Ashes over the internet


One of the things I’ve been missing since moving to Seattle is the cricket.  Until now.


With the Ashes starting soon…I looked around for the various options I might have, including sattelite and online delivery.  The DirecTV via sattelite option was too expensive as I don’t have the DirecTV gear installed.  This would cost me $480 for a 12 month base-level package plus $225 for the cricket channel.  If I already subscribed to a DirecTV service this would be $225.  I also looked at Setanta.TV, an online service, but they don’t have any details yet.


Insstead I’ve gone for DirecTV and Willow TV’s online service – $209.95 for whole of the 2005 international cricket season – all countries (including ODI’s).  The service provides a 400kbps (and lower if you need it) live stream, delivered over Akamai’s network.


The picture quality is very good – not TV quality, but good enough.  I’m in heaven.  Well, not quite…all I need now is for England to beat Australia in the Ashes Test Series 😉


Comments (5)

  1. Ashish says:

    I can appreciate that, being from India which is a cricket crazy nation of one billion people. Everything there can come to a standstill if it’s a heart-stopping game of cricket.

    Anyhoo, back to your post – I’ve been doing this ever since I came to this country. I get together with a few cricket loving friends of mine and we pitch in together to get it on DirecTV. That way the cost is not prohibitive and the picture quality is of course great. Even with $480, if you had three others who would be willing to watch with you, you’d end up shelling only $120. Plus, cricket is more fun when watching with others and yelling "Howzzat" real loud and appealing as if you’re on the field!!

    Enjoy your cricketing season!

  2. Dean Harding says:

    > all I need now is for England to beat Australia in the Ashes Test Series

    You wish!! I just hope our cricketers aren’t too busy texting their girlfriends on their phones to concentrate on the game…

  3. Nigel says:

    Thanks for your comments. I was looking trying to find a way to see the third Ashes test (and Warnes’s 600th wicket) and you have helped me decide to go with the Willow service.

    Thanks