For This TV Viewer There
Is No More SpeedTV
by John Krill
On Tuesday, April 6, 2004, Cox Cable
moved SpeedTV to their digital spectrum and replaced it
I sent an e-mail to both SpeedTV.com
and Cox cable. I have received a response from Cox but nothing
so far from SpeedTV.
This is what Cox had to say about
the move of SpeedTV:
Thank you for your e-mail regarding
the Speed Channel. Cox is committed to providing the best
customer service possible. Speed Vision was moved to our
Sports and Information Package and is on channel 318 on
our Digital service. Cox is continually evaluating how
to best utilize the limited bandwidth that is available
for cable services, and want to ensure that there is room
for new products and services, such as EOD (Entertainment
on Demand), DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and HDTV with
Also, because the FCC has mandated that all television
broadcasts must be converted to a Digital format by the
end of 2006, we are slowly converting our channels over
to Digital. Eventually, if the FCC?s plan is carried through,
all channels will be Digital by 2007 and the analog channels
will go away. Everyone will have Digital by then. You
will either have to buy a new Digital TV and VCR that
has a Digital tuner built in, by a Digital converter for
your analog TV and VCR from an electronics store, or rent
a Digital converter from your local cable or satellite
We are offering our customers a special deal that was
announced because of the channel change.
- FREE Upgrade from Standard service
to Digital service.
- FREE Digital Converter for 3
- FREE Sports & Information
channel package for 3 months.
What a bunch of crap! If they were
really converting to digital then why put VH2 in SpeedTV's
slot? No this is all about money. Viacom (owner of VH2)
is putting up bigger bucks than News Corp. (Owner of SpeedTV.)
It's that simple.
Was the loss of SpeedTV that big
a deal to begin with?
Well I watch Formula One. No make
that the Michael Schumacher and His Band of Do Nothing Followers
show. Those followers have created some of the most interesting
excuses to explain why they're a bunch of losers. The only
follower I will miss is Jenson Button.
Then there is the 24 Hours of La
Mans. The way SpeedTV has covered this race the last couple
of years can be described with one word: Boring.
World Rally. That I like. But what
has happened to it. I can never figure out when it's on.
Another programming BS move by big media - News Corp.
Do I miss NASCAR? No. Watching cars
go around in a circle, and with so many cars in the race,
is more like the Santa Ana freeway during rush-hour going
through the City of Industry. Total confusion. Has SpeedTV
really become NASCAR-TV?
Now consider SpeedTV's replacement
at Cox - VH2. This music channel has been declared in violation
of the Geneva Convention as to cruel a punishment for POWs.
Just one hour of the crap they call music that transmits
from this channel is enough to melt even the strongest person's
So what's a race fan to do? How about
going to the races. Problem is in Southern California there
isn't mush in the way of motor racing. Riverside has been
gone for over a decade. The Long Beach race is just one
weekend a year and this year it is a total mystery as to
what will be racing. That leaves Laguna Seca. But consider
this: Paying for just one race weekend at Laguna Seca would
probably cover 5 years of digital cable from Cox!
Update: I have just learned that
will be broadcast on Spike TV. Though from the wording
of the statement it sounds like it will not be live: "providing
fans with a consistent time slot to watch every event .
PS: The above ads for Laguna Seca
is a freebie. I just wanted to put something there. It's
not like Laguna Seca Raceway has ever acknowledged the existence
of this web site, it hasn't.