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(Beaver County Times)   NBC: We couldn't stream the Opening Ceremony online because it's too "complex" a spectacle for simple-minded Americans to understand without the context provided by our brilliant commentators   (timesonline.com ) divider line
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2012-07-28 06:03:09 AM  
They don't seem to be able to stream the Men's Road Race either; it's choppy and crashy.
 
2012-07-28 08:31:26 AM  

Sgygus: They don't seem to be able to stream the Men's Road Race either; it's choppy and crashy.


I think it being choppy has to do with the actual camera transmission more than the streaming itself.
 
2012-07-28 08:47:28 AM  
Since the Opening Ceremony wasn't live, I DVR'd the four and a half hour program.

I turned it on after two and a half hours and quickly zipped through the 20 minutes or so of actual ceremony.

Someday I'll watch the other 20 minutes.
 
2012-07-28 08:49:31 AM  
Holy f*ck, they actually said that.

hahahaha... Corporate whores can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch.

We know you paid a quadrillion dollars to air the f*cking thing. We know you need to sell commercials. Don't talk to us like we're 5 years old. Well, most of us, but not all of us.
 
2012-07-28 08:50:36 AM  

NewportBarGuy: We know you paid a quadrillion dollars to air the f*cking thing. We know you need to sell commercials. Don't talk to us like we're 5 years old. Well, most of us, but not all of us.


What's funny is they're showing every minute of every sport online, without commentary. I'm watching the men's road race right now, and just watching them ride. Was watching some fencing a bit earlier and some rowing.
 
2012-07-28 09:26:30 AM  
I was confused as to who these Bee-tull people were last night. Good thing Meredith was there to explain.
 
2012-07-28 09:42:36 AM  
Say what you will about how awful NBC's presentation was. The inane commentary blotting out the songs, the insulting comments during the parade, not showing the 7/7 tribute...they deserve to be ridiculed.

Still, they aired that trollerific "Salute to the NHS" without a clue they were assisting in one of the greatest transatlantic mockings of all time and for that I thank them! We were in tears here.
 
2012-07-28 10:16:32 AM  
All I know is I've had a bit of insomnia lately. With the help of vodka and about an hour and a half of last night's opening ceremony, I got a good nights sleep and am now up and awake at a normal hour. So I gotta thank NBC for that, to be fair.
 
2012-07-28 10:33:08 AM  
I watched it live online and then caught a bit of the NBC coverage later. Here are my thoughts:

1) Bob Costas and Meredith Viera would not shut up. You know they speak English in England right? The BBC commentators were very restrained and let the stadium announcer do most of the work and let you just watch.

2) Ads, ads and more ads.

3) NBC edited out most of the French announcer bits as if it would confuse us here in 'merica.

4) Bob Costas and Meredith Viera would not shut up. They kept on and on about what was coming next. I CAN SEE and HEAR a*holes.

Watching tennis now - at least they have the normal tennis announcers and are not talking during match play.
 
2012-07-28 10:35:19 AM  
I think if I were NBC, I'd have just said something along the lines of 'hey, we're milking this thing for ratings, now piss off.' I don't think I'd have insulted the entire country. that seems rather...not smart.
 
2012-07-28 11:19:08 AM  
So apparently "context" is Meredith singing along to the Stones and Matt Lauer making fun of her for the next five minutes? Or does it have more to do with skipping countries in the parades or just showing them for a quarter of the time you spend talking about them? (Think it was Barbados, where they showed someone for like two seconds, then showed Belarus for another minute or so, with about half the time they were showing Belarus spent talking about Barbados. It's like they weren't even paying attention to their own farking monitors.)

Seriously, NBC, go fark yourselves. If we didn't get it, we have this thing called the "internet." I'm sure the entire program listing will be up soon, if it isn't already. And if we care, we'll look. If we don't, we won't. THAT. FARKING. SIMPLE.

Will be interesting to see if they learn their lesson in a fortnight, or if they'll spend the entire closing ceremony explaining their "context" again.
 
2012-07-28 11:26:45 AM  
Good lord that was awful coverage. NBC you are THE SUCK.

1) Shut your stupid announcers up.

2) Give us live streaming and let us choose.

3) failing (1) and (2), DIE IN A FIRE AND ROT IN HELL.

I hope you can understand the subtlety and grace with which I have expressed my opinion as a middle American consumer. The model of broadcasting you are following is outdated and it is sad. It has turned Bob Costas, a one-time enjoyable baseball voice, into a monster that must be stopped.

Your coverage talks down to your audience and your coverage is insulting.

I remember when ABC just covered sports and got out of the way, did not provide idiotic and embarrassing "maps and such" interviews with gymnasts, and did not make horrifically idiotic and dumb comparisons to the 1972 Olympics 5 minutes into the broadcast.

Pathetic, bad, wrong.

You have motivated me to seek out options that dont say NBC. I am looking at proxy servers, I am looking at buying overseas coverage, I am looking at various nefarious live streams, even though they'll load my laptop up with malware, at least malware is removable.

THE HORRIFIC SUCK OF NBC COVERAGE MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS.
 
2012-07-28 11:31:17 AM  
I watched the Opening Ceremonies online, thanks to some enterprising people who had streams of the BBC One feed going. Huw Edwards and two other people whose names escape me at the moment were the commentators, and they were respectful, funny, and most importantly, QUIET. They spoke when they had something funny to say or something to point out, but otherwise, they let the people watching hear what was going on in the stadium. Plus, NO COMMERCIALS.

Hell, Canada aired the Opening Ceremonies live, but the US couldn't? Oh no, we'd have to interrupt soap operas, Judge Judy, and the 5 o'clock news! We just can't have that.
 
2012-07-28 11:33:48 AM  

Generation_D: Good lord that was awful coverage. NBC you are THE SUCK.

1) Shut your stupid announcers up.

2) Give us live streaming and let us choose.

3) failing (1) and (2), DIE IN A FIRE AND ROT IN HELL.

I hope you can understand the subtlety and grace with which I have expressed my opinion as a middle American consumer. The model of broadcasting you are following is outdated and it is sad. It has turned Bob Costas, a one-time enjoyable baseball voice, into a monster that must be stopped.

Your coverage talks down to your audience and your coverage is insulting.

I remember when ABC just covered sports and got out of the way, did not provide idiotic and embarrassing "maps and such" interviews with gymnasts, and did not make horrifically idiotic and dumb comparisons to the 1972 Olympics 5 minutes into the broadcast.

Pathetic, bad, wrong.

You have motivated me to seek out options that dont say NBC. I am looking at proxy servers, I am looking at buying overseas coverage, I am looking at various nefarious live streams, even though they'll load my laptop up with malware, at least malware is removable.

THE HORRIFIC SUCK OF NBC COVERAGE MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS.


Don't forget that one of the "contexts" we Americans can't understand is the tricky Olympic Oath. I had long since given up on their horrible program (after the third commercial break ten minutes into the parade of nations) and missed out on NBC skipping one of the main components and purposes of the opening ceremonies.
 
2012-07-28 11:51:14 AM  
You see, NBC? This is why no one watches you.
 
2012-07-28 11:51:27 AM  
Imagine for a moment that the 2008 summer games had been hosted in America.

Now imagine that a part of the opening ceremony had included a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 bombings.

Now imagine the uproar had the BBC elected to skip that part of the ceremony in their broadcast.

In short, fark NBC right up their collective asses.
 
2012-07-28 11:53:21 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Imagine for a moment that the 2008 summer games had been hosted in America.

Now imagine that a part of the opening ceremony had included a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 bombings.

Now imagine the uproar had the BBC elected to skip that part of the ceremony in their broadcast.

In short, fark NBC right up their collective asses.


There's only one little issue with that line of logic: Even with the destruction of early BBC archives in mind, I'd have to say the BBC would never do something so utterly window-licking retarded like that.
 
2012-07-28 11:57:42 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Imagine for a moment that the 2008 summer games had been hosted in America.

Now imagine that a part of the opening ceremony had included a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 bombings.

Now imagine the uproar had the BBC elected to skip that part of the ceremony in their broadcast.

In short, fark NBC right up their collective asses.


To be fair, no one at the Olympics said that the tribute to the dead was intended to be a 7/7 tribute, just a general tribute. The 7/7 thing was the BBCs interpretation.
 
2012-07-28 12:02:23 PM  

TwoHead: Say what you will about how awful NBC's presentation was. The inane commentary blotting out the songs, the insulting comments during the parade, not showing the 7/7 tribute...they deserve to be ridiculed.

Still, they aired that trollerific "Salute to the NHS" without a clue they were assisting in one of the greatest transatlantic mockings of all time and for that I thank them! We were in tears here.


I think the "Salute to the NHS" was aimed more in David Cameron's direction. That it drove right-wingers on this side of the pond into fits of frothing wharrgarbl is only a plus.
 
2012-07-28 12:05:12 PM  
Meredith Viera is a vapid twat with absolutely no journalistic skills. How she got that gig escapes me. If she and Jim Gray ever did a segment together, my head would asplode.
 
2012-07-28 12:14:16 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Hell, Canada aired the Opening Ceremonies live, but the US couldn't? Oh no, we'd have to interrupt soap operas, Judge Judy, and the 5 o'clock news! We just can't have that.


One of the reasons I miss living close to the Canadian border. The CBC's coverage of the Olympics and hockey is so much better than anything NBC could do.
 
2012-07-28 12:14:41 PM  
Ryan Seacrest doing athlete interviews. Somewhere, Jim McKay is spinning in his grave.
 
2012-07-28 12:22:38 PM  
I got to watch the CTV live coverage in Canada, with Brian Williams as commentator.

Wow, I feel bad for you guys in the US. And how did Matt and Veira ever get jobs in the first place?
 
2012-07-28 12:35:20 PM  

JosephFinn: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Imagine for a moment that the 2008 summer games had been hosted in America.

Now imagine that a part of the opening ceremony had included a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 bombings.

Now imagine the uproar had the BBC elected to skip that part of the ceremony in their broadcast.

In short, fark NBC right up their collective asses.

To be fair, no one at the Olympics said that the tribute to the dead was intended to be a 7/7 tribute, just a general tribute. The 7/7 thing was the BBCs interpretation.


The 7/7 element was not explicitly mentioned in the ceremony, but it was in the media notes, and the list of names were all 7/7 victims.

Costas has expressed his unhappiness with NBC's editorial decision.
 
2012-07-28 12:37:28 PM  
Given the vacuous banality of those lightweight script reading airbags, one has to wonder how they imagine their target audience.
 
2012-07-28 12:40:13 PM  

T-Servo: I got to watch the CTV live coverage in Canada, with Brian Williams as commentator.

Wow, I feel bad for you guys in the US. And how did Matt and Veira ever get jobs in the first place?


Their audience mostly consists of stay at home house wives.
 
2012-07-28 12:41:17 PM  
Anyone else have an issue with the DirecTV stream? It was not in HD.
 
2012-07-28 12:41:29 PM  
....So when will be the next Games whose US coverage is provided by someone other than NBC?
 
2012-07-28 12:44:07 PM  

MysticSavage: You see, NBC? This is why no one watches you.


Unfortunately the opening ceremony on NBC got the biggest ratings for a non US Opening ceremony, so NBC will think they did everything right, despite too many commercial breaks and the non-stop talking. After a half hour, I couldn't watch it anymore. And now I find out that supposed streaming of all events online is only available to subscribers of MSNBC and their other cable station. What a racket.
 
2012-07-28 12:46:10 PM  
Don't you still need a cable subscription of some sort to watch the coverage streams?
 
2012-07-28 12:47:08 PM  
I've been trying to find a link to watch a replay of the opening ceremonies, and failing.
Anyone wanna show off their superior google-fu?

/aloha & mahalo
 
2012-07-28 12:48:40 PM  

gwowen: JosephFinn: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Imagine for a moment that the 2008 summer games had been hosted in America.

Now imagine that a part of the opening ceremony had included a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 bombings.

Now imagine the uproar had the BBC elected to skip that part of the ceremony in their broadcast.

In short, fark NBC right up their collective asses.

To be fair, no one at the Olympics said that the tribute to the dead was intended to be a 7/7 tribute, just a general tribute. The 7/7 thing was the BBCs interpretation.

The 7/7 element was not explicitly mentioned in the ceremony, but it was in the media notes, and the list of names were all 7/7 victims.

Costas has expressed his unhappiness with NBC's editorial decision.


I thought Costas was behind the decision not to show the 7/7 tribute (as retribution for his Munich hard-on).
 
2012-07-28 01:00:05 PM  
Bob Costas is just a generally worthless human being in general. He has never added anything of value, ever.
 
2012-07-28 01:13:18 PM  
NBC has the broadcast rights through the 2020 games...so be prepared 4 years from now to complain about the same thing... :-(

Also they have some sort of stranglehold on the Beijing games..you cannot get a DVD of those Opening Ceremonies without the broadcast commentary either or on Blu-Ray.

Looks like Verizon Fios just re-ran the opening ceremonies without commentary...on their 3D channel.

/has no 3D TV

/fark NBC
 
2012-07-28 01:16:09 PM  
The 3 outlet offering by NBC has been pretty fair for the American viewers, network profits, and general coverage quality. I think NBC was trying to push some big time PPV package once in the past that would have just sucked for all involved.
/GAME ON!
 
2012-07-28 01:21:55 PM  

HawaiiE: I've been trying to find a link to watch a replay of the opening ceremonies, and failing.
Anyone wanna show off their superior google-fu?

/aloha & mahalo


Link
 
2012-07-28 01:23:04 PM  
YAY! What a final!!! Italy get the gold, haha!!
 
2012-07-28 01:28:15 PM  
I had to watch the CTV re-stream when I got home. Thankfully I could fastforward through parts.

I'm having a hard time believing that NBC's coverage could be worse than listening to Brian Williams (no not that one) and Lisa Laflame.

Seriously Brian, shut up! I don't need to hear:
1 your condescening snide remarks about which small countries "aren't expected to win any medals",
2 your attempt to walk back Mitt Romney's idiocy,
3 your harping over the whole moment of silence issue (which I missed anyways, probably because I was fast forwarding from D - R,
4 Your long and in-depth explanations,
5 anything you say
 
2012-07-28 01:33:11 PM  
Man.. the nbc commentators were SOOOO bad the women sounded like someone announcing a dog show.. it was HORRIBLE.. i downloaded the BBC broadcast today... no commercials.. and MUCH better commentators (mainly wanted to see the crap nbc cut out for commercials... and they did....)
 
2012-07-28 01:41:24 PM  
NBC is the worst, but that's not a surprise because Comcast is the worst.

Hooray for CTV and the BBC on the other hand. I just want to see some farking handball. It's the one time I watch the sport every four years.
 
2012-07-28 01:44:31 PM  
The coverage was/is aimed at people who don't watch sports but tune in because it's a Big Event. I watched most of it with the sound off.

I was really looking forward to Paul McCartney singing Hey Jude. How effing *sad* was that? If that's the current state of his and not just nerves, he should pack it in.

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2012-07-28 01:47:59 PM  
i stopped watching the f-ing olympics after they left ABC;
without Howard Cosell & Jim McKay, why bother?
 
2012-07-28 01:49:27 PM  

Henry Holland: The coverage was/is aimed at people who don't watch sports but tune in because it's a Big Event. I watched most of it with the sound off.

I was really looking forward to Paul McCartney singing Hey Jude. How effing *sad* was that? If that's the current state of his and not just nerves, he should pack it in.

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That's why you got to get an yahoo one to give out for that reason. I currently have 16,472 unread messages.
 
2012-07-28 01:52:47 PM  

TwoHead: Say what you will about how awful NBC's presentation was. The inane commentary blotting out the songs, the insulting comments during the parade, not showing the 7/7 tribute...they deserve to be ridiculed.


Speaking of insulting comments during the parade....the comments during Best Korea's march where they dissed Glorious Leader's Golf Record were priceless. I imagine a North Korean missile is headed for 30 Rock right now.
 
2012-07-28 01:54:19 PM  
I watched the BBC feed so I could watch it in real time instead of having to wait for a pre-recoded piece of crap. It was much better than NBC. No commercials, the TV announcers only spoke when they needed to, nothing was cut out of the broadcast. Also, NBC needs to get over themselves with their "you need to have a cable or satellite subscription to watch our streams." What the hell are they trying to accomplish with that?
 
2012-07-28 01:54:21 PM  

TigersorHawksorBoth: HawaiiE: I've been trying to find a link to watch a replay of the opening ceremonies, and failing.
Anyone wanna show off their superior google-fu?

/aloha & mahalo

Link


Yeah, how about one where you don't have to complete a survey first?
 
2012-07-28 01:58:04 PM  

Pinnacle Point: The 3 outlet offering by NBC has been pretty fair for the American viewers,


More like 5 outlet, NBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports, Bravo and CNBC
 
2012-07-28 02:06:29 PM  
The freaking BBC feed is better with a UK proxy than trying to navigate NBC's website, Add to that the interruptions for ads (including soccer) and you get a lousy soap opera within a stellar series of sports matches.

/Watching USA Badminton on it, go figure
 
2012-07-28 02:07:58 PM  

CraicBaby: I watched the BBC feed so I could watch it in real time instead of having to wait for a pre-recoded piece of crap. It was much better than NBC. No commercials, the TV announcers only spoke when they needed to, nothing was cut out of the broadcast. Also, NBC needs to get over themselves with their "you need to have a cable or satellite subscription to watch our streams." What the hell are they trying to accomplish with that?


$$$.
 
2012-07-28 02:10:36 PM  
Why must everything here in the US suck so farking much?

Stay off my TV, NBC. You good-show-cancelling, bad-show-airing, shoddy-Olympic-broadcasting, never-ending-announcer-commentary, crappy-Olympic-phone-app-publishing, terrible-sports-viewing, lowest-common-denominator, piece of shiat broadcasting company you.
 
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