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Old 12-19-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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NBC Olympics coverage may be improving

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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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Old 12-19-2013, 03:51 PM   #2
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what's the time difference between the East Coast and Sochi?
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:02 PM   #3
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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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what's the time difference between the East Coast and Sochi?
Looks like 9 hours?
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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Are they dropping Bob Costas? That would improve the coverage greatly for me.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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Are they dropping Bob Costas? That would improve the coverage greatly for me.
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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Are they dropping Bob Costas? That would improve the coverage greatly for me.
I wont even watch it if Costas is on.
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Looks like 9 hours?
That's gonna make it hard to have live events during prime time.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:59 PM   #9
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What's with the Costas hate?
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:59 PM   #10
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That's gonna make it hard to have live events during prime time.
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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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?
No it will be too cold for Putin to walk around shirtless at that time.
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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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NBCOlympics.com will serve as the preeminent digital destination for Olympic content and the exclusive home of Olympic video coverage, featuring, for the first time, live streaming of all Winter Games competition, plus event rewinds and extensive video highlights.
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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They did. And, IIRC, a lot for Beijing too.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #14
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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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Old 12-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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What's with the Costas hate?
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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As always, if what they were doing didn't get huge ratings, they would change it.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:20 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #18
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As always, if what they were doing didn't get huge ratings, they would change it.
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.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:05 PM   #19
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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.
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.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:34 AM   #20
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:24 AM   #23
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From the press release:

Didn't they do this for London as well?
This is the first time for Winter Olympic coverage.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #24
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Where are they this year?
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Sochi, Russia.
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I kinda like Mary Carillo's quirky pieces.
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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.
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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.
x 1000

I don't want to watch any human interest stories about (mostly U.S.) athletes. Just show as many events as possible.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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