The adverts are irritating but bearable. But if someone says “Dolby 5.1 surround sound” again, me and Sky are really going to fall out. I like Martin Brundle a lot, but he’s obviously been told to push “HD” and “surround sound” at every opportunity, even during the commentary.
But even disregarding the adverts and commercial breaks, I still wasn’t at all impressed with the coverage. Simon and Damon were just so bland and dull, and the Sky Pad seemed pretty pointless. I know people are saying it will take time for the team to “gel”, but I don’t remember Jake, EJ and DC being like this when they first started together.
Jake, EJ and DC, apart from anything else, are just entertaining to watch- on several occasions last year they had be laughing out loud. No matter how much Simon and Damon and the others “gel”, I don’t see them being like this.
I know a lot of people have been praising the commentary, but I don’t agree. I hated Croft’s Practice commentary last season, and he’s no better this year. Brundle is good- he’s always been good- but his partnership with DC last year was miles better.
In summary, I’m not impressed. Sky’s only saving grace is Martin Brundle, but even he gets drowned out by Croft during the commentary. I’m definitively going to be watching the BBC’s live coverage when available.