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What's happening with WCP videos?(3 posts)

What's happening with WCP videos?Qubeley
Mar 31, 2003 4:38 PM
For people who doesn't have OLN or Eurosport, WCP videos is my only way to watch the races. But they are reducing the number of videos they are making each year.
Several years ago, they still had Giro, Vuelta, MSR, World road and track, lesser classics and minor stages races.
In the past two years, their selection has become fewer, only the tour(boring!), and Ronde, Roubaix and a few semi-classics. I remember in one of their catalog last year, they said they were gonna make Tour of Romandy and another stage race(can't remember which), I was really looking forward to it! But there was never a word about it afterward.
I really enjoyed watching some of the other races, especially when you can get to know more about history and profies of those races, as well as some great riders whose focus is not the tour or spring classics.
Anybody has any inside scoops why WCP stopped coverage of the "other" races?
I noticed that tooShad
Apr 1, 2003 8:25 AM
Wanted to order the Giro that Hampsten won, but they don't carry it. Seems like that year would be popular enough to carry.
Here's why.russw19
Apr 1, 2003 10:17 AM
A lot of what is going on is actually because of television rights. For example the whole issue recently of riders threatening to skip MSR because it wasn't being televised...

WCP does not send their own cameras over to follow the races. They pay for the raw footage or tap the raw uplink feeds to get their video, then they edit it to a watchable sized race.

There are big problems with Eurosport Television and Canal+ over in Italy right now. It's affecting the coverage of cycling races, but it's also causing the collapse of the Serie A football league. A lot of football clubs are owed big Cable and Sat TV revenue that they may never see because of lawsuits between Canal+ and among others, Hughes (subsidiary of GM and owner of Directv) for commercial espionage. I know that has absolutely nothing to do with cycling, but it's a global economy we live in with global markets that are very diversified.

As for the 88 Giro, I have no idea why you are having trouble finding that one, but the newer races aren't being televised or the rights for the coverage aren't being released so that's why there are less races being offered by WCP, and that is also a big part of the lack of same day coverage of OLN's cycling calendar. There's a lot going on behind the scenes, and when you think of just how large of a business the Cable/Sat Television Industry is, it may make everyone who was bashing OLN or threatening to write nasty letters to them think twice about it. OLN's hands may be tied, as they also don't own taping rights, just US distribution rights, and they may not be able to do anything about it, even if they actually wanted to show cycling 12 hours a day.

Do a seach for Canal+ and see how big that company was, and what its current state is. It will explain all this better than I can.