Sunday, 22 July, 2001
Tour de France Webcast
I'm not a big fan of web casting, as I consider it a huge waste of bandwidth. Listening to the radio over the Internet is cool in a geeky sort of way, but the signal to noise ratio as far as information is concerned is pretty poor. Textual information is much more efficient.
That notwithstanding, I sure was happy to find that the official Tour de France web site (www.letour.com) has a live audio link. There's no radio station in the Austin area that carries live Tour coverage. The OLN channel on digital cable has tape-delayed coverage, but I don't get that channel. The only major network coverage here is CBS Sports, which has a one-hour special every Sunday. I still think web casting is a waste of bandwidth, but that doesn't stop me from listening in from time to time.