Thousands of sports fans hoping to get together in the pub to watch Bermuda's cricketers at the World Cup could be out of luck - unless CableVision can extend its reach in the city.

Subscribers can pay $200 for live pay-per-view coverage of the tournament - featuring 50 live games - in their own homes.

But anyone hoping to sneak out to a city sports bar at lunchtime or after work to follow Bermuda's progress might be stumped.

Inter-Island Communications, the parent company of popular radio station Hott 107.5FM, secured the rights for the tournament and has signed an exclusive deal with CableVision, leaving subscribers to the satellite operator WOW out in the cold.

If you don't have a box, you won't be able to watch.

That means homes and businesses in parts of Hamilton, where CableVision is not available, could also miss out on the chance to see the competition - a sickener for pubs and clubs which had hoped to pull in big crowds to watch the games.

It also means office staff are unlikely to be able to tune in to follow their team's progress from work.

IIC chief Glenn Blakeney said he hoped a temporary measure could be put in place to bring coverage of the tournament to Hamilton, though he could make no guarantees at this stage.