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$60 to watch world cup on universalsports.com this year?

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Is that right?  Last year it was less than half that much.

 

Richr

post #2 of 17

Inflation.   It's coming.  

post #3 of 17

Costs money to be a dude.cool.gif

post #4 of 17

If you're a returning customer you get $20 off:

 

 

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Skiing Fans! It's that time of year again. The Alpine World Cup is upon us, with 33 stops from now until March. Because you ordered the 2010-11 Alpine World Cup Season Package last year, we have a special deal to offer you this year. Buy the 2011-12 Alpine World Cup Season Package before December 31, 2011 and use the code “worldcupalumni” to receive a $20 discount! For further details and the full schedule, click here DON'T LOSE OUT! Unless you have DIRECTV, on 1/1/12 your TV Provider may drop UNIVERSAL SPORTS from your channel lineup. Call 1-800-55-GET-US & tell your provider you want access to year-round coverage of the world's biggest alpine skiing events and your favorite athletes, like Vonn, Miller and Mancuso. Then double your voice: click here Hurry, time is running out!

 

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Yup frown.gif, & i wouldn't mind paying, but the quality of the streaming video has absolutely sucked for me.  I hate to pay for constant frustration & disappointment.  I emailed them last night to ask if they have made any improvements.  This was their response:

 

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Thank you for your inquiry!

The maximum bitrate we support on our Premium video player is 1.6Mbps which isn't quite HD but is a very good quality for web video. The technology uses adaptive streaming which will determine the highest bitrate your PC is capable of receiving based on available bandwidth, CPU and graphics card capability and then automatically scales the stream to ensure the best video experience.

Thank You,
Universal Sports Customer Support

 

That is nice, but it does not answer my question as to if they have made any improvements.  I wrote them back, but have not received a reply yet.  Something tells me it is not any better.  Not only does the picture jump, stop & go, the quality reminds me of watching with rabbit ears 50 yrs. ago.  I have no problem with Vimeo, Youtube, Hulu etc.  My computer seems fine.  I really just think that Silverlight ain't so good.

 

Anyone else?

 

Thanks,

JF

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Silverlight is fine - yes, it uses a ton of CPU, but that's not the issue with their player. Netflix streams high quality HD all the time using a silverlight player. I think the problem is just Universal. They can't get an HD channel on any cable system, are constantly feuding with one of the most popular cable providers in the country (Comcast), and have a profoundly unhelpful customer service department. Nothing about that screams that they really care about the customer's experience.

post #7 of 17

Sometimes you can get a link from Fromsport.com and see/record the races live (and every other sport in the world) for free.  Just make sure your spyware filter is up to date.

 

Here is the Soelden link:  http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/10/190/v-319052.html    I guess the link is sportlemon.tv now.


Edited by quant2325 - 10/21/11 at 10:50pm
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Exactly. You can watch basically any sport for free, especially those in europe. Fromsport (now sportlemon) is a fantastic resource - usually has links to EuroSport coverage of the world cup. Sometimes it has english commentary, a lot of time it has italian or german. But it's the skiing that matters.

 

The race (annoyingly) that are hardest to find coverage are the world cup series in Beaver Creek, CO. These races are traditionally broadcast on NBC (not on Universal) and therefore arent' even posted on universal's site. The NBC coverage is usually awful, showing no more than 15-20 runs of the downhill, and maybe 15 2nd runs of the GS. The Super G sometimes isn't even televised.

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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

Sometimes you can get a link from Fromsport.com and see/record the races live (and every other sport in the world) for free.  Just make sure your spyware filter is up to date.

 

Here is the Soelden link:  http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/10/190/v-319052.html    I guess the link is sportlemon.tv now.

 

I love ski racing, but I don't wanna get up at 3am to watch it.  Anybody know a source to watch on demand?  How do you record it?  Is there a dummies manual?

Thanks,

JF

 

 

 

post #10 of 17

I have Time Warner Cable Digital TV, and Universal Sports is broadcast as WNCND3 Chanel 119. They're showing a 90 minute Women's Giant Slalom today at 11am, with repeats at 4pm, 7pm, 10pm and 12am (midnight). Men's Giant Slalom 90 minutes tomorrow (Sunday 10/23) at 11am and 11pm.

 

If you have TWC in the US perhaps you have it as well where you are?

post #11 of 17

I can't even get Universal Sports via my Cable Provider. (AT & T U-verse).  I looked into it last year and it wasn't even an option.  Only way I can watch is online. icon13.gif

post #12 of 17

DirecTV has a sports package that includes Tennis Channel and U sports, among other things...that's how I watch it, and DVR it...

 

 

post #13 of 17

The Norwegian NRK sends everything from WC. While the language may be a problem the graphics will tell you what you need to know. It's available on www.delicast.com. Find Norway, then NRK1. It's free - I could view it in Greece, you should be able to in the US as well. It's not in HD online. 

 

Edit : I should check before posting, WC can only be viewed in Norway.

post #14 of 17

hello everybody

I'm new to the forum, and I just found this post.

I just bought the whole season on Universal sports and I'm very disappointed. the quality is good but there is no commentary whatsoever and it's kind of boring without commentary. I emailed them and they told me that a tv version is going to be available ondemand. Now after 24hrs from the women's GD still nothing, only a 4hrs version with no commentary....Anybody had this problem before?

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Originally Posted by materoprod View Post

hello everybody

I'm new to the forum, and I just found this post.

I just bought the whole season on Universal sports and I'm very disappointed. the quality is good but there is no commentary whatsoever and it's kind of boring without commentary. I emailed them and they told me that a tv version is going to be available ondemand. Now after 24hrs from the women's GD still nothing, only a 4hrs version with no commentary....Anybody had this problem before?


Welcome to ski racing in the USA.  The made for TV version usually comes up a day or two later.  Last year it was Steve Perino & Chad Fleischer in the studio.  They probably just dub it & pretend like they're doing it live, I don't really know.  It is usually just highlights of the first run, but they show all of the second run.  It is damn near impossible to not know the results before hand.  I pulled it off a few times last year, but I give up now.  I am not subscribing as they never even responded to my second email.  I will just be happy watching the highlight runs for free.

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JF

 

 

post #16 of 17

that's disappointing...maybe I should ask for a refund...waiting 2 days for every race is not possible....

thank you anyway

post #17 of 17

I had this problem at the beginning of last year too.  Waiting for the TV version.  I actually ended up liking the non-commentated one better anyway because if you want...you can watch everyones run.  But rest assured eventually the commentated ones will be up.

 

Also for everyone who cares...I found an online promo code to get $10 off the season package.  When you pay the $60...enter coupon code "earlywinter" for $10 off.  Worked for me a few days ago.  I felt better paying $50 than doubling the price at $60.

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