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Old 01-15-2004, 11:57 PM   #24
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Originally posted by gtguy
The Speed guy is right. "Consider the alternative," indeed. There is a LOT of looking gift horses in the mouth on NASIOC, and a lot of grousing before understanding what is going on. People are slagging the new Legacy for different bumpers...ripping the STi because the brakes are expensive to replace...etc, etc.
We may be an ungrateful lot, but I still get the feeling this is more of a "Hey, buddy- NASCRAP pays the bills, we don't really need you rally freaks anyway..."

Originally posted by gtguy
Understand that Speed isn't a network in the literal sense of the word, with armies of producers and editors. They purchase programming, and re-air it, usually unedited, though it appears to be checked for offensive material.
Though, of course, the World Rally coverage was edited. Poor Grist hadda keep changing jackets; "is this for ch. 4 or those Yanks? I forget..."
And where would we be without Mr Shaheen's witty repartee'?

Originally posted by gtguy

An hour and a half is indeed better than nothing, so the comment from the Speed representative is very apt. Interestingly enough, I am in the process of dubbing Speed rally coverage from 1998-2003 from VHS to DVD (for my own use...don't even ask), and there were half-hour wrapup shows that dealt with each rally. Then they moved to one-hour shows, then the excess (to my eyes) of same-day, hour-long coverage, then the two-hour shows of last year.

The half-hour shows are still pretty informative. They pack a lot into the actually about 22 minutes of show time.

The hour-long shows are significantly better. You can get more information/insight.

The three-hour shows are full of repetition. If you chop the commercials, those three hours of coverage don't even fill a two-hour videotape.

Last year's two-hour shows were quite good, but not as good as the edited version of the three-hour shows. But if you look at it, it's the raw material, not anything that Speed is doing.
Yes! At first I was enthused about the 2-hr daily coverage, but that quickly dissipated as I realized "I'll never watch this- I'll just watch the 'wrap up'..."
I also agree that the 30 minute Rally XS previews were quite good- unfortunately I didn't figure that out until 1/2 way through the season!
I never saw the point of a 1-hr wrap up, Rally X-tra, when the initial coverage was only 2 hrs to start with... kinda like a band with 2 CD's releasing a "Best Of"!!
Hopefully they'll cut out repeating of in-car video during the same coverage this time around too...

Russ R
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