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Old 17-12-2011, 10:00
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Ian Darke last commentated for Sky on the York Hall card on Wednesday 9 November.
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Old 17-12-2011, 13:36
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Will be interesting to see if Dave Clark does the boxing or the darts this Saturday night, normally Gary Newbon fills in on the boxing but it might take priority over the darts this weekend.
On the Darts on the Premier League and I am sure one day at last years World Championship's Andy Goldstein usually fills in.
Dave Clark is presenting today's afternoon session from the Alexandra Palace so I presume he'll also be hosting the evening one as well.

I listened to a bit of Andy Goldstein's radio show on Thursday while he was talking about the darts, he and co-host Jason Cundy spoke at length about going to the Palace as spectators but Andy didn't mention presenting any of Sky's coverage, so I guess they are not planning to call upon him as a cover host this year.

One absentee from the Sky Sports team this weekend is Nigel Pearson - his talkSPORT football commitments are taking priority, as he's reporting on Wolves v Stoke today and commentating on Aston Villa v Liverpool tomorrow for them.
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Old 17-12-2011, 17:52
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Adam Smith is hosting the boxing.

John Gwynne also absent from the darts today, reporting on Huddersfield v Sheff Wed for Sky Sports News.
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Old 17-12-2011, 18:36
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Saturday 17th December - Heineken Cup

Studio was at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin with Simon Lazenby presenting and Sean Fitzpatrick, Dean Ryan and Brian O’Driscoll as the studio pundits.

Leicester vs Clermont (Sky Sports 1)
Commentators: Martin Gillingham and Dewi Morris
3D Commentators: Johnnie Hammond and Michael Lynagh

Aironi vs Ulster (Red Button)
Commentators: Simon Ward and Matt Perry

Gloucester vs Connacht (Sky Sports 1)
Commentators: Andrew Cotter and Frankie Sheehan

Montpellier vs Glasgow (Red Button)
Commentators: Scott Hastings and Alan Quinlan

Leinster vs Bath (Sky Sports 1)
Commentators: Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes
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Old 18-12-2011, 11:52
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Adam Smith is hosting the boxing.

John Gwynne also absent from the darts today, reporting on Huddersfield v Sheff Wed for Sky Sports News.
Thanks for the information.

I didn't catch much of the action yesterday but it must have been a busy day for Stuart Pyke and Rod Studd. With Sid Waddell unwell (although he is scheduled to do a few stints in the commentary box at the Ally Pally later in the tournament), John Gwynne and Nigel Pearson away doing football and Dave Lanning having retired, they'd have been the only main commentators available so will have called (at least) four first round games each.

Wayne Mardle, Rod Harrington and Eric Bristow will all have done co-commentaries yesterday. Have they added any former or current players to their team this year?
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Old 18-12-2011, 12:27
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Not been any new names for the Sky darts thus far. Although Freddie Flintoff and Stephen Fry both commentated last year, so you never know who might pop up.
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Old 18-12-2011, 12:42
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Saturday 17th December - Heineken Cup

Leicester Tigers vs Clermont Auvergne (Sky Sports 1)
Commentators: Martin Gillingham and Dewi Morris
3D Commentators: Johnnie Hammond and Michael Lynagh
Wyn Gruffydd and Derwyn Jones for S4C

Leinster vs Bath (Sky Sports 1)
Commentators: Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes
Gwyn Derfel for S4C
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Old 18-12-2011, 12:50
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Super Six World Boxing Classic Final-Andre Ward v Carl Froch

Showtime

Commentators: Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver
Reporter: Jim Gray

Sky Sports
Presenters: Adam Smith and Johnny Nelson with Glenn McCrory, Barry McGuigan and Amir Khan
Commentators: Ian Darke, Jim Watt and Matthew Macklin
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Old 18-12-2011, 13:13
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Thanks for the information.

I didn't catch much of the action yesterday but it must have been a busy day for Stuart Pyke and Rod Studd. With Sid Waddell unwell (although he is scheduled to do a few stints in the commentary box at the Ally Pally later in the tournament), John Gwynne and Nigel Pearson away doing football and Dave Lanning having retired, they'd have been the only main commentators available so will have called (at least) four first round games each.

Wayne Mardle, Rod Harrington and Eric Bristow will all have done co-commentaries yesterday. Have they added any former or current players to their team this year?
No real need to be without Gwynne- you would think with the commentary team so decimated they could have found somebody else to report from Huddersfield.
One of the real problems is that Wayne Mardle seems to be commentating on almost every bloody match- which is excruciating.
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Old 18-12-2011, 16:33
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Wayne Mardle is a sheer joke on the commentary, equivalent of a Dean Windass on Soccer Saturday
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Old 18-12-2011, 16:43
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Wayne Mardle is a sheer joke on the commentary, equivalent of a Dean Windass on Soccer Saturday
Trouble with Mardle is he is trying to much to be like Sid Waddel in his style of commentating
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Old 18-12-2011, 20:09
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Sunday 18th December - Heineken Cup

Studio was at Thomond Park, Limerick with Simon Lazenby presenting and Paul Wallace, Ieuan Evans and Sean Fitzpatrick as the studio pundits. James Gemmell did the pitchside interviews for the second game from Toulouse.

Munster vs Scarlets (Sky Sports 2)
Commentators: Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes

Toulouse vs Harlequins (Sky Sports 2)
Commentators: Mark Robson and Will Greenwood

Northampton vs Castres (Red Button)
Commentators: Martin Gillingham and Dewi Morris


Amlin Challenge Cup
Alex Payne presenting from the Sky Sports studio with Ollie Phillips and Scott Quinnell as the studio pundits.

NG Dragons vs Exeter (Sky Sports 2)
Commentators: Bob Symonds and Pat Sanderson
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Old 19-12-2011, 19:09
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Monday 19th December - ITV4

Heineken Cup Highlights

Craig Doyle presented (voicing links between highlights edits)

Ospreys v Saracens - Bob Symonds
Leicester Tigers v Clermont Auvergne - Simon Ward
Leinster v Bath - Pete Richards
Munster v Scarlets - Simon Ward
Gloucester v Connacht - Pete Richards
Toulouse v Harlequins - Bob Symonds
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Old 21-12-2011, 20:58
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South Africa v Sri Lanka - 1st Test (Thursday 15th December - Saturday 17th December)

Presenter: Ian Ward
Pundits: Mark Butcher (Days 1+2), Dominic Cork (Days 1+3) and Robert Key (Days 2+3)

Commentary from Supersport team of Kepler Wessels, Shaun Pollock, HD Ackerman, Robin Jackman, Mike Haysman, Pommie Mbangwa and Russel Arnold

Bangladesh v Pakistan - 2nd Test (Saturday 17th December - Wednesday 21st December)

Presenter: Nick Knight
Pundits: Shaun Udal (All 5 Days), Vikram Solanki (Days 1-3) and Dominic Cork (Days 4+5)

Commentary from Nimbus Sport team of Athar Ali Khan, Shamim Chowdhury, Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Akram, Ranil Abeynaike and VB Chandrasekhar
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Old 21-12-2011, 21:58
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That Bangladesh cricket match, in 4:3 on screen bloody hell! Probably worse Sky stretching the picture.
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Old 21-12-2011, 22:13
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What do you mean "in 4:3 on screen"?
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Old 21-12-2011, 22:20
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What do you mean "in 4:3 on screen"?
The Picture is in 4:3 Aspect Ratio rather than widescreen 16:9 and should have black bars either side but sky have stretched the picture.
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Old 21-12-2011, 22:51
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The Picture is in 4:3 Aspect Ratio rather than widescreen 16:9 and should have black bars either side but sky have stretched the picture.
I don't think Sky have stretched it for most of the match. The host broadcaster on Bangladesh cricket still broadcast in 4:3 (the only cricket broadcaster I know of still to do so) and so Sky also broadcast the coverage in 4:3. For those with 16:9 TVs this means you get black bars around the coverage.

Up until October it was the case that some of Sky's overseas cricket was shown in HD, some in 16:9 but not HD and some in 4:3 due to studio availability. However, since October all of Sky's overseas cricket has been shown in HD other than the Bangladeshi series which is only provided to Sky in 4:3.

At times, however, something seems to go wrong on the system and we get a few overs where it tries to show it in 16:9.
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Old 22-12-2011, 00:33
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I don't think Sky have stretched it for most of the match. The host broadcaster on Bangladesh cricket still broadcast in 4:3 (the only cricket broadcaster I know of still to do so) and so Sky also broadcast the coverage in 4:3. For those with 16:9 TVs this means you get black bars around the coverage.

Up until October it was the case that some of Sky's overseas cricket was shown in HD, some in 16:9 but not HD and some in 4:3 due to studio availability. However, since October all of Sky's overseas cricket has been shown in HD other than the Bangladeshi series which is only provided to Sky in 4:3.

At times, however, something seems to go wrong on the system and we get a few overs where it tries to show it in 16:9.
TV is set up correctly etc, and Sky stretch the 4:3 Picture to fit the screen. Same on Sky Go too.

This is what's shown on the TV / Online - http://twitpic.com/7whc4k

Here is how it should be done - http://twitpic.com/7whcal
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Old 22-12-2011, 00:54
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Ah, I see. Yeah, they way they stretch 4:3 pictures on Sky Go infuriates me. The BBC do the same on iPlayer. It's maddening.
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Old 23-12-2011, 19:51
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Blues V Newport-Gwent Dragons (Rabo Direct Pro12 RU)

(S4C) Gareth Roberts hosting from (the) Cardiff City stadium, with 'special guest(s) Gareth Davies and Dr. Gwyn Jones, who then moved to become analyst in the OB truck nearby. Dot Davies as pitchside reporter, with commentary from Huw Llewellyn Davies and Derwyn Jones.
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Old 23-12-2011, 20:57
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South Africa v Sri Lanka - 1st Test (Thursday 15th December - Saturday 17th December)

Presenter: Ian Ward
Pundits: Mark Butcher (Days 1+2), Dominic Cork (Days 1+3) and Robert Key (Days 2+3)

Commentary from Supersport team of Kepler Wessels, Shaun Pollock, HD Ackerman, Robin Jackman, Mike Haysman, Pommie Mbangwa and Russel Arnold

Bangladesh v Pakistan - 2nd Test (Saturday 17th December - Wednesday 21st December)

Presenter: Nick Knight
Pundits: Shaun Udal (All 5 Days), Vikram Solanki (Days 1-3) and Dominic Cork (Days 4+5)

Commentary from Nimbus Sport team of Athar Ali Khan, Shamim Chowdhury, Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Akram, Ranil Abeynaike and VB Chandrasekhar
What's Nick Knight like at presenting? Not seen him do it before.
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:39
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What's Nick Knight like at presenting? Not seen him do it before.
He's OK. Occasionally he slips into analyst mode and he usually seems to try too hard with his voice modulation when reading off the autocue. Therefore, I'd say that he is very much number 6 (behind Gower, Ward, Colvile, Floyd and Allott) but a useful stand in when required and better than some of the others that have presented cricket in the past - particularly Jason de la Pena who thankfully left for ESPN STAR as quickly as he arrived.
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Old 26-12-2011, 12:11
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Yesterday saw the opening day of the NBA season...

Boston @ New York (TNT)
Presenter: Ernie Johnson Jr. with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal
Commentators: Marv Albert and Steve Kerr
Reporter: Craig Sager

NBA Christmas Special (ABC and ESPN)

Presenter: Michael Wilbon with Jon Barry, Chris Broussard and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Miami @ Dallas
Commentators: Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy
Reporter: Lisa Salters

Chicago @ Los Angeles Lakers
Commentators: Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown
Reporter: Heather Cox

Orlando @ Oklahoma City
Commentators: Dave Pasch and Doris Burke

Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State
Commentators: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Mullin
Reporter: Terry Gannon

A few changes for the start of the new NBA season. Firstly after his retirement, Shaquille O'Neal has joined the TNT studio panel. Meanwhile ESPN have dropped their main presenter (either Stuart Scott or Hannah Storm) and moved Michael Wilbon to the host role, with Chris Broussard joining as an analyst. It was better, but still nowhere near as good as the TNT coverage though, which for me is probably one of the best two broadcasts of any US sport along with NBC's NFL.
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Old 26-12-2011, 15:27
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Scarlets V Ospreys (RaboDirect Pro12 RU)

BBC Two Wales - Ross Harries hosting from Parc y Sgarlets with Scott Gibbs as studio guest. Commentary from Gareth Charles and Jonathan Davies, with Phil Steele and Tom Shankin pitchside reporter(s) and analyst. Red Button streams via Satellite and Cable from Rick O Shea and Dafydd Jones with the Welsh language stream taking commentary of Radio Cymru's Cennydd Davies and Emyr Lewis.

There's been way too many fancy slo-motion replays, with the only decent one being done at the start when all the TV reporters/commentator were walking along the touchline, making them look like they were in that scene from the Usual Suspects
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