Out of curiosity, I just popped up CNBC online's free streaming coverage of CNBC Asia tonight (Sunday night here in DC) --- I can't begin to tell you how refreshing it is to *not* hear the annoying chirps, beeps, whooshes, and other World-of-Warcraft-like sound effects that plague CNBC USA! Nicer graphics, too. Also from what I can see thus far their international coverage seems less sensational and hyper --- and much more down-to-earth and 'newsy' than its USA network. (Frankly I find it unbelievable that CNBC USA considers it a serious 'news' network even though after 2100 during the week it goes into game shows and paid programming instead of....oh....I don't know....covering world markets? Seems like a poor sense of priorities to me, but maybe I'm just a cynic.) Go figure.