For the last three years, we haven't had the channel that carries the Tour de France in our package (was Versus, now NBCSports channel) and I've missed it terribly. But it wasn't worth $10/month for a package upgrade when I only needed it for three weeks in July.
So yesterday I decided to try the online streaming video subscription for a flat $30 and it's now associated with my MapMyRide account. I had also not ever tried hooking my PC up to my TV, but after a search through my PC/Video parts box I came up with the necessary cables and I'm glad to report that I'm watching the "Prologue" event live right now.
I can choose to watch it live (events start at 8AM EDT) or can watch it at any other time, and there a a number of other features available. Anyway, I'm really geeked to be able to watch this fantastic event again -- worth it just to watch the French countryside go by as the camera bikes follow the peloton and breakaways.