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Old 06-28-13, 08:11 AM   #1
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How is the Quality of the NBCSports TDF Stream

I usually find a stream of the TDF on steephill.tv or cyclingfans.com, and record it to my DVR. However, this is pretty hit-or-miss. Often a stream is blocked, or fails after an hour. Also, many streams have annoying pauses.

Adding even temporary coverage to my cable TV would cost >$100 (I have basic cable now).

One option is to pay $29 for the NBCSports live streaming. Is this stream reliable and good quality?
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Old 06-29-13, 01:57 PM   #2
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I'm not too impressed with it. The quality is decent... certainly better than what i would normally find on steephill but it's still not as nice as the HD steam I had for the Tour of Cali.

My gripes...
1) Large ad banner across the top even in full screen meaning it's not really going full screen... you have the ad bar on the top and black bars on the side.
2) Full screen also does not work with dual monitors, if i have it full screen on one monitor and click on something on my second monitor it goes back into the small windowed mode.
3) Having to listen to Phil and Paul... I wish they would retire already.
4) I had the "live coverage" cut out on me today... I tuned in just a bit before the finish... but jumped back to about 60k to go... with about 10k to go the stream just froze on me and I had to close out and switch to the replay stream... annoying but hardly the end of the world.

Pro's
1) Ability to pause and jump around to different points in the race.
2) Ability to replay stages after they're over.

If i had just paid for todays stage and not the whole tour package I wouldn't buy it. I'd just go with steephill.tv streams or download torrents of the stages after they're over.
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Old 06-29-13, 06:31 PM   #3
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Thanks. I think I'll skip it. I watched the free streams today, and, although there was a lot of starting and stopping, it made me realize I just want to watch a little here and there this year.
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Old 06-30-13, 10:05 AM   #4
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I just paid $4.99 to watch it. Quality about a 5/10, but five hours of good coverage and content is a 10/10.

Steephill.tv cut all the Eurosport links this morning. Every other link is region-protected and I couldn't watch.

I'll pay the $29.99 tomorrow for the whole thing tomorrow. Sucks. But my only alternative is NBCSports, which is only available in a package $40 higher than my current one.
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I like the commentary of Dave Harmon and Sean Kelly, and I assume that that is absent from NBCSports coverage, yes?
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I like the commentary of Dave Harmon and Sean Kelly, and I assume that that is absent from NBCSports coverage, yes?
Yes, its Phil and whats-his-name from nbcsn on the tdf live stream.. The audio seems to be cut out a bit this morning though ;(
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