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(The Consumerist)   After 24 hours, NBC's Olympic coverage doesn't even earn a bronze   (consumerist.com) divider line 155
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2012-07-29 08:07:11 AM  
I am beyond pissed with them right now.
 
2012-07-29 08:46:19 AM  
Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.
 
2012-07-29 08:48:52 AM  

Dinki: Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.


I understand the BBC coverage is region locked, which is unfortunate.

Not only are they streaming everything live, I can easily and immediately skip back to any particular bit of the coverage I might have missed. It's really very impressive :)
 
2012-07-29 09:07:04 AM  
Since it's being streamed live online, I can't complain too much about the prime time coverage. (which, of course is abysmal)
 
2012-07-29 09:35:08 AM  

picturescrazy: I am beyond pissed with them right now.


Me too. Although I kind of expected it from NBC. Is it just me or is it hard to follow pretty much any sport? They just kind of slam you in there (from some unrelated sport) in the middle of an event and don't put up enough info on the screen but then the announcers just blab on and on about irrelevant info.

The only thing that has been ok is the tennis (on Bravo). At least with that they have kept some of the commentator mainstays and thankfully they don't talk during match play.

That said, Pat O'Brien? He hasn't been on air since the last Olympics - what the hell is he doing as the main tennis duder?

For those of us old enough to remember, ABC kicked ass when it came to Olympic coverage. Now with all the ESPN properties I think they would do a much better job than NBC.

All in all I am finding it almost unwatchable which is a major disappointment.
 
2012-07-29 09:35:28 AM  
I'm pretty sure ABC/ESPN will figure out from all of this fiasco what to do when they buy up the contract out from under NBC in 2020. While it's great to have the "prime time" coverage for people who were at work or something and want to see it, not airing certain things and then pretending we didn't all get the results a minimum of five hours beforehand is just plain ignorant.

And streaming is fine, but don't lock people out afterwards, don't charge out the ass for it, and again, don't pretend it didn't happen.

\the internet has completely killed their business model and it's like they don't even care
 
2012-07-29 09:44:51 AM  
And just something to look forward to: The next three Olympiads (2014 Sochi, 2016 Rio and 2018 Pyeongchang) are nine, two and fourteen hours ahead of us, respectively. They might get away a little bit with Rio, but if they think people aren't going to know what's going on in Sochi and especially Pyeongchang, when the actual opening ceremonies will be around 5 AM and just about everything will happen overnight, then they're just completely lost.
 
2012-07-29 11:59:46 AM  

Dinki: Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.


I agree with you but, NBC is totally inconsistent with what is is shown live and what is not. For example, they showed live coverage of the US Mens Beach Volleyball, but not the Misty May and Kerri Walsh match against the Australians.
 
2012-07-29 01:38:37 PM  

joshiz: For those of us old enough to remember, ABC kicked ass when it came to Olympic coverage. Now with all the ESPN properties I think they would do a much better job than NBC.


But keep in mind that back then, it was almost all highlights/time shifted, and on one network. But even back in the 70s, they had a lot of those human interest/overcoming obstacles profile pieces.
 
2012-07-29 02:12:06 PM  
I really don't care about watching people run and dive and play badminton anyway. But I didn't know NBCs coverage pissed so many people off.
 
2012-07-29 02:15:37 PM  
I am literally angry with rage right now
 
2012-07-29 02:16:36 PM  
What's really bullcrap is that there is no way that I can watch the games. I do not subscribe to cable, nor have I any desire to. But you have to be a cable subscriber to watch online. I would gladly pay $20-30 to subscribe to their Olympic coverage but there is no way in hell I'm signing up for a 6-month cable contract plus installation just to watch some goddamn diving.
 
2012-07-29 02:16:49 PM  
So do e get to Michael Phelps lose again the same race for the sixth time?
 
2012-07-29 02:18:07 PM  

FriarReb98: And just something to look forward to: The next three Olympiads (2014 Sochi, 2016 Rio and 2018 Pyeongchang) are nine, two and fourteen hours ahead of us, respectively...


You're aware not every person in the US lives in your time zone, right? Rio will be concurrent for eastern time.
 
2012-07-29 02:20:51 PM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Dinki: Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.

I understand the BBC coverage is region locked, which is unfortunate.

Not only are they streaming everything live, I can easily and immediately skip back to any particular bit of the coverage I might have missed. It's really very impressive :)


Either use a free proxy to get over the region lock, or use this pay for proxy with encryption.


I really want to watch the Olympics, but NBC's coverage of the opening ceremony was abysmal and I'm really not going to waste my time watching their commercial laden coverage filled with too many athlete spotlight segments. Plus the streaming coverage is only open to cable subscribers.

 
2012-07-29 02:21:01 PM  
For those of us old enough to remember, ABC kicked ass when it came to Olympic coverage.

so much this, esp.Howard Cosell
 
2012-07-29 02:21:39 PM  
The thing that ruins it for me most?

Nothing
But
Commercials
 
2012-07-29 02:23:50 PM  

Dinki: Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.


I don't have cable. I'm not net savvy. NBC is intentionally offering a poor product and calling it the Ritz. They aren't even pretending to want to offer the best coverage. Their official comments about all this ranges from unconcerned to contemptuous. Just like Romney didn't go to London for the British people or for the American people, but to line his own pockets with dough from contributors.......... NBC's 'coverage' isn't about the Olympic spirit or even about American myopia, it's about lining their pockets with green from sponsors.

I can't condemn China and certain countries in the Middle East for censorship during these games, when I'm living through the capitalist version of censorship right now. Sigh.

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FriarReb98: I'm pretty sure ABC/ESPN will figure out from all of this fiasco what to do when they buy up the contract out from under NBC in 2020. ... \the internet has completely killed their business model and it's like they don't even care


That's if they have the money to do so. But folks can dream. As for your slashy, everything that needs to be said about this coverage is right there. Thank you.
 
2012-07-29 02:24:08 PM  
If they were smart, they would stream on Xbox Live/PS3/Roku/whatever else. Watching on a laptop is balls.
 
2012-07-29 02:26:12 PM  
And here we go, live: Coverage of perhaps the biggest draw of the Olympics: USA Women's gymnastics. They just showed Germany and Italy, and said "coming up, the USA team, to be shown in prime time."

Assholes.
 
2012-07-29 02:29:09 PM  
Now, we all love to hate on NBC. *COMMERCIAL BREAK* But I don't think that it was *COMMERCIAL BREAK* (During the commercial he said 'all that bad'). NBC paid out over a billion dollars *COMMERCIAL BREAK* and needs to recoup *COMMERCIAL BREAK* those dollars *COMMERCIAL BREAK*. If it weren't for their massive *COMMERCIAL BREAK* investment, the olympics might *COMMERCIAL BREAK* have been forced to offer up the live streams around the world *COMMERCIAL BREAK* where local stations could rebroadcast the feeds *COMMERCIAL BREAK* and that would have been terrible, as it would run contrary to the spirit *COMMERCIAL BREAK* of the olympics which seeks to show a breakdown of the artificial borders and barriers which segregate humanity and lead to *COMMERCIAL BREAK* a lack of understanding between cultures.

If it weren't for NBC, how would I ever get my spoonfed racism and distracting ignorant commentary? I don't really care about all those *COMMERCIAL BREAK* useless countries walking in *COMMERCIAL BREAK* if they were any good *COMMERCIAL BREAK* they would have signed contracts with agents and come to play for *COMMERCIAL BREAK* real teams in the *COMMERCIAL BREAK* USA.
 
2012-07-29 02:29:33 PM  
I was half interested in the Olympics. Their coverage has ruined that interest and I'm no longer watching it at all.
 
2012-07-29 02:31:21 PM  
I'm watching the BBCs coverage of the opening ceremonies right now, and the reason Americans think it sucked is that NBC butchered the hell out of it with commercials AND THEN had three morons nattering over top of it.
 
2012-07-29 02:32:52 PM  
It is disappointing, but you know they are going to show the big American sports in prime time. They need to make back the billions of dollars spent on buying the TV rights. A bunch of the other stuff is being shown all through the day on half a dozen different channels. Hell, I was watching fencing yesterday and handball today.

I mean, it'd be nice to see everything live. But, surely people understand why women's gymnastics and men's swimming is being shown in prime time (they should do a better job of spoiler alerts on their nightly news and website, though).
 
2012-07-29 02:33:31 PM  
The above post also contained a critique of NBC's asinine restriction on viewing replays from the internet, requiring you to subscribe to a cableTV provider in order to stream the content.

However, that critique was instead replaced by an awkward interview that we know you care about because you only care about the sports where the USA has to win. It's a human interest story, and much more interesting than some silly foreigner's getting killed.


(I actually believe that NBC cut to the interview because they couldn't get away with sticking a commercial break in the tribute, so they just cut the whole thing)
 
2012-07-29 02:36:27 PM  
NBC seems to think viewers are more interested in watching some half-@ss interview by celebrities like Meredith Viera or Ryan Seacrest or John McEnroe than in watching the competitions. I doubt that I will try to watch much more of the Olympic games on NBC. I can't sit through these "human interest" stories and keep my supper down.
 
2012-07-29 02:36:42 PM  
Speaking of...... I'm not sure what to make of this twit from Vivian Schiller. I didn't know who she was, before today, but I saw some commenters on some of the other news sites mention her name as being responsible for the mess of NBC's online options:

She retweeted this crap: "Anthony Quintano@AnthonyQuintano
mmmm nobody is complaining that Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps just spoiled audiences with their tweets. "

She +1'd this crap: "Vivian Schiller@VivianSchiller
+1 @jonathanwald the medal for most Olympic whining goes to everyone complaining about what happens every 4 yrs, tape delay @brianstelter"

But, to me, this part was the worst: "Vivian Schiller@VivianSchiller
Tnx for heads up. I have nothing to do w/Olympics but will get it to right people @normantowler: @vivianschiller equestrian feed not working"

She's the Chief Digital Officer. The global olympics coverage is the second biggest online offer of the year, after the upcoming presidental election. She should have stopped at 'Thanks for the heads up' and then went straight to 'I will get it to the right people'. Instead, she passes the buck with 'I have nothing to do w/Olympics.'

What exactly does she do, then?

I think that's what bothers me the most about all companies right now. There are people with titles, but they're comfortable not being responsible for what falls under their title. I can't imagine anyone, 50 years ago, with a title of Chief XXX Officer, telling a consumer of their XXXy product that they have nothing to do with XXXy. Someone 50 years ago would have taken on the spiritual responsibility of that product line in front of the consumers, as part of good will PR, even though they don't do the actual grunt work.

That's not how it is now. I don't know why. Lawyers/liability? Corporate caste system? or something else?
 
2012-07-29 02:37:00 PM  
What we need to realize here is that while we're pissed because the whole thing is stupid and we know it, NBC doesn't care because all the oblivious old people who still haven't figured out how the itnternet works still keep tuning in in primetime and the ratings are solid.
 
2012-07-29 02:38:05 PM  
BTW Chevrolet? I'm never buying a car from you because of those damned annoying commercials. You are just as much to blame as NBC.

ExperianScaresCthulhu: Dinki: Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.

I don't have cable. I'm not net savvy. NBC is intentionally offering a poor product and calling it the Ritz. They aren't even pretending to want to offer the best coverage. Their official comments about all this ranges from unconcerned to contemptuous. Just like Romney didn't go to London for the British people or for the American people, but to line his own pockets with dough from contributors.......... NBC's 'coverage' isn't about the Olympic spirit or even about American myopia, it's about lining their pockets with green from sponsors.

I can't condemn China and certain countries in the Middle East for censorship during these games, when I'm living through the capitalist version of censorship right now. Sigh.

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FriarReb98: I'm pretty sure ABC/ESPN will figure out from all of this fiasco what to do when they buy up the contract out from under NBC in 2020. ... \the internet has completely killed their business model and it's like they don't even care

That's if they have the money to do so. But folks can dream. As for your slashy, everything that needs to be said about this coverage is right there. Thank you.


ESPN was actually one of the asshole companies that started this sort of mess.

Lookup how ESPN360 works. ESPN bullies ISPs into paying ESPN a per subscriber line charge to NOT BLOCK ESPN360 from their subscribers. My ISP is one of those that signed up to pay this 'fee' and thus part of my internet bill now goes to ESPN even though I have NO desire to ever visit ESPN360.

I hate ESPN for that as it now seems like that's what is going on with NBC and these streams.
 
2012-07-29 02:38:32 PM  
You know what would be funny? If someone created a Kickstarter project to raise money for a full-page "ad" in the New York Times/Washington Post decrying how bad a lot of people think NBC's coverage is and how to make it better (example from above: announcers, shut up during the opening ceremony).
 
2012-07-29 02:40:58 PM  
Haven't watched to much of the Olympics, but also not to happy with NBC coverage. Why did they not show the opening live during the day? Why did they only show a taped version at night.

Thank God I live near the border and watched it on Mexican TV live. You guys need to try some of the webpages that show streaming TV from foreign channels. Ahem, cough ( Justin.TV ) cough.
 
2012-07-29 02:41:22 PM  
That is to say, a Kickstarter-type donations page.
 
2012-07-29 02:42:51 PM  

Dinki: Complain all you want, but I have 5 different nbc channels showing different sports available right now. They are showing a hell of a lot more than I've ever seen before. I remember when we had ONE channel, and it showed only 5 or 6 sports. It's a huge improvement.


Yeah I love how they are showing endless dressage right now whereas earlier when I wanted to watch some soccer, with the channel listing even advertising "Men's soccer Senegal v. Uruguay", they only cut into the match after 65 minutes and after Senegal had a 2-0 lead.

fark you, NBC.
 
2012-07-29 02:43:31 PM  

crzytxn: NBC seems to think viewers are more interested in watching some half-@ss interview by celebrities like Meredith Viera or Ryan Seacrest or John McEnroe than in watching the competitions. I doubt that I will try to watch much more of the Olympic games on NBC. I can't sit through these "human interest" stories and keep my supper down.


It feeds on itself.

NBC paid a boatload of cash because it thinks it can wring multiple boatloads of cash out. They need eyeballs, so they will push and market every human interest story they can to get people watching the 'conflict and controversy'.

The sad thing is, if the IOC did NOT try to extract the maximum dollar from the broadcast rights, we would actually get better coverage since the networks wouldn't be so hard pressed to wring every cent they could.

With no 'competition' you can't switch to another station with better coverage. I know for football games I often mute my television, and tune to a radio station because the announcers for radio are a hell of a lot more talented at describing the content they are watching by necessity of the medium. Imagine if we had the OPTION of not going to NBC for the olympics. This BS that they call coverage would either cost them viewers, or force them to get better.
 
2012-07-29 02:43:50 PM  
Also, fark dressage.
 
2012-07-29 02:44:43 PM  

StealthStalker: I was half interested in the Olympics. Their coverage has ruined that interest and I'm no longer watching it at all.


It's like summer blockbusters, though. All they care about is scoreboard. They don't care that, if they'd actually done a decent job they could have pulled in more ratings. They just care that the numbers are technically higher this time over last. So we'll never hear about how many viewers turn it off and viewed other options.

Or that the Atlanta games it technically 'beat' had far fewer official NBC viewing options than these games.
 
2012-07-29 02:48:42 PM  
HAHAHAHA

Poor Americans. Richest country in the world...we spend hundreds of millions of dollars so we can dominate and crush other countries every two years. And yet, when it comes to watching the fruit of all our labor, we have a media viewing experience that ranks just below a village of goat herders grouped around a single black and white T.V in Sri Lanka.
 
2012-07-29 02:51:28 PM  

RatBomb: You know what would be funny? If someone created a Kickstarter project to raise money for a full-page "ad" in the New York Times/Washington Post decrying how bad a lot of people think NBC's coverage is and how to make it better (example from above: announcers, shut up during the opening ceremony).


So start it. I'll chip in $5, $10 if you include how offensive their editing of the opening ceremonies is.
 
2012-07-29 02:53:14 PM  
I think it's funny that time-Warner cable labels the Olympic programs as "XXX Summer Olympics."
 
2012-07-29 03:02:51 PM  
Every time the Olympics come on, I get all excited and then NBC goes and ruins it.
I know that they (probably) don't read submitted comments, but I felt better about writing them some hate. I tried to do that on the NBCOlympics page, but the website didn't work.

I thought it was insane that on Friday, instead of showing the archery rounds live, they aired the re-runs of the previous day's men's football. wtf?
 
2012-07-29 03:07:46 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: I think it's funny that time-Warner cable labels the Olympic programs as "XXX Summer Olympics."


media.giantbomb.com
 
2012-07-29 03:09:08 PM  

IggyFan: You're aware not every person in the US lives in your time zone, right? Rio will be concurrent for eastern time.


Rio will be 1 hour ahead of the East Coast. Which probably means that NBC will tape delay the whole thing by one hour.

Because God forbid we start the coverage of the ceremonies at 6:30 PM EDT. NBC will have none of that!
 
2012-07-29 03:10:53 PM  
It sucks. Last night MSNBC was showing Lockup Boston. CNBC is showing Informercials.. Great coverage guys.
 
2012-07-29 03:11:06 PM  

Mrtraveler01: IggyFan: You're aware not every person in the US lives in your time zone, right? Rio will be concurrent for eastern time.

Rio will be 1 hour ahead of the East Coast. Which probably means that NBC will tape delay the whole thing by one hour.

Because God forbid we start the coverage of the ceremonies at 6:30 PM EDT. NBC will have none of that!


Oh you think I'm mad now? Imagine if I had to miss Judge Judy!
 
2012-07-29 03:13:43 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Also, fark dressage.


I love dressage. boo on you.
 
2012-07-29 03:15:55 PM  
Watching GBR/UAE Soccer match on the NBC Olympic Soccer channel right now. Coverage is actually okay, but I recognize that it's very much a niche channel/sport here in the US. I would like to have access to the BBC online stuff, but don't know of a good FREE proxy that would make me appear to be in the UK. Any help, farkers?
 
2012-07-29 03:16:01 PM  

BalugaJoe: It sucks. Last night MSNBC was showing Lockup Boston. CNBC is showing Informercials.. Great coverage guys.


NBC had some really good coverage during the day though. Tennis on one channel. Soccer on another. Archery on another. Basketball on another. It was actually pretty nifty and how the Olympics are supposed to be.

The thing is that all the live stuff happens during the late morning and early afternoon hours here in the US. NBC is actually doing ok with that.

It's the primetime coverage which consists of 3 hours of feature stories and 1 hour of actual competition on the main network and nothing else on the other channels that make it the suckfest that it is.
 
2012-07-29 03:16:12 PM  
azn_firebug: Every time the Olympics come on, I get all excited and then NBC goes and ruins it.
I know that they (probably) don't read submitted comments, but I felt better about writing them some hate. I tried to do that on the NBCOlympics page, but the website didn't work.

I thought it was insane that on Friday, instead of showing the archery rounds live, they aired the re-runs of the previous day's men's football. wtf?

THIS - and then to add insult to injury they foist that lame BobCostas on us !

1.bp.blogspot.com

/NBC, keep your news-reader's faces off my screen - show the sports! (Voice-overs only!)
 
2012-07-29 03:16:43 PM  

BalugaJoe: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Also, fark dressage.

I love dressage. boo on you.


Watching the raw feed of that on NBCOlympics.com put me to sleep last night.
 
2012-07-29 03:17:53 PM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: She's the Chief Digital Officer. The global olympics coverage is the second biggest online offer of the year, after the upcoming presidental election. She should have stopped at 'Thanks for the heads up' and then went straight to 'I will get it to the right people'. Instead, she passes the buck with 'I have nothing to do w/Olympics.'

What exactly does she do, then?


Looks like she's the chief digital officer for NBC News, which is different than NBC Sports. They probably have a separate officer running just the sports stuff.

That being said, she still sounds snobby in her tweets and I do believe the NBC News site ran a breaking news headline yesterday about the Phelps race, spoiling it for anyone waiting for the primetime coverage.
 
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