So I woke up this morning and turned on TSN to watch the qualifying for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix and it was all very exciting (Lewis Hamilton on pole for McLaren, Adrian Sutil second in a Force India (!) and Kimi Raikkonen third in a Ferrari) and then, just as the cars pulled into parc ferme and the post-qualifying interviews were to begin – WHAP!! – TSN was out of there and right into the 500th rerun of last night’s Sportscentre.
So I turned over to the Speed Channel, which covers F1 properly but we can’t watch it because of TSN-imposed blackouts. I figured – fool that I am – that since TSN had stopped showing the racing program that maybe – maybe – the blackout had been lifted on Speed.
It wasn’t – c’est la vie – but this is what made me really angry and prompted me to write this. This is what the writing on the blank screen said:
THIS PROGRAMMING IS AVAILABLE ON ANOTHER CHANNEL IN YOUR AREA
And I yelled right back at that stupid television set:
NO IT’S NOT!!!
If the sign had said:
GO BACK TO SLEEP YOU NITWIT, TSN DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE THIS, then I might have felt better.
I’ve said this before – but not on this blog – so I’ll say it again: I can hardly wait for the day I can buy F1 races directly from the source and watch them on my big-screen TV hooked up to my computer. Then I won’t be at the mercy of commercial television stations that go to all the trouble of tying up the rights to a sport and then treat it, and its fans, with disrespect.