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NBC Olympics coverage may be improving

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Marco, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Dec 19, 2013 #1 of 391
    Marco

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    More hours of coverage (TV and online) than ever, as expected. However, I see a substantial amount of live sport mentioned in there as well. Sounds like a number of things will be shown live, on say NBCSN, and also shown "packaged" on NBC that evening.
     
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    jsmeeker

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    what's the time difference between the East Coast and Sochi?
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    Yeah we've heard that before.....

    But the stuff most people will actually want to watch, like the figure skating will be stretched out in that prime time slot, and the one or two American figure skaters that we will be rooting for won't be on until 11:30pm, even though it happened earlier in the day with no option to watch it live.
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    Looks like 9 hours?
     
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    Rainy Dave

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    Are they dropping Bob Costas? That would improve the coverage greatly for me.
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    Yeah if they got rid of Costas, Mary Carillo doing some quirky piece on the locals, and Chris Collinsworth acting all amazed at some athlete he interviewed while they were training, they would actually be able to show sports.
     
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    I wont even watch it if Costas is on.
     
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    jsmeeker

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    That's gonna make it hard to have live events during prime time.
     
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    GoPackGo

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    What's with the Costas hate?
     
  10. Dec 19, 2013 #10 of 391
    Marco

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    Hey, cut it out. Your user title isn't Captain Obvious. You don't think they will hold events between 5 am and 8 am local time?
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    No it will be too cold for Putin to walk around shirtless at that time.
     
  12. Dec 19, 2013 #12 of 391
    That Don Guy

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    From the press release:
    Didn't they do this for London as well?

    It also says that every performance in figure skating will air on NBC Sports Network, although it doesn't say how much of it will be live. Note that there is a new "team" event in figure skating this year. (The short version: 10 countries have a men's skater, a ladies' skater, a pairs couple, and a dance couple perform their short programs; each one is ranked from first (10 points) to tenth (1 point), and the top 5 countries in team points advance to perform long programs to decide the medals.)
     
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    jsmeeker

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    They did. And, IIRC, a lot for Beijing too.
     
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    LoadStar

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    Well, it helps that NBC literally doesn't have to do anything to make the online streaming happen. Olympic Broadcasting provides the pool video, including the graphics and everything; all NBC has to do is just relay the video to their internet audience.
     
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    murgatroyd

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    Because Bob is horrible when he's not talking about baseball.

    Although to be fair, I can't think of anyone I would like to see as a studio host, instead of actually being able to watch a sports event instead.

    I don't tune in to see people sit around in the studio and talk about the last Olympiad. I tune in to watch the current Olympics.

    This simple fact seems to escape the grasp of most of the producers who work on the Olympics.
     
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    lambertman

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    As always, if what they were doing didn't get huge ratings, they would change it.
     
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    Rainy Dave

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    This!
     
  18. Dec 19, 2013 #18 of 391
    murgatroyd

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    You know, people say this, but we don't really have a choice.

    It's not like we have a legitimate means of choosing one network's broadcast over another.

    It would be interesting to see real head-to-head competition, e.g. if Americans could buy TV licenses for the BBC and then watch it via iPlayer, or if our cable or satellite packages regularly included the Canadian coverage of the Olympics as well as the US Networks.

    Maybe if we had prime time coverage that actually showed some sports vs. what NBC usually does, and fans of the same sports could pick which broadcast team we wanted, then the ratings would actually mean something besides how many Nielsen families had the Olympics on in the background for noise while they were doing something else.
     
  19. Dec 19, 2013 #19 of 391
    mattack

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    Hmm, I think I had 4 tuners during the last Olympics (and I don't think I was able to record everything I wanted).. I wonder how many tuners will be in use this time.

    Note, I often recorded shows that claimed to be sports I had no interest in.. and the vast vast vast vast majority of the time, they were right. I think once in a while something else was covered, and/or there were small bits in the hours of other coverage.
     
  20. Dec 20, 2013 #20 of 391
    Bardman

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    This x1000

    I would also like to watch the events ( including the opening and closing ceremonies) without the constant blather of whoever is covering it.
     

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