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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 6, 2014 #161 of 391
    Quaker2001

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    "The Games" includes everything that's going on in Russia. They can't entirely ignore all the side stories going on there. I'm with you that I hope they strike the right balance between covering the competition and dealing with all the politics, but they wouldn't be doing their jobs there if they didn't at least acknowledge all that other nonsense.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2014 #162 of 391
    murgatroyd

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    Au contraire. The 'short program' (aka technical progam) is a johnny-come lately; it was introduced in 1964 for pairs, and in 1973 for singles. The 'long program' is the new name for the free skating part of the competition.

    Before the introduction of the technical program, competitions for singles skaters consisted of compulsory figures and free skating, and free skating for pairs.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2014 #163 of 391
    murgatroyd

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    For ice dancing, it goes like this:

    Ice dancing came into being in 1952, and did not join the Olympics until 1976. Ice dancers used to skate two compulsory dances (where, apart from an introduction and a few steps at the end, all of the skaters performed exactly the same steps, to one of four different selections of music), an Original Set Pattern (OSP), and a free dance.



    The OSP was an original dance created by each couple, in which they had to perform a sequence of steps three times. Theoretically the best OSPs could be added to the list of compulsory dances.



    In 1995 the OSP morphed into the Original Dance (OD) and dropped the requirement that the dancers had to repeat the steps.



    Eventually the compulsory dances were dropped from two to one and in the 2010-11 season, the compulsory and the OD were combined to make what we have now, the Short Dance. The short dance has a required pattern from one of the old compulsory dances and half choreography made up by the couple themselves. For all of these forms -- OSP, OD, or SD -- the dance rhythm is dictated by the rules each year.



    The free dance, like the free skate in pairs and singles, is done to music of the couples' own choosing.

    This is a simplified explanation. Like all of the singles and pairs programs the dancers (now) have technical requirements the programs have to meet; it's all spelled out in the rulebook each year.

    You can only get away with skating around in circles and waving your arms frantically if you are Russian. :p
     
  4. Feb 7, 2014 #164 of 391
    Steveknj

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    Wouldn't that be like showing the Super Bowl without discussing Sherman's tirade after the NFC Championship. I think it's fine to have this discussion, especially when it's the first night which only has a few events and they can use it to set the stage as to what's going on.

    To me the Olympics is not just about the sports, but about the culture of the Olympics, of the host city. Each Olympics have their own story to tell. Part of the story is that it's Putin's Olympics and how it's effecting everything about it.

    I didn't see much of the first night but flipped it on when they were talking about this with Vladimir Pozner who was a former Soviet Era TV reporter who used to be on American TV to discuss the USSR. Was this what they were talking about? (Pozner always creeped me out during the Cold War as his English is flawless. I always swore he was a spy.
     
  5. Feb 7, 2014 #165 of 391
    TonyD79

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    Of course he was a spy. All soviets were spies back then.

    Unless you meant one of ours. Then, no, we'd have the guy speak like Boris Badenov.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2014 #166 of 391
    That Don Guy

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    Here's the TV schedule for the next three days. Note that NBCSN's programming "blocks" don't necessarily correspond to events.

    All times are Eastern, and are AM unless otherwise noted

    Events not on NBC are live unless otherwise noted

    [D] indicates this will also be on NBC's daytime afternoon broadcast
    [P] indicates this will also be on NBC's primetime broadcast
    [L] indicates this will also be on NBC's late night broadcast

    Saturday 2/8
    12:30 - Snowboarding - M Slopestyle Final (NBC prime)
    3:00 - Hockey - W USA-Finland (NBCSN)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - W Skiathlon 15K (NBCSN [D])
    6:30 - Speed Skating - M 5000 (NBCSN [D])
    8:00 - Hockey - W Canada-Switzerland (MSNBC)
    9:00 - Skiing - W Moguls Final (NBC prime)
    9:30 - Biathlon - M Sprint 10K (NBC day)
    9:30 - Figure Skating - Team Dance & W Short, Pairs Free (NBCSN [P,L])
    9:30 - Luge - M Singles Runs 1 & 2 (NBC late)
    11:30 - Ski Jumping - M Normal Hill Qualifying (NBC day)

    Sunday 2/9
    1:30 - Snowboarding - W Slopestyle Final (NBC prime)
    2:00 - Skiing - M Downhill (NBC prime)
    3:00 - Hockey - W Sweden-Japan (NBCSN)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - M Skiathlon 30K (NBCSN 5:30 [D])
    6:30 - Speed Skating - W 3000 (NBCSN [D])
    8:00 - Hockey - W Russia-Germany (MSNBC)
    9:30 - Biathlon - W 7.5K Sprint (NBC day)
    9:30 - Luge - Men's Singles Final Runs (NBCSN [L])
    10:00 - Figure Skating - Team Men, Ladies, Dance Free (NBCSN [D,P])
    12:30 PM - Ski Jumping - M Normal Hill Final (NBCSN [P])

    Monday 2/10
    Midnight - Curling - M rounds 1 & 2, W round 1 (Canada-Germany on NBCSN at 3:00)
    2:00 - Skiing - Women's Super Combined (NBC prime)
    4:45 - Short Track - M 1500; W 500 heats; W Relay SF (NBC prime (M 1500); NBC late (W 500 & Relay))
    5:00 - Curling - W round 1 (USA-Switzerland on USA)
    5:00 - Hockey - W USA-SUI (NBCSN)
    8:00 - Speed Skating - M 500 (NBCSN [D])
    9:00 - Skiing - M Moguls (NBC prime)
    9:45 - Luge - W Singles Runs 1 & 2 (NBCSN 0815 [L])
    10:00 - Curling - M round 2 (USA-Norway on CNBC 5:00 PM)
    10:00 - Biathlon - M 12.5K Pursuit (NBC Day)
    10:00 - Hockey - W Canada-Finland (NBCSN)

    Tuesday 2/11
    Midnight - Curling - W round 2 (USA-Russia on NBCSN at 3:00)
    1:00 - Skiing - W Slopestyle Final (NBC Day & Prime)
    5:00 - Hockey - W Germany-Sweden (* not on TV)
    5:00 - Curling - M round 3 (USA-China on USA)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - W & M Sprint (NBCSN [D])
    5:00 - Snowboarding - M Halfpipe (NBC Prime)
    7:45 - Speed Skating - W 500 (NBCSN 1:30 PM [L])
    9:30 - Luge - W Singles Final Runs (NBC Day)
    10:00 - Hockey - W Russia-Japan (MSNBC)
    10:00 - Curling - W round 3 (USA-Great Britain CNBC 5:00 PM)
    10:00 - Biathlon - W 10K Pursuit {NBC Late)
    10:00 - Figure Skating - Pairs Short (NBCSN [P])
    12:30 PM - Ski Jumping - W Normal Hill (NBCSN 1:30 PM [P])

    Wednesday 2/12
    Midnight - Curling - M round 4 (USA-Denmark on NBCSN at 3:00)
    2:00 - Skiing - W Downhill (NBC Prime)
    3:00 - Hockey - W Switzerland-Finland (MSNBC)
    4:30 - Nordic Combined - Individual Normal Hill (NBCSN [D])
    5:00 - Curling - W round 4 (USA-China on USA)
    5:00 - Snowboarding - W Halfpipe (NBC Prime)
    7:30 - Hockey - W USA-Canada (NBCSN)
    9:00 - Speed Skating - M 1000 (NBC Prime)
    9:15 - Luge - M Doubles Runs 1 & 2 (NBCSN [L])
    10:00 - Curling - M round 5 (Great Britain-Switzerland on CNBC)
    10:45 - Figure Skating - Pairs Free (NBCSN [P])
    Noon - Hockey - M Czech Republic-Sweden, Latvia-Switzerland (USA / MSNBC)

    Thursday 2/13
    Midnight - Curling - W round 5 (* no games in this round are on TV)
    1:15 - Skiing - M Slopestyle (NBC prime)
    2:30 - Skeleton - W Runs 1 & 2 (NBCSN [P])
    3:00 - Hockey - M Finland-Austria, W Japan-Germany (NBCSN / * Japan-Germany not on TV)
    5:00 - Curling - M round 6 (USA-Great Britain on USA; Canada-Denmark on MSNBC at 1000)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - W 10K Classical (NBCSN)
    5:00 - Short Track - W 500; M 1000 heats; M Relay SF (NBC late (may not include M 1000))
    7:30 - Hockey - M Russia-Slovenia, USA-Slovakia (MSNBC / NBCSN)
    9:00 - Biathlon - M 20K (NBC Day)
    9:00 - Speed Skating - W 1000 (NBC prime)
    9:00 - Figure Skating - M Short (NBCSN [P])
    10:00 - Hockey - M Canada-Norway, W Sweden-Russia (USA / MSNBC)
    10:00 - Curling - W round 6 (USA-Japan on CNBC at 5:00 PM)
    11:15 - Luge - Team Relay (NBC Day)

    Friday 2/14
    Midnight - Curling - M round 7 (USA-Germany on NBCSN at 3:00)
    2:00 - Skiing - M Super Combined (NBC Prime)
    3:00 - Hockey - M Czech Republic-Latvia (MSNBC)
    5:00 - Curling - W round 7 (USA-Denmark on USA)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - M 15K Classical (NBCSN)
    7:30 - Skeleton - Men's Runs 1 & 2; Women's Final Runs (Women on NBC Prime; Men on NBC Late)
    7:30 - Hockey - M Sweden-Switzerland (NBCSN)
    8:45 - Skiing - W Aerials (NBC Day & Prime)
    9:00 - Biathlon - W 15K (NBC Day)
    5:00 - Curling - M round 8 (USA-Russia on CNBC at 5:00 PM)
    10:00 - Figure Skating - M Free (NBCSN [P])
    Noon - Hockey - M Canada-Austria, Norway-Finland (USA / MSNBC)
    12:30 PM - Ski Jumping - M Large Hill Qualifying (NBCSN [L])

    Saturday 2/15
    Midnight - Curling - W round 8 (Canada-Japan on MSNBC at 5:30)
    2:00 - Skiing - W Super-G (NBC Prime)
    3:00 - Hockey - M Slovakia-Slovenia, W Quarter-Final (M on NBCSN / W on MSNBC)
    5:00 - Curling - M round 9 (* no games in this round are on TV)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - W 4x5K Relay (NBCSN [D])
    5:00 - Short Track - W 1500; M 1000 (W 1500 on NBC Day; M 1000 on NBC Prime)
    7:00 - Hockey - M USA-Russia, W Quarter-Final (M on NBCSN / W on MSNBC)
    8:30 - Speed Skating - M 1500 (NBC Prime)
    9:45 - Skeleton - M Final Runs (NBCSN [D])
    10:00 - Curling - W round 9 (USA-Sweden on CNBC at 5:00 PM [L])
    Noon - Hockey - M Sweden-Latvia, Switzerland-Czech Republic (USA / NBCSN)
    12:30 PM - Ski Jumping - M Large Hill (NBC Prime)

    Sunday 2/16
    Midnight - Curling - M round 10 (USA-Canada on NBCSN at 3:00)
    2:00 - Skiing - M Super-G (NBC Prime)
    2:00 - Snowboading - W Snowboard Cross (NBC Day & Prime)
    3:00 - Hockey - M Austria-Norway, W Consolation (M on USA)
    5:00 - Curling - W round 10 (USA-Canada on MSNBC)
    5:00 - Cross-Country - M 4x10K Relay (NBCSN [D])
    7:30 - Hockey - M USA-Slovenia, Russia-Slovakia (NBCSN / USA)
    9:00 - Speed Skating - W 1500 (NBC Prime)
    10:00 - Curling - M round 11 (USA-SWE on CNBC at 4:00 PM)
    10:00 - Biathlon - M 15K Mass Start (NBCSN at 2:00 PM [L])
    10:00 - Figure Skating - Dance Short (NBCSN [P])
    11:15 - Bobsled - 2-Man Runs 1 & 2 (NBC Prime)
    Noon - Hockey - M Finland-Canada, W Consolation (M on USA)
     
  7. Feb 7, 2014 #167 of 391
    DUDE_NJX

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    So is there a way to watch the opening ceremonies live online?
     
  8. Feb 7, 2014 #168 of 391
    That Don Guy

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    My guess is, no (at least not in the USA...at least, not without finding a way to get a foreign broadcaster to think you're in their country) - I don't think NBC streamed the opening or closing ceremonies for London either.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2014 #169 of 391
    Marco

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    Yes, using a VPN to pretend you're not in the US.
     
  10. Feb 7, 2014 #170 of 391
    jsmeeker

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    Yup.

    If it wasn't about the culture of the host city/country, they wouldn't have such an elaborate process for selecting a host city. If they wanted to remove all of that, they would host the Olympics in the exact same place every time.
     
  11. Feb 7, 2014 #171 of 391
    kettledrum

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    So this means that if I record absolutely everything, I'm going to get duplicates, or at least partial duplicates of everything with these letters? Ugh...
     
  12. Feb 7, 2014 #172 of 391
    Steveknj

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    I can't wait for the Rio games. What an interesting place to hold the Olympics. I hope they show plenty of beach scenes :D
     
  13. Feb 7, 2014 #173 of 391
    jsmeeker

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    Bach Volleyball will be epic.

    :cool:
     
  14. Feb 7, 2014 #174 of 391
    DUDE_NJX

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  15. Feb 7, 2014 #175 of 391
    That Don Guy

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    Yes. Or did you really think that NBC wouldn't air figure skating in prime time when it announced that every figure skating routine would air live on NBC Sports Network?
     
  16. Feb 7, 2014 #176 of 391
    Azlen

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    A VPN, Playcast and Roku enabled me to watch the commercial free BBC feed on my big screen. Picture was a little pixelated at times but overall it wasn't bad.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2014 #177 of 391
    jsmeeker

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    Not only that, they re-air their prime-time programing late at night/early in the morning.
     
  18. Feb 7, 2014 #178 of 391
    kettledrum

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    You assume that I have been paying enough attention to remember such announcements :p
     
  19. Feb 8, 2014 #179 of 391
    zordude

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    I have decided I hate Mary carillo
     
  20. Feb 8, 2014 #180 of 391
    morac

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    The prime time commentary is different than the live commentary, though NBC is pretending the prime time commentary is live. I don't know why the prime time commentary is different, considering the live commentary is infinitely better. The current prime time commentary for figure skating is horrible with them poorly feigning surprise at things they already no are about to happen. It was better this morning.
     

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