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It’s July, which means it’s time to watch Lance Armstrong chase after the famed yellow winner’s jersey at the Tour de France — perhaps actually for the last time, this year.Watching the Tour de France can also be an enjoyable experience for non-cycling fans; consider it a breathtaking 3-week helicopter tour of the French countryside.
The good news is that Versus has put together a great package of online and mobile streaming video for Tour fans, even if you don’t subscribe to cable TV.
To watch online on a PC, Mac, or iPad, check out Versus’s Live Tour Tracker, which costs $30 for the duration of the Tour. This provides live and on-demand coverage in Adobe Flash on PCs and Macs and using an HTML5 video player for Apple’s iPad. You can watch the stage live in the morning U.S. time, or catch up later in the day, or do both — unlimited access with no blackout areas or times.
The “adaptive bitrate” video is designed to work over a variety of Internet connections. It looks great over wifi and is serviceable over 3G on an iPad, as we managed to watch the last 25 minutes of yesterday’s stage at an O’Hare airport gate yesterday with minimal interruptions. The biggest catch is that it only works in the U.S. and Canada.
To watch the Tour on an iPhone, check out Versus’s official Tour de France iPhone app, which costs $15. It also supports live and on-demand streaming on the iPhone, over wi-fi and 3G. (And after the latest update, you can use it on the iPad, too, so if you only plan to watch from mobile devices, and never from a PC, that’s a way to possibly save $15.) Other features include live GPS tracking of racers, customisable push notifications, and more.
How about outside the U.S. and Canada? The Tour’s official site has put together a handy chart of how to watch live in many other countries here.
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