Saturday, March 20, 2010

thanks, WCF and TSN

For those in doubt, the title of this posting is sarcasm. TSN is covering the 2010 Women's World Championship, but it is carrying only games involving Canada. During the round robin, TSN is not carrying the draws not involving Canada.

I know the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament is on right now, and I know there's some pretty exciting stock-car racing and football/soccer going on, too. But those sports are all pretty well-covered on all the various networks.

I realize, too, that if TSN carries three draws in a day, they have to pay lots extra for broadcasters and crew.

But curling is a pretty popular sport in Canada. I'd be surprised if it didn't pay more for TSN to carry the non-Canadian draws with a minimum crew on their second channel than for them to use that channel for anything else. I expect (though I don't know this for sure) that the World Curling Federation has exclusive contracts with others prohibiting TSN from covering the non-Canadian games. Does anyone know for sure?

Meanwhile, I have friends who know a great deal about different possible internet sites that might provide access to sport events televised anywhere in the world. They tell me that there might be a few places in Europe that might have some abbreviated coverage of non-Canadian games. But they haven't pointed me to anything that looks like full coverage. 8-(

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At 3/20/2010 11:31 p.m., Blogger hooper said...

I can point you to place that might have what you're looking for. They list Scotland-Germany as the next match up.

That forum usually requires software like SopCast, TVU, or StreamTorrent, depending on who's posting the feeds. Lately, the StreamTorrent feeds have been the most reliable. Right now, though, they don't have the feeds listed at all. (This makes sense, as the feeds can't go up until people start broadcasting them.)

At 3/21/2010 9:13 a.m., Blogger EclectEcon said...

Thanks, Hooper. That was one of the sites I had been told about. Nice details here. I know lots of people around the world use that site to watch soccer games.

At 3/21/2010 3:40 p.m., Blogger CaptHowdy said...

The World Curling Fed. if it wants to grow HAS to create a website that offers HD streams of all their major events (at the least) just like MLB.TV does... MLB.TV is phenomenal!

They can still sell the TV rights to their respective countries and black them out (so Canada would have the Canadian Games that are televised blacked out and only avail on TSN). However, then we can at least see other teams play.

After all of the interest generated by the Olympics stateside, it's a shame they can't take advantage of it. Curl.TV is a nice tiny step but the big guys really need to step up.

At 3/23/2010 12:26 a.m., Blogger hooper said...

Taking that idea up a notch, I'm a firm believer in embeddable videos with commercials. They could make the videos available online and simply fill in the normal TV ad time with ads that are relevant to the local of the viewing IP address. Since ads tend to be pay-by-view, it usually works well. And once you set it up, the overhead is very low.


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