Having been glued to the BBC
since last Friday I get back to Bermuda to find out that the Olympic coverage on television here is almost zero. The Bermudian Broadcasting Company
(BBC) and overseer of two of the Bermudian stations bought the rights to air the Beijing Olympics on the Island and as a result the largest television provider in homes, CableVision has blocked any other channel showing Olympic coverage, i.e. the American ones, namely NBC
There are two Bermudian television providers, CableVision
and the newer digital service WoW
, both showing the four or five local channels and then sourcing their pictures from the American networks.
CableVision is the most the popular on the island but it's 45,000 customers can only watch the Olympics on Bermudian Broadcasting Channel ZBM
, which is airing a dodgy feed from the Caribbean (think two blokes sat in a shabby studio) and some NBC coverage. Tonight the sports-crazy island gets an hour and a half of 'live' Olympic coverage. What absolute bollocks.
So up and until today I had not decided which television provider I would choose. Well crappy CableVision made my mind up for me, and off I went an hour or so ago to the WoW shop and signed up with them for full unabridged live Olympic coverage. Mind you it ain't cheap, but was is here, but it does include football lifelines, the Fox Soccer Channel