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5/6/2010 5:42 AM

So Freecaster has become Payperviewcaster.
After announcing they will be charging for the UCI Downhill and 4X events, Freecaster will be charging 2 Euros per GP starting with Portugal.
Not a crazy price for sure, would come to 30 Euros for a season.

But for that price I want quality broadcast and not a buffering festival, and maybe they can get some cool commentators.

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The Journey is the Destination

5/6/2010 6:01 AM

Service blows anyway. The old media zone was well worth the price for the GPs. I've never been able to watch anything on freecaster bacause my "high speed" is not fast enough and it never gets past the buffer. I've gone from watching all of the GPs to watching none. BOO!

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5/6/2010 6:08 AM

better than paying for audio

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5/6/2010 6:12 AM

I still cant get it to work smoothly here in Australia. Ive had my service provider iinet look into but they didn't find me a solution. Too much buffering for me. Id love to get into the GP's but I cant justify paying thats for sure knowing how it will look. Id pay for US Nationals though if thats what it took to see the second moto online too. They played smoothly for me last year. Very impressed.

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5/6/2010 6:49 AM

Works great for me, no buffering issues here.

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5/6/2010 7:26 AM

Dirt_Dawg wrote:

Works great for me, no buffering issues here.

never had a prob here either, though in the past that Braun ad used to piss me the fuck off.

*dumb ignorant American question, how much is 30 euros?

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5/6/2010 7:38 AM

Dirt_Dawg wrote:

Works great for me, no buffering issues here.

ocscottie wrote:

never had a prob here either, though in the past that Braun ad used to piss me the fuck off.

*dumb ignorant American question, how much is 30 euros?

Just under $40....i think

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5/6/2010 7:40 AM

1€ = 1.29$
30€ = 38.78$

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5/6/2010 7:41 AM

This certainly will help increase the Purse money.

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5/6/2010 7:42 AM

500guy wrote:

This certainly will help increase the Purse money.

This is a pro sport bro.

We don't need to be paying the athletes.

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flarider wrote: I don't know shit
and I am damn glad for that

5/6/2010 7:49 AM

500guy wrote:

This certainly will help increase the Purse money.

laughing laughing laughing
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5/6/2010 7:59 AM

Looks like I'll have to start capturing them and then putting them up for DL so people dont have to pay. It's BS to have to pay for this low quality vid. I pay for MotoGP but it's in HD and the video is second to none.

jeff

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I am going to make so much fucking jam out of that pile of shit motor, people are going to cry. - Marco Passante

5/6/2010 8:19 AM

Will they charge for the live stream only or will you have to pay to watch the replay videos on the site also?

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5/6/2010 8:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/6/2010 8:32 AM

Coincidence?


USGP comes about and Freecaster no longer Free.


I watched a couple last year and only had a buffering issue a couple of times, but the vid quality was below par so I didn't watch any others. Now to have pay for the low quality that I'm really not into much? Not a chance.

I think there will be a lot of CODE SHARING.

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5/6/2010 9:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/6/2010 9:15 AM

I heard a rumour midway through last season that Freecaster were struggling. I think they charge quite a bit to advertise and weren't getting enough to justify their service. Its a great idea in theory but no good if they don't make money. I can handle $2.50 but It aint the best picture without a decent computer. I watched 1 GP in Australia and the quality was worse too. I was surprised to see them back for 2010 given what I heard but I guess it all makes sense now they're charging. Can't really call it Freecaster anymore though huh. I hope they still archive them the day after for free though.

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5/6/2010 9:49 AM

Alex wrote:

I heard a rumour midway through last season that Freecaster were struggling. I think they charge quite a bit to advertise and weren't getting enough to justify their service. Its a great idea in theory but no good if they don't make money. I can handle $2.50 but It aint the best picture without a decent computer. I watched 1 GP in Australia and the quality was worse too. I was surprised to see them back for 2010 given what I heard but I guess it all makes sense now they're charging. Can't really call it Freecaster anymore though huh. I hope they still archive them the day after for free though.

Can anyone direct me to a link where this information about charging is ?

I don't see it on their home page.

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5/6/2010 9:53 AM

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5/6/2010 9:55 AM

The quality has always been great for me. I hope they come up w/some kind of package like media zone. I think Media Zone was $25 for the season w/the mxdn included in the price. I hope it's close to that.. I pay $40 for sx live which is only audio so they won't have a hard time getting people $30-$40 for video. It sucks but whatever I'll pay if I have too.

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5/6/2010 10:04 AM

What is Premium Content?

Premium content is the LIVE webcasts and replays that require an access code to unlock the stream. The events involved are:

* UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO and DHI
* UCI Mountain Bike World Championships XCO and DHI
* FIM MX World Championships
* FIM Supermoto World Championships

Go to the top
How do I Unlock Content?

Select the Premium Content you would like to watch. An "UNLOCK CONTENT" message will appear. Click on the message and you will be offered 3 methods:

1. PAY BY SMS
* Select your country and click "UNLOCK BY SMS"
* Enter your mobile phone number in the box and click continue
* Follow the instructions
* When you are done, the video will unlock
2. PAY WITH PayPal
* Click "Buy Now"
* Log into your PayPal account and purchase the code
* The video will automatically unlock
* An access code will also be sent to your email inbox in case the video doesn't unlock automatically or for future use
3. USE A CODE
* Free codes are offered in limited numbers by our partners: see here
* Redeem your code via the partners' promotional mechanic*
* Input your access code into the box and the video will unlock.

* Freecaster is not responsible for the promotional mechanic us
ed by our partners.
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5/6/2010 10:11 AM

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5/6/2010 10:20 AM

Ha

Redbull has a tab listed "Holy Shit"

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5/6/2010 10:21 AM

Are the races live on redbull.com? Couldn´t find a link

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5/6/2010 10:24 AM

So are they going to change their name or what? Paycaster has a nice ring to it!

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5/6/2010 10:42 AM

Sunhouse wrote:

Are the races live on redbull.com? Couldn´t find a link

Its on the right hand side on the home page.

This the live feed the link takes you to...
Live feed

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Jeff Emigs Keys to the Race:
1. Get a good start
2. Don't crash

5/6/2010 10:57 AM

DownSouth wrote:

Will they charge for the live stream only or will you have to pay to watch the replay videos on the site also?

Live stream only I believe.

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The Journey is the Destination

5/6/2010 11:03 AM

this obviously has to be mxsports fault

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5/6/2010 12:01 PM

I've never had any problems with the image quality in the streams, it's kind of like before slicknick went to HD with his AMA rips to me, which obviously was watchable. Of course, quality of streams can vary depending on the quality of your connection, but I've at least never had any problems with the quality, nor have I had any problems with buffering.

If it's still free via Red Bull's website then I'll be pumped, if it doesn't hold and it'll be pay per view all over the place I'm still going to be content with the situation. 2€ isn't the end of the world to me, and I'm a pretty poor bastard right now even, I'm just glad that there is a stream to watch on the interwebs and that it's not restricted to some crummy channel on TV that you may or may not have access to.

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5/6/2010 4:20 PM

I honestly dont mind, they not sponsored by Braun anymore...

It would be good if I could stream standard def on my 24MB connection though.

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Its only bones, they grow back together.

5/6/2010 4:40 PM

Dirt_Dawg wrote:

Works great for me, no buffering issues here.

ocscottie wrote:

never had a prob here either, though in the past that Braun ad used to piss me the fuck off.

*dumb ignorant American question, how much is 30 euros?

joe101uk wrote:

Just under $40....i think

The way the euros dropping,
give it another week it will be under $30.
whistling

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DBB

5/6/2010 4:42 PM

The real question.

What are the nationals doing this year?

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flarider wrote: I don't know shit
and I am damn glad for that