Problems with Eurosport coverage of the GPs
Is anyone else having problems actually getting to see any of the GPs on Eurosport. I use sky+ in the UK (i suppose it's like TIVO in the US) and having set it to record all of the broadcasts i'm finding that so far i've recorded more live WTA tennis and live snooker than I have figure skating. The scheduling hasn't been altered and my machine has taped when it should have done. So far i've managed to catch very little skating at all.
I can tell you what happened with Eurosport italy : there have been several tennis matches and snooker games which lasted more than scheduled, (tennis is especially broadcast un-friendly) so figure skating has been delayed several times
Off the ice
Yes, I've head the same problem, and not just this year. This matter came up in one of the GP threads already: Eurosport always screws up the scheduling of live events; everything runs over and the next broadcast starts late, if at all. The snooker was a particularly annoying example because it was endless, boring, and ran so much longer than scheduled that there was no men's SP or the FD. And judging by the tiny audience at the snooker matches, I'm not sure how many people could have been watching that at home.
Occasionally we are the beneficiaries of the bad scheduling: figure skating has also run over into the next program; the TEB gala, for instance, was a few minuted longer than scheduled, and the medal ceremonies in big events also tend to run late.
Although it was planned, Eurosport's most annoying decision was when they mostly pre-empted 2008 Europeans for African football, which was unforgivable. I could have understood if it had been Euro whatever, or the finals of the African Nation's cup, but it was just the early stages. So far their GP coverage is so abbreviated as to be ridiculous. If they're going to show it, they should do it right. At least they could do a split-screen.
The only way you can be sure that a live event will start on time on Eurosport is if the preceeding programme was a magazine or tape-delay, and sometimes not even then.