutton Coldfield, where he could buy a nice house for about %u00A32m in Four Oaks, the exclusive estate which has long been the preferred destination of the city's football folk, including Doug Ellis, the man he is buying Villa off.

    Campbell retires in time

    If Darren Campbell had not retired last week he may have found himself in the unwanted position of being the first British athlete to face disciplinary action over his attack on Dwain Chambers and his failure to expose the people who encouraged him to take banned performance-enhancing drugs. Under the new athletes' contracts introduced earlier this year, and which the Olympic gold medallist had signed, he was in breach of rule 6.2.

    Among other things this committed him to portraying the sport "in a positive light", not to bring UK Athletics into disrepute and to behave "reasonably and in a manner that shows proper respect for other athletes". Meanwhile, only two athletes out of nearly 200 have failed to sign the contracts. They are Paula Radcliffe, the world marathon champion and world record holder, and Emily Pidgeon, considered one of the sport's brightest hopes for the London Olympics in 2012.

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    I'd imagine he means the Al-Jazeera sports channel as thats the thread. Not sure if its just the southern area's that can pick this up

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    More people need to do that. Sky made 40000000 pounds (Four hundred million pounds) profit last year!!!

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    I`d say good on them.

    Sky know they have total control over the football in Britain.

    Look what they did to all these p2p programs that showed the football last year, pplive, etc.

    If I had the money I`d buy one of these ART cards for the satellite box and get all the football free, even the games that are not on tv.

    They have to do to Sky what they did with Microsoft, try and break them up, otherwise, they are gonna get even bigger and will control everything.

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    Exclamation Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    The way I see it smaller local pubs are going into decline anyway which is a shame for communities. The public smoking ban will be another nail in the coffin of the licensed trade. Showing live matches in pubs is a great boost to trade, but is very expensive, so much so that many pubs that would like to show matches simply can't afford it, so everyone loses out again. If Sky made their prices more reasonable then more pubs would be able to show matches and everyone would be a winner. As they are unwilling to do this you can't blame licencees for finding a way round it, after all they have their own business and livelihood to consider. When the smoking ban comes in their could well be less people in pubs anyway so it will not be worth showing a match as it will cost more than the takings. What will Sky do then when nobody wants their overpriced service?
    Much cheaper to invite a few friends round, get some cans and watch it on a large home screen anyway and your friends could chip in a couple of quid each towards the upkeep of your season ticket. Hidden Content

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    A pub by me has the channel as well , and it shows the premier plus games on it.

    It was funny listening to the commentary - and not being able to understand a word.

    even the half time discussion is funny , not that im racist and think they speak funny , but ur used to the old way of life.

    but yeh , thats what it needs, for all the pubs to buy those channels or art cards, sky cant fine them all suerrly.

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    Sky offer one of the worst value services in Europe to domestic customers, so for pubs it is probably worse.

    No wonder people are turning to ART and the like. Even half the European providers are far cheaper than Sky, and show the same games + more.

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    Re: Sky browned off as landlords turn to Al-Jazeera

    sly are robbing buggers

    had it for half price but that was ?25,dont figure as the
    top package is only ?43

    ive had no end of problems tell em to sod off!!

    im sure they are BORG

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