SBS fancies itself as the number one provider of overseas soccer/football here in Australia. But the reality is that SBS does not actually have the guts, or the money apparently, to acquire the full rights for any major Soccer tournaments (Mind you, they have the money to broadcast the Doping Tour de France every year). So once again, we are left with delayed coverage of a mere of 4 round robin games of the upcoming EURO 2012, followed by 2 semifinals, one semifinal and the final. This just will not do. It is fairly obvious that SBS’ coverage of soccer during the regular season tends to heavily favor games of teams from England, Spain or Italy, but there is just no excuse for SBS to not be showing the whole EURO tournament, given their claim of being so committed to the cause. They have pulled this shit before, with previous World and European Championships, and it belies their claim to be the main broadcaster of European football in Australia that they regularly end up showing nothing but little bits and pieces of major tournaments.
So. To watch all the games of the EURO live in the coming weeks, don’t worry about SBS. If you have Foxtel, go to the Setanta Sports site and subscribe to them for a month or three, it is extremely easy (I just did it myself) and it will give you all the games live.
If you don’t have Foxtel, or don’t want to pay, there are options on the internet. Googling “livetv” might get you started. And there is always sopcast or similar programs.
Until SBS decide to be a fair dinkum soccer broadcaster, I suggest you look elsewhere. Setanta is my choice for this upcoming EURO.