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thecyclist 08-31-09 02:33 PM

Universal sports.... :|
 
Please universal sports, stop showing spoilers on the front page ffs :crash:

USAZorro 08-31-09 02:52 PM

I had the same issue during the Giro. Would probably have better success venting to them.

johnny99 08-31-09 05:50 PM

I can't stand the web site. I will only watch them on TV.

OrionKhan 08-31-09 08:34 PM

At least you can see it on tv now. Out here in SoCal on Charter cable my normal Universal channel was temporarily changed to a spanish channel by NBC until the brush fires are contained up by Mt Wilson.

Dubbayoo 08-31-09 08:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OrionKhan (Post 9591863)
At least you can see it on tv now. Out here in SoCal on Charter cable my normal Universal channel was temporarily changed to a spanish channel by NBC until the brush fires are contained up by Mt Wilson.

Is that what the damn deal is? Christ almighty. I'm sitting here *****ing out Cox Support right now. How come fires don't affect Spanish TV?

Cat4Lifer 09-01-09 01:05 AM

Apparently, a Spaniard winning the Tour has far reaching effects. :)

Rumpled 09-01-09 02:32 AM

I got two hours of noticias on my DVR today - Universal is still not back on Cox here.

Sci-Fi 09-01-09 03:37 AM

Was it because of the fires? Both US and NBC Weather channel went Hispanic this past Sat/Sun. Seems a bit odd. Sent them an e-mail anyways through the NBC website. US and NBC Weather online sites won't accept any comments/questions. Have to watch the Vuelta online at the US website.

OrionKhan 09-01-09 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sci-Fi (Post 9592857)
Was it because of the fires? Both US and NBC Weather channel went Hispanic this past Sat/Sun. Seems a bit odd. Sent them an e-mail anyways through the NBC website. US and NBC Weather online sites won't accept any comments/questions. Have to watch the Vuelta online at the US website.

According to Charter Cable, they said NBC did the switch with the spanish language channels because of the fire threat to Mt. Wilson. I'm thinking that they didn't have a backup transmitter or something for the spanish channels other than having to bump Universal and the NBC weather. Most of the communications companies were switching to backup transmitters to avoid a disruption in service if the transmitters on Mt. Wilson got destroyed. Shows us where Universal Sports and the Vuelta stand in the hierarchy of life here in SoCal.

My understanding was that it would be like this until the threat to Mt. Wilson was over. So it will probably be at least days like this.

johnny99 09-02-09 01:43 PM

Anyone know if Universal Sports will be broadcasting the Tour of Missouri on TV? I do not see it on the schedule on their web site.

OrionKhan 09-02-09 07:03 PM

Good news here in SoCal. Universal back on the regular channel. Showing the rest day recap. Pretty brutal crash inside of 3k yesterday. The whole field is probably glad for the early rest day after that one.

Nimitz87 09-02-09 11:15 PM

hmmm I have Universal HD but on the schedule it shows no cycling? what's the deal?

Chad

Sci-Fi 09-02-09 11:52 PM

Wed is rest day...Thurs 10am ET/7am PT is when the live online coverage starts again.

Sci-Fi 09-02-09 11:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnny99 (Post 9602042)
Anyone know if Universal Sports will be broadcasting the Tour of Missouri on TV? I do not see it on the schedule on their web site.

The schedule:
http://www.universalsports.com/main/...B_OEM_ID=23000

Tour of Missouri starts Sept 7

Rumpled 09-03-09 12:25 AM

My DVR just scheduled Versus to tape the Tour of Missourri starting Monday - just a heads up.

johnny99 09-03-09 05:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sci-Fi (Post 9605422)
The schedule:
http://www.universalsports.com/main/...B_OEM_ID=23000

Tour of Missouri starts Sept 7

Yes, the race starts on Sept. 7, but will Universal Sports be broadcasting it on TV?
Here is Universal Sports TV schedule: http://www.universalsports.com/EPG/tv.dbml

Sci-Fi 09-03-09 06:17 AM

From Podium Insight:

Quote:

28 hours will be televised during the race held 7-13 September, a record number for this event, live on the web and UniversalSports, or delayed on Versus and For Sports Midwest.
So it looks like US is doing web coverage and VS has the broadcast rights.

johnny99 09-03-09 06:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sci-Fi (Post 9606033)
From Podium Insight:



So it looks like US is doing web coverage and VS has the broadcast rights.

I thought VS was only broadcasting a 30 minute highlight show every night. Who is broadcasting the other 25 hours?

Sci-Fi 09-03-09 07:25 AM

Dunno. Doubt they will do start-to-finish web broadcasts for each stage of the Tour of Missouri. More likely highlights of the first part of the race and go live for the finish. Should be ok, VS has been doing it that way for years.

Each Vuelta stage runs anywhere from 5-6 hours S2F and 'so far', US has been airing complete live web coverage of each stage, which has been great for cycling fans. But it's one of the big 3 Grand Tour events and doubt US will offer that kind of coverage for other cycling events.

johnny99 09-03-09 08:15 AM

US has been televising 2 hours of the Vuelta every day (the last 2 hours of each stage). I'm hoping they do the same for the Tour of Missouri.

johnny99 09-03-09 06:25 PM

I e-mailed Universal Sports and they said they would broadcast the Tour of Missouri on TV after the Vuelta ends (as in 3 weeks from now). All I can say is WTF?? Who wants to watch a sporting event 3 weeks after it happened????

Sci-Fi 09-03-09 06:55 PM

TV rights have that kind of effect. If Versus paid for same day coverage or for specific stages, then it's conversation over. If you like US coverage/announcers, just watch it online or wait until it's broadcast on US if you enjoy or rather watch it on your TV. Very rare to have 2 or more TV broadcasts going at the same time for the same event. Switching is common IF the companies are related or shared the cost (ABC/ESPN for example does it a lot, forcing viewers to change channels if they want to continue to watch an event) or it's on completely different mediums (say webcast/radio and TV).

Delayed broadcasts is also common and lowers the cost of adding programming for a network. It's all about money and ratings.

OrionKhan 09-03-09 06:59 PM

I thought I heard during the coverage today that they said they would be airing the World Championships. Anybody anything else to confirm that?

LittleSally 09-06-09 09:36 AM

Cyclingfans posted Tour of Missouri viewing options:

http://www.cyclingfans.com/node/500

johnny99 09-07-09 06:15 PM

Has anyone found any video of the finish of Stage 1 of the Tour of Missouri? The Universal Sports on-line stream crappped out and doesn't show the last 5 seconds of the race!!!


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