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    For those of us without OLN...

    What is the best way to watch the tour? I was thinking Discovery would re-cap, but I can't find a schedule. I know ESPN does some highlights, but I'd rather see more than just highlights. I'm willing to record the shows if they're on early/late, so time isn't a factor. If you could help me out, that'd be great. Any options are welcome.
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    Feel your pain! Luckily my bike club at home is recording it for me and burning to DVD to send here to Iraq. I'd suggest doing the same and ask around the local clubs and shops, if you buy the discs I'm sure someone with OLN & DVD burner will record it for you.

    Good Luck!

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    i'm lookin forward to torrents
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    TV5 will broadcast live everyday, except in US and canada. If that's your case, I hope someone puts some torrents online like last year

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    what is a torrent? Sorry but I have no idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneradtec
    what is a torrent? Sorry but I have no idea!
    file sharring program, allows you to download media off someone elses computer, for example the tour de france
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    Yeah, I'm in the US, so no TV5. The thing about burned copies is I'd rather be able to see it before the Tour's over...
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el twe
    Yeah, I'm in the US, so no TV5. The thing about burned copies is I'd rather be able to see it before the Tour's over...
    i agree with that. unfortunetly, i'm not sure if even OLN will show it to me...they stopped airing cyclism here a month back or so.

    if anyone wants to burn it on dvd i'd love to give you my mailing adress.....pm me if anyones interested....i'm freaking out about not being able to watch the tour, and late is better than NEVER!!!

    also, is there any professional outfits that put out the WHOLE tour (not just 4 hours of recaps) on dvd????

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    didn't oln put the giro on streaming media or something? maybe they'll do that for the tdf? the place i'm subletting has cable and even tivo, so i was really excited about being able to record the tour come home from work and watch it, but i don't think i get oln for some reason. i would have figured it's part of the standard cable package. oh well.

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    I believe CBS or NBC has a one hour recap each Sunday. That's probably the next best recap. ESPN's coverage has not been that good. There's no talk about strategy, other competitions, other teams etc

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    If you have a good internet connection, go to this address:

    http://www.letour.fr

    There are several versions to choose from once you get there. English, French, etc.

    During the tour, they have good coverage that automatically updates every few minutes.

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    I think World cycling productions also put an 16 hour dvd pack for other tours. Anyway, I still think the best alternative for short term is the torrents, you can get them with a few hours of downloading, if someone posts them quickly, you could be watching the stage with a 24 hour delay.

    I haven't been able of getting something to convert analog to digital video, that stuff is expensive. if i get it i still would buy a 200 gig hard drive to make al the video processing. Be sure that if a find a way to post the videos online i will do it

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    Radio? There's gotta be some station with cycling people on. Better than nothing I guess.

    Also, robintosh, sent you a pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfish
    i agree with that. unfortunetly, i'm not sure if even OLN will show it to me...they stopped airing cyclism here a month back or so.

    if anyone wants to burn it on dvd i'd love to give you my mailing adress.....pm me if anyones interested....i'm freaking out about not being able to watch the tour, and late is better than NEVER!!!

    also, is there any professional outfits that put out the WHOLE tour (not just 4 hours of recaps) on dvd????

    OLN in Canada WILL show the Tour...Stage one 1130am Saturday....OLN basically goes Tour devoted for July. They show the day's stage at least 3 times per day.

    World Cycling Productions do a 4hours DVD and usually put together a 12hour extended version as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robintosh
    I think World cycling productions also put an 16 hour dvd pack for other tours. Anyway, I still think the best alternative for short term is the torrents, you can get them with a few hours of downloading, if someone posts them quickly, you could be watching the stage with a 24 hour delay.

    I haven't been able of getting something to convert analog to digital video, that stuff is expensive. if i get it i still would buy a 200 gig hard drive to make al the video processing. Be sure that if a find a way to post the videos online i will do it
    I bought a 160GB external drive just to keep my Mp3's and Mpegs. I will definitely be filling it up a little with some Tour Stages. I have a TV tuner card in my Computer, so I will be taping them all. I'll end up buying the WCP 4hour DVD eventually anyways...Its way more practical when you want to go back and watch a couple races...

    I watched 1998's Giro, and 1999 Tour de France today...

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    Any good links for torrents?
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    Im sure this will deleted...but mininova.org is very good

    you also need to have a program like BITTORNADO in order to use bit torrent sites

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drayko
    Radio? There's gotta be some station with cycling people on. Better than nothing I guess.

    Also, robintosh, sent you a pm.
    Good idea!! I'll get an audio stream from ESPN (with phil and paul) live everyday. You will need quicktime 7. PM me for details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfish
    i agree with that. unfortunetly, i'm not sure if even OLN will show it to me...they stopped airing cyclism here a month back or so.
    Dude, relax. OLN Canada will be carrying daily coverage (live in the AM then rebroadcast 2 more times later in the day). Just learn to tape it and FF the commercials or watch live and mute the commercials because they usually have like 5 sponsors and the same commercials over and over again.

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    i really hope you're right.

    do you guys in BC or Ontario get cyclism sundays anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfish
    i really hope you're right.

    do you guys in BC or Ontario get cyclism sundays anymore?
    No, it was an early season experiment by OLN Canada. Those of us who *****ed to TSN over the winter about OLN's pathetic coverage of non-tour racing got an email early in the year with the Cyclism schedule. That schedule fizzled out around the time of the Giro (BTW, we didn't get Giro coverage due to licensing issues).

    The best thing you can do is email (and get all your friends to do so too) OLN Canada praising their showing of cycling and tell 'em you bought every one of the commercial sponsors' products. Ask for more, more, more cycling next year. I usually make a disparaging comment about the Bowflex system too

    OLN Canada's TdF schedule is here:

    http://www.tsn.ca/oln/tour_de_france...e.asp?fid=9699

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1_Fan
    The best thing you can do is email (and get all your friends to do so too) OLN Canada praising their showing of cycling and tell 'em you bought every one of the commercial sponsors' products. Ask for more, more, more cycling next year. I usually make a disparaging comment about the Bowflex system too

    OLN Canada's TdF schedule is here:

    http://www.tsn.ca/oln/tour_de_france...e.asp?fid=9699
    hmmm, yeah i guess the 2 times i e-mailed them i probably sounded like a raving maniac messed up on caffeine or alcohol(or both...) who didn't make a whole lot of coherent sense.

    thanks for the schedule!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hair07
    didn't oln put the giro on streaming media or something? maybe they'll do that for the tdf?
    Negative. OLN only did the stream for the days (and there were MANY!) that they didn't broadcast the race on their cable station. Since le Tour will be on OLN's cable station every day of the race, there will be no streaming Internet video feed.

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    There's gotta be something like satellite radio that you could listen to live. I always look at the www.letour.fr website, and refresh it every few minutes. They also have clips of parts of the race. Alas, it isn't the whole race, but it's cool to watch anyway.

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    I don't get OLN, but here in Quebec we can get Canal Evasion, which basically has the same live coverage as OLN but it's in french.SO what! It's cycling! However, I'll miss Phil and Paul, but I can't afford digital this year. The good thing though is that these commentators aren't always fawning over lance and we don't get the dopey features and interviews they have on OLN.
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