While I realize that compared to most of you I am a casual competition viewer, I want to add an alternative view to watching competition live. First I want to say that I do especally enjoy watching some competitions, such as Nationals and Olympics live, and did enjoy watching Skate America. I find, however, that after 3 or 4 days of watching figure skating at all hours of the night and day for weeks on end, I'm somewhat burnt out and feel as though I am re-emerging from a cocoon that includes only my living room, kitchen and computer, back to life again when it's over. Rather, I find that I enjoy watching the competitions at a slower pace far more, and feel that taking all week to see them is nicer. It doesn't matter if I already know who won, I simply enjoy watching superb skating. I do not subscribe to other boards, however, and --as noted above-- am more of a casual skating fan.
I am hoping that Ice Network is able to strike a deal similar to last year's that, for an extra 6 bucks, allows us to view 4 Continents and the Worlds. It doesn't have to be live, but it would be nice to see the skating.