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Old 11-30-04, 05:37 PM
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You Bewdy...TDF 05 Live!

G'day all,

i'm so excited I can barely contain myself.......roll on july 05......I'm taking bookings for my spare bedroom now for you blokes that have had enough of OLN!....

How good is this!!!!

Aussies get Tour live
By John Stevenson

Australian broadcaster SBS has announced that starting in 2005 it plans to broadcast the Tour de France live in its entirety, making it the only free-to-air broadcaster in the English-speaking world to do so.

Since 1991 SBS has screened the Tour de France as a daily edited highlights package; a few years ago it started screening two or three live stages each year, an event that was an excuse for some lengthy beer and pizza evenings among Australian cycling fans.

SBS head of sport Les Murray explained to Cyclingnews that the broadcaster has decided to ramp up its coverage for a number of reasons. The popularity of the show was one of them, but more significant was the quality of Australian cyclists in the Tour for the last several years. "The high quality presence of the [Australian] cyclists drove us to decide that we have to do more than what we have been doing," said Murray. "Half hour highlights per day, two or three live stages per year simply didn't do justice to the event.

"It became clear that because Australia was the most represented country among successful riders in the Tour de France - which is quite remarkable given that cycling is supposed to be a minority sport in this country - we had to do more than what we'd been doing. It was not right that French television, Italian television, German television, Spanish television was doing this blanket coverage when their riders were inferior, in terms of success, to our riders."

Another factor was the desire of Tour organizer ASO for SBS to do more with the Tour. It's no coincidence that this initiative comes alongside the news that SBS has renewed for five years its contract with ASO to screen the Tour. "Yes, there was pressure from ASO [to do more]" said Murray. "ASO is always keen for us to do more than we were doing. ASO is very keen on promoting the event globally, it's very keen on gaining exposure for the event globally on free to air TV. We always had a very willing partner in ASO if we wanted to take this event up one notch."

That said, Murray told Cyclingnews the decision was, "primarily driven by saying 'we have exposed this event for 13 years, lets see if we can capitalize on that and get some reward for our investment.'"

ASO also organizes several other major races, including Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Nice, and the deal includes the rights to screen those races live too. However, at the moment SBS intends to show those events on a delayed basis. "Live access is available if we want to do it," said Murray. "It depends on the programmers, my colleagues at SBS who sit in judgment of program scheduling. If they want to schedule it live we can do that."

The 2005 Tour de France starts in Vendée with a 19km individual time trial from Fromentine to Ile de Noirmoutier on Saturday July 2. Time zone differences mean this stage will screen on SBS in the very early morning of Sunday July 3.
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Old 11-30-04, 05:50 PM
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Can I get this chanel via satelite here in the US?

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Old 11-30-04, 10:32 PM
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Good. Now I have an excuse to go visit that tool of an Uncle I have who lives up in the Blue Mountains for a few weeks. He's a complete a$$, but hey ... some things are worth enduring for the sake of the greater good - namely mine
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Old 12-03-04, 02:27 AM
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Gee it is great living in Europe. The two national broadcasters in Denmark have live coverage throughout the day. Then there is Eurosport .......
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Originally Posted by poululla
Gee it is great living in Europe. The two national broadcasters in Denmark have live coverage throughout the day. Then there is Eurosport .......

Yeah, but I bet you don't get the cricket.
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Old 12-03-04, 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
Yeah, but I bet you don't get the cricket.
ROFLMAO for about an hour
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Old 12-03-04, 05:18 AM
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Yeah, but I bet you don't get the cricket.
Yeah you are right...I don't "get" the cricket...
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Having seen European sports TV (how much soccer/football and equestrian TV can you need??!!) , I'll settle for the fine OLN coverage here in the US.
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Originally Posted by JBar
Having seen European sports TV (how much soccer/football and equestrian TV can you need??!!) , I'll settle for the fine OLN coverage here in the US.
I guess you're a big fan of bull riding then. I'd love to get the Euro coverage here in the States.
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Let me put it in perspective for you guys. The 2 national broadcasters both have live coverage throughout the day of the TDF. At night both show edited highlights of the day (just in case you missed the 5-7 hours during the day)
If this bores me I flick over to Eurosport, who cover it from 2pm. This does not include French TV5 or German RTL (all available to most Europeans) who all cover the TDF.
It is not a problem finding a station covering the TDF here in Europe. I do not really care about the football etc. that is on these channels, what is important is that no horses and footballs are to be found on them during the month of July......I saw some of the TDF last year on ESPN and the quality of the sat feed was pretty crappy.
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Good on the Australians.

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