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World Cup on TV???

post #1 of 23
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The FIS Season starts this weekend. It's going to rock. But does anyone know if any FIS races are going to be televised? The USST and OLN's site are a complete blank on the issue.

Has anyone tried that website that broadcasts the Euro Satellite coverage?

How do you guys get FIS coverage? Is anyone else concerned about this travesty of justice?

Please help.
post #2 of 23
I was wondering the same thing.

Unfortunately OLN usually plays the races a few days or even a week after the events if at all.
post #3 of 23
I'm getting more and more frustrated with OLN. In the old days it was a poor Canadian station that basically took World Cup feeds from England and replayed them with minimal editing. Each show was almost entirely spent showing racers on the course. Now days they are overproducing the shows just like an US network. I've even seen Bob Beattie, the ultimate sign of clueless racing coverage, on some of their broadcasts. They spend too much time on fluff and less & less time showing the actual races.
post #4 of 23
At least you get OLN, its not even offered through our cable...
post #5 of 23
Skiracing.com seems to be connected to OLN somehow, as they have a link to an OLN survey on their home page. Here's the link to their tv listings page. http://www.skiracing.com/tv_guide there's no OLN shows there yet, but I bet if you keep checking back they'll update it. I too am surprised that OLN has nothing even in their popup menus for sports by category for skiing.

I hope SOMEONE carries it this year.

Steve
post #6 of 23
http://ussa.org/PublishingFolder/255_257.htm

Not the most complete information I've ever seen. I hope that's not all the coverage OLN is going to have.
post #7 of 23
I plugged "World cup 2004 Alpine Skiing Television" into my search engine. I was advised that the first televised race is Aspen (The weekend before Thanksgiving). It is on OLN
post #8 of 23
OLN showed most of the world cup last year, often same day. I can't believe you are crying about how it was presented because this year will be really weak. You will have somethiong to cry about. Winter sports or skiing are not even catagories to search for programs on OLN website. It looks like they will show some races that NBC will also cover. What's the point? I will cancel my cable if the skiing isn't there. DSL would cost less anyway, but I guess I have to pay extra for webcasts?
post #9 of 23
Bode will repeat sunday. Daron top ten. Shlopy top fifteen.
post #10 of 23
did a TIVO search --> nada on any channel
post #11 of 23
Can I watch world cup on my computer if I get a high-speed connection? How much would I have to pay per view?

Congrats to Kristen Koznick who finished 4th. The 24th to start, she was one hundredth from the fastest time on the second run. US team had good results, too. Julia Mancuso started 40th, finished 15th. Resi Stiegler started 67th, finished 23rd. Canadian Gail Kelly started 42nd, finished 11th. Paerson won of course...
post #12 of 23
www.alpinerace.com will show the races in WM 9 files for $2.99 a race or $80.00 for the entire season. I'm not sure what the footage is-be it a guy with a camcorder or the Eurosports satellite.
Their site doesn't kick off till November 1 though.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ganjala
www.alpinerace.com will show the races in WM 9 files for $2.99 a race or $80.00 for the entire season. I'm not sure what the footage is-be it a guy with a camcorder or the Eurosports satellite.
Their site doesn't kick off till November 1 though.
Thanks, that sounds better than cable tv, I can't really afford both. By november we should see what the OLN coverage is like. If it is like last year, I'll stick with cable. Actually it looks like they will cover early season pretty well, but when the circus moves back to Europe the coverage may decrease. I'm pessimistic based on what happened to their cycling coverage.
post #14 of 23
Actually I can go and watch the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup this week-end behind a window and a hot coco... ok... beer sounds better ;-) It's done on my resident mountain in Landgraaf (the Netherlands...).... so ok it's not a real mountain... it's a slope... built on a former coal mine with 520 meters of 'perfect snow conditions' all year 'round!! LOL
post #15 of 23

WC Racing coverage sucks

OLN coverage is minimal at best and often delayed. Same kind of treatment that F1 racing gets.

OLN spends more time talking about nonracing than showing racing. Typical American TV coverage. Some of it is interesting but I want to see the racing as much as possible.

Also, too many American announcers feel that they are on an equal star basis with the racers. NOT.
post #16 of 23
Its awesome when they show world cup skiing. It's not typical American TV. The annoucers and presentation are excellent. If you can do better, let's see it. They showed most of the races last year and you are complaining! If they scale back coverage this year it's because you (and others) didn't like it. bsimaral, quit whining!
post #17 of 23
If you want more ski racing on OLN, go here:

http://www.skiracing.com/industry_re...SRIR.php/1901/

You can also put a word in for what sort of coverage you want.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by bsimeral
OLN coverage is minimal at best and often delayed. Same kind of treatment that F1 racing gets.
F1 racing has had non-delay coverage with damn good commentary all season long. The feeds still suck sometimes, but oh well.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by skiingman
F1 racing has had non-delay coverage with damn good commentary all season long. The feeds still suck sometimes, but oh well.
I know, but to get the Speed channel in our area is expensive. Our local cable was Jones then ATT and now Comcast and we have less and pay lots more. Next year I will probably break down and pay the extra money for the package with the speed channel to see CART (if they survive) and F1....of course there is nothing else in it that I want.

At least golf is well covered and free.....that's 1 for 3 of my big sports interests.

Regardless, it will be fun watching the US Ski team this year even if we only get to see a few racers making a few turns.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by bsimeral
I know, but to get the Speed channel in our area is expensive. Our local cable was Jones then ATT and now Comcast and we have less and pay lots more. Next year I will probably break down and pay the extra money for the package with the speed channel to see CART (if they survive) and F1....of course there is nothing else in it that I want.

At least golf is well covered and free.....that's 1 for 3 of my big sports interests.

Regardless, it will be fun watching the US Ski team this year even if we only get to see a few racers making a few turns.
You might want to look into Sattelite (DirecTv). I have one level up from the bottom, and it includes Speed Channel and OLN. I also have a 2 tuner TiVO, which is really cool. You can only use the 2 tuner version of TiVo if you have DirecTv. We have Adelphia in my neighborhood, and Concast in the county next to me, and both are more expensive than satellite.

When it comes to WC skiing coverage, I think we got spoiled a couple of years ago, when OLN showed all of every run of every WC race, men's and women's. The only caveat to that, is that for the technical (2 run) events, they only showed the second runs. It was amazing coverage, but I don't think there's a big audience for it and it's expensive for them to purchase it (they just show the Euro broadcasts, and do thier own commentary over it), because the following year, they cut way back. Now they just show the Americans and the top finishers, and don't even show all of those runs. It's basically down to a highlight reel.

They are starting to do the same with bike racing. The last few years they had a lot. Then this year, they didn't have some of the major events, including the Vuelta Espania - the grand tour of Spain (I don't speak or write any Spanish, so I know I butchered it). I have the feeling that next year, we won't see the Giro d Italia either. And we'll probably only see the Tour de France as long as Lance is in it. Sucks. OLN is becoming another TNN, which is basically what I refer to as Red Neck television (it's just a joke folks - meant as the polar opposite of BET) - hunting and fishing, and in OLN's case, rodeo.

I really wish I could get RSN on my satellite. That would entertain me.
post #21 of 23
JohnH, I will look into satellite. I live in a townhouse and they just started allowing dishes to be installed last year. The only reason that Cable is still appealing is that they now provide phone service. It won't be long until everyone is making their calls using VoIP and the bundle of telephone and cable services will be attractive. At least VoIP is 1 technology that cannot be monopolized like cable has become. Any method of accessing the internet can be used and the providers don't pay anyone. Long distance or international calls cost the provider no more than a local call.

You are right about USA ski audiences...they are not as big as in Europe but those few of us who do watch make up for it in enthusiasm. This should be an exciting season if there are no major injuries on the USST.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by bsimeral
JohnH, I will look into satellite. I live in a townhouse and they just started allowing dishes to be installed last year. The only reason that Cable is still appealing is that they now provide phone service. It won't be long until everyone is making their calls using VoIP and the bundle of telephone and cable services will be attractive. At least VoIP is 1 technology that cannot be monopolized like cable has become. Any method of accessing the internet can be used and the providers don't pay anyone. Long distance or international calls cost the provider no more than a local call.

You are right about USA ski audiences...they are not as big as in Europe but those few of us who do watch make up for it in enthusiasm. This should be an exciting season if there are no major injuries on the USST.
Alnog those lines, if you are getting phone service and cable broadband, cable will be cheaper, because they offer discounts for multiple services. Broadband over satellite (DirecWay) is slower and more expensive than cable.

VoIP can be monoplized, because it runs on the cable service that is provided to your neighborhood. Maybe you have more than one choice of cable? I haven't seen any areas that offer multiple cable choices.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by JohnH
Alnog those lines, if you are getting phone service and cable broadband, cable will be cheaper, because they offer discounts for multiple services. Broadband over satellite (DirecWay) is slower and more expensive than cable.

VoIP can be monoplized, because it runs on the cable service that is provided to your neighborhood. Maybe you have more than one choice of cable? I haven't seen any areas that offer multiple cable choices.
There is usually only 1 cable choice but other technologies are being considered and SBC, Verizon, and 1 other that escapes my mind are going to provide TV feeds to compete with our cable provider, Comcast, in 2005-6. SBC will use their existing network, Verizon will offer WiMax, and the other will run fiber all the way to your house.

Voip can be used via any internet access method and will probably replace the old packet switch Ma Bell network for all kinds of noncell phone calls in time. Many companies have been using it for several years and there are even affordable consumer devices that plug into your router and any phone plugs into it.
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