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Old 07-28-09, 12:03 PM   #1
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Vuelta to be broadcast on Universal Sports in the USA

August 28-Sept. 22. This is the same TV station that broadcast the Giro. They are broadcast free over-the-air in many US cities.
http://www.cyclingfans.com/node/440

The Vuelta overlaps with the Tour of Missouri (Sept. 7-13). Universal Sports is supposed to be broadcasting the Tour of Missouri live.
http://www.cyclingfans.com/node/421

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Old 07-28-09, 12:11 PM   #2
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Excellent news! Thanks.
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Old 07-28-09, 12:17 PM   #3
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I love it! I get 5 or 6 channels with my rabbit ears, and Universal is one of them. My wife will be upset...

You have to think cycling is getting more popular in North America.
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Thanks for the headsup. I enjoyed their coverage of the Giro.
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Thanks! Their giro coverage was indeed great, especially compared to the profoundly lancentric coverage of VS this year.
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Sweet! US is awesome. I watched every stage of Giro last May. Besides US is the only channel (out of like 500 cable channels?????) broadcasting triathlons on a regular basis.
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nine hours of coverage on every race day and an exclusive 4 year deal to cover the
vuelta! i will never again doubt the existence of a supreme deity. thank you universal!
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I'm liking Universal Sports more and more. They're Giro coverage was nice. Wasn't spectacular, but the showed every stage and even had some reruns of it. And to be honest, looking back it was nice not to have All-Lance, All-Astana coverage throughout the race. They were definitely more balanced than Versus.
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Very cool! I love their online feed.

I am happy that Versus broadcast the Tour, better than no one doing it, but it was 50% ads / 50% content and a pathetic free online feed. I ended up watching as much as possible on Eurosport UK despite poor picture quality.
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Now if only DirectTV will carry Universal Sports.
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Comcast does so I get it.

Now if the picture quality is only better than the Giro... Hmmm. Since ASO owns Vuelta now, maybe they'll use the high-tech TdF equipment...
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Comcast does so I get it.

Now if the picture quality is only better than the Giro... Hmmm. Since ASO owns Vuelta now, maybe they'll use the high-tech TdF equipment...
For us, the Giro on Universal on Comcast was a pixelated piece of poo. Looked like a You Tube sized computer screen picture, stretched out to a big screen television.
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Nice of Universal to broadcast is online . . . .but these 3 week GT's are killing my free time
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For us, the Giro on Universal on Comcast was a pixelated piece of poo. Looked like a You Tube sized computer screen picture, stretched out to a big screen television.
I've got Charter. It was good picture quality. Not as good as Versus. But not bad enough to complain.

I was all set to switch over to Direct, but then the Giro aired. Plus, Universal carried a few other races. Now with the Vuelta, my switch has been put on hold a little longer.
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