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Question on TDF coverage(3 posts)

Question on TDF coveragekeebs64
Jun 21, 2002 5:57 AM
I don't have the OLN channel available at my house, so I'm having a friend with a satellite dish tape the coverage for me every day.

My question is: What is the best segment to tape? There is the live coverage in the morning for two hours, or there is the taped coverage and commentary later at night for two hours.

re: Question on TDF coverageTig
Jun 21, 2002 6:11 AM
I don't know if they will do it for the TDF, but the Giro's morning coverage would sometimes run past 2 hours. If you set a VCR for 2 hours, you'd miss the finish. I'd go for the night coverage. It may be edited down, but you'll see all the best action. Just my .02...
do bothmr_spin
Jun 21, 2002 6:56 AM
Watching live coverage is best, especially on the mountain stages. Only if you who watched the four hours of live coverage of stage 10 last year (L'Alpe d'Huez) could you fully understand what was so great about it. The two hour evening show just wasn't the same. In fact, I remember being pissed off about the evening version because they edited out a lot of the first K on L'Alpe with all it's associated drama, and instead showed a lot of relatively boring footage of Lance riding alone up the mountain. Someone really dropped the ball that day.

On the other hand, sometimes important stuff happens before the live coverage starts for which they don't have tape yet. By the time the evening show comes around, they have the tape and can show it.

Watching live coverage of a flat stage is rarely worth it. There is so much "idle" time to edit out, the evening show doesn't suffer at all.