I live in Northern Ireland. So, we get British Eurosport, which doesn't always show the same as International Eurosport. Since analogue satellite was switched off in May, you can't get International Eurosport with the English soundtrack free-to-air on the TV any more. You can only get International with the German soundtrack free-to-air. So, whenever British Eurosport is not showing the skating live, but International Eurosport is, I would go onto www.day.to
to watch International.
International Eurosport 2 were supposed to be showing the Ladies Short live, but the live programme on before it (bowling, of all things!) over-ran, and the skating got relegated down to just highlights. So, I headed over to livetv.ru
instead to watch the Russian coverage from Sport. This is what I normally do when neither version of Eurosport is showing the skating, which has been happening a lot lately, particularly with the Short Programmes. Grrrrr!!!!
When you clicked into the skating on livetv.ru , it came up with 2 options. The first was the Russian coverage from Sport. The second was labelled as being in English, so I thought "aha! I won't have to bother with day.to!" But, the eejit who put the link up on livetv.ru used a link for British Eurosport 2 (which was only showing the Men's Short live due to live MotoGP Free Practice), as opposed to a link for International Eurosport 2 (which was showing the Ladies and Men's live, with delayed full coverage of the Pairs).
For the first 20 minutes or so of the Ladies Short, the audio was coming through fine, but the picture was frozen. It was only when Caroline Zhang was getting her results that the picture came back.
The picture quality wasn't great during the Ladies Short, but given that Adelina was wearing the same dress she wore for her Skate America, that was perhaps a good thing…!
There were no more problems until half-way through Alena Leonova's routine, when the picture froze again. By then, the bowling was over, and Eurosport was showing highlights of the Ladies Short. Kiira Korpi was just starting her routine on Eurosport, so I just watched on from there.
The picture was back to normal on the Russian coverage by the time the Pairs came on. But, it froze again just as Caydee and John were about to get their scores. It didn't come back until the highlights package just after Paige and Rudi's routine.
There were no more problems for the rest of the Pairs coverage. And I was so grateful to be able to watch the Men's Short on the TV on British Eurosport 2!
I decided not to even try watching a stream of the Short Dance. Like, when it was not going to be in English anyway, I thought I may as well just wait until somebody uploads a better quality version to YouTube.
So, while streaming is good for when the TV channels are not showing the entire competition, if there was a choice, I would watch the TV every time!