EFL highlights on Quest slammed as ‘looking like a 1992 season review’

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Freeview channel Quest got off to an inauspicious start with its EFL highlights programme


EFL highlights on Quest ‘look like a 1992-93 season review’ as social media slams 4:3 screen ratio and lack of HD coverage… with freeview channel apologising for problems

  • Quest got off to an inauspicious start with its EFL highlights programme
  • The picture corrupted before the screen went black when the show started
  • The show was subsequently presented in box ratio, and the sound was criticised 

Matthew Smith For Mailonline

Freeview channel Quest got off to an inauspicious start with its EFL highlights programme with fans unhappy with the quality of the picture and the studio in particular.

Quest was awarded the rights to show Saturday evening clips from the Championship, League One and League Two after the contract with Channel 5 ran out at the end of last season. 

The coverage on Freeview channel 37 and Sky channel 144 began poorly at 9pm, when the picture corrupted before the screen went entirely black. 

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Freeview channel Quest got off to an inauspicious start with its EFL highlights programme

Freeview channel Quest got off to an inauspicious start with its EFL highlights programme

The coverage began poorly when the picture corrupted before the screen went entirely black

The coverage began poorly when the picture corrupted before the screen went entirely black

The coverage began poorly when the picture corrupted before the screen went entirely black

The picture later returned, but in a 4:3 ratio. There was also no HD coverage on Freeview.

The picture later returned, but in a 4:3 ratio. There was also no HD coverage on Freeview.

The picture later returned, but in a 4:3 ratio. There was also no HD coverage on Freeview.

The picture returned, but in a 4:3 ratio – a box-like presentation rather than the usual widescreen. There was also no HD coverage on Freeview.

This remained through the rest of the 90-minute broadcast, much the disappointment and disbelief of fans who had turned in to watch their sides for the first time this season.

Quest later tweeted an apology for the malfunctions – although that too was criticised for containing a spelling error, saying ‘effecting’ rather than ‘affecting’.

They said: ‘We apologise for the technical difficulties effecting tonight’s EFL highlights for some viewers. We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve this.’  

There was disappointment and disbelief from fans who had turned in to watch their sides

There was disappointment and disbelief from fans who had turned in to watch their sides

There was disappointment and disbelief from fans who had turned in to watch their sides

The programme was compared to a highlights show from the 1990s by some fans online

The programme was compared to a highlights show from the 1990s by some fans online

The programme was compared to a highlights show from the 1990s by some fans online

The sound and picture quality of the highlights on the 9pm programme were criticised

The sound and picture quality of the highlights on the 9pm programme were criticised

The sound and picture quality of the highlights on the 9pm programme were criticised

The studio Colin Murray and Dean Ashton presented from was also condemned by fans

The studio Colin Murray and Dean Ashton presented from was also condemned by fans

The studio Colin Murray and Dean Ashton presented from was also condemned by fans

Quest won the contract to show EFL highlights when the deal with Channel 5 came to an end

Quest won the contract to show EFL highlights when the deal with Channel 5 came to an end

Quest won the contract to show EFL highlights when the deal with Channel 5 came to an end

The sound quality was also criticised, with viewers unhappy with the audio on the commentary and from the stadiums. 

Viewers were also widely unimpressed with the quality of the studio presenter Colin Murray and pundit Dean Ashton were lumbered with for the broadcast.

The small, basic studio had the two men sat at a table under red lights with a single small screen between them for analysis. 

It drew widespread criticism from fans, who described it as ‘tinpot’ and looking like a production from the early 1990s. 

A consolation for Quest came in the fact Murray – who remains in charge having presented last season on Channel 5 – and Ashton escaped the social media criticism.

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