USFS announces TV broadcast extension with NBC & ISU media rights thru 2017-18

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Press release: http://www.usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=48904&type=media
    (I was trying to write a descriptive thread title & was beaten to starting a thread by missing, shucks. ;))
  2. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

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    I think this is a Yay!
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    So long, Universal Sports! ;)
  4. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    Actually, if you read the article, apparently Universal sports is still getting some of the broadcasting for figure skating. It doesn't really identify who will get what.
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    You're right. The press release seems to indicate that Icenetwork will control the streaming rights, which is a good thing:
  6. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    I hope all the streaming is through IN. I'd be happy to drop US. Not only does it cost $15/month for the DirectTV sports package, the streaming has had a lot of technical problems this season. I'm willing to pay more for IN if need be.
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  7. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

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    Great news!!! :cheer2:
  8. SpeedySucks

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    It appears that IceNetwork will have live online coverage of all ISU events, and Universal Sports and NBC will continue to handle the TV coverage. Going forward, we should be able to see everything on IceNetwork regardless of whether we have Universal Sports.

    This is a great deal for all fans--having primetime coverage of Worlds on NBC is very important for the visibility of the sport.
  9. Lara

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    The main thing is that IceNetwork isn't blocked from live coverage anymore. :cheer2:

    If Universal Sports had at least given an option to subscribe for their online stream for those not on satellite (instead of trying to force customers to complain to Comcast etc) I'd be more charitable towards them. As it is they actively screwed most US fans this season.
  10. aftershocks

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    Great re IceNetwork getting the live coverage rights!

    Now, if only NBC would consider adding Tanith Belbin and other competent up-and-coming figure skating commentators to their broadcast! I wish that Scott Hamilton and Tom Hammond would just retire already. I appreciate some of Sandra Bezic's passionate insights, but her sometimes pandering biases are off-putting. Time for some more refreshing, more insightful and more knowledgeable figure skating coverage.

    If Johnny Weir doesn't attempt another comeback to eligible competition, he would also add some wit, excitement, energy and illumination to the broadcast coverage. But I suppose the bigwigs (especially Hamilton) would never allow for that possibility taking place at NBC. And honestly, we'll probably have to put up with Hamilton, Hammond and Bezic until the bitter end of figure skating's inglorious passage through a daunting transitional phase, which will certainly last well beyond this new NBC contract extension.
  11. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    :cheer2: :cheer: yayayayayayay!!!!
  12. kwanatic

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    I wonder if IN is going to hike their prices again? It went up this year and we got less coverage...well, delayed coverage anyway. With them streaming worlds, euros and 4CC, is the price going to jump to $50 or $60?
  13. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    WHO CARES as long as we get it. :rolleyes:

    good lord some people can only look for the negative :rolleyes:

    This is great news for people who want to watch online!!!

    :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
  14. Sparks

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    AGREED! If this happens, I will gladly remove US from my package...and save $$$. :)
  15. shuilee

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    So does this start effectively immediately?

    Will we get full coverage of 4CC and Worlds on icenetwork this year?

    Will we get full coverage of all 6 GP events on icenetwork in fall of 2013? Or is this effective after 2014 olympics?
  16. kwanatic

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    Um, I wasn't being negative. :rolleyes: That's a valid question. I've been a subscriber since 2009 and I'd like to maintain my subscription. However, the price went up this year despite the delayed coverage. Now that they're back to live feeds again and will be adding more events...why is negative to ask how much it's going to cost?
  17. aliona22

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    think that includes europeans? :shuffle:
  18. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    Universal sports is showing all the free skates for Europeans this year. This press release doesn't specify who'll show what.
  19. Rob

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    It doesn't really look like NBC network TV will have that much more coverage of Skate America or Nationals -- "The extension with NBC guarantees a minimum of 11 broadcast hours of coverage annually, including two hours in primetime, from Skate America and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships through the conclusion of the 2018 U.S. Championships." It sounds like Universal Sports will still have a lot of the TV coverage. But the main difference will be the increase in icenetwork.com coverage. I will have to get set up to stream to my big TV. Probably easier on my SmartTV?
  20. stjeaskategym

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    That's really disappointing that the majority of skating on TV will still be on Universal Sports. It would have been nice to at least get the coverage on NBC Sports Network since that channel is viewable in a lot more homes (without having to pay for a sports package). I was hoping that since NBCSN showed a great deal of Olympic Trials coverage in 2012, somehow figure skating would appear on that channel in the near future. :(
  21. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    I wonder what will happen if the USFS lands Worlds during this contract however? Maybe additional TV coverage is in the rider in case that happens. I know they plan on bidding for the 2016 World Championships.
  22. oleada

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    I'm thrilled with IN having the GP back! :cheer:
    I'd love for them to show Europeans, too. That way I would only pay for IN instead of both IN & TVTeka.
  23. LilJen

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    YAY!!!!
  24. Jammers

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    So does this mean the GP is back on the Icenetwork?
  25. PinkFeathers

    PinkFeathers Active Member

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    Yes. GP, Worlds, 4CC... and select speed skating events (IDEK)
  26. HisWeirness

    HisWeirness Yay, new board!

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    Great news about IceNetwork getting the coverage back!!
  27. AJ Skatefan

    AJ Skatefan Well-Known Member

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    Whew! I'm glad I didn't switch to Direct TV. I was really annoyed at Universal Sports this year. I really like Ice Network.
  28. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    Now all these need are less commentators. :shuffle:
  29. Jammers

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    :kickass:
    Thank God. No more trying to find Russian streams that freeze all the time. :lol: So does this start next season?
  30. judiz

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    I'm happy I will be able to watch the GP on Icenetwork instead of looking for a link to a stream from Russia or another country. FIOS won't carry Universal Sports so that part of the deal doesn't effect me, would love to see Tanith, Johnny and Michelle doing the commentaries next season.
  31. Sparks

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    I have to say that the small amount of Europeans shown on Universal sports TV has been commentary free. Very nice.
  32. SpeedySucks

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    With this new contract, there will be more skating on broadcast TV than there has been since the last ABC contract ended in 2004. NBC is committing to show at least 11 hours of USFSA events plus at least 20 hours of ISU events per year. Even when ABC had the rights, more coverage was airing on cable (ESPN and Lifetime) than on ABC itself. Yes, Universal Sports doesn't have the distribution on ESPN or NBC Sports Network, but at least a good amount of coverage will be available on NBC.
  33. euterpe

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    I just hope IN will hire better commentators than the ones they have now. But please, no Sarah Hughes!
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    I can't believe how bad Sarah Hughes is. I think she was more articulate when she was 14.

    But yay that there still will be skating on TV!!!
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  35. aliona22

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    same... i like the icenetwork interface better than tv teka and it's easier to use, but if i can't watch euros live i might stick with tv teka again next season. i loved watching russian nationals in hd too. tv teka also has everything automatically archived which is so much better than icenetwork waiting days to post archived streams.
  36. yunasashafan

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    Great news! Do we know whether the agreement includes this year's Worlds and 4CCs?
  37. Jammers

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    This link has been working for me all week for Euro's. http://html-bin.appspot.com/aghodG1sLWJpbnIMCxIEUGFnZRixoUMM
  38. ross_hy

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    I can't comment on the online part since I don't get IceNetwork or Universal Sports, but for TV, I think this is the best we can hope for. Given that skating is back to being an "Olympic" sport, 11 hours of Nationals and Skate America coverage is pretty good. To me, any other international events would be an added bonus. When you think about it, only skiing among the winter sports get equal or better coverage. Even other Olympic sports such as gymnastics or track don't get this much coverage unless it's an Olympic year.

    We might have had more coverage on ESPN, but let's face it, all ESPN is now is talking head shows, Sports Center, and the occasional game.
  39. judiz

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    Now if we can only get NBC to stop pre-empting skating for basketball, football and informercials.
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  40. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    i was so worried about where i would see speed skating

    kidding, i love IN. i log in on the tv and it is better than nbc. yes some of the commentators arent good but they are better than scott and sandra so win win.