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Lara
08-03-2012, 06:00 PM
Just got an email. Basically, the good news is we get Lake Placid JGP live. The bad news? No GP events aside from Skate America until on demand a week later.

Presumably Universal Sports got the live online rights for the rest of the GP. Which would be ok, if they hadn't instituted a new policy where full events online are ONLY available to their TV channel subscribers. Which of course isn't an option to anyone not on DirecTV or Dish Network. No more PPV option.

Suffice it to say I'm ticked off. It looks like many of us will be waiting to see the GP next fall. :mad:

BlueRidge
08-03-2012, 06:06 PM
Universal Sports does not let you just sign up for online access?

My first thought is to organize a mob to burn them down, but perhaps if enough people let them know they would like that option, they will allow it.

What is the reason? Are they trying to get people to demand that their cable provider include US?

I swore not to swear here but this is making it hard.

lavenderblue
08-03-2012, 06:11 PM
US did provide online-only viewing, for a subscriber fee (there was an inexpensive pass for all GP events, then passes for 4CC [though not in 2011] and Worlds) for the last several years. It was the option I used, as it was more cost-effective than IN for the events I was most interested in catching live. This year, with their new exclusive arrangement with Dish and Direct, access is barred to those not on either service.

This is what their website now says:


On July 27, 2012, our website became fully authenticated which is a necessary measure in our efforts to continue to provide, and expand upon, the world-class sports content you have come to expect from Universal Sports. All online live events and replays on demand are available exclusively to satellite and cable customers who have Universal Sports as part of their television package. Individual long-form events and sport packages are no longer offered for sale online, but will be free to users who verify their subscriptions on our website.

Theatregirl1122
08-03-2012, 06:13 PM
I really don't see how IN has the balls to charge the same price for coverage when they won't be offering the one thing most people get IN for. I really want to cancel my subscription but I know that there will be things for SA and Nationals that I won't get to see if I don't have it. But $40 for SA, JGP LP, and Nationals being the only things with live coverage is just insane. When you basically cut 2/3 of your product, you can't charge the same price!

genevieve
08-03-2012, 06:13 PM
wow, that sucks :eek:

what's the IN renewal price? Did it go down substantially? No way I'm renewing at the current price for only one live GP.

Theatregirl1122
08-03-2012, 06:25 PM
No, it's still $40.

Sylvia
08-03-2012, 06:28 PM
ETA:

List of 2012-13 events on IceNetwork: http://web.icenetwork.com/events/schedule.jsp
LIVE coverage should include 2013 US Nationals, 2012 Skate America, and JGP Lake Placid. The e-mail also mentions "live and on-demand coverage of the inaugural 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic from Salt Lake City and the 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships."

gkelly
08-03-2012, 06:29 PM
I really don't see how IN has the balls to charge the same price for coverage when they won't be offering the one thing most people get IN for.


what's the IN renewal price? Did it go down substantially? No way I'm renewing at the current price for only one live GP.

It went down for USFS members. As far as I can tell it stayed the same for the general public.

The real question is who are "most people" who get Ice Network. Are the majority of their subscribers members of the federation, or fans?

For USFS members, the Grand Prix is not the one thing that most people get Ice Network for, although some do watch it there.

Even if the subscription base has been mostly federation members so far, if Ice Network wants to expand that base they would need to do so among the general public. Offering more (not fewer or later) international events for the same price, or the small additional fees for all of Worlds, etc., would be the way to bring in more subscribers who couldn't care less about events like U.S. regionals.

But then it becomes a question of what kinds of rights can they negotiate with the ISU or other outside rights holders.

Debbie S
08-03-2012, 06:29 PM
what's the IN renewal price? Did it go down substantially? No way I'm renewing at the current price for only one live GP.If you are a current subscriber with auto-renewal, it is only $20. This is the same deal they are offering to USFS members.

I'm a USFS member, so I got the e-mail about it from USFS last night. I wondered why IN was being so generous. Now after having gotten the IN e-mail, I know. They probably expect subscriptions will drop after they announce they won't have the GP series outside SA, and they probably will. But I will still subscribe, b/c 1) it's now cheaper ;), and 2) I want to see U.S. Nats live (and I'm not going to Omaha), plus Regionals and Sectionals, and Lake Placid.

But I assume this means that we also won't see 4CC and Worlds, since those are part of the ISU contract. :mad:

ETA: Sorry, I was wrong about the discount. I see Sylvia's post below.

SkateFan66
08-03-2012, 06:30 PM
No, it's still $40.

Members of U.S. Figure Skating get a $20 discount.

Theatregirl1122
08-03-2012, 06:36 PM
If you are a current subscriber with auto-renewal, it is only $20. This is the same deal they are offering to USFS members.

I'm a USFS member, so I got the e-mail about it from USFS last night. I wondered why IN was being so generous. Now after having gotten the IN e-mail, I know. They probably expect subscriptions will drop after they announce they won't have the GP series outside SA, and they probably will. But I will still subscribe, b/c 1) it's now cheaper ;), and 2) I want to see U.S. Nats live (and I'm not going to Omaha), plus Regionals and Sectionals, and Lake Placid.

But I assume this means that we also won't see 4CC and Worlds, since those are part of the ISU contract. :mad:

That's not accurate. I am a current subscriber with auto-renewal and my email says I will be charged $40. So I don't know if some of you all are special but I am going by the email in my inbox saying what I will be charged.

And, since I'm not a USFSA member, as I'm sure many subscibers are not, their price doesn't help me.

Sylvia
08-03-2012, 06:39 PM
Yes, it seems you have to be a USFS member AND a 2011-12 Season Pass subscriber in order to receive the special $19.95 auto-renewal discount.

Debbie S
08-03-2012, 06:39 PM
Never mind.

TanithandBenFan
08-03-2012, 06:46 PM
Seriously? I thought the days of trying to access a fuzzy online feed from China were over!!!! :mad: :mad: Way to set us back eight years!

BlueRidge
08-03-2012, 06:47 PM
Anyone who wants to email Universal Sports and tell them you will pay for online only access may email info@universalsports.com

I know they won't care but still...

Tell them if they ban people who are not cable tv subscribers from online access, you will contact your local cable providers and demand that they NOT include Universal Sports! or something equally futile as that...