Is there a way to think about broadcasting and quality of TV channels as a matter of civic rights? Sony Liv is broadcasting the Olympics and is doing quite a regrettable job of it. There is no clarity on which of its streams is showing Indian participation, the website is slow, glitchy, and the stream quality is low. When streaming on a TV, the HD option gets switched off. It was fine when Sony Liv had the Euros, India was not participating.
But is there a way to think about Indian contingent’s participation at the Olympic games, where viewing the games and supporting the sportspersons is not just your private right, but also your public right? Is there a way to think about Sony Liv’s shoddy broadcasts as not just a consumer failure, but also a violation of your right to support your country’s contingent in a multisport international event? Do we even have a right to support #TeamIndia? Or is that more of a privilege?