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London Olympics TV Coverage Thread

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Marco, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I guess I don't know the history here. But if the channel is available but the carrier doesn't offer it, then that's the carrier's issue. If the channel isn't available, then I don't know why NBCU would be advertising it. If NBC used to offer the channel as a subchannel and decided to split it off into its own separate channel, I'm sure they had legitimate business reasons for doing so. If there's a fourth possibility, I'm not sure what that would be, but I'd be happy to learn.
     
  2. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

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    >>If NBC used to offer the channel as a subchannel and decided to split it off into its own separate channel, I'm sure they had legitimate business reasons for doing so.<<

    I'm sure they did too. But it's still their fault it's not on where it used to be.

    After the Comcast merger and the renaming of "Versus" into "NBCSN,", I'm not sure what the purpose of having a channel called "NBCSN" and a separate channel called "Universal Sports" is supposed to be. Either merge the channels or rename US to "NBCSN 2."
     
  3. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    Sorry, Universal Sports is unavailable through Comcast.

    Your voice counts. Call 1-800-55-GET-US and tell Comcast you want Universal Sports and access to year-round coverage of your favorite Olympic & adventure sports and athletes. After you call, double your voice and click here to tell Comcast you want Universal Sports.


    Sorry, Universal Sports is unavailable through Verizon FiOS.

    Your voice counts. Call 1-800-55-GET-US and tell Verizon FiOS you want Universal Sports and access to year-round coverage of your favorite Olympic & adventure sports and athletes. After you call, double your voice and click here to tell Verizon FiOS you want Universal Sports.


    Sorry, Universal Sports is unavailable through Optimum.

    Your voice counts. Call 1-800-55-GET-US and tell Optimum you want Universal Sports and access to year-round coverage of your favorite Olympic & adventure sports and athletes. After you call, double your voice and click here to tell Optimum you want Universal Sports.


    Sorry, Universal Sports is unavailable through Service Electric Cable TV.

    Your voice counts. Call 1-800-55-GET-US and tell Service Electric Cable TV you want Universal Sports and access to year-round coverage of your favorite Olympic & adventure sports and athletes. After you call, double your voice and click here to tell Service Electric Cable TV you want Universal Sports.


    Sorry, Universal Sports is unavailable through RCN.

    Your voice counts. Call 1-800-55-GET-US and tell RCN you want Universal Sports and access to year-round coverage of your favorite Olympic & adventure sports and athletes. After you call, double your voice and click here to tell RCN you want Universal Sports.


    Sorry, Universal Sports is unavailable through Time Warner Cable.

    Your voice counts. Call 1-800-55-GET-US and tell Time Warner Cable you want Universal Sports and access to year-round coverage of your favorite Olympic & adventure sports and athletes. After you call, double your voice and click here to tell Time Warner Cable you want Universal Sports.
     
  4. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    who the hell gets it?

    I used to when it was a sub channel on the local NBC affiliate. But it wasn't in HD. And I really never watched it anyway.
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Sounds to me like NBCU is trying to use the platform of the Olympics to create demand for a new channel they've just launched (or just separated off from being an OTA subchannel feed). Again, I see no problem with this. They won't have a better platform for launching a channel like this for another two (or four) years.
     
  6. MauriAnne

    MauriAnne Mostly lurking

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    It's available on DirecTV, but I don't have it. I initially thought I was going to need it for the Olympics, but didn't turn out that way.

    It was also on free preview for the Olympic trials for gymnastics and swimming. I thought that was an odd channel to broadcast the trials on, but I was glad I could see them.
     
  7. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

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    They also have no HD on that channel you seem to think they are making good business decisions on. To me it seems like they don't have a clear plan. Few carriers and no HD available. Pull the channel from decent distribution with no assurance anyone will ever see it and make devalue it by offering it only in SD. A sports channel without HD in 2012! But advertise it on the Olympics. Good planning.
     
  8. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I used to get it when it was a sub-channel on the local NBC station, and I think it was also on Comcast. NBC pulled it, and now as far as I know, it's only available on DirecTV. Maybe Dish has it, too. I don't know. But it's pretty much the only place to see cycling these days, not counting the Tour de France.

    So thanks a lot, NBC, for taking it away from me and then taunting me that I could watch all this cycling if only I still had it.
     
  9. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Why look, I'm getting a banner ad here on TCF to watch the Olympics courtesy of YouTube. With only three days left to go. Way to go, NBC ad people.
     
  10. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    The reason to keep both is obvious -- to show more stuff. Just like we have ESPN and ESPN2 and the other ESPNs. The problem with renaming it to NBCSN2 is that we've already got Comcast SportsNet here as a local channel, so how many [something] SportsNets do you need?

    Wikipedia's article says the channel was founded in 2006 and NBC came on board in 2008, re-branding the channel as Universal Sports and adding the logo with the peacock.

    So there you go.
     
  11. mattack

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    What does this have to do with the Olympics? This is true for TV in general.. (and VCRs before Tivo for that..)


    BTW, I mentioned this in another thread, but people always complain about the heartwarming stories, etc., but it seems to me they did far fewer of them this time. (I mostly watch the prime time NBC coverage.) I don't like all of them, don't watch all of them (analogous to commercials, above), but definitely don't hate them like some people do.
     
  12. cmontyburns

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    They seem to be shorter, too. I think it has been a pretty good balance this year. Of course, they made up for this by having Ryan Seacrest interrupt the proceedings every night for "social media updates", and oh, that wacky Mary Carillo!
     
  13. jsmeeker

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    I like the "human interest" stories when they are not about athletes that gets tons and tons and tons of hype every day.
     
  14. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    And here we go again, leading off with a documetary about the Dream Team. I feel for the people who are only watching Primetime OTA. Imagine what it would be like to wait all day to see the Olympics and then you get home from work and turn on the Primetime show and what do you get? A documentary about some other Olympics which is already over.

    This is a fine documentary, and would be way cool as a special in the lead-up TO the Olympics, to get people jazzed about watching the Olympics. It has no business at the top of the show, delaying the stuff that happened today for people who are waiting to watch it.

    Yes, I'm complaining again, but JFC, NBC. I don't care whether it's a feature or an event.

    Can you just show me 2012? Please? 2012?
     
  15. duncan7

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    Out of curiosity, who's to blame for the horrible video quality on the Olympic broadcasts? My HD degrades badly into a mosaic of lossy artifacts whenever there's fast action on the screen, like whenever the camera zooms in in a sprinter or a gymnast. It'll happen around the edges of a graphic wipe on the screen, too. This is both on my local NBC affiliate and on the "deep cable" channels during the day, and noticeable on both my LCD and Plasma.

    Is the TiVo Premiere not up to the codec challenge? (Seems unlikely, as I don't notice it during football or baseball games on other channels.)

    Is it Charter, my cableco, jacking up their compression? Or is it NBC?
     
  16. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    yeah... I hear yeah...


    I loved me the Dream Team.. But that was 20 years ago.. I saw it all then for realz


    (damn... i am getting old)
     
  17. tiams

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    I just FFed through the Dream Team piece; no problem.

    Really, all this complaining about NBC's coverage is rooted in an annoying sense of entitlement and ignorance of for-profit enterprises. Olympics on TV as it occurs is not a god given right, so get over it.
     
  18. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    You don't think it's ridiculous for NBC to advertise that they're going to show us the Olympics that took place in 2012, and then blow off a half-hour talking about Barcelona instead?

    It's false advertising. If I had paid for ad rights and my ad was placed in that half hour, I would be mad as hell.
     
  19. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    No, that is not false advertising.
     
  20. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    Dumping Tarmoh from the relay was the smart thing to do. New World Record! :)
     

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