Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What Else Can CBC Do to Ruin Curling???

Regular readers of this blog will know that nearly everything CBC does involving curling has problems (aside from their major coverage on their regular network of the semi-finals and finals -- those are well-done). And....They've done it again!!

Not only have they hooked up with CurlTV (which I am happy to have rather than have no coverage), providing a poor picture in their webcasts of the morning draws, but this morning they ended their webcast before two of the draws were completed! One, between Quebec and the Territories was tied going into the 10th end; the other, between Ontario and New Brunswick had Ontario up by one going into the tenth. So why did they go off the air??? To save money? To further irritate curling fans? It certainly wasn't because they had something else they intended to air at 1pm (EST).

I would like to think there is a logical, rational explanation for their decision. But I doubt if there is.

And to top things off, curlcast seems not to be providing data updates, and TSN has not yet updated its reports, so I don't have any idea what happened in either of those two games!

Thank you SOOOOO much, CBC!



At 3/12/2008 3:08 p.m., Blogger Jason Thomas said...

This signing off before all games of a particular draw are complete is a Curl TV thing, not necessarily a CBC thing. If you've watched any other events broadcast by Curl TV (e.g., Alberta provincials), they always shut down once their feature game is complete, even if it is greatly shortened. Why I don't know, it's very irritating.

At 3/12/2008 3:50 p.m., Blogger EclectEcon said...

In that case, just to show the extent of my views, I blame the CBC for not negotiating a more fan-friendly contract with CurlTV.

At 3/13/2008 6:20 p.m., Blogger brycejmcewen said...

CurlTV doesn't show any other games because they don't have cameras over any other sheets. How can you broadcast a curling game without a camera over the sheet?

Curl TV doesn't use the same set-up as TSN/CBC, and can't truck the cameras to a different sheet (especially in a curling club!).

And don't try to say that CurlTV should upgrade their equipment- that would cost close to half a million dollars to get the same setup as CBC/TSN.

I don't understand why people are always so quick to jump all over the CBC. Actually, I do. It's because they don't understand broadcasting or the financial limitations of television production.

At 3/13/2008 9:05 p.m., Blogger EclectEcon said...

I fully realize that CurlTV doesn't have all the hardware necessary to show overhead shots of all the games, and yes I do have a fairly good understanding of the financial limitations under which CurlTV operates, having visited with them and talked with them at length last year. At times, though, during a given draw, they do show angled shots of what is happening on other sheets. Surely they could do this for an end or two after the featured game is concluded.

At 3/14/2008 12:59 p.m., Blogger brycejmcewen said...

That would look horrible and cheapen their product.

You've already complained about the poor picture quality, and you'd like them to do something that would look even worse? Have you thought this through? I think your desire to see curling, combined with your hate of the CBC, has clouded your judgement.


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