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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 20, 2013 #21 of 391

    JoBeth66 Temp

    Feb 15, 2002
    I don't want to hear about the "human interest" stories, the hardships they had to overcome, the fact that someone's mom is in the hospital, the school mates cheering them on through an injury or illness, the family members sitting in the stands, the fact that it's their birthday, etc. Couldn't possibly care less. I just want to watch them compete.
  2. Dec 20, 2013 #22 of 391

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Except your reality is probably different than most casual Olympic fans. I doubt ratings would take a huge hit, and in fact probably no hit at all. The die hards will find a way to watch it how ever they want. The bulk of people watching though will watch NBC. They mostly like the puff pieces (I don't mind them when they are well done), Costas, is an engaging guy that people know. he may not be an expert in any of these sports, but he's certainly seasoned as a studio host. And I think for most fans, watching the Olympics from a USA point of view is going to get the most ratings. Sorry, it's just the way it is. People tend to root for teams and people they have some vested interest in. For most, it will be because they are American. BBC, CBC coverage is less biased? Probably because they just don't have as many competitive athletes in the competitions.
  3. Dec 20, 2013 #23 of 391

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    This is the first time for Winter Olympic coverage.
  4. Dec 20, 2013 #24 of 391

    Bob_Newhart My Custom User Title

    Jul 14, 2004
    Where are they this year?
  5. Dec 20, 2013 #25 of 391

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Sochi, Russia.
  6. Dec 20, 2013 #26 of 391

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    I kinda like Mary Carillo's quirky pieces. :eek:
  7. Dec 20, 2013 #27 of 391

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I think because of all the turmoil surrounding Putin and the "new cold war" politics, you're going to see a lot of "news" stories this time around. I bet Brian Williams does some interesting pieces on the subject.

    I hope there's a network dedicated to the hockey tourney. I will be watching a lot of that. Olympic hockey is great.
  8. Dec 20, 2013 #28 of 391

    TomK Active Member

    May 22, 2001
    x 1000

    I don't want to watch any human interest stories about (mostly U.S.) athletes. Just show as many events as possible.
  9. Dec 20, 2013 #29 of 391

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    The original up close and personal pieces done by abc way back in the 60s were good and interesting because they were things like glimpses into the daily life of a Swiss villager which we don't know. But they have exploded into overwrought stories about everybody's struggles when they often aren't more than any one else's.

    If the story is short and really different or interesting, I like it. But to hear about the skater who had to get up at 5 am to walk three miles to get a bus then do her homework late at night. Nah.
  10. Dec 20, 2013 #30 of 391

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    That's the point. NBC pays BILLIONS of dollars to be the exclusive Olympics broadcaster for the US. Then they have to figure out how to get the most viewers and highest possible ratings so they can sell enough advertising to make back those BILLIONS of dollars. Do you really think that if they just had coverage of the competitions without all the extra fluff that the ratings would increase? Do you really think they haven't researched this extensively?

    Of course those of us who are passionate sports fans want to see the competition and don't care about the human interest stories. But we don't pay the bills. NBC needs to appeal to a much broader demographic and be able to bring in families, women who don't know or care anything about sports, men who generally don't care about sports, men who like football and basketball but know nothing about figure skating and snowboarding, etc. They have to try and make their coverage appeal to everyone. And in order to do that, they have to make it less appealing for the die hards. That's just an economic fact. If they produced the type of coverage that you (and I) want, they'd lose money. And they are in this to make a profit.
  11. Dec 20, 2013 #31 of 391

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Exactly. Also, consider that the vast majority of the sports in either Olympics are sports I don't watch otherwise. I know who Lindsey Vonn is because she was in the last Olympics and she's been on TV, but I couldn't tell you about any of the other skiers. It's not a bad thing to learn a little bit about some of the other athletes so when you watch the competition you get some sense of who they are. I agree, some of these pieces are too long and some are worthless, but there are some VERY good ones.

    I do think, for those who JUST want to watch the competitions, you'll have ample opportunities, either via the other NBC channels or the internet. You just won't get that on NBC.
  12. Dec 20, 2013 #32 of 391

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    Couldn't agree more. These are sports that the vast majority of us (myself included) almost never watch outside of the Olympics. I need to hear something about the competitors so that I'm actually interested in the results. I'm a huge sports fan and watch a ton of it, but I'm not watching the downhill skiing races if I don't know anything about the skiers. The competition itself just isn't that compelling. There's a reason we don't watch this stuff the other 4 years.

    I hate the stupid Mary Carillo pieces and find a lot of the "human interest" stuff to be lame and boring but we at least need some of it. I just record all the Olympics stuff and sift through it all at night with a healthy amount of fast forwarding.

    I don't watch any of this stuff live anyway so I don't mind if NBC doesn't show it to us live. I do find it ironic that people on a Tivo forum frequently complain about NBC showing stuff on a tape delay. I just avoid Twitter completely during the Olympics and mostly avoid the internet. I'm actually much more productive at work during the Olympics :)
  13. Dec 20, 2013 #33 of 391

    Flop Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Oh God, please show figure skating at 4am and not prime time. I can't stand it, and don't consider it a sport. A big wish is that someday it gets dropped from the Olympics altogether and I never have to hear about it again.

    But I know a lot of people watch it. I just don't understand those people :p
  14. Dec 20, 2013 #34 of 391

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Figure skating is probably the highest rated Winter Olympic sport on TV. So, you won't get your wish. I watch to see them fall on their butts. It's funny sometimes :)
  15. Dec 20, 2013 #35 of 391

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    I watch for the fabulous costumes!! ;)

    I need a small amount of human interest. I don't watch these sports but once every 4 years. I don't know who most of these athletes are. I want to know a little bit about them. I get my fill of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Let me "meet" someone new.

    As far as commentary, I suspect we'll get a lot of comments on who is gay. It's gonna be a major running theme for the coverage of these games.
  16. Dec 20, 2013 #36 of 391

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

    Sep 23, 2003
    Nashua, NH
    Sounds like an opportunity to make some PPV Money - "Olympic Dorm Sex Coverage"
  17. Dec 20, 2013 #37 of 391

    MonsterJoe ♪♫♪♪♫♪♫♫♪

    Feb 19, 2003
    Central MA
    I like to learn about people.

    Hockey will be on at breakfast time. I can do that. Ya!
  18. Dec 20, 2013 #38 of 391

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    This particular story makes me think of a great comeback I heard on a favorite sitcom. "Who doesn't?"

    See, I disagree with this. I think if people were more creative, they could make it more appealing to both groups at once. I think the TV people are too eager to make themselves part of the spectacle. There is too much emphasis on getting themselves on air at the expense of the athletes. It's the difference between listening to Vin Scully broadcast a ballgame, and sitting in front of some guy at the movies who has already seen the film, who is intent on telling you what's about to happen next and how he felt about it and how you should, too. The amount of stuff they cram at you is so intrusive, you can't experience the event as it's happening now, and when NBC cuts away from something they could show us in favor of someone else on camera telling us about it -- or worse, telling us about what happened four years ago -- it distances the viewer from the event. This is basic storytelling stuff, which any writer or filmmaker knows.


    Well, there's an argument for teaching physics in high school. ;)
  19. Dec 22, 2013 #39 of 391

    Gregor save the princess save the world

    Feb 18, 2002
    It would be hard for the coverage to get any worse.

    The time difference is bad enough so folks can't watch much live and NBC has spent too much $ to avoid pimping the good events in primetime.
  20. Dec 22, 2013 #40 of 391
    That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

    Mar 13, 2003
    Benicia, CA
    Apparently, NBCSN will show every figure skating routine live, except for the men's and pairs performances in the qualifying round of the team event, as they take place the day before the opening ceremonies (and NBCSN's coverage begins the day after the opening), and presumably the post-competition exhibition as well.

    According to the schedule, each night's competition starts no earlier than 10 AM Eastern time (except for the first Saturday, where it starts at 9:30) and ends no later than 2:30 PM Eastern.

    At least figure skating has gotten to the point where they can figure out what place somebody is in when the scores appear (up through 1980, the only way to know for sure who was ahead was to know all of the scores of all of the judges, including the compulsory figures), and once a skater is ahead of another skater, that won't change because of a third skater.

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