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So got a ROKU box and figured out the exercises and incantations to get WC races on Universal Sports Network (USN) these last few years, after Comcast had their split with them. Not HD, but at least we can watch it, plus we could watch it when we wanted instead of just when it's being broadcast, a real plus with our schedule. Life was OK. Now USN is gone, but the World Cup access on TV moves over to NBC Sports (further confusing) family of various NBC sports outlets, back on Comcast for access, (or is it "Xfinity", who the hell knows what to call it these days). But, they scatter the WC feeds between; 1). NBC, 2). NBC Sports Program, (NBCSP), 3). Universal HD, (UHD, not to be somehow confused with the a-fore mentioned defunct Universal Sports), and finally, streaming access on 4). NBC Sports Live, (NBCSL). NBC Sports Live is accessible, if you have Comcast, for free,with the ROKU box! Finally some good news. After battling the coordination between Comcast (or is it Xfinity), ROKU and NBS Sports Live, all the various resurrections of password protected accounts and boggling security setups, putting my hand in stump water under a full moon etc..., we finally acquire access to NBCSL only to have the message come up, constantly interrupting the feed with the message "Loading, please wait", with the loading progress bar stopping at one third progress! This is probably due to the fact that our DSL connection in one of the three major hubs of technology in the world (City of Seattle, in this case), we cannot get a strong enough line signal to capture the HD DSL feed through our line consistently, ("sorry," we're told in this condensed version, "we just don't have the strength to provide a full signal" by the tech who came out). So, go to Comcast and get our internet through cable you say? Well, Comcast/Xfinity service signal has suddenly degraded to where we don't get some of the channels for 3 months now, some of those being NBC Sports and UHD! (and USA, Discovery etc.. amongst them) Error message that comes up is: "ONE MOMENT PLEASE",  "This channel should be available shortly" "Ref code: S0a00". It's been 3 months now! What's their definition of "shortly"? I'm not going to have confidance in giving Comcast my internet service, weak as it is. We finally convinced them to send a tech out from Comcast twice, after doing all kinds of worthless goofy things over the phone with someone working in an overseas call center - still nothing, but they did give us $15 off one months charge, when they said they would reduce our fee until it's resolved. Wonder why we can't grow Alpine Ski racing in America... Plus, it doesn't look like we can retrieve the events to watch when we want to like when on the old USN, even if we could get the feeds... Ain't technology wonderful....


Edited by scotsracer - 11/27/15 at 3:46pm
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This morning I checked the schedule on NBC Sports Network to see if they were going to broadcast the Ladies Slalom second event. Sure, it will be on NBC. I think to myself this is good news. I checked my local listings and what do I find will be on in that timeslot? An infomercial on Humana Medicare plans. I grant you that given the fact that I am approaching retirement, I should probably watch that but, I would rather see the ladies race! Oh so frustrating.

 

Karl

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This morning I checked the schedule on NBC Sports Network to see if they were going to broadcast the Ladies Slalom second event. Sure, it will be on NBC. I think to myself this is good news. I checked my local listings and what do I find will be on in that timeslot? An infomercial on Humana Medicare plans. I grant you that given the fact that I am approaching retirement, I should probably watch that but, I would rather see the ladies race! Oh so frustrating.

Karl

Let your local station know. It probably won't help. But if enough people complain...
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I checked my local listings and what do I find will be on in that timeslot? An infomercial on Humana Medicare plans. 

 

Karl

 

Try the video streaming alternatives.  Download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to your tablet, or access it through a TV streaming player such as Roku. (The video and audio quality through Roku is pretty good, IMO, if you have a high-bandwidth Internet connection.)  

 

There will be an hour of the FIS Lake Louise alpine events this afternoon (November 29) on NBC Sports Live Extra, and then an hour for the Aspen Slalom Run #2. 

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It (today's slalom) was on NBC sports here in Seattle, though I don't think it showed up in the dvr when I searched yesterday. My husband found it this morning.  

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Ladies ski racing is definitely much better than watching a Humana infomercial, Karl... Actually, any ski racing is better...

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@Scotsracer

 

I agree, watching the ladies race is almost as good as doing it yourself! :). The benefit of living in the metro Detroit area is that I can pick up the CBC station out of Windsor. I just mute the sound so I don't have to listen to Karen Lee Gardner. Did Lindsey lay down a run or what? All I can say is WOW!

 

Karl

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You a Masters racer too, Karl?

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You a Masters racer too, Karl?


Unfortunately no. All of the Masters events in the Central Division are located either in Wisconsin or Minnesota. That is an 8 to 12 hour drive for me. I am a Level 100 USSA coach and I also teach at my local bump. Previously I was a Nastar pacesetter and I continue to race in our beer league on Tuesday nights. In March, after our local season commitments are complete, my 23 year old son and I travel to northern Michigan to compete in some of the resort races and put a cap on the season. It's good fun!

 

Karl

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