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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4701
Location: Nashua, NH

9/2/20 6:17 AM

Inexpensive access to English language Tour coverage

As a test, I installed ExpressVPN ($12.95 for 30 days, much cheaper for longer plans). I'm able to connect to ITV4 in the UK and SBS in Australia, both of which are free. I actually have both running at the moment on separate computers.

I tried subscribing to Eurosport, but they reject both PayPal and credit cards on US banks, so I'm out of luck there. Shucks, I guess I'll just have to settle for not paying for coverage.


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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

9/2/20 9:14 AM

What is the commentating comprised of for each?

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4701
Location: Nashua, NH

9/2/20 9:52 AM

Both are good. SBS has Mathew Keenan, Robbie McEwen, Rochelle Gilmore and Bridie O'Donnell. ITV4 has Ned Boulting and David Millar. SBS coverage starts earlier, but ITV4 does an hour recap of the previous stage.

I stuck with SBS this morning and will probably do so going forward.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2490
Location: Canberra, Australia

9/3/20 3:01 PM

If you have the VPN you can probably also get to the SBS daily hour-long highlights packages and two hour stage replay for each stage. Available here:
https://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/ (scroll down to the "TDF Programs" tab).

SBS also have a tour tracker phone app that has live streaming of the full stages available. In our timezone the stages start around 9:30pm our time, so I tend to lie in bed with a tablet and headphones, and watch the initial part of each stage to see the break develop and possibly the intermediate sprint, before going to sleep and catching up with the rest the following day. The Android app is here (don't know about IOS version, nor if geo-blocking is implemented): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.au.com.sbs.tdf2011.android

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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 1684

9/12/20 7:56 AM

Thanks for posting this Brian, I went this route and have been watching the SBS coverage daily.
It's pretty good stuff.
Have you had any luck with the ITV4 broadcast?, it seems like you also need a ITV account to watch it.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4701
Location: Nashua, NH

9/12/20 10:15 AM

Since I got SBS working well, I haven't bothered with anything else, as the coverage and commentators there are good. At Linda's, I hook my laptop up to her TV. At home, I've got it on a snack tray next to the desk with my work computer.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

9/12/20 10:56 AM

The setup here is decent connectivity wise being we cut the cable years ago..

I was using Chrome browser on my LapTop casting to TV via a Chromecast HDMI adapter. Only because the Tivo Sports Gold App would not do the older replays and it was obvious they had no interest in fixing it.

I did get an adapter so the Chromecast could go RJ45 @ 100base-T [instead of wireless G being old] and that helped tremendously.

But now I am only watching new stuff, so Tivo Sports Gold app it is. But at least that is Wireless N and not G like the old Chromecast was pre-adapter/RJ45 to router. Ya.. Da!

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Brian Nystrom
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/16/20 7:07 AM

I had some issues connecting to SBS yesterday and the live feed isn't working today. ITV4 works fine.

UPDATE: I did a bunch of testing (different servers, rebooting everything) and eventually found that I had to go back to the SBS Home page, click the live TDF link, then click play on the coverage screen and it worked fine. Perhaps they changed the link slightly.

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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 1684

9/16/20 8:28 PM

Yeah SBS has been working fine for me the last few days.
Though I do with they had a better post stage show.
I have yet to manage to get into ITV4, do you need to set up a ITV account?.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

9/17/20 6:28 AM

You can sign up for a free ITV account.

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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 1684

9/17/20 7:25 AM

Right, but dont you need a UK address?
Or do you just make one up?

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4701
Location: Nashua, NH

9/17/20 11:06 AM

Frankly, I don't remember what I did, so I checked my account. I think it just requires a post code and I used E203EL

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