I’m glad that many of you who read this blog have had the chance to watch the spring classics over the internet rather than via text updates. The Amstel Gold race isn’t being broadcast on television here in Australia, so us die hard cycling nuts gotta take what we can get.
For the non-techie cycling fan here’s my best explanation on how to watch the race. Hopefully this isn’t too confusing.
1. Go here to view the live Amstel Gold Race feed. This feed will go live from 14:30 – 17:30 (you can see the servertime on the top right corner of the page). Next, click the television set icon on the right side of the screen
2. Once the feed goes live, you’ll see a number of green and red circles listed down the left side of the screen with the required software listed beside it (eg. SopCast, TVAnts, PPStream etc). Before the feed is live, this info will not be displayed. Pick the feed that is green and has highest rating and download the appropriate streaming software that’s listed beside it from here. I’ve been finding that most of the races are being streamed on Windows Media Player. In that case, you most likely won”t need to do anything if you have WMP version 10 or 11.
3. Once you’ve downloaded the required software plugin (i.e. SopCast, TVAnts, PPStream etc), you can click the “play” link that’s listed beside the stream you want. Some “play” links work better than others. Play around with it until you find one that works for you.
4. The plugin will launch and the feed will begin streaming live to your computer.
It may sound a bit confusing, but it’s really easy once you do it for the first time. After you get it once, you’ll have live feeds to all the cycling events you want.