This is a good post actually, that touches the most important aspects. I'll try and answer it in parts:
scMk wrote: In other words, we should be happy for having that unique chance of witnessing that "huge" live coverage, totally neglecting the fact of not being able to follow the very culmination of a tournament - its final??? Come on! BUT, have you seen what was on EuroSport during the first session of the Shanghai Masters final? I will tell you - Watts Zap... I was shocked! It just cannot be real...
Yeah I fully agree with you on this, how can Eurosport bother to show almost the entire tournament Live and then on the most important day of all, the Final, they are showing Watts Zap for the first session
And yeah, just because back in the old days there wasn't even 1/3 of the live coverage there is nowadays, that doesn't automaticly man you we can't complain about the poor coverage from ES.
scMk wrote: PS: I never understood, why this strange WorldSnooker TV is only available in the UK (or in a real small number of countries only, if at all)???
It's not only available in the UK, in fact you can watch the LiveWorldSnooker.TV streaming anywhere. The main problem that you problem aren't aware about is that if the country you are in IS showing the event on TV, your streaming service won't work, it only works if your country IS NOT having that event Live. That's why most of the matches we watch on that service are the qualifiers, because the qualifiers are only shown there, and not on TV. Hope this explains it better.
But, in short, I agree with most of what you said in your post, yes we should be grateful a channel like Eurosport is having so many hours of Snooker as opposed to BBC for instance, but that doesn't mean like I said above we can't complain when things aren't done in a professional way.
Again, that article I mentioned at the beggining of this thread shows exactly my way of thinking on this matter, BUT I think in the future we'll see more Live Finals sadly missed by Eurosport that often are Classics.