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Football fans in UAE left without TV signal again

Up to 40 minutes of the telecast were lost during the first half of Argentina's game against Nigeria as garbled images flickered across the TV screens.

  • A family watches the World Cup opening match between South Africa World Mexico at the Palladium in Dubai MediaImage Credit: Karen Dias/Gulf News
  • Image Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News
  • England supporters cheer their side at Double Deckers in AL Murooj Rotana ahead of the kick off of the EnglandImage Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News
  • There's no doubt about what sport is being shown at Double Deckers pub in the Al Murooj Rotana during the Image Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News
  • Argentina supporters pose with a World Cup trophy as they watch their team play against Nigeria. People gatherImage Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News
  • Football fans wait to watch the opening match between South Africa and Mexico as signals were lost at the BaraImage Credit: Karen Dias/Gulf News
  • Young South African supporters at the opening match between South Africa and Mexico screening at the Dubai MedImage Credit: Karen Dias/Gulf News
13 Gulf News

Dubai: Soccer fans in the UAE were left wringing their hands in frustration at the interruption of the World Cup coverage on Al Jazeera Sport for the second day in a row on Saturday.

Up to 40 minutes of the telecast were lost during the first half of Argentina's game against Nigeria as garbled images flickered across TV screens.

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The interruption comes a day after the satellite television channel vowed to deliver the "best coverage" of the World Cup after similar transmission woes affected the opening match.

The Doha-based broadcaster said its feed of the game between South Africa and Mexico was "sabotaged" as millions of fans across the Arab world missed much of the first half action.

Jonathan Whitehead, Head of Al Jazeera Sport +3, said: "We have done so well in getting the exclusive rights for the World Cup and now it is a matter of jealousy that rival channels are attempting to discredit Al Jazeera. We have issued adequate warnings to those involved with the blocking of telecast signals and we will not stop short of anything to ensure our viewers get the best coverage during the rest of the tournament."

Whitehead's comments came after Nasser Al Khalifi, chairman of Al Jazeera Sports, said the broadcaster would "go after whoever caused this terrible act".

Al Khalifi said: "We are shocked by what happened because the World Cup is not a political programme that someone wants to block. It is a global sports event and we had spent months negotiating with Fifa to enable viewers in the Arab world to enjoy some matches for free. Unfortunately there are some people with political motives. But we will go after them."

Al Jazeera Sport has advised customers who are experiencing reception problems to retune their set top boxes to the following frequencies: Arabsat at 12341 horizontal, 11881 horizontal, 12398 vertical, 11585 vertical and Nilesat at 11240 vertical, 11488 horizontal.

With inputs from Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter and Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief

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If the culprits for the blocking of satellite signals have 'been warned' please can we know who was behind this as it's not something that a well trained 'hacker' is capable of doing.. come on, let us have the full story.I would also like to add that the behaviour of the Middle Eastern satellite providers have behaved very poorly in charging such huge fees for what is a very average/poor service. The same goes for the internet and telephony providers here. The rest of the world, Europe and S.E. Asia is many many years ahead of the M.E. in terms of quality and price of service with the price differential being in multiples of tens of times cheaper than in the M.E. for a similar service. It would be worth GN doing a comparison of satellite/TV/Internet/telephone and mobile charges in places like Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany and the UK. Thankfully I don't like football...

Jeymer Hareo

13 June 2010 17:35jump to comments