When is somebody gonna invent the technology that would enable a broadcaster to send out a signal to a DVR unit when a scheduled event is delayed to keep the recorder recording? 4 hours on the DVR and bc of rain (in the freaking desert!!!???) and the delay it caused, I only got the first 6 laps....grrrrr
I was in the same boat, Train. I was watching on the DVR, watching the delay eating into the recording time and I knew what was going to happen. My only solution was to watch the end of the race from the 'ripper guys' recording of the broadcast on YouTube with the voices altered and resolution compromised. It did enable me to watch the end of the race. Helluva race!
I could tell the young Frenchman was going down by the way he was throwing it in... I just didn't know when. That kid is going to be a force this year, as well as Vinales. Dovi is such a nice kid, it's nice to see him have a good finish - the patience of a saint to not have justifiably murdered Ianonne last year.
boooo on commercials!
I understand that sentiment, but even if I weren't in the commercials business... I would still prefer the races to be televised with commercials instead of of todays semi-reliable pay-per-view model.
1) Good broadcasters can time delay so that pertinent moments of the race aren't missed... and the advertisers with the money are going to DEMAND that the whole race gets covered. I can also eliminate commercials by taping or DVRing the broadcast like I do with NHL, NFL and MLB.
2) With pay-per-view streaming, the sport does not grow. It's watched by current fans only. This is killing a lot of racing series today.
3) With pay-per-view only, sponsors get WAYYY less exposure for their support of teams, so there are WAYYY fewer good sponsors. This affects team support all across the sport, especially in the 'minor league' teams. The only sponsorships left are the ones we're sick of seeing constantly like Progressive and Monster, because they're big enough to grab naming rights and stuff.
4) Even with a high priced subscription, the production dollars are so much smaller that we won't get the big production truck type coverage like Fox Sports One does with Supercross. The dollars wouldn't balance even if the subscription cost $200.
MotoGP coverage is great, but it's live-streamed and broadcast worldwide, so it has a huge funding base. It seems to work for them, but it is not promoting growing audiences in the US, especially when the only broadcast outlet is a fledgling cable network based on soccer. Soccer may be a good vehicle to grow that network which would be good, if they kept MotoGP too. I'd sure trade DirectTV the crap ESPN/CNN networks for BeIn.