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NBC Olympics coverage may be improving

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

  1. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    It's more noticeable this year because they have more total overall coverage (number of hours) than the last two olympics COMBINED. Combine that with limited number of events, you pretty much have to repeat it if you want to present a lot of Americans. They are even re-running hockey games during the day.

    For the cross country skiing, I actually saw some sprint events today. They were cool. They didn't take long. Really, I think the times were just a few minutes.
     
  2. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

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    The majority of the channel's income comes from commercials. They're not going to just stop showing them. That would be financial suicide.
     
  3. laria

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    Yes, that pink coat outfit yesterday was awesome. :)

    I have no idea what Tara was wearing or had in her hair though. :eek:
     
  4. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I continue to be impressed by Johnny's commentary. His technical commentary is clear and precise (and since he has skated pairs, he has the insight that singles-only skaters lack). Since he's an artistic skater, he can speak intelligently on music choices and how the music helps or hinders the skater. And he can do fashion commentary!

    Quick, someone send him to learn how to ice dance. Then we'll have the complete package. ;)

    P.S. Thanks for the links, Jeff. It's nice to see the head-to-toe looks.
     
  5. Bigg

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    Don't a lot of cable channels make most of their money from subscriber fees? It's just aggravating the way they are doing it. It makes it so much harder to watch.
     
  6. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

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    No.
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    ESPN has by far and away the highest suscriber fees of any cable channel, close to $6 per subscriber per month. And they make about 60% of their total revenue from subscriber fees. But there are only a small handful of channels that even get over $1/sub/month, and most are less than $0.50. So the vast majority of cable channels still make most of their revenue from ad sales.

    According to this site, USA Network gets about $0.71/sub/month, so assuming they have about the same pentration as ESPN (100 million subscribers), that means their annual subscriber revenue is about $850 million. I suspect that their ad revenue is much higher than that.
     
  8. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    FWIW, I had on Men's Hockey this morning. No commercials (on NBCSN) during the action. Only in between periods.
     
  9. mike_k

    mike_k Registered User TCF Club

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    They make up for it during Prime Time with 5-6 minutes of coverage between commercial breaks.
     
  10. morac

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    And streaming breaks randomly. Last time I watched it broke during scoring so I had I no idea who won the match I had just watched.
     
  11. aindik

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    The web archive of the Men's hockey game from yesterday had NBC announcers when I watched it last night. The web archive of the Men's hockey game from 3 a.m. today had no announcers when I watched a bit of it this morning at 8 a.m.

    So, I can't figure out when the web will have NBC's coverage of an event and when it won't.
     
  12. Bigg

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    That's almost triple the typical $.25.

    ESPN is beyond out of control, although they do a very nice job presenting games and have the best sound in the industry, but they are the biggest example of why cable and satellite prices are so out of control. Too bad the cable and satellite providers can't form a cartel and beat these out of control cable channels into submission and get the carriage fees way down. Imagine if DirecTV and Comcast Charlie Ergen'ed a channel at the same time... quick results!
     
  13. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    What makes $0.25 "typical?" A channel will charge as much as it can. Since USA is one of the most popular cable entertainment channels, it can charge more than the average.
     
  14. Bigg

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    Most cable channels get around $.25 last time I checked. Since when is USA popular? They run a bunch of junk re-runs, have a couple of shows of their own, and most people watch USA once every 2 years when NBC uses it for Olympics offloading from the main network feed.
     
  15. aindik

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    They get 5 or 6 million people watching WWE every Monday night. Though, those rights are up soon.
     
  16. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    USA has been one of the most popular entertainment cable channels for many years. Take away sports and news, and USA is one of the top 5 cable channels.

    Every non-news cable channel runs a lot of reruns. None of them have the budget, viewership, or reason to program 24 hours a day of new content. But the most popular channels have the budget to license the most popular reruns, and so when you pair those reruns with high-quality original programming, you end up with a great channel like USA.

    For example: Here's an article from 2010 ranking the most valuable cable channels. USA Network ranked 7th on that list, and when you remove ESPN, Fox News, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel, which all have niche targets, it's in 3rd place behind only TBS and TNT for general entertainment networks.
     
  17. Turtleboy

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  18. Bigg

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    Weird. What's even on it? I've never heard of any show to watch on it other than Olympics. Just old movies and TV re-runs.
     
  19. CraigK

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    Original series I've watched on USA...

    Monk
    Burn Notice
    Psych
    Suits
    White Collar
    Graceland
    The 4400
     

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