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How to Legitimately Watch the Giro d'Italia (and other races) from the United StatesMay 3 update: Before the always entertaining Giro d'Italia starts this Friday, lets address the authorized options bike racing fans have for viewing the race here in the United States. May 1 update:
Since 2013, beIN Sports has held the Giro d'Italia broadcast rights for the U.S. as it does with all the other RCS races. Although beIN Sports has grown rapidly, it is still a premium channel and they provide a higher priority to live soccer and motor sports broadcasts which has frustrated subscribers interested in watching cycling on tv. beIN Sports like many other channels in the U.S. allow authenticated cable, satellite or telco subscribers to view their channel(s) online. In the case of cycling, this has proved to be the only way to watch a legitimate cycling stream in the U.S. for many events this year (see left) since beIN Sports has broadcast all of their cycling events one on their higher channels (usually 5 or 9). For the Giro d'Italia, beIN Sports is scheduled to broadcast most stages live on their main channel (beIn Sports 1) which allows many people to watch the event on their tv as a traditional broadcast. However, like last year, it is expected most of the weekend stages including many of the key mountain stages will be bumped to one of the higher beIN Sports channels and not all cable, satellite and telco providers (like Comcast) participate in the streaming of the other beIN Sports channels. Last year, many visitors to steephill.tv signed up for Sling TV's International Sports package to watch the Giro d'Italia on beIN Sports which also included the Universal Sports channel. At $10.00 / month it was a good value. However, Universal Sports has folded into NBCSN and Universal HD which Sling TV does not include access to. In addition, Sling TV does not provide access through beIN Sport Connect to the higher beIN Sports channels which you'll need to watch the stages that get bumped from the main channel on the weekends or, for that matter, other bike races throughout the year (see left).
This year, there is a new, better option for watching beIN Sports online. Just recently, fubo.tv became the only virtual MVPD in the U.S. authorized for access to the beIn Sports higher channels via beIn Sports Connect (tutorial). This is a big step forward and a huge benefit for everyone especially cord-cutters. The fubo.tv regular pricing is $9.99 per month, but to introduce themselves to the steephill.tv viewers, fubo.tv is offering a 24-hour trial and a reduced introduction rate of $6.99 / month. This is your best option to watch every stage of the Giro d'Italia live with English commentary in the U.S. plus other beIN Sports cycling broadcasts throughout the year. And if you like soccer, this is an especially good deal. — Steve
- Official HD quality feed
- No popups
- Every stage live
- The best English commentary
- Access to all BeIN Sports Channels
- Sign up for $6.99 with a free 24-hour trial via fubo.tv/beinsports User tips:
- For desktop users, beIN Sports apparently doesn't work (well) with the Chrome browser and make sure you have the most recent versions of Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash installed if you encounter any problems.
- You must use the beIn Sports Connect web site or one of the beIN Sports mobile apps (Android and iOS) with your Fubo.tv login and password credentials to access the higher channels for the weekends stages. The Fubo.tv app does not support access to the higher channels (2-10), only the main channel, beIN Sports 1.
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