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Date Posted: 12:15:15 08/26/04 Thu
Author: Site_Goddess
Subject: Vuelta Viewing in the US - More info

Hi all,

More info on how to get TVE (Television Espanola) in the US, and how the Vuelta broadcast here is shaping up.

First, I was checking into Direct TV options for adding Spanish language channels as Cathy mentioned a couple days ago, and I have some more info on that.

This next data is specific only to Direct TV, but you still might want to ask similar questions of your own service provider.

In order to pick up the Spanish language channels (Opcion en Espanol at Direct TV), one must have a specific type of dish - oval instead of round. The oval dish will still pick up all the regular English language programming, but it also picks up the Spanish channels which come from a different satellite.

The cost to me to change the dish from round to oval is $60.00, then $14.99 monthly to add the Opcion en Espanol channels. ALSO, changing your dish re-starts your contract with Direct TV for another year. Ca-ching.

Now, TVE programming:
Today's Direct TV programming guide extends through Tuesday 7 September, though Tuesday's programming is not fully listed yet. Here is what is listed for TVE.

Saturday, Sept 4: Vuelta Ciclista a Espana
1:45 pm ET, 10:45 am PT (1 hour 15 minutes duration)

Sunday, Sept 5: "Deportes" (Sports)
945-3pm ET, 6:45am to noon PT (this might or might not be the race)

Monday, Sept 6: Vuelta Ciclista a Espana
3:50 pm ET, 12:50 pm PT (duration 1 hour ten minutes - this is not live)

So at least it looks like the Vuelta will be broadcast in the US, but it is not good news for those who wish to see it live.

When I have more info I will post it.

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