Just watched the semi-final match between Dani and Marco. What a fascinating match. It was a match of 2 halves. The first half was a magnificent example of attacking billiards. Dani started the first half with a run of 11 and Marco ended the half with a run of 11, and a 27-19 lead all in about 6 innings.
The second half was the opposite, tight defense and the balls rolling badly made it a grind, with Dani's run of 9 the only real attack. To cap it off, with Dani leading 48-38, Marco got screwed out of a point by yet another incompetent refereeing decision depriving him of a clear point - the third referring blunder I've seen in limited watching of mainly highlight clips. It deprived him of the opportunity to continue his run and try to come from behind and win (a run of a further 12 being not outside his abilities) and Dani then quickly finished it off.
1) The UMB should allow video review of disputed points. They don't come up that often and they should want to get it right
2) Some of the referees should never again be allowed to referred in top level events
3) If there is a better commenting team than Torbjorn and Bert in any cue sport I don't know who they might be. Torbjorn has amazing technical knowledge of the game, the players, kisses and position, while Bert adds encyclopedic knowledge of the history of matches and tournaments over the past 30 years.
4) I had a Kozoom subscription for years and let it lapse. They had good production values but had no commentary. FiveandSix, which did this match and the 15 minute highlights clips on YouTube has even higher production values in shot instant replays with tracking and especially with a lot of high level commentating. I don't think they have the breadth that Kozoom has - no small games, no 5-pin, no lesser events like leagues, but it looks like it is a lot cheaper to join on Youtube than the cost of a Kozoom subscription. I haven't checked out the details yet, but clicking on the Join button shows membership, which gives you full replays, as costing "from $1.99 per month". I was in the middle of the match when I gave joining a quick look so I don't know what "from" means in this context. Plus, as previously mentioned, they have a lot of high-level English commentary.
Looking forward to the final.