Update: Both Digi and Dolce have today (Sunday) released statements, neither of which are particularly satisfactory. While Dolce say it is a purely technical issue which will be resolved over the next couple of days (we shall see), Digi’s position is one of utter, contradictory nonsense.
We tuned in to Eurosport this afternoon to watch a bit of English football while Mrs. Bucharest Life was out shopping with the kids only to be met with… ski jumping.
Because our TV provider, Dolce – along with Digi/RDS – are petty, spiteful arseholes. (In the case of Digi, the whole thing apparently took a rather farcical turn: they started off showing the football, only to interrupt the game shortly before half-time and switch to the ski jumping).
Miffed that they did not get the English Premier League rights themselves, Digi and Dolce are refusing to show the local version of Eurosport (which has the Premier League), instead transmitting the international version (which does not). All in total disregard for what their customers might want.
What is most puzzling however is why on earth they would do this, for – beyond the dick-waving – they have absolutely nothing to gain. They will have to give in eventually (even if it is only because the local broadcasting watchdog – the CNA – makes them), while in the meantime they will piss off their clients.
We have asked Romtelecom (which owns Dolce) for an explanation, and will let you know if they offer one.
Meantime, it will be back to an unorthodox internet feed for the Chelsea game on Monday night.
And to think the TV companies actually wonder why consumers resort to piracy.