Since you mention comments are taken into account for next time, I would like to say I would be glad not to hear Hughes and Kwiatkowski commentating or chatting on the phone at the sports desk. Please keep the broadcasts commentary-free, so I can hear just the skater's music, and please don't have us listen to a phone conversation with even someone as charming as Ross Miner when we could be watching actual skating or hearing the skater's music.
I think one has to be pretty hardcore to subscribe to icenetwork in the first place. What keeps me subscribing are the commentary-free videos of skaters from all levels--I like the skaters with good presentation even if they don't land enough jumps to make NBC's broadcasts. It has been said on another board that icenetwork subscribers are hardcore fans and most likely already know all about American skaters' success on the GP's. During sectional weekend such fans are most likely tuning in to see if a young skater will be able to advance to the next level. Such hardcore fans don't need GP news re-hashed, or to inquire about Carol's beauty secrets.
I also notice that the quality of the video from several of the Sectional broadcast/on demand is not as excellent as I've seen in past years. Perhaps this had to be done to make the event as close to live as possible, to make the on-demand nearly immediately available. Speaking for only myself, I would rather wait for a clear picture, rather than see a fuzzy one sooner. As I've said, I'm here to see the on demand videos of up and coming skaters, and I'm used to waiting for those.
I do appreciate the addition of live Sectionals to the menu--I understand that icenetwork is attempting to give fans something that was not already announced when we decided to renew our subscriptions sans live coverage of the GP's. It would be nice if in future years video quality didn't suffer, and fans had a sense of which events would be switched to at what time... should icenetwork decide to offer this opportunity again. Thank you.
I agree with kana's excellent post. More skating, less commentary . That's always been my gripe with the big network broadcasts--not enough skating.
I can go along with an "on-demand" commentary show, which might be appealing to new (and old) fans who are trying to learn more about the sport. But "on-demand," please, so we can skip it if we wish.