You really can't make this stuff up.
In my quest to have timely, and legal, access to live coverage of the only sport I follow, I figured I'd check out the Viasat website to see a) if they have gotten their act together and made it possible to subscribe to just the one channel I want, or b) if they are able to provide me with a streaming alternative so I won't have to buy a bunch of channels I am not going to watch at a price I am not willing to pay.
As for a) the answer is no. If you want to see Formula One live on TV here in Norway you still have to pay 249,- NOK per month for a bunch of channels that roughly 98% of the time will be showing crap that I am not interested in. And yes, that percentage is a very conservative estimate because it doesn't account for the fact that there are multiple channels broadcasting crap I don't want -- but of course, (in theory at least), I can only watch one channel at a time.
As for b) ...I never found out. There is really no way of putting this politely, but Viasat are a bunch of incompetent morons. What sort of worthless imbecile manages to make a streaming-solution that only works with "Microsoft Internet Explorer 6+"? From whence do you recruit people who are so utterly useless at what they do that in the year 2009 they are still not capable of providing a streaming solution that is platform independent?
This is the sort of idiocy that makes you eligible for prizes.
Really, I would like to know. Is there some special recruiting agency somewhere that has specialized in the dangerously feeble of mind? Do they have a secret stash of windowlickingly stupid people somewhere? Morons who are utterly fascinated by striped toothpaste? Who spend their days trying, yet failing, to devise schemes to test their hypothesis that the fridge light is on when the fridge door is closed?
This is exactly why I, for the last couple of years, have been advocating that content owners should start to ignore cable- and TV companies and start flogging the product themselves. Depending on dimwitted people to move product is a bad business decision.
It would be far better if those owning the rights to F1, and other motor sports, would just set up their own, world-wide service for streaming video. I am sure that given an adequately sized group of talented people with half a clue, the motor-sports organizations could do a lot better on their own. Just cut out the dimwits in the middle who manage little else but to crap all over the product and just let them go out of business -- as we do with all obsolete businesses.
There's money on the table, Bernie. You do like money, no?