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Really enjoying professional cycling lately; Minor cable TV rant.

Can't wait for the 2014 Giro d'Italia!

Lately I’ve been devouring lots of pro cycling races: Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour de Romandie, Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop and more. I’m very excited about 4 Days of Dunkerque, the AMGEN Tour of California (as well as TrainerRoad’s 8 Days in California, which I’ll be riding again this year) and the Giro d’Italia.

Can't wait for the 2014 Giro d'Italia!

Can’t wait for the 2014 Giro d’Italia!

I’ve been able to watch coverage of most of these races in HD through my local cable provider (Brighthouse / Time Warner), but I may have to watch Giro d’Italia online via Steephill. Actually my local cable provider will carry extensive coverage of the Giro d’Italia, but it’s on a channel called “beIN Sports”, which somehow is not included in the 4 billion channels we already pay for.

So last night I called Brighthouse and asked about adding beIN Sports to my channel lineup, and was informed that the only way to get that channel is to purchase their “Sports Pack”, which includes another million channels I don’t give two craps about (apart from cycling I don’t watch professional sports). I was like, “So it’s going to cost me another $10 per month for ONE channel?” The representative, who seemed irritated that I could possibly be questioning this, tersely replied, “Yes.”

I hate cable’s practice of package pricing. I wish I could just pay the channels I actually want. Yeah, I get why things are the way they are, but I don’t have to like it. Personally I watch so little television that I’d cut the cable in a heartbeat, but Lisa watches quite a bit of television and she can’t get all the shows she wants through alternative sources.

I suppose I could pay the $10 and enjoy the Giro d’Italia over the next month and then cancel the Sports Pack when it’s over. When I look at it in that light, 10 bucks is not a bad price for (presumably) good HD coverage of this long stage event.

But I elected to decline–partially on general principle, and also because the representative irritated me. I may reconsider before the Giro starts, as I don’t think any of the Steephill video sources will have HD coverage in English.