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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Marco, Jul 25, 2012.
To start the thread off, here's a detailed breakdown of the TV schedule.
This will be our first Olympics since ditching cable. Hoping we don't miss too much by having to rely solely on NBC's coverage.
I just set up 3 season passes for NBC and um...two other channels. From last time, I know I have to go through them pretty quickly or else both my DVRs will fill up...
You can get all the Olympic events from YouTube:
Might help you from running out of space on the Tivo. Also Tivo has their Olympic Games Guide in the "Music, Photos, Showcases" menu on the series 3, not sure where it would be on the Premiere.
That NBC TV schedule is "subject to change" - for example, the women's 78kg judo gold medal bout scheduled for 8/2 at 4:30 won't air if USA's entry in that event doesn't make it to the final.
Judo and Sailing seem to be the "odd sports out" of the broadcasts. Nothing particularly new about that. (I wonder how NBC would handle it if the IOC were to replace judo with karate.)
Speaking of the Olympics, something you might want to note if you're going to watch the basketball: they have replaced the trapezoidal free throw lanes with NBA-sized rectangular lanes. (To think the NCAA came this close to making all of the colleges switch to trapezoid lanes a few years ago.)
NBC is not sending all of their announcers to London. Some of them will be calling the action from NBC in New York. For example, they're only sending 4 people to cover basketball. One play by play guy (Bob Fitzgerald of the Golden State Warriors), one analyst (Doug Collins), one sideline reporter (Craig Sager), and one studio analyst (Doc Rivers), I guess for guest spots with Costas, or whoever is hosting. All games not called by this team will be called by people who are physically in New York.
On a happier note for you hockey fans, look forward to Doc Emirick calling Water Polo.
Wow. That's surprisingly stingy on the part of Comcast!
I mean, I'm no big fan of unnecessary commentary/PxP... but if they're going to have PxP, they should actually be there. The whole point of PxP is to have people there who can see the action live, relaying what people at home might not be able to see very well (or at all).
I would also think a lot more would be made of it, but I couldn't find anything about it other than that wikipedia page. Maybe it's not true?
BTN sometimes doesn't send announcers from Chicago to Lafayette, IN. I wouldn't be surprised if NBC didn't send judo experts to Britain.
A lot of MLS teams don't send their local crew to away games: they call the game from their home studio.
But that's MLS. This is the Olympics!
I haven't been able to find another source that specifically says they'll be in NY.
However, NBC's press release announcing their broadcasting lineup lists specific people that will be in London, which seems to imply that at least some of those NOT listed as being in London will be elsewhere:
That's why I tend to try to record EVERYTHING (at least when they start to get into the finals of events), and FF through tons and tons of stuff... for when things are rescheduled.
Very cool. I had no idea. Thanks much!
If you've relied solely on NBC's coverage in the past, then you've already missed too much. If an American doesn't place in an otherwise exciting competition, NBC cuts away to the next commercial or US athlete bio or the preparations for the next US athlete to compete in another sport ... completely missing out on the final competition where the American was eliminated.
Canadian or European broadcasts continue to broadcast the sport until the winner is determined -- regardless of country of origin.
I see a banner in the middle of that Youtube page that says "To watch the Olympics LIVE in the US, click here" I then get redirected to nbc's site that requires a cable/sat subscription to view.
Will we be able to get replays via Youtube's site? I don't really care much about the live viewing since I will be at work when most of the action is going on in London anyway.
You can also watch videos at http://www.nbcolympics.com/index.html. You will need to sign in with a cable provider. The women's soccer matches are already posted.
Also, I tired a few of the videos on the Olympic YouTube channel I posted above and they said they couldn't be viewed in my country. But you can use this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/user/2012nbcolympics
But I think it will redirect back to nbcolympics.com when playing videos.
I know they did this for some of the Winter Olympic hockey, and I'm sure some other sports. I thought ESPN did this with some of the World Cup Soccer as well. While it's really not a big deal, you can definitely feel a different vibe watching the games when the announcers are not there.
At least NBC is providing its own commentators. Back in 2000, they used the Australian commentary for the two field hockey finals.
Does anybody know if the online coverage has audio commentators? In 2008, it did not; instead, commentary was provided chat-style.
Anyone hoping to piggyback off of a friend's cable subscription to stream Olympics from NBC.com to their TV will be pretty disappointed. As far as I can tell, there's no way to fullscreen the video as it always has the ad above, and the Youtube control bar below:
From a post that I saw at nytimes.com today:
And linked from there was an article about how much time and effort its taking NBC to get setup over in London: