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2012-07-31 10:19:30 AM  
I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.
 
2012-07-31 10:21:43 AM  
Good.

F U NBC.
 
2012-07-31 10:21:47 AM  

Carth: I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.


Well, this isn't really about that. This is about how they don't offer the same live options for their public access viewers OTA as they do for paid cable and satellite customers. That doesn't seem right to me.
 
2012-07-31 10:26:32 AM  

Mr Guy: Carth: I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.

Well, this isn't really about that. This is about how they don't offer the same live options for their public access viewers OTA as they do for paid cable and satellite customers. That doesn't seem right to me.


I think that goes back to NBC seeing the Olympics as entertainment not news. It is easy to deny non-customers live feeds if they consider the Olympics as just another sporting event like baseball or football.

Every other country considers The Games a news event and makes access easy and free.
 
2012-07-31 10:26:34 AM  

xanadian: Good.

F U NBC.


Has anybody stated that NBC would rank sixth in a battle between the top 5 networks?
 
2012-07-31 10:28:00 AM  

Mr Guy: Carth: I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.

Well, this isn't really about that. This is about how they don't offer the same live options for their public access viewers OTA as they do for paid cable and satellite customers. That doesn't seem right to me.


Ed Zachary. Now, I have to go buy an over-the-air receiver today because I would like to watch the manufactured drama.
 
2012-07-31 10:28:04 AM  
I watched the mens gymnastics last night. They didn't show the score of the final British floor tumbling, they didn't show the score of the Japanese who was on the pommel that had the score challenged, they didn't show a final score until it was all over, then only briefly. For about 15-20 minutes, during the Brits run to bronze, vault to silver, slip back to bronze they didn't show a score. I was pretty annoyed.
 
2012-07-31 10:28:29 AM  

Mr Guy: Carth: I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.

Well, this isn't really about that. This is about how they don't offer the same live options for their public access viewers OTA as they do for paid cable and satellite customers. That doesn't seem right to me.


It seemed weird to me that I had to sign in under my TV provider website login to watch the Olympic coverage online.

With regards to the NBC coverage, someone needs to tell Bob Costas to sit up and stop leaning on the desk. He looks like he has hemorrhoids.
 
2012-07-31 10:30:14 AM  
Could we have a new Olympic event? The Kostas Pummel?
 
2012-07-31 10:34:19 AM  
NBC: Catapulting the Cult of Personality Meme to new orbits.
 
2012-07-31 10:35:34 AM  

Orgasmatron138: It seemed weird to me that I had to sign in under my TV provider website login to watch the Olympic coverage online.


Does it seem less weird if I mention Comcast now owns NBC?
 
2012-07-31 10:37:31 AM  

ha-ha-guy: Orgasmatron138: It seemed weird to me that I had to sign in under my TV provider website login to watch the Olympic coverage online.

Does it seem less weird if I mention Comcast now owns NBC?


But it's not like anyone who doesn't have cable or satellite is going to sign a contract with a provider just to watch 2 weeks worth of programming. Just insert some ads that are disabled if you sign in with your provider and everyone is happy.
 
2012-07-31 10:42:13 AM  
We're using a similar program to what TFA mentioned that tells the BBC site we're in Britain, so we get their live competition video feeds on our computers at home. What I find amusing about NBC's coverage is after Phelps collapsed in his first race, their own national news program led off with "OMG Michael Phelps loses a race!" without any spoiler warnings. After that first day though, apparently someone high up in NBC had a talk with the announcers, because now they warn viewers about spoiler announcements.

With ESPN, other television networks, online blogs and updates though, the only way someone wouldn't know what the Olympic results were before NBC decided to show any competition was because they lived in a cave.
 
2012-07-31 10:44:07 AM  
Is anyone getting the mobile app to work for more than 10 seconds? I have full signal and the stupid thing locks up on me and crashes right after the commercial.

I'm trying different channels (live and video) to get anything and its the same thing...as I see it just crashed AGAIN...lasted almost 5 minutes that time...

/fark NBC/Comcast
 
2012-07-31 10:44:38 AM  

PoochUMD: ha-ha-guy: Orgasmatron138: It seemed weird to me that I had to sign in under my TV provider website login to watch the Olympic coverage online.

Does it seem less weird if I mention Comcast now owns NBC?

But it's not like anyone who doesn't have cable or satellite is going to sign a contract with a provider just to watch 2 weeks worth of programming. Just insert some ads that are disabled if you sign in with your provider and everyone is happy.


Comcast though seems to think if they punish you repeatedly for not having cable you'll buy cable. Perhaps they'll deploy this same login system for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Kind of like how Viacom pulled everything off Hulu when they had drama with DirectTV. They never seem to grasp tossing 5 bucks to someone for a VPN or just pulling lower quality off thefirstrow.eu is more attractive than even basic cable. Comcast is desperately clinging to the set top box revenue since in the minds of their old execs it is what their company is based on.

/34 dollars a month to AT&T for 18 mbps, much happier
 
2012-07-31 10:49:29 AM  

rudemix: I watched the mens gymnastics last night. They didn't show the score of the final British floor tumbling, they didn't show the score of the Japanese who was on the pommel that had the score challenged, they didn't show a final score until it was all over, then only briefly. For about 15-20 minutes, during the Brits run to bronze, vault to silver, slip back to bronze they didn't show a score. I was pretty annoyed.


I turned it off because I knew the final outcome, but it was still really annoying that in the ten-fifteen minutes immediately following the posted scores, NBC didn't replay the Japanese pommel dismount in question and attempt to do any analysis on whether the inquiry had any merit. They may have done it eventually after I turned it off, but cmon, you can't cue that shiat up w/in ten minutes?

Carth: Mr Guy: Carth: I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.

Well, this isn't really about that. This is about how they don't offer the same live options for their public access viewers OTA as they do for paid cable and satellite customers. That doesn't seem right to me.

I think that goes back to NBC seeing the Olympics as entertainment not news. It is easy to deny non-customers live feeds if they consider the Olympics as just another sporting event like baseball or football.

Every other country considers The Games a news event and makes access easy and free.


Blame the free market. NBC paid a shiatload of money to exclusively televise the Olympics in the U.S. By limiting the televising of premium events to prime time slots, they increase ratings and thus advertising revenues for those timeslots. Other countries probably run the Olympics on government subsidized channels so they don't care about ratings, only the immediacy and accuracy of coverage.
 
2012-07-31 10:53:14 AM  
Anonymouse.org

You can route through a German server or a UK server.

You're welcome.
 
2012-07-31 10:53:26 AM  

rudemix: I watched the mens gymnastics last night. They didn't show the score of the final British floor tumbling, they didn't show the score of the Japanese who was on the pommel that had the score challenged, they didn't show a final score until it was all over, then only briefly. For about 15-20 minutes, during the Brits run to bronze, vault to silver, slip back to bronze they didn't show a score. I was pretty annoyed.


The wife was on the edge of her seat, but It was blatantly clear to me that NBC was trying to manufacture drama.

/nbcfail
 
2012-07-31 10:58:26 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NBC: Catapulting the Cult of Personality Meme to new orbits.


[cmpunkbestintheworld.jpg]

/could give two shiats about the Olympics
//could be because NBC has monopolized coverage
///but I cringe at the thought of Fox doing the Olympics
 
2012-07-31 11:01:14 AM  

Bendal: We're using a similar program to what TFA mentioned that tells the BBC site we're in Britain, so we get their live competition video feeds on our computers at home. What I find amusing about NBC's coverage is after Phelps collapsed in his first race, their own national news program led off with "OMG Michael Phelps loses a race!" without any spoiler warnings. After that first day though, apparently someone high up in NBC had a talk with the announcers, because now they warn viewers about spoiler announcements.

With ESPN, other television networks, online blogs and updates though, the only way someone wouldn't know what the Olympic results were before NBC decided to show any competition was because they lived in a cave.


Except last night the commercial before Missy Franklins race advertised her as a gold medal winner.
 
2012-07-31 11:10:16 AM  
VPN tunnel + UK server + BBC iPlayer = No NBC

Hooray.
 
2012-07-31 11:12:30 AM  

Bendal: With ESPN, other television networks, online blogs and updates though, the only way someone wouldn't know what the Olympic results were before NBC decided to show any competition was because they lived in a cave.


Hey now! Caves are quite comfortable, you insensitive clod!
 
2012-07-31 11:15:54 AM  

Carth: Mr Guy: Carth: I read a good quote yesterday about NBC's Olympic coverage.

In the rest of the world the Olympics are considered major news event worthy of live coverage. To NBC the Olympics are reality TV that can be delayed and needs drama created to attract viewers.

I'm glad people are giving NBC the finger and watching it on their own terms.

Well, this isn't really about that. This is about how they don't offer the same live options for their public access viewers OTA as they do for paid cable and satellite customers. That doesn't seem right to me.

I think that goes back to NBC seeing the Olympics as entertainment not news. It is easy to deny non-customers live feeds if they consider the Olympics as just another sporting event like baseball or football.


I think these are both sort-of true.
I have satellite and I've still been watching on the internet. It's clear that NBC does treat the Olympics as pure entertainment and not as an important cultural event, which is annoying and their coverage can be obtrusive. Having satellite doesn't change that; all it really gets you is an extra couple channels to watch stuff on.

I think the biggest thing, though, is that there are a lot of events people want to see that they simply aren't covering like... at all. On any channel. The internet gives you access to any event you want to see pretty much whenever you want to see it.
 
2012-07-31 11:16:41 AM  
How is this year different from precious years? I remember 2008 being tape delayed. Also, everything I've read says ratings are going up from 2008. That doesn't back up the idea that people are leaving.
 
2012-07-31 11:17:44 AM  
Running the beach volleyball NBC streaming on an old laptop I rarely use otherwise. I can't tell if the stream quality is that shiatty or if it's just the age of the machine showing it. Either way, since it doesn't have Americans competing right now there's no annoying commentary going on. Just the ball and the crowd, and there's a score shown. Kind of refreshing.
 
2012-07-31 11:18:46 AM  
 
2012-07-31 11:24:24 AM  

Chunks McGunks: How is this year different from precious years? I remember 2008 being tape delayed. Also, everything I've read says ratings are going up from 2008. That doesn't back up the idea that people are leaving.


Olympic rings...Gollum...something something...meh, too lazy.

/The above post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. You are free to copy, share, or remix the work with attribution to the original author.
 
2012-07-31 11:34:38 AM  

Gawdzila: It's clear that NBC does treat the Olympics as pure entertainment and not as an important cultural event, which is annoying accurate and their coverage can be obtrusive.


FTFY.

/doesn't watch live because I actually have a job and a life, like most people in America. Euro countries can watch all day because they work 5 hours/week.
//if you think the Olympics are a super-important cultural event, kill yourself
 
2012-07-31 11:35:42 AM  

IAmRight: Gawdzila: It's clear that NBC does treat the Olympics as pure entertainment and not as an important cultural event, which is annoying accurate and their coverage can be obtrusive.

FTFY.

/doesn't watch live because I actually have a job and a life, like most people in America. Euro countries can watch all day because they work 5 hours/week.
//if you think the Olympics are a super-important cultural event, kill yourself


If they aren't, then what is?
 
2012-07-31 11:35:46 AM  
I was watching men's gymnastics the other day. When NBC came back from commercial, they decided to do a piece about a London museum instead of going back to the competition.

Also, NBCNews.com posts results on their homepage hours before the tape delayed broadcast comes on. It's like they're intentionally shooting themselves in the foot and they don't realize it.

I don't know who is running things around there, but they have no clue what they are doing.

The IOC should broadcast the Games on PBS stations for free. Take away the bullshiat "exclusive rights" and let the games become what they are, competition amongst top athletes.

Of course that wouldn't line the IOC pockets, but it's nice to think about.
 
2012-07-31 11:36:54 AM  
I don't mind the NBC lockdown on Olympic coverage... that's the world we live in today... lots of money at stake and it's kinda not surprising that it's come down this way.

What I do mind though... is that their coverage sucks ass. Literally... they do nothing well.
 
2012-07-31 11:38:23 AM  

midpoint: If they aren't, then what is?


Who said anything is?

A bunch of people running and competing on behalf of their nation isn't a cultural event. And it's obviously not that important or else they wouldn't have gone on a couple-thousand-years hiatus. If the Olympics were to never happen again, no one would be negatively affected.
 
2012-07-31 11:39:03 AM  

Pray 4 Mojo: I don't mind the NBC lockdown on Olympic coverage... that's the world we live in today


Yes, the world where I don't watch tv.
 
2012-07-31 11:40:10 AM  
One day [perhaps soon] the BBC iPlayer app will be on Apple TV.
 
2012-07-31 11:40:18 AM  

IAmRight: midpoint: If they aren't, then what is?

Who said anything is?

A bunch of people running and competing on behalf of their nation isn't a cultural event. And it's obviously not that important or else they wouldn't have gone on a couple-thousand-years hiatus. If the Olympics were to never happen again, no one would be negatively affected.


Good morning to you too, sunshine!
 
2012-07-31 11:42:15 AM  
While I'm glad that people are telling NBC to fark off, they're just a symptom of the larger problem. I haven't watched a single minute of Olympic coverage. It's the IOC that's really behind all this douchebaggery. The product licensing, trademark BS, and so many other things that just goes on and on and on. Fark 'em.
 
2012-07-31 11:42:52 AM  

IAmRight: midpoint: If they aren't, then what is?

Who said anything is?

A bunch of people running and competing on behalf of their nation isn't a cultural event. And it's obviously not that important or else they wouldn't have gone on a couple-thousand-years hiatus. If the Olympics were to never happen again, no one would be negatively affected.


Couple of thousand year hiatus...
That might also be said of democracy.

Also - you are arguing there are no major cultural events? -blink-.
 
2012-07-31 11:49:02 AM  

IAmRight: Gawdzila: It's clear that NBC does treat the Olympics as pure entertainment and not as an important cultural event, which is annoying accurate and their coverage can be obtrusive.

FTFY.

/doesn't watch live because I actually have a job and a life, like most people in America. Euro countries can watch all day because they work 5 hours/week.
//if you think the Olympics are a super-important cultural event, kill yourself


Says a person from a country where "culture" is as dirty a word as "liberal" and intelligence is viewed with suspicion.
 
2012-07-31 11:52:32 AM  
We're well into the second decade of the 21st century. I should be able to either pay a flat fee for unlimited viewing, or pick and choose events I want to see live,with a prorated fee. I wouldn't mind paying for full coverage, but NBC has managed to take a straightforward opportunity to make money, and fark it up. I have opted to ignore the Olympics. Fark 'em. Oh, and fark the IOC. They allow this shiat to happen.
 
2012-07-31 11:54:01 AM  

PoochUMD: Bendal: We're using a similar program to what TFA mentioned that tells the BBC site we're in Britain, so we get their live competition video feeds on our computers at home. What I find amusing about NBC's coverage is after Phelps collapsed in his first race, their own national news program led off with "OMG Michael Phelps loses a race!" without any spoiler warnings. After that first day though, apparently someone high up in NBC had a talk with the announcers, because now they warn viewers about spoiler announcements.

With ESPN, other television networks, online blogs and updates though, the only way someone wouldn't know what the Olympic results were before NBC decided to show any competition was because they lived in a cave.

Except last night the commercial before Missy Franklins race advertised her as a gold medal winner.


When I saw that commercial, I shook my head and changed the channel.

Bu-but they are TV executives! They have been doing this for 20 years and know what they're doing!
 
2012-07-31 11:54:51 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Says a person from a country where "culture" is as dirty a word as "liberal" and intelligence is viewed with suspicion.


Sorta like you? And the person I quoted?

Nah, you're right, swimmers swimming fast and staying within their own cliques are totally important, culturally. As are other athletes. Maybe if they still had the art and writing events you could say it's culturally significant. With the existence of the internet, you can't even say it's much more of a mixing of ideas that already occurs on a daily basis.
 
2012-07-31 11:55:10 AM  

IAmRight: A bunch of people running and competing on behalf of their nation isn't a cultural event.


Culture is what we do with what we have. Playing games and competing is common across global cultures, thus the global appeal. People forming independent nations is a global cultural activity -- they do it for a reason. Also, since it is now a global custom to hold international games, the entire event is an expression of human culture.

You could even say that a lack of appreciation of global culture shows ... a lack of culture.
 
2012-07-31 11:56:52 AM  

IAmRight: HotIgneous Intruder: Says a person from a country where "culture" is as dirty a word as "liberal" and intelligence is viewed with suspicion.

Sorta like you? And the person I quoted?

Nah, you're right, swimmers swimming fast and staying within their own cliques are totally important, culturally. As are other athletes. Maybe if they still had the art and writing events you could say it's culturally significant. With the existence of the internet, you can't even say it's much more of a mixing of ideas that already occurs on a daily basis.


/You sound physically lazy or resentful of physically active people.
 
2012-07-31 11:58:38 AM  

IAmRight: Maybe if they still had the art and writing events you could say it's culturally significant. With the existence of the internet, you can't even say it's much more of a mixing of ideas that already occurs on a daily basis.


I'd say with 15,000 condoms distributed to the participant, there is quite a large mixing of ideas happening. Culture isn't restricted to art, writing, music, and trainspotting.
 
2012-07-31 12:03:46 PM  

IAmRight: doesn't watch live because I actually have a job and a life, like most people in America. Euro countries can watch all day because they work 5 hours/week.


And yet, here you are on a Tuesday afternoon, commenting about the Olympics, which you claim to ignore and care nothing about, on the internet. That's your culture. Enjoy it.
 
2012-07-31 12:04:17 PM  

stevie1der: rudemix: I watched the mens gymnastics last night. They didn't show the score of the final British floor tumbling, they didn't show the score of the Japanese who was on the pommel that had the score challenged, they didn't show a final score until it was all over, then only briefly. For about 15-20 minutes, during the Brits run to bronze, vault to silver, slip back to bronze they didn't show a score. I was pretty annoyed.

I turned it off because I knew the final outcome, but it was still really annoying that in the ten-fifteen minutes immediately following the posted scores, NBC didn't replay the Japanese pommel dismount in question and attempt to do any analysis on whether the inquiry had any merit. They may have done it eventually after I turned it off, but cmon, you can't cue that shiat up w/in ten minutes?


mjohnson71:
The wife was on the edge of her seat, but It was blatantly clear to me that NBC was trying to manufacture drama.

/nbcfail


That was what annoyed me the most. The fact that on tape delay they could have queued that all up and didn't because of drama manufacturing. It could be forgivable if that was live and they were caught up in the chaos and excitement of it but they had hours and hours to get that right. If I can become a troglodyte for a day in regards to the Olympics so things aren't spoiled for me, then they can return the favor a little bit.
 
2012-07-31 12:12:19 PM  
Well, the link isn't working for me. I've been looking for something that would work. Tired of watching the crap on NBC, but none of the proxy options I've tried have worked right:(
 
2012-07-31 12:13:48 PM  
I'd say something about NBC's greed not really being in the spirit of the Olympics, but the IOC is the one selling those contracts, so I guess the spirit is right on. Everyone's gotta get paid.
 
2012-07-31 12:27:22 PM  
Agreed about the coverage last night... and every other night.

The road race cycling coverage was horrible... no time differences, no distance, no tracking of various groups on the road.

For gymnastics, why no ticker at the bottom? Give me a name, flag, event and relative position, and every few minutes give me the total ranking.

My god, if we can understand Football and baseball scores - and simultaneously see the scores of every other major league game on the ticker - we could see this.

Also - give me a "gold medal channell" like the red zone channel. Every event is televised. If some event is within 5 minutes or 1 race away from a gold medal award, switch over to that, and give me a scroll at the bottom telling me when to expect what... yes, I want to see the final few table tennis points, then switch to archery, then cyclings final 5KM, then the handball overtime, etc. just queue it up and I will watch.
 
2012-07-31 12:34:11 PM  

theurge14: VPN tunnel + UK server + BBC iPlayer = No NBC

Hooray.


With your VPN, also enjoy Channel 4, Channel 5, and ITV. They all have some great documentaries and original programming. And when they show an inane show like Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen, it's not edited to oblivion.
 
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