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Winter Olympics 2018

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Hcour, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

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    Wasn’t that the Downhill portion of the Men’s Combined?

    I think the actual Downhill is tomorrow night.
     
  2. pdhenry

    pdhenry Rock or Something

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    Not having a Roku is on you, my friend. :)

    But I do appreciate Johnny and Tara's contribution to the coverage. They're not included in the event live stream, just the two live streams of the network feed (normal and "enhanced").
     
  3. reddice

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    What is the no ads except inserted by the NBC app during no event feed? It is great just like the summer when I watched the swimming and running, no annoying sappy backstories or ads. Actually staying on one event and being able to see the final scores something that the annoying NBC channel tap delays to show more ads and other events.
     
  4. reddice

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    Your joking right. They are like nails on a chalkboard. The "really live" stream blows them away. The commentaries actually talk about the sport not snappy remarks and they actually show the final scores.
     
  5. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent.

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    Lipinski and Weir DO talk about the sport. To the extent they’ve been criticized for, you know, actually critiquing what they are watching. No question they enjoy their own image, but as commentators, they’re quite good.
     
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  6. Mikeguy

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    They're no Scott Hamilton. One of the best, ever, and missed.
     
  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, broadcast NBC, for continuing to provide coverage for the West during Primetime while the East/Midwest/Mountain takes a half-hour break for the evening news. But how 'bout if you're going to do it, actually do it: did you think people weren't going to notice that you simply were re-playing already-run coverage from that very afternoon?!? Don't you consider that patronizing? For heaven's sake, just run some NBCSN coverage that you already have of non-broadcast coverage.

    I just don't get it, obviously. It's shoddy, at best.
     
  8. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

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    Scott's not there anymore? Oh good, maybe I'll try watching figure skating again.
     
  9. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    He’s there, but I think he just talks before the competition mostly, and I think he commentated on Ice Dancing. Tara & Johnny handle most of it though along with Terry Gannon.
     
  10. pdhenry

    pdhenry Rock or Something

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    The Japanese women are making short work of the Americans in the curling round robin.
     
  11. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    The physics involved in figure skating is pretty gnarly. Not as obviously impressive as luge, but the timing has to be spot-on, or else.

    I happily root for the OARs to screw up. But if the whole evening is a splat-fest, it's boring.

    I haven't checked the NBC Sports Apps yet to see if they have a replay of the women's free skate from the team competition. If I find a link, I'll come back and post it.

    I beg to differ. They're okay for singles. For pairs, they're awful.

    I already know what Johnny and Tara are going to say. Tara will say that she's too chicken to be lifted or thrown, and Johnny will talk about how his coach made him skate pairs *as a novice*. Tara will complain that if one of the skaters misses on the side-by-side jumps, it's *so unfair* that the pair only gets credit for the lesser jump. They follow this same script for every event.

    I wish they could get Kristi Yamaguchi, who at least has skated pairs and would have a clue.

    Tanith (Belbin) White is fine for ice dancing.

    Scott Hamilton and Tanith are doing demos during Olympic Ice which are a lot of fun, showing us the fine details that Johnny and Tara could be talking about during the broadcast if they weren't so enamored of themselves.

    Scott is much better in this kind of show-and-tell than he was in the booth. I can yell WHOA at the barely-landed jumps during the programs all by myself -- I don't need Scott's help. ;)

    My rule for good commentary is pretty straightforward. Did the commentator tell me something about skating that I would have missed? Did I learn something that I can watch for myself next time? If so, that's good.

    Did they talk about their own skating throughout the entire program, like a radio person who hates dead air? That's bad, especially when you listen to them all season long and they trot out the same comments over and over again.

    The best hit a nice balance between telling the Olympics-only viewers what they need to know because they weren't watching all season long, and pointing out things that both new viewers and more casual fans might miss.
     
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  12. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

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    Even worse, as the jump (or whatever) is coming up he makes some kind of anticipatory groan or sound or comment like "Ohhhhhh, heeeere it coooooomes!" Crimeny, it's the single most irritating thing I've ever heard from an announcer in any sport. I cannot listen to the guy.
     
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  13. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Totally this. "Hererre commes the triple toe, triiiipplllee luutzzzz!"

    I don't mind Johnny and Tara, it is easier to mentally tune them out and watch/hear the performance than someone screaming/groaning. Although that being said, I do respect Scott Hamilton for his obvious love of the sport.
     
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    None of these people were ever as good as Dick Button.
     
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    On the flip side, I was at work all day so i missed the speed skating and got to watch it for the first time on NBC. NBC also had some issues last night with content because the skiing was cancelled. That said, it can be annoying if you have access to the events all day and have to slog through them again at night (I know that happened for me over the weekend). But fear not. I took those opportunities to catch up on stuff on my DVR and checked back periodically to see if they were showing something else.
     
  16. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    There is something about sports that makes me want to watch it live (not delayed live...live). Maybe it's just because that's what I've been doing since I was 5. But it just feels more "in the moment" when watching live. I do record games when I know I won't be home to watch though, but it never feels the same.
     
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  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    Yep, this is what I do. Or I switch to other Olympic coverage, or an NHL game i wanted to see...or something I recorded that I can watch in small increments. Nobody forces me to watch commercials. i do this with all live events...NFL games, baseball, or whatever. Seriously, when you have 200+ channels to watch and content on a DVR, why watch commercials, even for live events?
     
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    Some differences in the stream feed that makes me still go to the NBC feed:

    1) The "live" feed is usually some minutes behind the network live feed quite often, so it's not "quite" live.

    2) The occasional stream hiccup (Granted this is much less of an issue than it used to be) but if it happens, then you fall further behind

    3) Sound quality on NBCSN and most of the other network feeds (ESPN, ABC, FOX etc.) is not up to the networks. Usually no Dolby Digital. I actually get mad when regular TV doesn't have DD these days.

    For as much time as I have during the week to watch the Olympics, I'm fine with NBC. As I mentioned, I have found ways to avoid commercials, and I've never found their coverage as bad as people make it out to be.
     
  19. jsmeeker

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    He's still there. Just not doing primary coverage unless it's ice dancing. He also co-hosts an hourly segment each day with Tannith White
     
  20. dwatt

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    Either she is very tall or he is very short. Or both. They were both in skates showing how to toss and catch while spinning and she towered over him.
     

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