NBC Olympics coverage may be improving

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  1. randian

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    Another problem I've found is that USA,Sport:Hockey wish lists won't pick up all the USA games even if USA is in the synopsis.
     
  2. That Don Guy

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    All medal ceremonies (except for events on the last day) are at the outdoor Medal Ceremony area. Most ceremonies are the same day as the event, but figure skating ends at about 11:30 PM each night local time, so they hold the ceremony the following night.
     
  3. Turtleboy

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    Which makes them anticlimactic and uninteresting to TV viewers.
     
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    They're already anticlimactic by their very nature. It's not like we don't know the winners until they step on the podium. The only reason anyone cares about the medal ceremonies is to hear their national anthem played when someone from their country wins the gold and to see their flag hoisted up. So it really shouldn't matter when they show it. It's going to be the same whether it's 10 minutes after an event or 24 hours after.
     
  5. jsmeeker

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    still, it seems that we see a lot fewer ceremonies than we have before. In the past, I recall NBC showing basically the full ceremony many times. Calling of each name, presentation of all the medals, then the anthem for Gold medal country.

    As mentioned previously (not sure if this thread or another), I understand why they present some where they do, at a big venue so that many people can see it and cheer for the medalists. But why do it for events where they already have a large audience? (i.e. the figure skating).

    I guess if the organizers in Sochi put a huge delay in, NBC can't do much about it. But they still should eventually show it and show a decent portion of it. Dunno why they stopped dong that.
     
  6. Bigg

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    Favorite? Depends on whether it's basketball or other stuff. Basketball is on ESPN(x), SNY, CBSSports. Other than that, Discovery, Animal Planet, PBS, CC, MSNBC, HBO, an occasional network show.

    That's expanded basic, not basic. Basic is mostly locals plus local access, plus a couple of other random channels, depending on the area.

    Junk.
     
  7. mattack

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    Does Costas do his segments live? If not, how much earlier than the East Coast prime time are they recorded? Same question about the late night segment.

    Can you give some examples? I admit I'm recording mostly the NBC specific broadcasts (they happen to have the events I'm interested in). I think I ran into this once, but I can't remember what one. I definitely don't remember seeing it happen multiple times.
     
  8. cherry ghost

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    All of the ice skating has been shown live in the morning/early afternoon and then again in Primetime. I think Primetime is edited so that not all the skaters are shown.
     
  9. jsmeeker

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    Yes. Not even close to all of them. it's also broken up so that they show other events in-between groups of skaters.
     
  10. secondclaw

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    So visitors to the Olympic park who don't have tickets to the event can still see the ceremony live. It's actually nicer that way, as people run and fill the medals plaza with different flags, etc. I'm in Sochi right now, as
    a volunteer, and have been to a few medal awards. The atmosphere is nothing like you get sitting in a stadium. Plus, the lit cauldron behind the crowd, dancing fountain, and the lights create great ambiance, sure more festive than a somewhat clinical stadium.

    Unfortunately, I wish they started the ceremony a bit later than 8:14pm, regardless of symbolism, as spectators who watched late events the mountains (like biathlon) will not make the park in time.
     
  11. Steveknj

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    One person's junk is another person's enjoyable programming. And considering you have NO idea what's on those channels, you calling it junk has little credibility. It's obvious, by your channel choices that you really aren't into scripted shows, or even reality shows for that matter. That's fine.


    BTW..basketball... junk sport :)
     
  12. Steveknj

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    Here's a good article on how the Costas pieces are done:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/s...-olympic-screen-time.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    Can you give some examples? I admit I'm recording mostly the NBC specific broadcasts (they happen to have the events I'm interested in). I think I ran into this once, but I can't remember what one. I definitely don't remember seeing it happen multiple times.[/QUOTE]

    Two examples that I recall off the top of my head are figure skating. They've been showing much of the competition live during the day and then showing it again at night. In this case, it's interesting that they use two totally different sets of announcers for the day and night broadcasts. And I know they've showed the "slide" sports tape delayed (and in some cases live) during the day, and then repeated them at night.
     
  13. Turtleboy

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    Basketball isn't a sport. It relies too much on the refs calling (or not calling) fouls.
     
  14. Steveknj

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    I have to say, I miss NBC showing the medal ceremony. They used to always close their coverage with a gold medal ceremony. For me, I like seeing the reaction of the athletes during the ceremony. And we've seen some classic reactions over the years. In 1980, the Captain of the hockey team accepted the medal for the team by tradition and stood on the podium. I can still see Mike Eruzione wave his whole team to the podium as the anthem played. I can see Tommie Smith and John Carlos give the Black Power salute during THEIR ceremony. And I'm sure there have been others that are very memorable. It seems a moment could be missed here.
     
  15. Turtleboy

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    And all of those moments happened immediately after the event, right?
     
  16. Steveknj

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    In the case of hockey, yes. In the track and field case, I'm not sure.
     
  17. jsmeeker

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    right.. It depends on the event. Seems like they are delaying almost everything a long time this year. I still don't understand really long delays. It's annoying.
     
  18. jsmeeker

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    They have showed ALL of the skating live. Every single skate by every single person/couple/pair. All LIVE on real TV. You can watching it streaming too. I think if you watching it streaming, you get yet another announcer.

    For Prime Time, you are right that a lot of stuff has been already shown. Obviously, skating. Sometimes, stuff like bobsled. Though the stuff they showed in prime time last night aired sometime during the day (don't think it was actually LIVE though) on some NBC channel.

    I don't think I have seen much or any traditional alpine skiing outside of prime time.
     
  19. jsmeeker

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    Johnny and Tara seem to have gotten Terry Gannon into the fashion coordination. Been waiting for that.
     
  20. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    This isn't a new thing for Sochi. I know Salt Lake had a Medals Plaza in downtown SLC where the medal ceremonies were held each evening, and the only venue within ten miles of that location was the Delta Center where the figure skating was held.

    I suspect, although I don't remember for sure, that many of the other Olympics host cities, both summer and winter, have done medal ceremonies in a central location as well.

    Edit: According to Wikipedia, the Vancouver Games had two locations for awarding medals: One was up at Whistler where most of the skiing, snowboarding, bobsled, and luge events were located. The other was at BC Place, the large arena where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held.
     

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