So who does watache it?
I guess the answer to that would be people who wouldn't have the inclination (or ability) to post on a snooker forum.
The ADHD generation...
But the question remains ... do you think they watch the shootout in short form?
That might be who chooses to watch it, but I think it originated as a means to avoid copywrite protection and deletion, a means to disrupt the search-and-destroy algorithm.
And the problem still remains as it always has, that there's this massive chasm between the technology available to us and media corporation's willingness to adapt to it, particularly with sporting events.
You have the live show - fair enough - but they still don't show all the matches - no longer fair enough.
What happens when the match ends? All footage is 'lost forever' into the corporations archives, never to be seen again - no longer fair enough.
What if they show repeats later? The big deal here is how much later and why does it have to be later, why can it not be in immediately viewable storage from the moment the match? For at least a week if it's a bandwidth issue.
Why do all the corporations insist on having all their historical sporting footage permanently locked away in pointless digital storerooms, just occasionally throwing one up on air for 'special occasions'?
They say that private enterprise is beneficial over state-owned monopolies because only private enterprise can innovate and keep progress going forward without being stuck in a dogma, and yet the BBC's iPlayer and Red Button service and all etc are leaps and bounds ahead of other streaming products - so there must be a financial incentive to being technologically backwards when it comes to airing sporting events.