Tuesday, October 23, 2007

MavTV bouts now online!

just finished watching the Atlanta - Windy City bout on MavTV. It is a little complicated to find it so here is how I did it:

Go to http://www.mavtv.com/
Click on the blue "Watch MavTV" button which is in the middle of the screen towards the top.
On the bottom of the screen there are "channels" like "motors" and "women." Scroll until you get to"Men's Entertainment" and click on it.
On the right of the screen there is a box with a listing of shows. At the top of the box "schedule" should be highlighted. Click on "Just added" to change the listing.
Scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on the link for "MavTV Roller Derby: Atlanta vs. Windy City."

There are a couple of interview clips featuring Boston Derby Dames Ivana Clobber and Wanda Whipya. Yay! The coverage itself isn't bad considering. Beware of the commercials, though, they're a little Playboy channel-ish.

Some things I would like to see in future coverage:
  • Some way to highlight the jammers during the jams. They are kind of hard to distinguish. Maybe they could do something like they did for televised hockey matches where they highlighted the puck. Maybe they could somehow highlight the jammers.
  • A running score that is on screen all the time, not just between jams or between periods. Also I would like to see who the lead jammer is and some sort of running tally of penalties. That would be cool.
  • I know this is not going to happen anytime soon, but maybe some kind of camera that moves around the track to follow the action instead of all this constant cutting, which can get a little distracting. It would have to be suspended somehow from the ceiling or hanging from a crane or something like that, because you wouldn't want the skaters to trip over it, but that would be awfully nice.
  • I know it is a difficult thing to video, but I would like to see more replays of cool moves and penalties (not just the wipe-outs) with explanations of what is going on. That would really help a lot with getting the audience to understand and appreciate what is going on.
That being said, I thought the commentary was not bad, and the coverage was pretty decent, considering this is basically the first time they've tried to do it.

Can't wait for the Boston bout next week!

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