Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Webcasts from the Brier

Today through Thursday, I'm stuck in my day-job office and can't avail myself of the usual flex-time so I can watch the Brier in the comfort of home on our television set. So I'm catching bits of it via webcasts whenever I can over the internet.

The morning draws have been slightly dressed up versions of CurlTV transmitted (at no charge!) through CBC's website. The resolution is pretty poor, the technology is CurlTV, not CBC, and poor Luke is stuck in the booth by himself. In other words, the CBC webcast is not particularly good.

The afternoon webcast from TSN is worlds better. The resolution is much better, making it much more pleasant to watch the full screen version of the webcast. The technology is TSN technology, so we get better spiders (data runners around the action) and more camera angles. And we get more announcers. Russ Howard definitely is too quiet-spoken, and they still haven't adjusted the volume enough on his mike feed. All things considered, though, the TSN webcast is much, much better than the CurlTV/CBC webcast.

I understand why there's a difference. TSN cannot telecast all three draws without bringing in a second crew and/or paying exorbitantly for the labour to telecast the morning draws. So we're seeing the full afternoon and evening TSN telecasts as webcasts. At the same time, CBC isn't about to spend big bucks to webcast the morning draws (remember Country Canada???), so they have made this deal with CurlTV which is slowly improving but simply is not at the same budget level as TSN.

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At 3/16/2008 12:38 p.m., Blogger ak267 said...

I wonder. When TSN gets the whole thing, will morning draws be shown or will it still be outsourced to curltv?

Did you happen to notice the NBC logo that stuck out (on Duguid's jacket during the Wittman cerimony). Perhaps the CBC execs got a good ribbing (or a thumb in the eye).

I'm not sad that CBC is losing the SOC. In the words of a mafia boss, "nothing personal, just business."

At 3/11/2009 1:15 p.m., Blogger squid said...

I am appalled for the conduct of 2 world class curlers during the 2008 brier televised on tsn. Russ Howard smashing his broom down after missing a shot. Richard Hart in todays morning draw kicking a rock off after skip Glen Howard missed a shot. What if another curler was in the way of the rock being kicked they could have been seriously injured. I know its tough but grow up your in front of a lot of new watchers to the game.

At 3/11/2009 4:05 p.m., Blogger squid said...

My comment about Russ Howard and Richard Hart I meant this years brier 2009 not 2008


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