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Mariners World - The Matchday Live Experience

By: Mike Worden
Date: 11/08/2002

FOR those Mariners World subscribers who were unable to make the trip to Norfolk this weekend, the opportunity to take in live commentary and other features would have been a tempting one.

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Friday’s edition of Mariners World ended with the Mariners team bus heading out of the Main Stand car park into Harrington Street at the start of its journey to East Anglia. It will get a bit tedious if these kind of shots are repeated every other week between now and May.

And so to Saturday afternoon. What would the promised ‘Matchday Interactive Console’ look like and what would it do?

Well as many subscribers found out, close to 3pm it was virtually impossible to get onto the Mariners World web site. Just when it seemed as if we wouldn't be able to get live commentary from Carrow Road, the channel opened up an emergency page providing links to commentary of all of the games. This worked fine and we were able to listen to David Burns and Trevor Whymark describing the panic in the Town defence.

Later in the game problems eased and subscribers were able to take advantage of the ‘interactive console’. Basically this is a window that shows facts such as the line-ups, running text commentary, match stats (corners, free-kicks, shots, bookings etc), and an update on scorelines and developments (bookings, sending-offs) elsewhere in the country. The updates were reasonably quick. One annoying aspect was that BBC Radio Humberside who provide the live commentary free of charge to Mariners World decided that at 4-0 the Norwich game was dead and switched to live commentary from Boothferry Park. With shouts of ‘I haven't paid £35 to listen to Hull City’ ringing around the Fishy chat-room, some subscribers opted for Radio Norfolk’s live commentary also available on Mariners World. Actually that’s a poor description since the two commentators themselves seemed barely alive.

It would have been hard to imagine that a major project like this could have gone ahead without some teething problems on the first match day. Town’s webmaster, Dale Ladson, has issued an apology to all subscribers and Mariners World will no doubt be looking at how these technical problems can be overcome for the next game. This weekend’s problems don't really detract from what many subscribers see as a good and value for money facility.

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