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Viewer Suggestions for Universal Sports

IMHO, Universal Sports has done an outstanding job thus far with their Giro coverage. The free streaming coverage seems pretty bulletproof (who would have imagined such things were possible?), the broadcast coverage is excellent for those of us lucky enough to get broadcast coverage (better than Versus since they leave out all the rider profile crap and show the racing), and the commentary is, well, acceptable? Worth the money I paid for it? I have seen comments scattered about on such issues as Flash video, etc., but I thought it might be neighborly, given our long history here at the Cafe of helping out our cycling broadcaster friends with our collective feeback, to consolidate comments in one spot. We are givers here. We give...

My only gripe thus far is that their web interface makes it pretty challenging to get to the as-live video without running across a big, flashing spoiler. ZoeRochelle posted a direct link to the cycling schedule, which helps, but I wish I had seen that yesterday when I went to the site looking for video of the Milan parade (my Tivo cut off the broadcast some time before the "racing" started so I had no idea what transpired) only to see "Cav wins it!", or something like that. That is annoying... so unless you have that link saved, there is no way to get to a video without knowing how the stage ended. Personally, I would like to see that changed. Go ahead and put up some flashy pictures from the day, just don't make them of the stage winner standing on the podium, or announce the results in 25 point type on top. Nobody will buy the cow if the milk is free, people. Keep us guessing.

Enough out of me... feel free to chime in below with your suggestions, comments, praise, bile as you see fit.

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