UniSports announces GP Series Coverage

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  1. HisWeirness

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    On February 5-7, 2010, Universal Sports TV aired 4 hours of coverage from Euros and 3.5 hours from 4CCs. Euros took place Jan. 19-24 and 4CCs took place Jan 27-30. So, there was a 2 week delay for Euros and 1 week delay before 4CCs was shown on TV.

    I think universalsports.com posted some archived footage of these comps as well, but well after they were completed.

    There was no live or same-day/same weekend coverage of these events on either Universal Sports TV or online.

    I hope that Universal Sports decides again to have TV coverage of these events and also arranges for some live online streaming as well. :)
  2. Frau Muller

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    Right and thanks for the details. Honestly, I don't mind that UnivSports airs Euros and 4Cs a week or two later. The important thing is that it airs it and we in the US can get the main performances into our DVD collections without having to pay someone in Europe or Japan to make us copies, then wait for the overseas mail.
  3. Reuven

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    Well, I’ve paid the $14.95 to Uni, so we’ll see what happens. I will say that Unisports.com had muucchh better picture quality than IN last year. I have a 24 inch monitor, so it looked like broadcast TV. Which is good since my cable doesn’t have Universal Sports TV, nor does my local NBC affiliate. :(
  4. inthemiddle

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    I just paid my US subscription for GP. I had IN for past few years and had some issues with quality and sound. I'll hope it's going to be better with US.
  5. HisWeirness

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    Since we've been discussing both IceNetwork.com and Universal Sports.com 2010 GP streaming in this thread, I thought I'd post that icenetwork has now posted their subscription information on their website for the 2010-11 Season.

    http://web.icenetwork.com/subscribe/ Cost $39.95. "Improved video quality with streaming rates up to 1Mbps." The email I got from them also said "enhanced video player and improved functionality."

    Blackout restrictions are posted here: http://web.icenetwork.com/help/blackout.jsp The ISU events are blacked out.

    I don't know if they had it last season, but now they have a long list of terms of service.

    ETA: My viewing experience

    I just tried watching some icenetwork Regionals footage (on demand) and the image quality looks good. It's playing a bit choppy on my computer (G4 Mac), but my computer is old and I have lots of other programs running right now. In Safari the right sidebar features (now playing, feature content, etc.) did not show up as the video was playing.

    I then tried viewing with a newer computer (Intel Mac) and Firefox. The video had no jumps (nice and smooth) and Firefox displayed the right sidebar correctly. So, I'd suggest watching using Firefox instead of Safari, if that is your choice. ;)

    It's filmed in HD format (widescreen, 16:9), not 4:3.
    Looks like they are using a Flash-based player instead of Windows Media.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  6. TanithandBenFan

    TanithandBenFan U.S. Ice Dance Junkie

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    I have Internet Explorer (it's a work computer so I can't install Firefox), and I see all the sidebar features and have great video quality, but how do I make the video full screen? I don't see a "full screen" button and double-clicking on the vid doesn't do anything. Don't see anything in the Flash Player settings either. Help!
  7. Jenna

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    The video quality is excellent! I just wish I could figure out how to make it full screen.
  8. Visaliakid

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    I sent a message to one of the senior IN producers earlier today about the apparent lack of functionality with the new player... i.e. no full screen capability, or a pop-out viewer that can be sized (smaller or larger). I got a reply that the people who were involved with the new player, are on the road this week and that they would get back to me as soon as they could be contacted to provide an answer.
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  9. AJ Skatefan

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    Yes, I wish I could watch it full screen. The video quality is much improved though. I hope you get an answer soon, Visaliakid.
  10. RD

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    Yes, no kidding- just checked it out and FINALLY they went 16:9. It would be nice to blow it up but the quality wasn't really that great before anyway.
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  12. HisWeirness

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    If you just see a large black rectangle it is because you do not have the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer.

    http://www.silverlight.net/
  13. skatesindreams

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    Thanks, I'm installing it now.
    Why they couldn't make that clear, I don't know.
  14. inthemiddle

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    Thank you HisWeirness. Your online Schedule is awesome :cheer2:. I just need to change the time to Pacific and I am ready for the competition to start.
  15. Octoberopals

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    Comcast [in Houston, TX] DOES NOT LIST Universal Sports anywhere in writing--their magazine of 'all' channel servicies. I "accidently" found it last year...Channel 319. It appears to be the same this year. We have the Full Package [all the football in the world for hubby] & maybe that's why we get it; I don't know. Last year the ice skating coverage was wonderful. For me it's a lot better watching on TV than on the computer.

    If you have Comcast, just start scrolling through the grid until Universal Sports pops up; it may be on a different channel in your area, though.
  16. RD

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    Yes, Universal is on Comcast in Houston; however in the Baltimore area they still don't offer it. Unless things have changed in the past month or so.
  17. HisWeirness

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    Universal Sports TV has updated their schedule for NHK Trophy.

    All season long, the following link should work to show the figure skating events that will be broadcast on Universal Sports TV (usually for a one to two week timeframe). First broadcasts as well as repeats (re-broadcasts) are included.

    Universal Sports TV Figure Skating Schedule

    The schedule also has the functionality to be able to change the time zone shown (i.e. Central, Mountain, Pacific).
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
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  19. HisWeirness

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    Whoa -- did anyone else get automatically billed a renewal of IN? I just saw it on my bank statement and hadn't made a decision on whether I was keeping them or not!
  21. TanithandBenFan

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    I got a couple of emails from them the past few weeks alerting me they would do an automatic renewal. Did you receive any correspondence from them?
  22. Jenna

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    Yes, they said in the email that it would be automatically renewed unless you contacted them to discontinue membership.
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    Last night, I wanted to set my DVR for Universal Sports coverage on 10/22. The grid only showed "To be announced". Guess I'll try later, closer to time. Keep your fingers crossed that the coverage really happens! :)
  24. HisWeirness

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    ^ Don't worry. The Universal Sports TV coverage often does not appear on online or DVR guides until a week or less before the airdate.
  25. skatesindreams

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    They ask if you want auto-billing when you sign up.
  26. Jenna

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    A full screen button has been added to Icenetwork's video capabilities. :)
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    Yay! I was starting to get really annoyed. It seemed like a giant step backward. I was getting ready to send them a snarky email. I'm glad I don't have to do that. :)
  28. HisWeirness

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    Yay :cheer:

    I should write them a thank you. :)
  29. Visaliakid

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    To bad that they changed their screen ratio size from 4:3 to 16:9. This shows up in both my browsers (IE and Foxfire) with a vertically stretched picture in full screen mode.

    Anyone else noticing this problem? I tried to change my display settings to correct... but none worked.
  30. RockTheTassel

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    When I signed up, there was a box that said "Yes, please automatically renew my subscription" that was checked. You have to remember to uncheck it if you don't want them to automatically bill you for it again next year.

    I wish they wouldn't do that since it's really easy to miss.
  31. HisWeirness

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    I watched regionals videos last night and the full screen option in the flash player stayed at 16:9 (I have a 16:9 computer monitor). I've had no problem with image distortion.
  32. AJ Skatefan

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    I had that problem too. Maybe I can change my system preferences to fix that though.
  33. HisWeirness

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    Looking around online it looks like icenetwork.com may have to specify in their flash player code setup (on their side, not ours ;)) that when the full screen feature is used they need to specify that the flash player "fit" or does the "orig"inal aspect ratio, not to change the "scale" of the video (default setting) when it goes fullscreen. That's why I had no stretching with a 16:9 monitor, but you had stretching (scaling) with the 4:3.

    You should send a complaint to icenetwork.com telling them they need to look at the code they used in their flash player to enable fullscreen and to make sure that the scaling parameter is set to fit or original scaling.

    Since they just added the fullscreen functionality, they probably didn't realize that they needed to customize the player and replace some of the default values.

    I'd like to see them add "pop out" functionality as well. I like to be able to resize the video to the size I prefer using a window.
  34. Carolla5501

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    Looks fine on my 17" laptop. Sorry that's not much help!
  35. crzesk8dad

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    Is there anyway to use 400K or 800K feed? The new regionals videos are coming in at 1000K and with my lousy DSL connection is a bit choppy.
  36. HisWeirness

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    Doesn't look like it. :( 1000k is the only option I see.
    Looks like the 400 and 800k feed options are grey-ed out.

    The regionals coverage is in a flash video player (flash-based video, like youtube) instead of the windows media player that icenetwork has been using the past few seasons.
  37. LadyNit

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    How can IN charge as much as they do and not have their technology under control? They've lost functionality. Does anyone over there actually test the software service they're selling? They should be reading the riot act to whoever is their vendor. :rolleyes:
  38. Wyliefan

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    Bizarrely, Verizon Fios has begun stripping us of some of our channels. I'll be flipping through and suddenly see a "You're not subscribed to this channel; call this number to subscribe" message from some cable channel that we always got with no problem before.

    I don't dare look at Universal Sports. I'm dreading that they took it too. If they did, you'll hear me screeching like a banshee.
  39. AJ Skatefan

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    I just sent an email complaining about the stretching thingy. It would help if other people would complain too.
  40. Visaliakid

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    I forwarded the info in 'HisWeirness" post to my contact @ IN who said they would pass it on to the techs.

    I encourage everyone who is having this stretching problem to please send an email to icenetwork.com. The more they receive, the more serious they will be in working to resolve the issue.