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NBC Olympics coverage may be improving

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

  1. Feb 8, 2014 #181 of 391
    murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Join the club. If she's not talking about tennis, then I don't need to hear her.
     
  2. Feb 8, 2014 #182 of 391
    jsmeeker

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    I noticed and made a comment over in the main happy hour forum about this.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2014 #183 of 391
    Davelnlr_

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    Why is NBC touting we can watch live streaming on any device, anywhere...when they are using FLASH? I just tried watching a stream using every device, smart tv, and add on box in my collection, and NONE of them will work. I ended up plugging my laptop into the TV via HDMI. Why would they not use something compatible with more platforms?
     
  4. Feb 9, 2014 #184 of 391
    morac

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    Another "interesting" thing is that you need to have Xfinity (Comcast) cable to get access to all the streaming. Comcast owns NBC. I see no conflict of interest there. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Feb 9, 2014 #185 of 391
    Jeeters

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    By device they mean devices with web browsers such as Macs/PCs and tablets/smartphones. They specifically do not support box devices such as Roku or Apple TV.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2014 #186 of 391
    Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    :confused: I have Armstrong Cable and am able to stream just fine. First time on the site I had to go through a shortverification process where I had to pick my cable company from a list of about two dozen then enter my Armstrong account name/passwd.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2014 #187 of 391
    morac

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    Maybe it's just the mobile app. The only cable provider option I was given was Xfinity, though that's what I have.
     
  8. Lori

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    This is the one thing that makes me a little crazy. I wish they would replace all the "human interest" stories with 60-90-second overviews of what we're about to watch, how it's scored, and what to be watching out for.

    We couldn't figure out how they were arriving at the scores for the skijump yesterday...we ended up going online. Is it too much to ask for them to say "the final scores are based on three different scores: you can get up to 20 execution points from each of three judges, for a total of 60 points. You also get 60 points if your jump goes at least 95 meters, plus two points per meter if it goes longer than that. Finally, there are adjustments for wind and starting position at the top. You're looking at scores in the 140s for the winners."

    That way, when the first person up only scores 110, I know it wasn't a good jump. :)
     
  9. morac

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    When I was watching live, they did explain all of that. The prime time commentary is dumbed down for the masses expecting the normally gibberish commentary from prime time sports.
     
  10. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I wonder how much the love broadcasts are effecting ratings? I watched most of the figure skating live during the day and once it came on prime time, I watched some DVR stuff of some sitcoms I had saved up. I repeated this both early and later in the NBC broadcast. I would imagine lots of people were doing the same. Last night especially with lots of other choices to watch, it had to be bad for NBC (or maybe not). As I'm not a big figure skating fan anyway, there was NO way I was going to watch it twice.

    I think most of the features are fine and not overly long, but there was one feature that completely annoyed me because it was REALLY unnecessary and pointless. I can't remember who the athlete was, but they had a segment where they showed her transitioning to becoming a "housewife". They showed how she loved to clean and how she decided she needed to learn this because she'll have to do it eventually anyway. Then they showed her in the kitchen showing (I think it was Mary Carillo) how she cooked something. Really? Do I need to know this. I felt like I was reading her Facebook commentary. Show me how she trains, or what is special about her. NBC, you can do better.
     
  11. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Which is butt-backwards. The "die hards" are probably watching the live broadcasts and the casual viewer, who is who you need to explain things to, is watching primetime.

    There are two things you can count of for the Olympics. People winning gold, silver and bronze, and people complaining about NBC's broadcast (and before them ABC, or CBS). You could show wall to wall LIVE broadcasts of JUST the events, and people will complain there are no special features about the athletes so they are just nameless faces to us. You can show EVERY event, and someone will complain that the CBC (or BBC, or French TV or Mongolian TV) was better. :)
     
  12. That Don Guy

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    Except for figure skating, the primetime and live commentaries are the same. I assume the problem is, the explanation came during part of the live coverage that didn't make it to prime time - after all, they have to squeeze a number of events, including alpine skiing, into that 4-hour-or-so slot.

    And at least they explained how the scoring worked. In snowboarding, they just put up a single number, and don't bother explaining how the judges got there. Then again, the official rules for Olympic snowboard slopestyle don't explain how to do it, either:

    "All judges will score the run by evaluating the run from start to finish with an overall precision. The judges evaluate the precise nature of the run in relation to maneuvers attempted, both individually and as a sequence. The overall composition of the run is very important as the judges evaluate the sequences of tricks, the amount of risk in the routine, and how the rider uses the course. The judges take falls, mistakes and stops into consideration and can deduct up to 20% of the points of the run/judge for each fall/stop."

    As expected, at least one snowboarder has complained that one of the problems is, the event is run by FIS (the international skiing federation) rather than by an organization of snowboarders (in fact, when snowboarding was first added to the Olympics, some of the top names threatened to boycott because of this).
     
  13. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I can't blame them. One of the reasons figure skating is so screwed up now is that they are stuck in an organization that is run by speedskaters.
     
  14. aindik

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    There's a tiny "tap here to see the full list" button under the giant Xfinit banner. :)
     
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    So, is NBC just re hosting some internationally produced videos? The events either have different announcers than were on TV or no announcers. I was hoping to use their site to binge on hockey games on my birthday next Sunday, rather than DVR them (space is at a premium) but I tried the women's hockey web feed last night and there are no announcers. I know earlier in the day the game was on NBCSN and Kenny Albert was calling it.

    Also, the full screen video has a giant banner ad at the top, forcing them to shrink the image and possibly also screw up the aspect ratio (I couldn't tell). Their interstitial commercials aren't enough, they can't give us full screen video? And what's the funniest part, they didn't actually sell the banner. It just says watch the Olympics on NBC tonight. No actual paying sponsor.
     
  16. That Don Guy

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    Yes, for the most part. This was also how it was done in London. Occasionally, there would be an NBC commentator, but for the most part, either there is no commentary (this is what is fed to the broadcasters (including NBC), so they can dub their own commentators over it) or commentary is provided by the host nation.

    Sometimes, this backfires. At London, in the women's team sprint cycling final, if you watched the online stream, you saw China win the event, but they kept the feed on (I think they were waiting for the next event), and about five minutes later, they show the results again, and this time Germany is placed first and China second; they then show a replay where the viewers are supposed to guess that the Chinese team had done something illegal.
     
  17. aindik

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    I expect that for events they didn't broadcast. But for events they did, they can't host their own video instead? If not, why not?
     
  18. WO312

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    I think these might actually get pretty good ratings. :eek: :D
     
  19. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    The banner ad on the streaming is hugely annoying. I watched figure skating on Thursday because the early stuff wasn't aired live, and I ended up taping a piece of paper over the top of my monitor to mask the banner ad.

    I understand the annoyance at not having the commentary if you actually like the NBC broadcasters and commentary, but in some cases the naked pool feed with only the audio from the venue = blessed relief. ;)
     
  20. lambertman

    lambertman To see you, Nice

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    Where can I find this feed of the naked pool? Asking for a friend. And myself.
     

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