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Running on Fumes

Huh, Where’s the Speed Channel?

Thursday, December 3, 2009
An interesting thing happened to me last night as I was flipping television channels. I couldn’t find any of them! Or at least some of them.

Speed Channel
One of the most notable absences was #28, the Speed Channel. Now I hate it when channels mysteriously shuffle around, but it isn’t the end of the world. Any reasonable person can muster the intestinal fortitude to relearn some numbers, though I will always associate #25 with ESPN, as when cable television made its first appearance in a Madson household my father practically wore a groove in the early-80s cable box on number two-five to watch with his boy, of all miraculous things, “a television station that only covers sports!”

But then there are stations that go missing altogether… And for me, right now, that’s the Speed Channel - the station that only covers motorsports! After a couple minutes of screen-flickering frustration I figured Speed must’ve just moved and I lacked the intuition to find the new station number. However, a later call to the cable company confirmed my worst fear. The Speed Channel is now only available in my region through an extended digital package.

In other words, I’ll have to pay more money and get a fancy new cable box.

Now I hate giving people money. Let me rephrase that: I hate paying extra to the stupid suck-faces at Charter. So I got a couple options: Status quo with no Speed Channel or pay extra and get Speed.

Could I live without the Speed Channel? Well, I am still breathing right now, but if you’re a rider, let’s face it, Speed is the one station that carries consistent motorcycle content. True, the race coverage is almost always televised way too late. And, true, the pickins for non-racing motorcycle programming continue to get slimmer and slimmer as NASCAR grows over the Speed TV schedule like a V-8 tumor. But there’s Wind Tunnel. And, uhm, other stuff… Is Superbikes still on?

Come to think of it, maybe there’s another option. Unplug the whole damn thing, hook up some rabbit ears (if they still work) and go back to watching Simpsons re-runs M-F with football on Sunday.
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Dubblah -FredM December 4, 2009 12:49 PM
Anything I watch on my computer I can also watch on my TV (50 in. flat screen). The downloads are also in HD and once you know where to find them it takes only minutes to access them for the rest of the season. Plus, like I said I’ll get BETTER coverage than what speed offers. I will get qualifying, rider interviews and much more.

Maybe if I wasn’t tech savvy and liked paying more for less speed might be an option.
bikerrandy -Speed Channel December 4, 2009 11:53 AM
We get Speed(such as it is) from DishTV for about $58 a month. It's cheaper when you start new.

If you hook up with DirectTV you can get Speed + more other channels we like for about the same price. But I find Dish's picture better quality than Direct's.

If where you live there are too many trees to get the satellite signals, then I guess you're screwed.
FredM. -Online? You're kidding, right? December 4, 2009 09:47 AM
I watch MotoGP, World Superbike, Daytona Sport Bike, motocross, and Supercross in high-def on Speed HD from my recliner in my media room. I watch it on a 61" 1080P monitor. The sound is reproduced through a very high end audio system (we're talking Hafler, VMPS, custom preamp, etc.).

Are people actually suggesting that I abandon that for some downloaded low-res pirated video to play on a computer monitor? Seriously? I'm supposed to spend my time hunting that kind of thing down rather than just using my DVR to automatically record HD broadcasts? If I were 15, on summer vacation, and living on an allowance, okay, that might be an option. But as an adult with a decent income? No way.
Dubblah -Speed December 4, 2009 08:20 AM
SpeedTV was better when it was Speedvision several years ago. Back then you got all types of racing even lawn mower racing, not that I wanted that but it was there. When FOX bought Speed it quickly became the Asscar channel. I too have to pay extra if I want speed but after this years experience with the new DMG and the half baked idea of showing races 2 weeks after they are run; I cancelled Speed and get my racing coverage from the internet. The internet coverage is better no commercials, can watch it when I want to and is more complete in its coverage with no bone head announcers.

The HD theater channel has Isle of Man coverage almost every night and other types of moto racing. They also have motorcycle Monday with you guessed it motorcycle programming on Mondays. SpeedTV has become the reality reject show channel.
Chango -Seriously? December 4, 2009 06:06 AM
Seriously, I can't believe how many people still pay for television in this day and age when you simply do not have to. Most shows are available for free online (legally, even), which admittedly ignores the question of quality programming... But there is much better motorcycle coverage available for free than you can get by paying way too much for Speed.
Steve -SPEED December 4, 2009 05:31 AM
Option 3: Satellite TV, I get Speed and Versus (which shows GNCC racing) on my Dish. Everyone knows Charter is the worst service provider in the US.
x2468 -yeah December 4, 2009 12:08 AM
I had a similar thing happen when I moved a few months ago. Speed has always been a high up channel. like in the 200-600 range. So when I moved I naturally checked in that range like 30 times. I had the same fear that you described, that one of my favorite channels was absent. turns out it's just channel 40 in my new domicile. Never would have thought it'd be a local channel. Man was I relieved. That being said, I wish we got Eurosport over here...
Your Future -Three words December 4, 2009 12:01 AM
Pay per byte.
Frank -Torrent December 3, 2009 02:31 PM
Become a torrent pirat/demon and you will never need SPEED again.