Sports fans furious after Sky cricket cut off

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 11:04 26/06/2013

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Sky Sport fans are furious after another broadcasting glitch - the third in less than a week - deprived viewers of a crucial moment in the Black Caps match against England.

Transmission was cut for about five minutes during this morning's T20 match, prompting many users to vent their frustration via social media.  

Tim Woodward tweeted "@skysportnz your a joke can't get EPL rights and can't even play the cricket"

Connie Birch said "two major stuff ups in the last week while two of our national teams are playing. It's not good enough." 

However the outage was out of Sky's hands.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the issue today was with the host broadcaster. 

"The host broadcaster had some trouble with the feed. It was not getting through the international gateway.

"All international broadcasters were struck with the issue and lost the feed from about 8.20 to 8.30 this morning. They have apologised profusely," Way said.

Just before 8.30 this morning, Sky Sport confirmed they were experiencing "technical difficulties".

"We apologise for the technical issues we are experiencing in this morning's T20 coverage. We are working to resolve the problem. Thanks."  

Transmission was restored about five minutes later. 

This comes after what Sky Sport said was a "human error" that saw an advertisement, ironically hyping up their uninterrupted Super Rugby coverage, air in the middle of the All Blacks test against France on Saturday.

The All Blacks were less than 10 metres out from the try line, when viewing was lost. 

The stoppage in broadcasting for that game was worse for iSky subscribers who found their coverage cut for about half an hour.

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