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Wimbledon on the Computer

Jul 10, 2006
Category Technology

We’re at our house in Homer which doesn’t have a TV (by design).  Amy loves watching tennis and wanted to watch Wimbledon.  Our Tivo at our house in Boulder broke in May and we haven’t bothered to replace it.

The intrepid nerd decided to BitTorrent Wimbledon for his darling bride.  Imagine my shock and horror when I basically couldn’t find any Wimbledon BitTorrents.  There were plenty of TV shows, as well as lots of porn, but no tennis.  I sulked around for a few minutes and then decided to head over to the Wimbledon site to figure out the times / channels to ask Ross to record for me, burn a DVD, and fedex.

Imagine my glee when I found – front and center on the Wimbledon Video page – an all access pass for a mere $12.95 (it’s been reduced to $5.95 now that Wimbledon is over.)  Everything, every match, every court – $12.95.  I was shocked for a second time in an hour when the DRM worked perfectly and the quarter final match Amy wanted to watch started downloading.

Within a span of 30 minutes my world view (and mood) did a 180.  Today, I cancelled my DirecTV subscription and decided not to fix my Tivo.  Plus, Amy is very happy with me.