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WCSN FIS coverage on-line

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I got this press release from WCSN today and spoke with a couple of their staff. I think this is something you'll all want to know, so I've posted it here for your information and use...



Record Number of Alpine, Cross Country, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Freestyle and Snowboarding Events Offered to U.S. Fans; Alpine Starts Oct. 27

LOS ANGELES – October 25, 2007 – World Championship Sports Network (WCSN), the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, kicks off its third winter season with exclusive broadcast coverage of the 2007-08 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup season beginning Saturday, Oct. 27. The schedule is the most extensive ever by any U.S. media outlet for skiing and snowboarding competitions.

Exclusive live and on-demand coverage of the entire six-month season begins this Saturday with the opening alpine races from Sölden, Austria. The men’s and women’s giant slalom races will be available online at www.WCSN.com at noon ET each day with broadcasts on WCSN TV.

WCSN.com, in partnership with the FIS World Cups and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, will provide full event coverage in alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding. Many of the events will be available live or same-day.

"WCSN has established itself as the top destination for the FIS World Cup season by offering access to every event. Our mission this winter is to serve the fans of alpine, cross country, snowboard, nordic combined, freestyle and ski jumping," said Claude Ruibal, CEO of WCSN. "Partnering with FIS and USSA brought a tremendous audience to WCSN last year, so we are very excited to continue our relationship with these events and their athletes."

Fans can experience like never before the competitive action from around the globe. The 2007-08 lineup will include freestyle's World Cups from Cypress Mountain, B.C, site of the 2010 Winter Games; Holmenkollen in Oslo, the "Fenway Park" for nordic sports; snowboarding World Cups with thousands of screaming fans from Gujo-Gifu, Japan; and alpine racing's Hahnenkamm downhill, the "Super Bowl" of men's skiing from Kitzbuehel, Austria, to name just a few of the more than 250 competitions covered by WCSN.

The drama of high-speed action along with the all-out rush of the World Cup will be complemented by exclusive commentary and blogs from world-class U.S. Ski Team athletes including Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), U.S. champion Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and World Cup podium performer Scott Macartney (Crystal Mountain, WA). America's skiing superstar Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) also will provide weekly diary entries.

U.S. Snowboarding's Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) and two-time X Game's champion Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, CO) will blog about snowboarding.

"WCSN is providing an easy avenue for fans to connect with the world's best ski and snowboarding events and athletes on a consistent and timely basis," said USSA Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ted Morris. "Thanks to WCSN, it's an incredibly exciting time to be a fan of competitive skiing and snowboarding."

Fans can log onto WCSN.com to access complete live and on-demand video of the FIS World Cup season and exclusive access to winner results, photo galleries, behind-the-scenes features and more, via a $4.95 monthly subscription. Highlights from all events will be televised on World Championship Sports. Broadcast schedules for alpine skiing, cross country, nordic combined, ski jumping, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding events can be found at WCSN.com. Fans in the U.S. should contact their local cable and satellite operator to get more details on the WCSN television channel.

About World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)

World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, delivering an immersive experience via exclusive live and on-demand coverage of world class competitions, interaction with top athletes and in-depth access to sports news and information year round.

WCSN offers comprehensive coverage of over 60 sports disciplines, through exclusive long-term programming agreements across a number of key International Federations and National Governing Bodies. Major championship events in sports ranging from Track and Field, Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling to Volleyball, Karate and Taekwondo are featured online at www.WCSN.com and on television via WCSN's 24/7 cable sports network. WCSN also markets Olympic sports in partnership with International Federations, National Governing Bodies, local organizations, clubs, sponsors, and through related websites and publications.

WCSN has a strategic partnership agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet Company of Major League Baseball, for its website WCSN.com. WCSN’s lead investor is InterMedia Partners, a private equity firm that invests in media content providers. InterMedia Partners serves the content needs of diverse communities of interest across all platforms, including broadcast, publishing, broadband and direct marketing. For more information, please visit www.WCSN.com.

About U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding. Founded in 1905, USSA manages year-round nationwide development and elite programs, including the national teams, in six distinctly different Olympic sports - alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding -as well as two Paralympic sports - disabled alpine and disabled cross country. USSA is based in Park City, Utah. For more information, visit www.usskiteam.com or www.ussnowboarding.com.
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Thanks for posting this.

I'll say the same thing I said last year: I'd be in for twice the price with three times the bitrate.
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It seems they have made it harder to record these to your computer now. I can't manage to find a url for the stream buried under the flash interface. I also can't get it to work with firefox which really grinds my gears.

Nevertheless, I can't wait to watch these even if I have to stream them all every time.
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