Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Online Outfit Carries Video of European Races: BBB Archives 4/26/06

April 26, 2006-- A relatively unknown, London-based online video company will be providing live streaming video and on demand coverage of an extensive list of classic and tour races this year. For a yearly $35 fee, Cycling.tv will allow viewers who don't have access to the Outdoor Life Network because the service is not provided in their area, or they do not subscribe to cable will be able to view all of the major European races this year. In the coming weeks, that will include Tour de Romandie which is currently online, the Tour of Switzerland, and the Dauphine Libere.
But many cyclists will welcome the service because it will carry not only Spring Classics such as Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Fleche Wallone and Gent-Wevelgem that just finished this April, but also the very popular Giro D'Italia which starts on May 6. For the Tour de France, the company will be providing daily news and insight about the race, inlcuding important gossip items. And the service will provide streaming video of the races, which is not offered anywhere else in the United States. OLN, the only cable-TV station that carries cycling, currently only offers summaries and abbreviated versions of the classics and the major tours. Says the U.S. representative of Cycle.TV, Mike Dee, who is based in Philadelphia, "We cover virtually everything."
The service will also provide a summary of the OLN coverage for major European races, and is looking to cover major U.S. races as well.

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