Ner (djner) wrote,

The Olympics play-by-play, and an upcoming trip

I've been spending the past few days trying to find an alternate way to listen to some kind of realiable and accessible London Olympics stream. Unfortunately, most countries block their audio streams, and definitely their video streams thanks to rights issues. It's not necessarily legal I am sure, but I"m using a vpn service with points of presence in the UK and now, as I'm writing now, Australia. I'm not too saddened about doing this and here's why. Note, rant coming up.

I'm a big sports fan. I love listening to sports, especially if I can understand what's going on. I have had no end in problems getting NBC's streams to work. When I've been lucky enough to pull a video stream, the commentary has been typical TV fare. I have heard reports that some of the NBC coverage has been helpfully descriptive, but I haven't been lucky enough to find this.

The U.S. supposedly has some radio coverage, but on XM, they seem to only have basketball. I'm interested in basketball, but I'm also interested in listening to commentary from other sports. I didn't see any other way but to get audio from other places.

I understand sports rights, but there should be some kind of clause in contracts to allow other providers of audio to stream to those who don't have content. It seems unfair for the U.S. providers to lock up rights for all sports.

I'm enjoying the ABC (Australia) play-by-play, and aht eBBC coverage has been great. I really enoyed watching the BBC described audio coverage of the opening ceremonies. It would have been very difficult for me to follow otherwise, and watching the NBC coverage made enjoyment of the ceremonies difficult to say the least, especially since they cut out fifteen minutes of coverage in lieu of a really horrible Brian Seacrest interview. It's hard to believe that the U.S. television providers would would provide description as the BBC did, and I doubt that will change anytime soon. It's sad that regulations and laws seem to be the only way to get descriptive audio on television here--I don't even know if you can stream our described programs (that would be nice). Things are improving a bit here with the new 21st Century Communications Act, so we will see what happens on accessibility of television. It seems like we're where we were a couple of years ago when cel phones were not accessible.

OK I'll stop the rant and continue to enjoy my play-by-play.

Holly's family is back. Her Dad is on vacation this week, and so John wanted to go to some DC museum, so they are here until Tuesday at which time they'll head to the South Carolina beaches. Holly's Dad's boss powns a house on an island near the beach, and he's letting them borrow the house for the weekend. I'm taking off a few days to follow. I usually don't enjoy the beach, but it should be fun hanging out with the family, and I'm looking forward to it. John talked about how they'd brought fishing poles, and if that's the case, I'm all about that!

Otherwise, not much else going on now. I haven't been sleeping as much as I would have liked lately, but that is pretty much par for the course for me lately. That being said, I think I'm going to take a nap pretty soon. Back to the Olympics.

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