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    2011 World Figure Skating Championships on TV

    We didn't get to see the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships on tv. We don't even know who won or all of the medalists because it wasn't shown in our city. In the past, ABC and ESPN showed it on tv. We even saw reruns on ESPN. We didn't get to see any of the 2010 Worlds on tv at all. Yeah, it's pretty sad that the USFSA or NBC Sports doesn't try to allow all Figure Skating fans to watch the World Championships. We don't think that RISE and all of our fallen skaters would want this to happen as this is not the spirit of RISE. It's a shame that they don't show it on tv like they used to. We don't get Universal Sports in our city. We want to see the 2011 Worlds. Can everyone email the USFSA or go to this link and help us so we can see and enjoy it too like the lucky U.S. cities that can view it? Here are the emails to complain:

    USFSA: info@usfigureskating.org and memberservices@usfigureskating.org
    NBC and Universal Sports: info@universalsports.com and adam.freifeld@nbcuni.com

    It is very nice of y'all to do this for us. We like to watch figure skating on tv and it's not the same if we get lucky to see it on the internet. It's not the same. I don't know why they deprive the figure skating fans or watching figure skating. Soon we'll be like gymnastics and just lose touch with the beautiful sport of figure skating because we can't see it on tv anymore like we did with gymnastics and now don't know much about the sport. Like we said, we don't even know who won the worlds last year or all of the medalists because we didn't get to see it. Thanks for your assistance with this and God Bless!
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    I'm not the best source for TV showing of figure skating. I am a bit worried about icenetwork. They did show GPs and US Nats, but not 4CC, and have not yet mentioned Worlds. Maybe the distance is too far from America and the cost for using their streams is too high. Dunno.

    As for TV, there was some talk of Comcast taking over NBC. I have no idea if Comcast is interested in figure skating. Do they have a website where one can inquire?

    Afaik, NBC still holds Universal Sports and all NBC cable shows, so maybe NBC will be interested.

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    CBC/BOLD in Canada has complete coverage if you can get it.
    BOLD shows continuous live coverage all day - every skater and the warmups. They only take breaks during floods.


    2011 World Figure Skating Championships on CBC
    Tuesday, March 22 13:00
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    Wednesday, March 23 13:00
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    Thursday, March 24 13:00
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    Friday, March 25 13:00
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    Saturday, March 26 15:00 ET LIVE
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    CBCSports.ca - CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING ON CBC

    2011 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
    Saturday, February 19 16:00 - 17:00 ET LIVE - Dance Programs

    2011 World Figure Skating Championships on CBC
    Tuesday, March 22 TBC
    Wednesday, March 23 00:00 ET LIVE
    00:45 ET LIVE
    04:15 ET LIVE
    Thursday, March 24 00:30 ET LIVE
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    Friday, March 25 04:00 ET LIVE
    Saturday, March 26 00:00 ET LIVE
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    Sunday, March 27 03:00 ET LIVE
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    2011 World Figure Skating Championships on CBC
    Wednesday, March 23 00:00 ET LIVE
    00:45 ET LIVE
    04:15 ET LIVE
    15:30 ET
    16:15 ET
    19:45 ET
    Thursday, March 24 00:30 a.m. ET LIVE
    04:25 ET LIVE
    16:30 ET
    19:30 ET
    23:30 ET LIVE
    Friday, March 25 04:00 ET LIVE
    15:30 ET
    19:30 ET
    Saturday, March 26 00:00 ET LIVE
    04:30 ET LIVE
    16:30 ET
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    Sunday, March 27 03:00 ET LIVE
    22:00 ET LIVE

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    Bold is not available outside Canada. CBC is, close to the border in the US, but they have usually the canadians and the final flights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    I'm not the best source for TV showing of figure skating. I am a bit worried about icenetwork. They did show GPs and US Nats, but not 4CC, and have not yet mentioned Worlds. Maybe the distance is too far from America and the cost for using their streams is too high. Dunno.

    As for TV, there was some talk of Comcast taking over NBC. I have no idea if Comcast is interested in figure skating. Do they have a website where one can inquire?

    Afaik, NBC still holds Universal Sports and all NBC cable shows, so maybe NBC will be interested.
    From what I've heard, IceNetwork did not get the rights to Worlds, but Universal Sports will be broadcasting it live online for a $9.00 subscription fee, and I *assume* broadcasting it on Universal Sports TV but not sure.

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    Why does usfsa let nbc get away with it??????????

    The USFSA will ruin the sport of figure skating. We like both figure skating and gymnastics. We lost touch with the sport of gymnastics because the U.S. never showed it on tv. This will happen with the sport of figure skating too if the USFSA doesn't give the rights back to ABC/ESPN. NBC bought the rights to figure skating, but they don't show it on tv unless you get Universal Sports and they don't offer that in our city. NBC is also trying to make a buck off the deal. ABC/ESPN seemed to get the money back from commercials and were happy with that. NBC is evil and trying to make as much money from it as they can and get more in addition to commercials. NBC doesn't care about the U.S. Figure Skating fans. That's truly evil and pathetic.

    We've been taping the U.S. Nationals and Worlds and Olympics for over 20 years. It ended last year because they never showed it on tv. That's truly sad. We want to continue taping it, but NBC won't show it on tv. Why did they buy the rights and not show it? That's why they fail as a network because they don't make the audience happy.

    Thanks for your responses and assistance. Online is not the same as on tv and we can't tape it too. Unfortunately, in the south, we are unable to get the Canadian network tv reception. Sometimes, I wish I lived in Canada because they are so supportive of their athletes and the sport of figure skating. Oh, here is another link that you can give feedback to NBC in their NBC Olympics Feedback. You don't have to say much and give a fictitious email, but even saying please show us the figure skating on tv might be enough. Thanks again.

    Here is the link to NBC Olympics Feedback: http://www.nbcolympics.com/contactus.html .

    We're praying that we get to watch figure skating on the big network tv again.
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    ABC/ESPN refused to bid on it when the contract came up for renegotiation. US Figure Skating had no choice but to sell those rights to whoever would bid at that point. The problem is that ratings have dropped significantly in the last several years (since it's peak at the 94 Olympics) and ABC/ESPN could not sell enough commercial time to cover the cost of the contract. NBC has a similar issue - they cannot get enough interested sponsors (commercials) to make it worth their while to show it on NBC and so it gets relegated to Universal Sports. FWIW, if you have an old fashioned antenna (free air wave TV, not cable or satelite), you can get Universal in any city. It's typically your NBC.3 feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    FWIW, if you have an old fashioned antenna (free air wave TV, not cable or satelite), you can get Universal in any city. It's typically your NBC.3 feed.
    You cannot get Universal in any city with an atenna. Universal does list the cities they are available in, over the air, on their webpage.

    http://www.universalsports.com/tv-li...rts_on_TV.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawseedoy View Post
    The USFSA will ruin the sport of figure skating. We like both figure skating and gymnastics. We lost touch with the sport of gymnastics because the U.S. never showed it on tv. This will happen with the sport of figure skating too if the USFSA doesn't give the rights back to ABC/ESPN. NBC bought the rights to figure skating, but they don't show it on tv unless you get Universal Sports and they don't offer that in our city. NBC is also trying to make a buck off the deal. ABC/ESPN seemed to get the money back from commercials and were happy with that. NBC is evil and trying to make as much money from it as they can and get more in addition to commercials. NBC doesn't care about the U.S. Figure Skating fans. That's truly evil and pathetic.

    We've been taping the U.S. Nationals and Worlds and Olympics for over 20 years. It ended last year because they never showed it on tv. That's truly sad. We want to continue taping it, but NBC won't show it on tv. Why did they buy the rights and not show it? That's why they fail as a network because they don't make the audience happy.

    Thanks for your responses and assistance. Online is not the same as on tv and we can't tape it too. Unfortunately, in the south, we are unable to get the Canadian network tv reception. Sometimes, I wish I lived in Canada because they are so supportive of their athletes and the sport of figure skating. Oh, here is another link that you can give feedback to NBC in their NBC Olympics Feedback. You don't have to say much and give a fictitious email, but even saying please show us the figure skating on tv might be enough. Thanks again.

    Here is the link to NBC Olympics Feedback: http://www.nbcolympics.com/contactus.html .

    We're praying that we get to watch figure skating on the big network tv again.
    You are barking up the wrong tree. US Figure Skating doesn't make this decision it is the ISU...they want $$$ and they aren't going to get it from IceNetwork...NBC/Universal is their only US option, should they agree on the $$$

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    Although I would be satisfied to pay the $9 to UniSport, I am not sure what I would get. There are 3rd tier skaters that show promise and I want to see that. Will it be an abridged showing of Worlds, like the last 2 groups only? Will it show SPs?

    IN has in the past shown all the competitions, but the music is tinny (maybe it's my wonky computer) so I would look to UniSport to get a better look at the skater to music.

    9 bucks is about a movie fare anyway. It wont break me.

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    If cbc or other Canadian service will really be live streaming the competition, then there is a possibility for those frustrated US fans that are willing to watch on computer and have a broadband connection: get VPN (Virtual Private Network) software with a Canadian-based server, even if it's on a temporary trial basis for a week or two, after which you abandon it. Some VPN companies even offer a free or low-cost short trial with no obligation, should be able to find something to cover this period for US$5-10. You'll need to do some research as to companies, and make sure they have a Canada-based server option so you get a secure virtual "tunnel" to Canada. When you find something you'll need to download the software and get a login/password. Normally VPN's can be turned on or off once they are installed, so you can connect to your regular internet service/USA ISP without the VPN, but turn it on (if a multi-server location option, open the Canada server connection), and lo and behold, everyone on the internet including cbc and bold thinks you are in Canada because your IP address will now be in Canada. I have to use a VPN from China to access a multitude of non-skating sites and I have a Canada server option--it does work to get around geoblocking. I can get skatebuzz, cbc, etc. when using the Canada server. For US residents, I suggest a Canada server will be the best option rather than something like a Japanese server because the distance the signal travels is shorter and the infrastructure/bandwidth usually better than when going over ocean routes--and that always helps the streaming quality. Another option to consider, anyway.
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