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Has anyone caught the Universal Sports network? Showing DH skiing from Val Gardena, Italy yesterday and GS from Alta Badia, Italy (the name might not be correct). I see it on channel 464 in NY on Verizon's network. Also interlaced throughout the day is video of different resorts across North America and ski tips from Rob Butler from Whistler. Anyway its been some interesting viewing.
post #2 of 11
Yeah, Universal Sports is great stuff. The best thing is anything you want to watch or rewatch is available online at universalsports.com over HD streaming.

I don't have cable at home nor do I think this area carries Universal Sports. When I was back at my parents' in Manhattan over T'Day, like you I happened to find this cable channel. For the rest of the weekend, I found myself stuck to the tube. (I hardly watch any sports any more due to lack of free time)

Great coverage, insightful and (almost) unbiased commentaries and play-by-play, knowledgable broadcasting staff, little irrelevant fluff, minimal commercials, free to watch, instant or delayed full playback HD coverage. What more can I say? It's far far better than any other sports channel. It easily blows any of the ESPN channels away.

 

 
post #3 of 11
We just got a new cable box and I found Universal Sports.  I love the skiing and the other stuff like the Iron Man coverage.
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The best part? Universal sports is available on the interweb - universalsports.com
all the good stuff all the time. During the summer you have the Giro D'Italia, the Vuelta, and a bunch of other great bike racin. Theres speed skating, bobsled and bunches of more good stuff without all the crap and excess tawkin heads from the big 4 sports broadcasts.
I was in such a funk since Versus has turned into such a steamin pile over the last 2 years, until I found universal sports. They Dakine.
I do recommend at least a 3 mbps connection soz you get the good video quality.
These days I rarely watch traditional boob toob and will prolly cut off the cable connection next month. Its all on the web, and for now its free. But even of they end up charging a bit, just having real sports coverage, on demand, is way worth a small fee.
chec it out
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Funniest thing is NBC is a big part of Unversal Sports. It would be interesting to see how they would handle the Olympic coverage so that they won't compete with NBC's chopped up and lame full of fluff footage.
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post

Funniest thing is NBC is a big part of Unversal Sports. It would be interesting to see how they would handle the Olympic coverage so that they won't compete with NBC's chopped up and lame full of fluff footage.
In 2008, they did live streaming through Microsoft Silverlight: it was similar to universal sports, and they covered all events that weren't shown live on NBC (basically no Gymnastics, T&F, and Swimming). It was great: I was able to watch the Laser finals, trap shooting, archery, judo, and Foil and Epee that were not shown on TV.
post #7 of 11
Well, all good things must come to an end, and in this case, less than 2 months of this season.
Universalsports has crapped out on full event coverage for the alpine events (following suit with their coverage of other winter events) and only seems to present their abbreviated choice of a few 'Hilight' clips from the recent events.
Lame
Not even an option offered for 'premium' membership to watch full events online.
Of course they have to pay for 'footage', and they're not willing to see if anyone might opt to actually pay something to have that.
backsliding to the lowest common denominator, hardly surprising.
definitely not worth navigating to again
time to catch up on my reading
post #8 of 11
Universal is available on Broadcast HD in NYC.  Channel 4.4.  It's free.  They may be cutting back on their schedule of individual events in preparation for The Olympics. Less skiing, more Babeskating and other olympic sports.
post #9 of 11
sorry, I wasn't referring to any cable presence.
I was referring to their online site.
2 months ago you could watch alpine events, xc events, jumping, short and long track speed skating, bobsledding, luge, yadda yadda yadda  - events in their entirety.
now its barely a few 45 sec snippets of anything.
I know, server space, media streaming and bandwidth cost money.
I don;t mind payin for what I watch - bull wrazzlin on Versus has long since lost its appeal
post #10 of 11
I wondered where it all went also. totally lame. no, they don't have to charge for viewing if they can sell advertising on the site. sucks.
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Funniest thing is NBC is a big part of Unversal Sports. It would be interesting to see how they would handle the Olympic coverage so that they won't compete with NBC's chopped up and lame full of fluff footage.

I'm not sure that's exactly how I'd describe their relationship ... more like Universal Sports is a smallish part of NBC. To be fully correct, Universal Sports isn't entirely a "part" of NBC, as it's co-owned by NBC and a venture capital firm.

I believe they will do the Vancouver Olympics coverage in the same manner as the Beijing coverage. That is: coverage will be spread around the various NBC channels and outlets, like CNBC, MSNBC, Universal Sports and USA, with each having a somewhat different style and content. I'd expect what's shown on Universal Sports to be fairly similar to what they're doing now, but with more NBC-supplied "stuff" (the World Cup coverage is just basically American commentators dubbed onto a European video feed). Whether the additional stuff adds value remains to be seen. For one thing, commentators will presumably actually be somewhere in the vicinity of where the races are taking place, and available to do some more reporting. Whether that means (say) volleyball players reporting on chocolate shops, or ex-WC downhill racers digging up information on equipment decisions remains to be seen.

As for the Universal Sports cable coverage, they're showing so much ski racing now it's absurd. I think they've shown each of the Wengen races at least 6 times already.
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