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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Marco, Jul 25, 2012.
Wow! Frank Viola's kid is an Olympiad...how cool is that?!
That is pretty cool. I thought she was an Olympian.
Can someone please tell Tom Hammond that the uniform worn by Attar (representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) in the women's 800 meters is not "traditional Arab attire"?
I know what he meant -- that her people's traditions dictate she be dressed modestly -- but that's not what he said.
What a surprise! NBC didn't allocate enough time in their schedule for a lot of the LIVE stuff today.
So if you like the short-event sports that they usually cram in between team sports as 'filler', good luck figuring out if/when they will air.
Anybody else remember when the decathlon actually got decent coverage?
Bruce Jenner in '76?
Thank goodness for fast forward to get thru the way too often commercial breaks.
I was thinking this exact same thing. And you'd think with two American contenders it would have gotten more than just the afterthought it got. I wonder if this stems from the whole "Dan and Dave" thing that happened (I think it was Barcelona back in the 90s). I remember the huge advertising campaign for them and how they were going to battle for the gold. IRC one didn't even come to the Olympics and the other didn't win gold. I wonder if NBC didn't want to get burned with that sort of scenario again.
In retrospect, it looks like they were waiting until Day 2 to do a recap, and saving things for primetime. I expected not to see the final event until primetime, but that might also explain why I missed the javelin during the daytime coverage yesterday.
I was half awake last night, but they didn't even cover this until past 11PM on the east coast last nght, after the Bolt win in the 200. And the 1500 seems like the only event they covered in it's entirety. I don't even remember them MENTIONING the decathlon until then. There are 10 events over 2 days and we only saw ONE? And then they have the nerve to call the winner the worlds greatest athlete, yet only show 30 minutes of the whole event? They showed so little I can't even remember the winner's name.
They showed highlights of the first five events for the USA participants on Wednesday night. Last night they did the same for events 6-9 and then showed the leaders' heat of the 1,500. There are too many events with too many participants to show everything on NBC in primetime. All events were available live online.
I tried to set up manual recordings to catch individual events, based on the schedule linked to earlier in this thread, but the start times seem to be unpredictable for those of us who are in west coast time. So I've finally figured out a work-around for the days when I'm home watching live, and I want to grab something on the fly to re-watch later (or to protect myself from accidentally dumping the buffer with a channel change).
1) wait until the event I want to see actually shows up (e.g. men's [swimming] marathon)
2) set up a manual recording for the length of time predicted for the (taped) event in the schedule, plus a smidgen. Here's the important part:
3) make sure your start time is earlier than when the event started, so it saves the bit you've already seen, which is still in the buffer
4) the TiVo will warn you that the program you want to record has already started, do you still want to record it? Say yes.
Now I have manageable bites which can easily be transferred to the computer. Problem solved.
I saw a lot of it during the daytime coverage. After a while, it all becomes a blur, and it's difficult to recall what I saw during the day and what I saw at night.
Which is no excuse for NBC. It's dreadful coverage.
I seriously think people are complaining just to complain fairly often. Somebody on my FB thread dropped an #nbcfail for showing the women's water polo gold medal match on NBC while the women's soccer gold medal match was on NBCSN. Really? Water polo needs the expanded coverage more than the USWNT does, and cable is better suited for long commercial-free stretches. It makes perfect sense.
Most people are complaining because they don't understand the business that NBC is operating. All they care about is that they can't see every event on the main NBC channel at the time the competition is live.
The truth is that NBC paid significantly more for the US TV rights than any other broadcaster paid for other country rights. As such, NBC needs to be smart about the way they monetize their rights. Some people are clearly perturbed that events aren't being shown live, but the reality is that in order for NBC to get the biggest possible primetime audience, and thus maximize its advertising revenue, it has to cater to everyone, and that means it won't fully satisfy anyone, but it will be most palatable for the most possible viewers.
Showing highlights plus human interest background stories plus a little studio analysis has proved to be extremely popular with American viewers. There's no way to know whether a different format would be more popular, but given the diversity of the audience, it's highly unlikely.
The fact that it isn't live does not bother me a bit. But, as in past olympics, way too many commercial breaks.
It's an unfortunate business reality that really can't be changed at this point.
All your points (most of which I'm not quoting, for space) are good, but I also get the frustration of the fans who want to watch a specific event and don't have access to streaming, or would rather be able to watch on their TV instead of on their computers.
It's annoying as crap to sit here and see commercials for how Universal Sports covers a lot of these Olympic Sports and will keep on showing them after the Games are over, when I can't see US on cable or OTA anymore. So I can't blame anyone else for being annoyed at NBC for creating a demand and then not satisfying it.
Edited to add: re: commercials -- thumbs up to the sponsors who put some thought and care into the ads they make for the Olympics.
AT&T's ads showing athletes watching the games and then putting up the new world records on their "goal boards". Nice storyboarding there, and it's clever how they drop the footage in from the Olympics.
I like the Coke "Moments of the Games" ads.
P&G's ads which are the "tribute to moms" -- fun.
There are other ads which have athlete profiles too.
I'd much rather see that, even if I see the same ads over and over, than the same dumb crap that we get all the time.
P.S. extra shout-out for the ad which announces that the Steve Harvey show is going to be running in the afternoon along with the Ellen deGeneris show, where Ellen is trying to tell Siri to remind her to watch Steve's show.
It's not NBC's fault that you don't have access to Universal Sports. They're advertising the channel to create demand, so that people like you will contact your carrier and demand that they offer US. That's good business.
Considering it was an NBC decision to pull universal sport as a subchannel in the many cities it was in, yes it is their fault.