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Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 09:46
Cycling.tv tell us they are about one week away from implementing a Silverlight player. Silverlight is Microsoft's answer to Adobe Flash which dominates the market. (Flash is used in applications such as the Tour Tracker employed during the Tour of California.)
Silverlight was notably used by NBC to stream the Beijing Olympic Games and is used by the Netflix streaming service.
Silverlight promises new interactive features as well as "adaptive streaming" which allows the player to choose a bit rate based on available user bandwidth and CPU resources. Of interest to users of Apple Macs is the fact that Silverlight supports Safari and Firefox Macintosh browsers. CTV's Ben Golding indeed expects their new Silverlight player to meet the needs of Mac users.
We will of course be monitoring this.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 08:47
Paris (cyclingfans.com) - One might think that with Lance Armstrong's return to cycling, negotiations for broadcast rights for races that Armstrong competes in would go smoothly. After all, Armstrong is a big draw wherever he goes. Organizers and broadcasters alike benefit from his presence.
Think again. There isn't much easy about negotiating broadcast rights in today's world of complicated geo-restrictions, TV vs. online rights, and package deals. And the presence of Armstrong raises the stakes for everyone. If a race organizer or other rights owner packages, say, a race in March such as Milan-San Remo (Saturday) with an even bigger event such as the Giro d'Italia in May, and it isn't even clear by mid-March who an online broadcaster will be dealing with for Giro rights, online rights for Milan-San Remo can go unpurchased. Everyone loses, especially cycling fans.
Fortunately, the unthinkable (no M-SR to a big market like the U.S.) has been avoided thanks to Ben Golding of cycling.tv/jumptv.com. In a phone conversation this afternoon, Golding told me he sought and has secured rights for Saturday's Milan-San Remo. The trick was to separate M-SR negotiations from Giro negotiations, not an easy task. "I didn't want to lose Milan-San Remo," Golding told me. Final paperwork is pending but Golding came to an agreement with rights owner RAI and the result is that cycling.tv will be broadcasting Saturday's race to cycling fans in the U.S. and Canada.
Cycling.tv's Milan-San Remo live race coverage Saturday is scheduled to run from 9:30am to 12pm U.S. Eastern with Anthony McCrossan and Brian Smith in the commentary box.
More MS-R details to come...
cyclingfans.com will of course publish a full Milan-San Remo Live Coverage Guide later this week.
- Pete Geyer, Publisher, cyclingfans.com
Note: cyclingfans.com is a cycling.tv affiliate partner
Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 13:33
Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) today announced the 25 teams that will be competing in next month's Paris-Roubaix (April 12):
"ProTour" teams: AG2R, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Française des Jeux, Lampre, Liquigas, Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel, Quick Step, Silence-Lotto, Rabobank, Saxo Bank, Milram, Columbia, Garmin-Slipstream, Katusha, Astana.
Also invited: Cervélo, Skil-Shimano, Vacansoleil, Topsport, Landbouwkrediet, Agritubel, Amica Chips, BMC.
cyclingfans.com will of course once again be covering Paris-Roubaix: Live video, audio, tickers and graphics. And of course photos.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 10:15
- Escondido stage update from "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" here. (Talk to your neighbors, thanks Christian Vande Velde, best towns, goals for next year)
Still to come: full 2009 Tour of California Photo Galleries
2009 Tour of California video highlights
Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 00:29
The complete Solvang Time Trial Start Order and Times:
Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 02:28
Press conference quotes from Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, Christian Vande Velde, Ivan Basso, Mark Cavendish, Carlos Sastre, Oscar Freire, Phil Liggett, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and others.
Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 11:58
Versus in the U.S. is showing several cycling programs today. The following times are U.S. Eastern:
3:30pm-4:30pm: Tour Down Under Recap Show
Check our Versus Schedule link and/or your local listings.
Submitted by admin on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 16:31
You'll always find the latest video highlights and clips from pro bike races, including today's Cyclo-Cross World Championships (Women's and Men's races) and the GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise (the start of the European road race season!) in our Recent cycling videos section at the top of our Cycling videos page.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 16:30
We've added a new category at left for posts: Cycling videos
Under Cycling videos you'll find all our current listings for bike race video highlights and clips, interviews, etc.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:20
Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Fabien Cancellara and Oscar Freire will Lead Race’s Best-Ever Field of Seventeen of the World’s Best Teams to Compete in February 14-22 Stage Race