Cricket Worldcup on the go

By on March 27, 2011
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Would you watch India vs Pak on your mobile?

Cricket fever is at an all-time high, especially with the semi-final game between India and Pakistan approaching. Although it’s a good time for the Jumbos and Jackys to sell a good number of high-definition TV sets, I thought I’d choose to watch some of the matches on the move- much like I do everything else.

We published an article some time back stating that du was allowing mobile packages at various rates to watch either the entire world cup on your 3G enabled mobile for AED 25 or AED 3 per match. Sadly, as far back as last Wednesday (23d March) this service has been unavailable, at least as far as watching single daily matches is concerned.

Checking up emails, tweeting and Facebooking on the go is a very common thing nowadays, and although mobile TV has been in existence for over 5 years, it’s still not as widely consumed a media as listening to songs or checking up on websites.

I agree that watching movies or even TV shows is a far from pleasant experience on small mobile screens, but sporting events are a different thing. Surely watching a match as important as India vs Pakistan on a small screen is better than getting SMS updates or even listening to radio commentary. Yes, it’s not a TV screen, but even the iPhone 4 screen is ample when there’s no TV nearby. And this is certainly the case if your favorite team is playing, in whatever sports it is. Nothing beats watching the event live.

3G connections in UAE are good enough to have live broadcasts of such events, although my feed on du’s 3G connection leaves much to be desired. First of all it’s in 4:3, which happens to be CricOne’s fault who are showing the match in this antiquated format for the entire region. Second, the feed seems like an internet stream, with blocky pixelations all over the place. Far from and ideal scenario, however, at AED 3 per match, I’m not one to complaint much.

Too bad about the whole unavailability part, du dropped the ball with this one. Of course, all of this could also be due to those pesky underwater cable cuts!


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