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No World Cup on TV - Help!

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Good old Comcast has ditched Universal sport in favor of their new NBCSports channel. So where do I see world cup in 2012? I have no alternative to the evil C as a cable provider.

 

NBCSports is going to carry the TDF, so at least I'm not going to hunt down Brian Roberts, who lives about a mile away, and shoot him down like a dog. But I'm going to miss their other bike race coverage.

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Oops, Universal Sports seems to be gone from NBC's digital broadcast channels here in DC. :(

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www.hahasport.com generally has the races.  If you own a DVR, then this isn't as good as watching on TV since this website won't let you rewind or fast-forward, or record it and watch it when it's not 4am or whatever time it is here when the races start in Europe.  But, still better than nothing.

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Doesn't Comcast own that too?
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As it stood I was growing disinterested with such poor quality video provided by Universal Sports on my Comcast channel 250, be it cycling or skiing.  With majority experience now viewing HD quality skiing, cycling, football etc broadcast with many other sources I was finding it increasingly taxing to sit and view the FIS WC picture.  I expect to see much greater detail...anything less and I'll move on and check the net for results.  

 

I do think there are plans to integrate all these NBC offerings into a better quality offering for a greater audience.  For now, US has lost my channel and interest.

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Well Don, the quality wasn't as big of an issue for those of us without cable, HD receivers, or broadband internet.... "...plans to integrate all these NBC offerings into a better quality offering for a greater audience."  Somehow I suspect I won't be part of the 'greater audience'.

 

I enjoyed the Giro and Vuelta especially.

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It's not just Comcast, DirecTV apparently just dumped U Sports as well.  I'm going to call them and let them know I am not happy, because one of the reasons I've stayed with DirecTV, as opposed to Dish or one of the Cable networks, is U Sports. Yes, it isn't great that it isn't in HD, but I can live with it, as long as I have WC races...

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I agree the pic quality sucked, especially for those used to HD, but better than nothing (they do have HD in Europe, don't they? Was it incompatible with American broadcast?). I guess we have to wait & see what NBCSport does. If US is losing all its exposure, maybe someone else will pick up the coverage. I know Brian Roberts is a cyclist, don't know if he has any interest in skiing.

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Well Don, the quality wasn't as big of an issue for those of us without cable, HD receivers, or broadband internet.... "...plans to integrate all these NBC offerings into a better quality offering for a greater audience."  Somehow I suspect I won't be part of the 'greater audience'.

 


Well, just wait till you get indoor plumbing...you'll never want to go back to the old crapper.

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Okay, somebody help me out here, because I'm slow.  I have DirecTV, and I still appear to have Universal Sports on Channel 625...but it's a U Sports that has shopping, some sports, and no ski racing...what's going on?

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There is a God...DirecTV still has USN, and it still shows WC races...at this point, I do not even care that it's not in HD, at least I get to see the Lauberhorn and Hahnenkamm start to finish, first racer to last...
 

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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post

Okay, somebody help me out here, because I'm slow.  I have DirecTV, and I still appear to have Universal Sports on Channel 625...but it's a U Sports that has shopping, some sports, and no ski racing...what's going on?



 

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

Well, just wait till you get indoor plumbing...you'll never want to go back to the old crapper.

wink.gif

 

I'm along with Telerod in this regard: in the DC area, cable prices are astronomically high, due in part to market forces (cost of living here is high) and the fact that cable monopolies are protected by local legislation. 

 

Where I live, I can't use a dish (no line-of-sight exposure from either window), and cable from Comcast with the "premium sports package" that may (or may not) carry Universal Sports is a big cost for gaining one, maybe two, channels I would like (and one of which I used to get for free, over the air). Said money can go toward actual ski and cycling adventures, gear and the like.

 

NBC Universal kept the cessation of OTA broadcasting very mum in their September, 2011, press release announcing the "I Want Universal Sports" campaign: the lede was buried well into the text, saying that US would transfer to a "premium subscription service" as of January 1, 2012. Then they play this shell game by saying that only DirecTV will carry US at the beginning, and that "negotiations are in progress" for carrying the network on Comcast and others (the comedy here being the "we're not in collusion" charade that is "negotiations" between Comcast and NBC Uni, who are the same company).

 

I'm finished with it. I'm watching US via Haha, or via Eurosport's own Internet feed via proxy. No DVR for me: I'll get up early and watch live.

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