The more people who are involved with icenetwork, the more money icenetwork will have, and the better icenetwork can get. Icenetwork will get there, but unlike NBC and other networks, icenetwork does not have millions of dollars in sponsorship dollars to use.
The more you are involved in this sport, the more you will learn that it's all about money.
Everything in this sport costs money. When I hear parents complaining about an entry fee for a competition, or an admission ticket for a competition or show, or the cost of ice or skates or costumes, or a coach's lesson fees, or hotel bills...I KNOW that family will not last in this sport.
Good heavens, $40 is a drop in the bucket. Compared to what we USED to have in the sport, icenetwork is heavenly. We used to get only what ABC, NBC, or CBS was willing to show us, positioned with a lot of time-wasting "fluff" video featuring popular songs and cute-sie posed shots of the "darlings" that the network selected. Instead of showing more competitors, the networks would air "entertainment"; e.g., a feature about one of the skaters Precious Moments collection. Who cares?
Do you realize that for years before the 1992 Olympics, Paul Wylie's programs were seldom shown on the network coverage, even if he medalled? He just wasn't a big enough "star" for the networks--they didn't like him for some reason. So frustrating for those of us who first saw him skate as a young boy, and realized that he had the potential to be one of the greatest skaters ever. But we had to take what we could get from the network.
Basically, before icenetwork and other online skating networks (and before the internet), figure skating fans were told who and what to like by the media, instead of having the power to choose for themselves which skaters or teams they liked. That's one reason why synchronized skating is still virtually unknown, even to figure skating fans--it was never on network TV.
I hope you will re-consider your objection to icenetwork, and stick with it.
I think you're being unreasonable. After all, college football and basketball, NFL, etc. are massively funded sports, while figure skating is not exactly pulling in lots of big-name sponsors these days.
There are mulitple camera crews available (due to adequate funds) to film multiple college sporting events and the professional sports even if they all happen at the same time on the same weekend. But I'm guessing that icenetwork has one crew, and they can only be at one competition at a time.
But if you have other cheaper ways to view figure skating, then more power to you! Always have fun.
I am sorry that you are disappointed at not being able to view live coverage of the Grand Prix, that the posting of the Regionals is late, and for all of the misdemeanors you believe are committed by IN. I, too, am disappointed. And I'm totally disgusted with "big media" i.e., NBC/Universal, the corporation that is attempting to squeeze a smaller company out of the business so that they can have it all to themselves --and also push you around even more with inappropriate viewing times, cancellations of events --whatever they please.
What you are griping about is totally beyond IN's control, as it is beyond yours. All I ask is that you whine to NBC. THEY are the bad guys. Also, the videos of the Regionals, as I understand, are done by a company to whom IN has given a contract. Again, IN is not late, the contractor is late. And noting that Regionals are usually held in smaller cities, these contractors could very well be the only ones capable of handling the job in the area. This is what happens when huge corporations buy up smaller corporations and control industries. Competition dissolves and we lose.
Also --I seldom see anything on these boards about what IN is doing right, such as attempting to make amends for the crumby deal THEY got (and had to pass on to you --and me-- )by live streaming the sectionals. No, they certainly aren't the Grand Prix. But it is, at least, an attempt.
Finally, the forty bucks you spent remains a decent deal. Were you to attend any of the Grand Prix, that forty bucks wouldn't cover the first day of expense. Cable costs a minimum of $40 --a month (and yes, there are other broadcasts, but none in my estimation worth wasting $40 a month). I realize that this post is getting quite a few of you in quite a snit. My reaction to that is, tough. We ALL (including me) need to look more at the big picture and be grateful for what we have.