Nine pulls plans for Rugby World Cup Final in HD

By David Knox on October 19, 2011 / Filed Under News 43

Nine has dumped plans to simulcast the Rugby World Cup Final in HD on GEM this weekend.

Instead it will screen Antiques Roadshow and British sitcom As Time Goes By on GEM.

Friday night’s Bronze final between Australia and Wales will also just screen in SD on Nine while Friends, The Zoo and Drop Dead Diva screen on GEM.

When previously asked why the NRL Grand Final wasn’t available in HD, Nine advised it wanted to offer viewers viewing alternatives. But last weekend Nine simulcast all its live Rugby World Cup matches simulcast on GEM.

That strategy appears to have been short-lived.

The match plays Live at 6:30pm AEDT.

On Nine….


  1. twmg October 21, 2011 at 11:23 am -

    David, stay tuned for the triple pike. It’s coming

  2. Lucio October 20, 2011 at 10:15 am -

    Hah! Back to true form Nine – well done!

  3. Brekkie October 20, 2011 at 5:42 am -

    No surprise there then.

    I can’t believe though what sloppy scheduling Australian broadcasters get away with – not a week goes by without last minute changes on virtually all networks for very little reason. Here in the UK it usually takes the death of a Royal for such schedule changes – and even then people still complain.

    And above anything, it’s just bad PR too – announcing plans to their customers one day to change them the next. You could see this one coming from space!

  4. Russell October 20, 2011 at 2:08 am -

    Hey David, any merit in the idea of doing one of your feature length stories and interviews with each of the networks about their plans to get the main networks back in HD? Seems to be a lot of reader / viewer interest.

    It’s been a few years now I think since we get News 24, Gem, 7mate and One in HD, but not the main networks.

    Wasn’t there a 3 year plan to switch. Surely we can’t move into 2012 and 2013 with our networks not in HD?

  5. Paull October 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm -

    what a relief, I would without seeing my daily dose of antiques roadshow, much better than watching a ‘once every four years’ major sporting event in hd.

    Can someone please give back the rugby union world cup licence to channel 7, Nine have really been asleep at the wheel and can’t be trusted.

  6. Kim October 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm -

    I hope now that the game rates poorly for ch9 and fox gets more viewers. Yet another backflip and more instability at this crap hole network. I have austar thankfully but I don’t hold much faith for NRL if 9 gets the rights.

  7. Pete October 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm -

    So glad I got Fox a few weeks ago. Nine are a joke.

  8. Luke W October 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm -

    I’ll be happy if Channel Nine gives up all their sports and actually give it to someone like Fox Sports, who will show it live, with no ads during play and in HD! Bring on 2013 when they will shut down analogue, and we will get our primary channel HD channels back! And Gem, One and 7Mate can finally go back to the world of SD where they belong!

  9. Matt J October 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm -

    Did I not bet it would Not be shown on Nein?

    Oh wait, that was also another program!!!

    Bring me the $$$$$’s!

  10. Craig October 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm -

    If Nine wants to give viewers more options they go have GO!, if they really wanted more options then what about the option of HD for those who want to watch it in HD?

    They sooner the anti-siphoning rules are dropped the better!

    Have to wonder if this would be different if Australia was in the final?

  11. Trix October 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm -

    I’m wondering if they would have stuck with an HD telecast if Australia had made it to the finals? Nine need to be careful about treating their viewers with contempt. All they’re doing is sending them into Foxtel’s arms.

  12. M1tch October 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm -

    lol, thats 9 for ya

  13. Stephen October 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm -

    I’m so glad taxpayers (via Conroy) gave them that $45 million last week – to reward them for genius like this.

  14. johnny October 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm -

    why cant there be a HD channel to show certain things? surely this day in age ppl can watch programs, events in HD

  15. Ann October 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm -

    Its must be management by rolling the dice up there or the chocolate wheel perhaps.

    Or do they have a Tarot Card reader on hand.

    Or perhaps the World Greatest Treasurer?

  16. Julio October 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm -

    Another reason why FTA channels should Never have access to sports.

    That old saying is so true, “you get what you pay for”.

  17. NJM October 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm -

    Thought it was too good to be true when Nine showed the last match in HD, it turned out it was since they aren’t using HD for the next match. It makes you wonder what on earth are they thinking.

  18. Nigel Patterson October 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm -

    Since the 1980s the standards around broadcasting (regulated by ABA/ ACMA) have become significantly weaker/less effective. Program (time) creep, long, incessant ad breaks, ineffective use of new spectrum capabilty, etc are all examples of an industry which is essentially in “self-regulation” mode.

  19. ozzzie October 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm -

    geez, and I thought the kick up the bum by Media Watch had forced a rethink from Nine management.
    FTA sports will continue to be treated like this unless changes are made to the anti-siphoning list mandating that all top tier sports need to be simulcast on HD channels.

  20. Belinda October 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm -

    Yay Drop Dead Diva!

  21. James October 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm -

    There it is! I was waiting for that Nine! When will they learn?

  22. Ben October 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm -

    I have Foxtel but am still a huge advocate for Live Sport in HD on FTA TV.
    No doubt if the Wallabies had won it would be live in HD this weekend. Way to get people’s hopes up and then just give up when your country loses. I’m calling it…Channel 9 = Un-Australian!

  23. roaringdave October 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm -

    I saw last weeks game at Event Cinema and was surprised they were screening the Nine telecast instead of the Gem telecast. It looked pretty ordinary on the cinema screen in SD.
    PS: Channel Nine suck.

  24. MoneyBags October 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm -

    It’s simple. All the ratings will now go to the primary channel, and not be split between 9 and Gem.

  25. Dave October 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm -

    Why am I not surprised.. The Olympic games wont be shown on GEM either. You mark my words on this one.

  26. Joe October 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm -

    Makes you wonder if Nine will bother to simulcast the opening ceremony of the London Olympics next year on GEM HD…

    Imagine.. the only way to watch the opening ceremony Live in Australia is in SD on Nine while the HD channel GEM broadcasts old re-runs.

  27. Bruce Banner October 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm -

    At least we can see Dame Judy Dench in faux HD now, phew.

  28. Danny October 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm -

    it’s just frustrating as sport is practically the only thing that truly benefits from being in HD… i guess there goes my hopes for the summer of cricket in HD… Foxtel highlights it is

  29. Leon October 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm -

    Ch9 really do wanna lose thier sports, they really don’t give a Crap about the people!

  30. David Knox October 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm -

    JB: I believe live in all cities remains.

  31. Secret Squïrrel October 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm -

    Someone at Nine is having fits of laughter over this. We were given a morsel last week and we stupidly presumed that we would be allowed to watch the matches in HD again this week. I am starting to develop a deep-seated hatred of Nine instead of the passing annoyances that I used to have.

  32. JB October 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm -

    So will it be live in all cities then? Nine are crap, so i wouldn’t be surprised after this backflip, if they decide to not show it live in Adelaide.

  33. tmorgan October 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm -


  34. Archer October 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm -

    Kerry Packer must be spinning in his grave at the direction Ch9 has taken since his death and its disposal by Jamie.And to think that it is still being run(?) by a Gyngell. Sometimes you need more than the same surname.

  35. Jezza October 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm -

    Oh ch9 when will you let someone with a fully functioning brain make your programming decisions.

    Serously you can’t even stuff things up properly. FFS just show it live in black and white on a six hour delay…..that should bugger it up completely

  36. nrc_02 October 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm -

    I guess the 5 people that will watch a re-run of antique roadshow will be happy. Seeing that old crap in HD makes your eyes pop…

  37. Lulu October 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm -

    Boo. Whoever thought of giving nine any sporting rights was a fool!

  38. pietro October 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm -

    If the FTA don’t move into the 21st century they will be struggling to get top figures of 500,000 before too long.

  39. johno October 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm -

    nine are so annoying.. why do they promise and change at the last second!

  40. Zambora October 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm -

    Channel 9 gets another gong in programming stakes.

  41. Dude October 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm -


  42. MJL October 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm -

    Disgraceful. Cannot believe Australian TV has gone backwards from just a year ago before the introduction of crap channels like GEM and 7Mate.

  43. Roger October 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm -

    Glad i’ve got Foxtel, This is just yet another win for Foxtel for HD coverage. The FTA networks have no respect for the viewer.

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