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2012-07-31 02:56:04 PM
Guess no one should be particularly shocked that NBC is more concerned with shareholders than customers.
 
2012-07-31 03:06:18 PM
I watched a little during the day, and even tried to watch at night. Five minutes at night and I am analyzed and up close and personal wiped out, and turn it off. It seems the commentators get more air time than the participants. Could be the worst coverage ever.
 
2012-07-31 03:25:15 PM

oldernell: I watched a little during the day, and even tried to watch at night. Five minutes at night and I am analyzed and up close and personal wiped out, and turn it off. It seems the commentators get more air time than the participants. Could be the worst coverage ever.


Incorrect:

i.imgur.com

Incidentally, ALSO by NBC.
 
2012-07-31 03:25:54 PM

oldernell: I watched a little during the day, and even tried to watch at night. Five minutes at night and I am analyzed and up close and personal wiped out, and turn it off. It seems the commentators get more air time than the participants. Could be the worst coverage ever.


And yet where are the up close and personal fluff pieces on the US women's soccer team, which I might actually want to watch?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-31 03:45:13 PM
I heard something about NBC coverage on NPR this morning. Despite all the criticism, ratings are up. They don't need to be loved by all. If half of America is yelling for executives' heads and the other half is watching, the network is winning.
 
2012-07-31 03:48:45 PM

ZAZ: I heard something about NBC coverage on NPR this morning. Despite all the criticism, ratings are up. They don't need to be loved by all. If half of America is yelling for executives' heads and the other half is watching, the network is winning.


Apparently.

But more of us are leaving TV behind. They are driving people away. I wonder how long til they decide that seeking other methods of entertainment is stealing money from them- ala RIAA?
 
2012-07-31 04:07:25 PM
The OTA coverage sucks and the streaming is all sorts of screwed up with blackouts and whatnot. I'm glad I don't pay for cable, because I don't want NBC getting any of my money.

In fact, I'm very tempted to pay one of those companies that gives me access to a UK DNS server monthly, so I can use iPlayer and watch BBC.
 
2012-07-31 04:08:29 PM
Oh and I just found that the NBC App I can't turn off notifications on Android. Glitch or intrusive?
 
2012-07-31 04:12:57 PM
There's one female interviewer who apparently just farking hates Michael Phelps. She is just downright antagonistic every time she interviews him. After one event she was interviewing several swim team members, one said something along the lines of 'well, we're a young team, we've got next year to come back, blah blah blah...'
She said (with Phelps standing right there) 'Well, all of you except Michael Phelps.' She's badgered him directly, 'which Michael Phelps will show up today, the one who can win or the one who's slacking off?'
 
2012-07-31 04:13:06 PM
NBC: We don't care; we don't have to
www.matthewferrara.com
 
2012-07-31 04:30:15 PM

rynthetyn: oldernell: I watched a little during the day, and even tried to watch at night. Five minutes at night and I am analyzed and up close and personal wiped out, and turn it off. It seems the commentators get more air time than the participants. Could be the worst coverage ever.

And yet where are the up close and personal fluff pieces on the US women's soccer team, which I might actually want to watch?


You could just watch real porn, you know.
 
2012-07-31 04:31:04 PM
They seem to be doing a great job for 90% of the Olympic events. The problem is that they are royally farking up the other 10%.
 
2012-07-31 04:31:30 PM
Maybe someone that works in TV can help me out here. I'm taking a neutral stnce.

Do web views help in terms of advertising revenue? (I assume a streamed opening ceremony would have some ads). From what I've heard Neilsen and all that is pretty behind the times.

I've been told that they don't make any effort to count groups in a bar or other settings. Again, no first hand knowledge.... but that point there baffles me. I know a great majority of Saints fans watch their team down here at the local bar (because we all have a local bar).

Anyway, back to the point... NBC needs all the ratings they can get, and if the ratings system is flawed... I'm inclined to be Ok with what they're doing.
 
2012-07-31 04:33:54 PM
To quote John Stewart

"NBC doesn't know how to make a show tailored to American audiences"
 
2012-07-31 04:36:02 PM
Is ktunnel still running?

BBC has a separate channel dedicated to each sport. Available live online.
 
2012-07-31 04:37:18 PM

downstairs: From what I've heard Neilsen and all that is pretty behind the times.


They are hugely behind the times. And TV networks love to whine that they can't track online viewing. Even though they can record every IP address that connects to their servers to watch a program, which means they can know exactly how many people are watching. This in comparison to using statistical extrapolation to figure out TV viewers. It's not an issue with the ratings system being flawed, it's that the people at the networks are complete idiots.
 
2012-07-31 04:37:31 PM

Gig103: The OTA coverage sucks and the streaming is all sorts of screwed up with blackouts and whatnot.


i was watching the gymnastics stream- they kept cutting off the routines halfway through the dismounts of every vault to go to commercial. if i wasn't ready to set their corporate HQ on fire after the horrible, literally distasteful coverage of the opening ceremonies, i was by the first 40 minutes of streaming coverage
 
2012-07-31 04:37:55 PM

downstairs: Maybe someone that works in TV can help me out here. I'm taking a neutral stnce.

Do web views help in terms of advertising revenue? (I assume a streamed opening ceremony would have some ads). From what I've heard Neilsen and all that is pretty behind the times.

I've been told that they don't make any effort to count groups in a bar or other settings. Again, no first hand knowledge.... but that point there baffles me. I know a great majority of Saints fans watch their team down here at the local bar (because we all have a local bar).

Anyway, back to the point... NBC needs all the ratings they can get, and if the ratings system is flawed... I'm inclined to be Ok with what they're doing.


Thing is, their TV coverage is so bad, many viewers are seeking alternative viewing options; trying to find the events on the web, etc. Sure, they're getting good ratings. Because they're the only network airing the farking Olympics. Their ratings could be better if they had better coverage, not just 'fark you, you'll take what we give you and like it.'
 
2012-07-31 04:38:01 PM
FTA: "Yes, thank you for providing Meredith Viera's "I'm confused by this" analysis and thanks for not mucking up the broadcast with any tributes to terrorism victims or to dead U.S. service members."

Yes, thank you for this.

I prefer watching sports to propaganda. Dunno about you guys.
 
2012-07-31 04:38:28 PM

propasaurus: There's one female interviewer who apparently just farking hates Michael Phelps. She is just downright antagonistic every time she interviews him. After one event she was interviewing several swim team members, one said something along the lines of 'well, we're a young team, we've got next year to come back, blah blah blah...'
She said (with Phelps standing right there) 'Well, all of you except Michael Phelps.' She's badgered him directly, 'which Michael Phelps will show up today, the one who can win or the one who's slacking off?'


Believe that was Andrea Kremer. Can't stand that koont.
 
2012-07-31 04:39:24 PM

tlchwi02: they kept cutting off the routines halfway through the dismounts of every vault to go to commercial.


if you use Firefox or Chrome, the adblock plus add on keeps the commercials from showing up in the streams.
 
2012-07-31 04:40:08 PM
We don't believe that a raw feed, which would be a host feed, without narration and broadcasting, would be a good user experience in a big stadium with lots of camera cuts. We think we created the best experience.

You think you did. But you didn't. So fark you.
 
2012-07-31 04:40:13 PM
No more Parent Cams please.
 
2012-07-31 04:42:41 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: propasaurus: There's one female interviewer who apparently just farking hates Michael Phelps. She is just downright antagonistic every time she interviews him. After one event she was interviewing several swim team members, one said something along the lines of 'well, we're a young team, we've got next year to come back, blah blah blah...'
She said (with Phelps standing right there) 'Well, all of you except Michael Phelps.' She's badgered him directly, 'which Michael Phelps will show up today, the one who can win or the one who's slacking off?'

Believe that was Andrea Kremer. Can't stand that koont.


Yep, it was Kremer (4:28 in)
 
2012-07-31 04:42:48 PM
I always though that NBC's shiatty Olympic coverage decisions lay squarely at the feet of Dick Ebersol, and that it would get better with Ebersol being phased out. Guess I was wrong.
 
2012-07-31 04:42:53 PM
All this and they're going to cancel Community!
 
2012-07-31 04:44:34 PM

ZAZ: I heard something about NBC coverage on NPR this morning. Despite all the criticism, ratings are up. They don't need to be loved by all. If half of America is yelling for executives' heads and the other half is watching, the network is winning.


Well, its not like people have much of a choice to watch it anywhere else. If you were dying of thirst and I spit in a glass of water and handed it to you, you wouldn't like the spit but you'd still drink it.
 
2012-07-31 04:44:46 PM

WhyteRaven74: They are hugely behind the times. And TV networks love to whine that they can't track online viewing. Even though they can record every IP address that connects to their servers to watch a program, which means they can know exactly how many people are watching. This in comparison to using statistical extrapolation to figure out TV viewers. It's not an issue with the ratings system being flawed, it's that the people at the networks are complete idiots.


Well, to play devils advocate... advertisers (I believe) only want to trust third-party information. I run plenty of websites, and I know how to "cook the books" in terms of total users, etc. Never, ever trust anyone about their own stats on their own web properties*.

So, while they *can* track that stuff... maybe there's not a Neilsen-eque company out there that advertisers trust?

*Or, if you want to go by my rule of thumb with any self-generated statistic:

If its about current finances, web traffic, whatever... divide by three

If its about future projected stats, divide by ten

/Trust me, works every time
 
2012-07-31 04:44:55 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Whole villages crowded around a 20 inch, 30-year-old TV get a better Olympic experience than Americans do (excluding American's who are able to pick up the Canadian broadcaster).
 
2012-07-31 04:45:21 PM
TV's going to get real interesting in the next few years. Sport was like the last thing that networks could still reliably make bank on, and now viewers are starting to revolt over even this? Granted the Olympics comes with it's own, somewhat unique set of challenges from a networks perspective, but it's pretty clear that more and more of us want our sports to show up online and convenient to us, and not as just a come-on to try and get us to turn on the traditional set.

I still say ESPN is going to get brave enough at some point to just start offering all their programming as a streaming subscription sold directly to consumers, and to hell with the cable companies. I wonder if Disney has enough properties at this point that they could sell enough subscriptions to make it worth their while, if they lost all the money they're currently getting from cable companies? Wouldn't you pay $20/month for ESPN Streaming, especially if they were throwing in the Disney channels for the kids? I would in a hot second.
 
2012-07-31 04:48:34 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: propasaurus: There's one female interviewer who apparently just farking hates Michael Phelps. She is just downright antagonistic every time she interviews him. After one event she was interviewing several swim team members, one said something along the lines of 'well, we're a young team, we've got next year to come back, blah blah blah...'
She said (with Phelps standing right there) 'Well, all of you except Michael Phelps.' She's badgered him directly, 'which Michael Phelps will show up today, the one who can win or the one who's slacking off?'

Believe that was Andrea Kremer. Can't stand that koont.

Yep, it was Kremer (4:28 in)


Yup, that was it.
 
2012-07-31 04:50:58 PM
Meh. They've been saying this for years. I'm actually finding this slightly better than year's past. I haven't heard as many triumph over inconvenience stories this year.
 
2012-07-31 04:51:14 PM

Gunny Highway: No more Parent Cams please.


THIS. If there is one thing I never, ever, ever care about, it's the parents, husbands, wives, children, day jobs, diseases, deaths of grandparents, etc. of the athletes. I LOATHE the human interest angle every single time. I just want to see the events. If you want some background, training footage is fine.
 
2012-07-31 04:51:39 PM
I think the coverage has been great so far.

I've been watching the streaming at the nbcolympics web site. I've watched a good amount of swimming, badminton, soccer, basketball, and table tennis. It's awesome that they're showing everything live as it happens for every event, especially in sports like badminton where in the past it'd be very hard to see most of the matches. The stream is generally very good quality, and lets you pick the resolution including 720p and 1080p. Occasionally it freezes but then I can just refresh the page and it's fine again. I haven't gotten any commercials (maybe due to my browser settings).

I haven't watched any of the TV, so I have no problem with them tape delaying that to prime time in order to pay their bills.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-31 04:56:22 PM
NutznGum

According to NPR this year's coverage is more popular than last time despite more information on the internet. That is not explained by thirsty people drinking spit-filled water to save their lives.
 
2012-07-31 04:56:53 PM
Girlfriend asked me when the gymnastics telecast was going to be on. So I head to the NBC Olympics page for the schedule. How nice of them to provide spoilers for every tape delayed event going on today in their half-page tall marquee.
 
2012-07-31 04:56:58 PM
More ass shots. Guys or girls I dont care, I need that ass.
 
2012-07-31 04:57:17 PM

downstairs: advertisers (I believe) only want to trust third-party information


Well, sometimes yeah. But I know websites that generate a lot of traffic have no problem finding advertisers by simply showing their unique page view stats. And really that TV networks haven't found a way to use the data they have is another sign of them being way behind the curve.
 
2012-07-31 05:01:31 PM

WhyteRaven74: downstairs: From what I've heard Neilsen and all that is pretty behind the times.

They are hugely behind the times. And TV networks love to whine that they can't track online viewing. Even though they can record every IP address that connects to their servers to watch a program, which means they can know exactly how many people are watching. This in comparison to using statistical extrapolation to figure out TV viewers. It's not an issue with the ratings system being flawed, it's that the people at the networks are complete idiots.


If they did that, they would have to actually admit how many people were (or more likely weren't) watching. That would drive down advertising dollars.
 
2012-07-31 05:02:32 PM

jayhawk88: I still say ESPN is going to get brave enough at some point to just start offering all their programming as a streaming subscription sold directly to consumers, and to hell with the cable companies.


Its going to be a loooooooong time before that happens. However, I'm pretty sure it will become common practice to do what NASCAR has been doing. They don't offer the "official" coverage online, but for free you can get access to like 10 camera angles, 4 or 5 drivers in-car views, etc. online.

It doesn't come with commentary... but its a real cool think if you're a total NASCAR geek like me.

I could see ESPN doing this with a baseball or basketball game.
 
2012-07-31 05:02:42 PM

ole prophet: they would have to actually admit how many people were (or more likely weren't) watching


Very true.
 
2012-07-31 05:02:57 PM
I tried to stream some events this weekend and the flash (ADOBE) player kept on crashing about 7-8 minutes. I have no problem with watching 4 hours of an event that already took place but live streaming just doesn't work on my computer for some reason.

I don't care that much since I'm at work during the weekdays and I try to watch some of the primetime show but I keep falling asleep. Beach volleyball has been in decline in the USA for the past 4 years with most of the tournaments moving offshore and yet NBC still thinks that we want to watch that crap? I'm ok with watching the quartfinals, semis and finals but the group matches are boring.
 
2012-07-31 05:03:49 PM

WxAxGxS: Girlfriend asked me when the gymnastics telecast was going to be on. So I head to the NBC Olympics page for the schedule. How nice of them to provide spoilers for every tape delayed event going on today in their half-page tall marquee.


Funny how the internet side of NBC , the broadcast side (NBC TV), and NBC News can't seem to agree on their own policies. hehe.
 
2012-07-31 05:05:22 PM

jayhawk88: TV's going to get real interesting in the next few years. Sport was like the last thing that networks could still reliably make bank on, and now viewers are starting to revolt over even this? Granted the Olympics comes with it's own, somewhat unique set of challenges from a networks perspective, but it's pretty clear that more and more of us want our sports to show up online and convenient to us, and not as just a come-on to try and get us to turn on the traditional set.

I still say ESPN is going to get brave enough at some point to just start offering all their programming as a streaming subscription sold directly to consumers, and to hell with the cable companies. I wonder if Disney has enough properties at this point that they could sell enough subscriptions to make it worth their while, if they lost all the money they're currently getting from cable companies? Wouldn't you pay $20/month for ESPN Streaming, especially if they were throwing in the Disney channels for the kids? I would in a hot second.


if MLB got over the stupid local blackout restrictions, you bet your ass. I'd combine it with mlb.tv and nhl, and bam, I have zero need for cable anymore.

actually, never mind, proxies.
 
2012-07-31 05:06:28 PM
Never did care for NBC's coverage of American Gladiators either. The commentary by Hulk Hogan left a little to be desired.
 
2012-07-31 05:07:22 PM
www.thelostogle.com
/nods in time delayed approval
 
2012-07-31 05:09:52 PM
I want to watch the events live on tv. Not after the fact, with all the smaltz from their stupid on-air gasbags.

/ DIAF NBC
 
2012-07-31 05:14:02 PM

Vanquish: To quote John Stewart

"NBC doesn't know how to make a show tailored to America


In this case, I think the exact opposite is true. There's no way NBC can appeal to everybody. Some people will complain about the NBC announcers while others will complain that the streams are confusing because they have no announcers. Some people complain that NBC won't air the prime events live while others complain about their website having spoilers before they come on.

Knowing that, NBC has gone for the biggest possible audience, which just so happens to be people who work during the day and don't care that they're watching tape delayed coverage. Complain all you want, but the numbers don't lie. 30 million people are willing to watch tape delayed events along with all the puff pieces and other crap therein. It's not NBC's fault that the biggest American constituency is the "working/don't care" audience. They are tailoring their coverage specifically for an "American audience", just not the vocal minority audience that happens to populate Fark, Gawker, and Deadspin.
 
2012-07-31 05:14:44 PM
I don't really mind the NBC coverage of the Olympics, I mind the political adds. They apparently alternate between candidate X is a baby eating, bible raping, Obama care loving commie, to candidate y is an outsourcing, job killing, theiving elitist who will eliminate your halth coverage and cause you to die in a ditch like an unloved dog.

Also it seems like every one of them swears that this time they really mean to go to Washington and stop spending.Hey assholes how about you go to Washington and raise taxes until they cover spending.
 
2012-07-31 05:15:54 PM

Fat Old Broad: I want to watch the events live on tv. Not after the fact, with all the smaltz from their stupid on-air gasbags.

/ DIAF NBC


Yeah. I dont really care that much because I have been watching the "odd" sports earlier in the day but I really love watching the swimming. The tape delay has ruined that because I know the results beforehand. I try to avoid them but I always seem to stumble past the results.
 
2012-07-31 05:16:17 PM

ourbigdumbmouth: More ass shots. Guys or girls I dont care, I need that ass.


Here's one:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-31 05:18:48 PM
NBC News' Facebook account is posting 'spoilers' on the swimming events and who won. The network that is delaying the Olympic coverage is also reporting the results before they air the competitions! I'm laughing at the confused people right now.

"Why are you telling us the results of the events you haven't even shown yet!"
 
2012-07-31 05:18:59 PM
I am loving the "World Feed" channels online through ctvolympics.ca. They are just the raw audio/video feeds from London, with no commentators, no commercials, no stat overlays, no shots of parents, but plenty of replays and nothing is skipped.

They have a feed like this for each event, or you can watch the TSN/CTV/Sportsnet channels with feature all the commentary and studio-desk shots for the regular experience.

It's a shame NBC doesn't offer this online. I get the reason for the prime-time replay, but you should still be able to watch any event live, even if just online.
 
2012-07-31 05:19:41 PM
I know all the results for today, from following twitter and I wont mention any here, but that is still retarded that I dont. It's a live sporting event. Its not like me being a dick and giving away the ending of the dark knight.

fark it, I am doing it. SPOILER ALERT: Michael Phelps drowned.
 
2012-07-31 05:19:51 PM
Oh, and NBC needs to stop doing this....

i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-31 05:21:06 PM
also, the ratings were down 5% last night from 4 years ago. and why I care I dont know. because its not like NBC will change the way they are doing anything.
 
2012-07-31 05:22:59 PM
A Twitter account that ties in with NBC's tape delay. Amusing.
 
2012-07-31 05:25:45 PM

Brother_Mouzone: also, the ratings were down 5% last night from 4 years ago. and why I care I dont know. because its not like NBC will change the way they are doing anything.


I'm not sure what numbers you're using, but in the Adults 18-49 demo last night's broadcast was even with the 2008. 10.6 for 2008, 10.6 for 2012.
 
2012-07-31 05:26:23 PM

4NSpy: Oh, and NBC needs to stop doing this....

[i.imgur.com image 787x1133]


Yeah. Last night was inexcusable.
 
2012-07-31 05:27:05 PM
Watch the coverage on Telemundo. They give you a good variety of events with a limited amount of bullshiat and zero human interest stories. Bonus: you get to learn some cool new words.

/REMATE!!!
 
2012-07-31 05:39:29 PM
Also quite a bit of their live daytime coverage isn't live, it's delayed by an hour or more. And they refuse to budge from their set programming. Like yesterday when there was the big brouhaha in women's fencing, any sane person would say that's worth cutting to in order to see what's up. NBC? No.
 
2012-07-31 05:42:15 PM
I saw a movie called Head Office (it was on HBO and HBO Go all month) where Judge Reinhold plays a senator's son who gets a job at a major corporation as a PR guy. He gets stoned on the way to make a comment to the media, defending his company's decision to close a plant in a small town. Instead of the usual bullshiat, he's honest about things, explaining that companies do what's best for their own bottom line. He's hailed as a hero in the press.

I do not think the same thing will happen here.
 
2012-07-31 05:42:19 PM
BBC coverage = awesome. The lack of commercials is fantastic.

I was in Glasgow and London for a few events (surprisingly not as chaotic as I would have thought) and preferred the BBC coverage on TV wherever possible. All the pubs were tuned to the BBC as well. No problems whatsoever. Seriously, that's how Olympic coverage should be done.

NBC can suck it.
 
2012-07-31 05:45:18 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Yep, it was Kremer (4:28 in)


Whew, that was rude. Props to Phelps for not biting off her head.
 
2012-07-31 05:45:30 PM
I'm watching the NBC live feed and saving some of the other events like gymnastics and swimming for the taped feed since I know the wife will want to watch them. My main complaints have been the opening ceremony was farked by NBC. Matt Lauer's constant and sometimes disrespectful commentary distracted from the actual ceremony, skipping the 7/7 tribute for an interview with Phelps, and cutting out a lot of the live music stuff was just unacceptable. NBC had to know with as fast as information travels these days that their delay was going to mean spoilers for a lot of people. Also I wish they would show more variation of evens in prime time and during the day. Watching the online feed today I saw kick ass canoeing, judo, fencing that looked like it took place in Tron, and weightlifting. On t.v. through their whole series of networks NBC brought us swimming, swimming, swimming, gymnastics, swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, archery. How about showing some other events once in awhile?
 
2012-07-31 05:50:11 PM

jasonl6010: Watch the coverage on Telemundo. They give you a good variety of events with a limited amount of bullshiat and zero human interest stories. Bonus: you get to learn some cool new words.

/REMATE!!!


I already knew that word. "After my divorce, I remated."
 
2012-07-31 05:53:48 PM

WhyteRaven74: Also quite a bit of their live daytime coverage isn't live, it's delayed by an hour or more. And they refuse to budge from their set programming. Like yesterday when there was the big brouhaha in women's fencing, any sane person would say that's worth cutting to in order to see what's up. NBC? No.


Wow, that's amazing. Not an Olympics fan... but that does suck. I've noticed very little "cutting in".

CBS does a great job for the NCAA basketball first/second round. Their producers must have the biggest headache after that weekend. Especially before they had cable partners and it was all on one station. And *to boot* it was different in every single market.
 
2012-07-31 05:55:27 PM

WhyteRaven74: Also quite a bit of their live daytime coverage isn't live, it's delayed by an hour or more. And they refuse to budge from their set programming. Like yesterday when there was the big brouhaha in women's fencing, any sane person would say that's worth cutting to in order to see what's up. NBC? No.


wow, see I didn't even know that happened. That sucks for the South Korean. You would think they would have contingency plans for something like that.
 
2012-07-31 05:57:20 PM
BBC is the best olympic coverage ever. Miss it now I live in Canadia.
 
2012-07-31 06:01:17 PM

Gunny Highway: 4NSpy: Oh, and NBC needs to stop doing this....

[i.imgur.com image 787x1133]

Yeah. Last night was inexcusable.


How about monday night when they came on the 6PM news and announced the results of the Mens 400M Individual Medley. It was so stunning they had to just let everyone know about it right away. Then they had the nerve to say "If you want to actually watch it, it's coming up next." What a bunch of tards.
 
2012-07-31 06:01:28 PM

ModernPrimitive01: . You would think they would have contingency plans for something like that.


You would think so.

downstairs: Wow, that's amazing. Not an Olympics fan... but that does suck. I've noticed very little "cutting in".


Also during the swimming coverage in prime time yesterday one swimmer pulled out of a race and they're saying they have no idea why they scratched. Apparently not knowing an athlete or coach has to tell the officials they're pulling out of a race and thus the officials know. I've watched tons of track over the years, seen quite a few people pull out and in just about every case they can tell you why they pulled out, even if it's something completely unforeseen at the last minute. And I had a feeling the swimmer pulling out wasn't something that happened ten minutes before the race.
 
2012-07-31 06:03:22 PM
Skimmed the thread, so I'm sure someone's said this already:

Can the announcers SHUT THE FARK UP for 2 seconds when something's happening? I swear, someone at NBC told them, "No dead air. Ever."

Blahbblahblahblahblah....when it's the last 50m and she's fighting for gold, nobody gives a shiat about the fact that she grew up in Bumfark and she had to overcome an extruded vagina and everybody at the general store is rooting for her Call the event, don't just fill in when you don't have something to say.

/rant over
 
2012-07-31 06:04:50 PM

Do the needful: How about monday night when they came on the 6PM news and announced the results of the Mens 400M Individual Medley. It was so stunning they had to just let everyone know about it right away. Then they had the nerve to say "If you want to actually watch it, it's coming up next." What a bunch of tards.


Wow.

At least PTI (the only sports show I watched)... started yesterdays show *very* loudly announcing "Ok, we're going to talk about something that happened in the olympics, that you may or may not have seen. If you're watching on delay, turn away now!!"
 
2012-07-31 06:07:42 PM

ourbigdumbmouth: More ass shots. Guys or girls I dont care, I need that ass.


imageshack.us
 
2012-07-31 06:07:54 PM

WhyteRaven74: Also during the swimming coverage in prime time yesterday one swimmer pulled out of a race and they're saying they have no idea why they scratched. Apparently not knowing an athlete or coach has to tell the officials they're pulling out of a race and thus the officials know. I've watched tons of track over the years, seen quite a few people pull out and in just about every case they can tell you why they pulled out, even if it's something completely unforeseen at the last minute. And I had a feeling the swimmer pulling out wasn't something that happened ten minutes before the race.


Ever seen NASCAR on TNT? You'll hear the following two things 100 times in a race:

"It appears as if something has happened."

"Woah! The 13 car spins.... ummm.... who drives the 13?"

"While we were away at break.... (insert something big that happened)"
 
2012-07-31 06:14:09 PM
I like the BBC coverage just as much as everyone else, but it's not happening here unless PBS can outbid everyone else.
 
2012-07-31 06:19:16 PM

12349876: I like the BBC coverage just as much as everyone else, but it's not happening here unless PBS can outbid everyone else.


It would be kind of awesome to see the federal government throw PBS a billion or so (a drop in the bucket for the Fed) and say "Get the Olympics and go wild. The only requirement is do you best to provide universal access."

Universal access being over the air programming, online streaming, and apps for the major phone operating systems. The stupid shiat with this Olympics is that by 7 pm Eastern, the British are all going to bed and the Olympics are over. So you can show everything live and then run a SportsCenter type thing in Primetime. Everyone wins.
 
2012-07-31 06:19:23 PM

downstairs: Ever seen NASCAR on TNT?


Many times and what you said is true. It's like they found out yesterday they're going to be covering the race.
 
2012-07-31 06:23:20 PM

WhyteRaven74: downstairs: Ever seen NASCAR on TNT?

Many times and what you said is true. It's like they found out yesterday they're going to be covering the race.


Exactly. Its like they asked *me* to cover the play-by-play of a race when I first became a fan circa 2006.

"Huh, not sure why he took only 2 tires when they had 4 perfectly good ones sitting there... strange stuff from the 48 crew there, Kyle."
 
2012-07-31 06:25:35 PM
Live coverage all day on 5 channels
Condensed version of the days events in prime time
Live and archived streaming of all events online

Yeah, what shiatty coverage.
 
2012-07-31 06:25:47 PM

Gig103:
In fact, I'm very tempted to pay one of those companies that gives me access to a UK DNS server monthly, so I can use iPlayer and watch BBC.


Do it. I've been watching BBC's coverage for the past couple of days, and it smokes NBC's coverage.
 
2012-07-31 06:28:05 PM

ha-ha-guy: 12349876: I like the BBC coverage just as much as everyone else, but it's not happening here unless PBS can outbid everyone else.

It would be kind of awesome to see the federal government throw PBS a billion or so (a drop in the bucket for the Fed) and say "Get the Olympics and go wild. The only requirement is do you best to provide universal access."

Universal access being over the air programming, online streaming, and apps for the major phone operating systems. The stupid shiat with this Olympics is that by 7 pm Eastern, the British are all going to bed and the Olympics are over. So you can show everything live and then run a SportsCenter type thing in Primetime. Everyone wins.


Problem: The Federal Reserve and the federal government are mutually exclusive, as 'The Fed' is private.
 
2012-07-31 06:36:19 PM

Shostie: oldernell: I watched a little during the day, and even tried to watch at night. Five minutes at night and I am analyzed and up close and personal wiped out, and turn it off. It seems the commentators get more air time than the participants. Could be the worst coverage ever.

Incorrect:

[i.imgur.com image 300x282]

Incidentally, ALSO by NBC.


You're nuts. If you had the benefit of uh, getting it free, it was the best US coverage ever by a mile. Full events, No commentary or BBC commentary and no hosts or fluff pieces (They saved those for the network).
 
2012-07-31 06:38:38 PM

consider this: Live coverage all day on 5 channels
Condensed version of the days events in prime time
Live and archived streaming of all events online

Yeah, what shiatty coverage.


Oh yeah..

MSNBC: Lockup Boston
CNBC: Informercial
Bravo: Housewives of NJ.
 
kab
2012-07-31 06:50:21 PM

pisceandreamer: Guess no one should be particularly shocked that NBC is more concerned with shareholders than customers.


And we're done here.

As much as their TV coverage has sucked absolute ass (and it has), the online streaming has been really good. So I can't complain.
 
2012-07-31 06:53:34 PM
What a douche pig.

The commercial sets are mind-hammering, too.
A couple of hours of this crap and I feel like I've been embalmed.
 
2012-07-31 06:56:53 PM
/Buy some magical alignment of the stars and life circumstances, we happen to have Comcast, so I've got three channels and internet streaming of the events.
//CNN has been spoiling the SHIAT out of NBC, too, so there's that.
 
2012-07-31 06:57:37 PM

BalugaJoe: Oh yeah..

MSNBC: Lockup Boston
CNBC: Informercial
Bravo: Housewives of NJ.


Here's the schedule for tomorrow

MSNBC - Olympics 9am to 6pm
CNBC - Olympics 5pm to 8pm
Bravo - Olympics 7am to 3pm
NPCSP Olympics 4am to 8pm
OSOCC - Olympics 12 am to 12am
OBASK - Olympics 12am to 12am

How horrible, right?
 
2012-07-31 07:04:09 PM
NBC has WHEEL OF FORTUNE right now.
MSNBC has Hardball with the doofus.

Shareholders demand this, right?
Farking race to the bottom, how werk it.
 
2012-07-31 07:07:10 PM
Reading the whining from people complaining "Thanks for ruining it for me CNN" on CNN's FB feed. CNN is putting "Olympic Result:" on their news alerts but people are not just asking them to stop posting the results but to stop BROADCASTING the results on their network! Seriously, how moronic do you have to be to demand a news company stop broadcasting the news?
 
2012-07-31 07:07:57 PM

consider this: BalugaJoe: Oh yeah..

MSNBC: Lockup Boston
CNBC: Informercial
Bravo: Housewives of NJ.

Here's the schedule for tomorrow

MSNBC - Olympics 9am to 6pm
CNBC - Olympics 5pm to 8pm
Bravo - Olympics 7am to 3pm
NPCSP Olympics 4am to 8pm
OSOCC - Olympics 12 am to 12am
OBASK - Olympics 12am to 12am

How horrible, right?


The problem is they don't show certain big event during their "live coverage" and instead show smaller sports so they can replay the big event at night during prime time. NBC was showing the Olympics all day today they didn't how swimming or gymnastics on tv though.

Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC
 
2012-07-31 07:14:19 PM
NBC's problem is that they are utterly unable to reconcile the idea of a tape delay with the need to be first to break news to people. If you are trying to have any drama in your broadcast at all, you can't go around spoiling the ending for people first.
 
2012-07-31 07:20:43 PM

Carth: The problem is they don't show certain big event during their "live coverage"


All events are available live online.
 
2012-07-31 07:21:26 PM
Meh, the coverage sucks, but he's right. If we don't like it we can go fark ourselves.

Oh, and the blog sucks "oh noes, they didn't honor terrorism victims from forty farking years ago!!!". Who cares?
 
2012-07-31 07:22:18 PM

Carth: The problem is they don't show certain big event during their "live coverage" and instead show smaller sports so they can replay the big event at night during prime time. NBC was showing the Olympics all day today they didn't how swimming or gymnastics on tv though.


As someone who's sick and tired of beach volleyball, swimming, and gymnastics, I rather enjoy that they don't show these during the day.

MOAR team handball! Why did this never catch on here?
 
2012-07-31 07:25:16 PM

Carth: Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC


CBC isn't showing the games at all and TSN is showing 9 hours of coverage per day. Go ahead and tell me how that's even close to what NBC is offering.
 
2012-07-31 07:25:41 PM

Shostie: oldernell: I watched a little during the day, and even tried to watch at night. Five minutes at night and I am analyzed and up close and personal wiped out, and turn it off. It seems the commentators get more air time than the participants. Could be the worst coverage ever.

Incorrect:

[i.imgur.com image 300x282]

Incidentally, ALSO by NBC.


You misspelled Pat O'Brien hosts the CBS Winter Olympics

3 hours of prime time, 45 minutes of actual sport!
 
2012-07-31 07:27:06 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: Oh, and the blog sucks "oh noes, they didn't honor terrorism victims from forty farking years ago!!!". Who cares?


They were honoring the victims from Britain's worst terrorist attack which happened in 2005. That's like asking why someone would care if the UK refused to show a 9/11 tribute, get a clue.
 
2012-07-31 07:38:48 PM

Skiffy: Gig103:
In fact, I'm very tempted to pay one of those companies that gives me access to a UK DNS server monthly, so I can use iPlayer and watch BBC.

Do it. I've been watching BBC's coverage for the past couple of days, and it smokes NBC's coverage.


Which one do you use, and does it work on mobile devices? I like the idea of getting BBC iPlayer (and probably is a better investment than Hulu+)
 
2012-07-31 07:41:09 PM
To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.
 
2012-07-31 07:41:49 PM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: NBC's problem is that they are utterly unable to reconcile the idea of a tape delay with the need to be first to break news to people. If you are trying to have any drama in your broadcast at all, you can't go around spoiling the ending for people first.


I think these Olympics have shown that there are a ton of people out there who just. don't. care. They just want to watch the events, regardless of whether or not they know the outcome. avoidingMany events were shown live in primetime in Beijing. I know the swimming finals were all moved to the morning at 8 or 9 (rather than the evening when they're usually held) specifically so they could be aired live at 8 or 9 pm EST. But this year's ratings have been higher, so far, despite every single event being aired on tape delay.

There are also a surprising number of people who are capable of avoiding spoilers. My wife and I watched Olympic coverage for most of the day yesterday, with me cruising Fark and Deadspin and other sports sites while she was on Facebook and Pinterest and whatever else she does. She wasn't intentionally avoiding spoilers, she just doesn't frequent the news and sports sites like I do.

I think the internet (especially Fark and Twitter and the like) often serves as an echo chamber where like-minded people come together to biatch about things and then they begin to believe that "well, if everybody here hates it, so must everybody else" without realizing that the vast majority of Americans DON'T spend all day on Fark and DON'T spend all day on Twitter and are perfectly oblivous to what's happening in the world until they come home. And, as it turns out, that group of people is, if not the majority, than certainly the plurality when it comes to this type of event.

Sure, NBC's decisions are going to piss off those people who either can't avoid spoilers or who can't enjoy the event once they know the end. But those people are in the minority. And if NBC did try to keep results off of its sites, people would just laugh at them for trying to ignore the news and they would lose page views/revenue. Once they've decided to tape delay, they're in a no-win situation when it comes to reporting the results.
 
2012-07-31 07:51:29 PM

consider this: Carth: Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC

CBC isn't showing the games at all and TSN is showing 9 hours of coverage per day. Go ahead and tell me how that's even close to what NBC is offering.


I can watch every single event live without a cable subscription online or through ATV.
 
2012-07-31 07:52:49 PM

Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.


Until we overload BBC's streaming capabilities and they decide to cut off ExPat Shield's IP address ranges, of course.

The fun part of hearing NBC scream "WE GOT RATINGS, SO SUCK IT!" is that, as more folks figure out how to escape NBC's "strap the rat cage on your face" exclusivity, their ratings will continue to drop. Their ratings have already dropped, actually, but they will continue to fall as hostility mounts over NBC's dinosaur business model.

This farce goes on for three weeks. Let's see what NBC has to say in week 3.
 
2012-07-31 07:57:34 PM

consider this: Carth: The problem is they don't show certain big event during their "live coverage"

All events are available live online.


If you pay for a cable subscription.
 
2012-07-31 07:58:53 PM
NBC is now reporting that the Germans have surrendered... We won!

minnesota.publicradio.org
 
2012-07-31 08:00:57 PM

consider this: MSNBC - Olympics 9am to 6pm
CNBC - Olympics 5pm to 8pm
Bravo - Olympics 7am to 3pm
NPCSP Olympics 4am to 8pm
OSOCC - Olympics 12 am to 12am
OBASK - Olympics 12am to 12am

How horrible, right?


CNBC - only taped boxing
Bravo - only tennis
NBCSP - don't get it depsite getting all the other channels on this list
OSOCC - yesterday was showing repeats of soccer games all day long on the off day and I'm assuming will continue doing so, doesn't start live until 9:30 AM, cool shiat goes down before then, ends 4:30 PM, still a few things going on then
MSNBC - doesn't start until 9AM, often shows the exact same thing that's on the soccer of basketball channel
OBASK - doesn't start until 8:30 AM
 
2012-07-31 08:03:44 PM

Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.


Honest question. You don't find that a little bit skeevy? I mean, the BBC is a service that is paid for by British citizens. They have to have a TV license ($240/yr) to watch it (on TV or online) or they can be fined $1,500. Spoofing your IP to watch BBC programming is basically the 21st century equivalent of stealing cable.
 
2012-07-31 08:05:33 PM
4NSpy: Oh, and NBC needs to stop doing this....

That was unreal to watch. I still watched the event, sports fanatic that I am, but still.

TheJoe03: They were honoring the victims from Britain's worst terrorist attack which happened in 2005. That's like asking why someone would care if the UK refused to show a 9/11 tribute, get a clue.

Maybe he/she was thinking of one minute of silence --very common at English football matches-- to remember the deaths of the Israeli athletes in Munich 1972, which was ixnayed by the London 2012 people, allegedly under pressure from Arab countries.

My boss is really cool and I had a tab on my browser showing the rowing events (men and women's). When I had nothing to do, I'd watch, then when work came in, I'd tab out. The stream was crystal clear, only a few iffy moments and since I don't listen to announcers in any sport and always turn the sound off when watching sports, it was win-win.

Is it me, or are there less "Melissa caught a cold when she was 12, this is her inspiring story of triumphing over adversity!!!" type things on the main NBC coverage?
 
2012-07-31 08:06:47 PM
Being a big Track and Field guy my fear is that NBC won't allow ANY coverage of T&F during the day. Then at night, all i'll get is 3-4 heats of men's and women's 100's and 200's.
 
2012-07-31 08:12:45 PM

Carth: If you pay for a cable subscription.


Well I guess only 85% of the country is covered then.
 
2012-07-31 08:14:50 PM

consider this: Well I guess only 85% of the country is covered then.


Oh the cable subscription must include MSNBC and CNBC. And not all do.
 
2012-07-31 08:21:47 PM

consider this: Carth: Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC

CBC isn't showing the games at all and TSN is showing 9 hours of coverage per day. Go ahead and tell me how that's even close to what NBC is offering.


Sure but you also have TSN2, CTV, Sportsnet, OLN, plus the fact that overnight CTV shows things LIVE. Not to mention all the French stuff etc if you are into that.
 
2012-07-31 08:22:42 PM

consider this: Carth: If you pay for a cable subscription.

Well I guess only 85% of the country is covered then.


MSNBC is considered a higher tier channel on many cable subscriptions. if you don't have MSNBC you don't get access to the online streams. Cutting off millions of Americans because they don't want to pay $80 a month for cable is ridiculous and NBC is the only carrier in the world who is doing it.
 
2012-07-31 08:23:17 PM

consider this: Carth: Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC

CBC isn't showing the games at all and TSN is showing 9 hours of coverage per day. Go ahead and tell me how that's even close to what NBC is offering.


Why would you lie like that? You know full well that CTV and Sportsnet in addition to TSN are showing Olympic coverage from the beginning to the end of the the day.
 
2012-07-31 08:25:06 PM

carnifex2005: consider this: Carth: Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC

CBC isn't showing the games at all and TSN is showing 9 hours of coverage per day. Go ahead and tell me how that's even close to what NBC is offering.

Why would you lie like that? You know full well that CTV and Sportsnet in addition to TSN are showing Olympic coverage from the beginning to the end of the the day.


Maybe he's just really into Little Mosque on the Prairie and doesn't know a channel other than the mother network?
 
2012-07-31 08:29:22 PM

carnifex2005: Why would you lie like that? You know full well that CTV and Sportsnet in addition to TSN are showing Olympic coverage from the beginning to the end of the the day.


Are they showing more than NBC? If you're going to claim that they are, be prepared to provide proof.
 
2012-07-31 08:31:14 PM

consider this: carnifex2005: Why would you lie like that? You know full well that CTV and Sportsnet in addition to TSN are showing Olympic coverage from the beginning to the end of the the day.

Are they showing more than NBC? If you're going to claim that they are, be prepared to provide proof.


They showed diving, gymnastics and swimming live today. NBC didn't.
 
2012-07-31 08:34:34 PM

consider this: carnifex2005: Why would you lie like that? You know full well that CTV and Sportsnet in addition to TSN are showing Olympic coverage from the beginning to the end of the the day.

Are they showing more than NBC? If you're going to claim that they are, be prepared to provide proof.


http://www.ctvolympics.ca/viewers-guide/day/2012-08-01/timezone/mdt/i n dex.html here you go, you will notice the large amount of LIVE programming. on various networks.
 
2012-07-31 08:35:04 PM
The MSNBC boxing announcer guy, the italian one, is as bad as Joe Rogan is good. And right now i think Joe Rogan's analysis of MMA fights is probably the best announcing of any sport out that, narrowly beating out the NFL Network's Mike Mayock color commentary of Thursday night games.

At one point the MSNBC announcer was saying the latitude and longitude of the capital of Montenegro. He was farking reading off the latitude and longitude.
 
2012-07-31 08:46:10 PM

consider this: Carth: Thank god I'm in Canada for this olympics and don't have to deal with NBC

CBC isn't showing the games at all and TSN is showing 9 hours of coverage per day. Go ahead and tell me how that's even close to what NBC is offering.


Does anybody else get the feeling we have an NBC employee in our midst?
 
2012-07-31 08:49:20 PM

Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.


Muchas gracias, danke, y gratis. Oh, and thanks!
 
2012-07-31 08:53:58 PM

Carth: They showed diving, gymnastics and swimming live today. NBC didn't.


Yes they did, I watched it.
 
2012-07-31 08:58:45 PM

consider this: Carth: They showed diving, gymnastics and swimming live today. NBC didn't.

Yes they did, I watched it.


how much were you able to see live?
 
2012-07-31 09:09:45 PM

consider this: Carth: They showed diving, gymnastics and swimming live today. NBC didn't.

Yes they did, I watched it.


The Olympics thread today was full of Americans complaining NBC wasn't showing swimming and gymnastics live on tv and they were forced to watch online with a 30 delay and no HD. You must have different television channels than everyone else which is great for you not so much for other people.

Why is it so hard for you to admit that other countries are covering the Olympics better than NBC?
 
2012-07-31 09:13:27 PM
BTW you can watch replays on NBC's site of everything. Except gymnastics and diving, even though they claim you can watch any replay at any time.
 
2012-07-31 09:22:55 PM

Carth: Why is it so hard for you to admit that other countries are covering the Olympics better than NBC?


Sounds like a shill to me.
 
2012-07-31 09:24:46 PM

TheJoe03: Carth: Why is it so hard for you to admit that other countries are covering the Olympics better than NBC?

Sounds like a shill to me.



What? Someone with a brand spankin' new account, whose entire contribution to this thread has been:
img805.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-31 09:42:04 PM
Successful troll may be successful, but one of the big deal-breakers is that CTV's online streaming coverage is available to everyone in Canada - not just those with a cable subscription.
 
2012-07-31 09:42:33 PM

rugman11: Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.

Honest question. You don't find that a little bit skeevy? I mean, the BBC is a service that is paid for by British citizens. They have to have a TV license ($240/yr) to watch it (on TV or online) or they can be fined $1,500. Spoofing your IP to watch BBC programming is basically the 21st century equivalent of stealing cable.


Oh I know full well that it's not ethical. But I just want to watch the damn Olympics. I don't have cable, or access to a TV that gets NBC.

So unless you can point to somewhere else I can watch the games live online, and legally for free, I'm going to use this program for another two weeks to enjoy these wonderfully hosted Olympics through BBC's enjoyable and comprehensive coverage, paid for by the United Kingdom and it's friendly, generous people. When the Olympics are over, I will uninstall it and never use it again, that's a promise.
 
2012-07-31 09:46:18 PM
Looks like Abby Farle is working for NBC now.
 
2012-07-31 09:47:56 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-31 09:50:30 PM

Passive Aggressive Larry: rugman11: Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.

Honest question. You don't find that a little bit skeevy? I mean, the BBC is a service that is paid for by British citizens. They have to have a TV license ($240/yr) to watch it (on TV or online) or they can be fined $1,500. Spoofing your IP to watch BBC programming is basically the 21st century equivalent of stealing cable.

Oh I know full well that it's not ethical. But I just want to watch the damn Olympics. I don't have cable, or access to a TV that gets NBC.

So unless you can point to somewhere else I can watch the games live online, and legally for free, I'm going to use this program for another two weeks to enjoy these wonderfully hosted Olympics through BBC's enjoyable and comprehensive coverage, paid for by the United Kingdom and it's friendly, generous people. When the Olympics are over, I will uninstall it and never use it again, that's a promise.


That's cool. I just saw Lifehacker post an article on how to do this today and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth as if, like I said, they had written article on how to steal your neighbor's cable.
 
2012-07-31 09:57:38 PM
I'm a Canadian who gets both NBC and good coverage.

When you watch American coverage it's almost like the piped in idiot broadcasters don't know it's not the American nationals, that's how little you see or hear of non Americans.
 
2012-07-31 10:23:13 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: how much were you able to see live?


I only watched for a short time but the all of the events were shown in their entirety.
 
2012-07-31 10:32:43 PM

consider this: Representative of the unwashed masses: how much were you able to see live?

I only watched for a short time but the all of the events were shown in their entirety.


img4.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-31 10:36:57 PM

propasaurus: consider this: Representative of the unwashed masses: how much were you able to see live?

I only watched for a short time but the all of the events were shown in their entirety.

[img4.imageshack.us image 408x307]


almost perfect...

img4.imageshack.us

2media.nowpublic.net

ah that's better
 
2012-07-31 10:44:01 PM

propasaurus: consider this: Representative of the unwashed masses: how much were you able to see live?

I only watched for a short time but the all of the events were shown in their entirety.

[img4.imageshack.us image 408x307]



Nice!

/I'll admit, having NBC on my channel list is nice for when there are breaks in the live marquee events (on CTV, TSN, V), since they're usually showing Americans competing in less popular sports (Handball, waterpolo, etc...), so it's a fun change of pace.
//CTVOlympics.ca is kick-ass, though, since everything is Live on-demand for free, w/o sub
 
2012-07-31 10:54:16 PM
I like the fact it's on tape delay. Just like it has been since 2000 (when most people? started having access to the net) for every winter or summer Olympics when needed. Even if I wanted to watch it during the day, I'm not going to get more than a few minutes before I have to work again. Who are these people complaining about what amounts to a Broadway production not being live? Besides, I would rather watch on my big screen than on a computer or a mobile phone. But then again, I am an old fart.
 
2012-07-31 11:10:53 PM

ole prophet: WhyteRaven74: downstairs: From what I've heard Neilsen and all that is pretty behind the times.

They are hugely behind the times. And TV networks love to whine that they can't track online viewing. Even though they can record every IP address that connects to their servers to watch a program, which means they can know exactly how many people are watching. This in comparison to using statistical extrapolation to figure out TV viewers. It's not an issue with the ratings system being flawed, it's that the people at the networks are complete idiots.

If they did that, they would have to actually admit how many people were (or more likely weren't) watching. That would drive down advertising dollars.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
2012-07-31 11:27:29 PM

rugman11: Passive Aggressive Larry: rugman11: Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.

Honest question. You don't find that a little bit skeevy? I mean, the BBC is a service that is paid for by British citizens. They have to have a TV license ($240/yr) to watch it (on TV or online) or they can be fined $1,500. Spoofing your IP to watch BBC programming is basically the 21st century equivalent of stealing cable.

Oh I know full well that it's not ethical. But I just want to watch the damn Olympics. I don't have cable, or access to a TV that gets NBC.

So unless you can point to somewhere else I can watch the games live online, and legally for free, I'm going to use this program for another two weeks to enjoy these wonderfully hosted Olympics through BBC's enjoyable and comprehensive coverage, paid for by the United Kingdom and it's friendly, generous people. When the Olympics are over, I will uninstall it and never use it again, that's a promise.

That's cool. I just saw Lifehacker post an article on how to do this today and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth as if, like I said, they had written article on how to steal your neighbor's cable.


I would be willing to pay the equivalent of the licensing fee to be able to get full BBC services in America. I'd like to be able to watch Doctor Who and F1 live and commercial-free. But there are so many farking rights issues that it can't happen, so I will continue to put on an eyepatch and watch things through other means.
 
2012-07-31 11:30:02 PM

Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.


Thank you, belatedly.

I less than three you.
 
2012-07-31 11:32:41 PM
Can't wait to watch the tape-delayed highlights of Janet Evans' gold-winning swim...tonight on NBC!
 
2012-07-31 11:48:37 PM

pisceandreamer: Guess no one should be particularly shocked that NBC is more concerned with shareholders than customers.


The problem is, we as consumers are not NBC's customers. Advertisers are NBC's customers and the viewers are simply decorations to show off. Their business plan is actually kind of genius because they require exactly zero approval from the public at large to continue doing business however the fark they want. The only way to get back at NBC is to stop watching it. Forever. And I know people don't have the discipline to do that with any continuity.
 
2012-08-01 12:08:10 AM
Is this the thread where we all get trolled by consider this?
 
2012-08-01 12:11:11 AM
Oh, fine. I'll bite...I bet consider this thinks NBC does an awesome job of covering the NHL, too.
 
2012-08-01 01:09:25 AM
I'll say it again, VPN using ExpatShield or TunnelBear, visit BBC site and click on the London 2012 section, enjoy the iPlayer coverage of everything in all its non-NBC glory. Soon my fellow Americans...soon we will have stuff of our own like this that doesn't suck.
 
2012-08-01 06:46:55 AM

consider this: Representative of the unwashed masses: how much were you able to see live?

I only watched for a short time but the all of the events were shown in their entirety.


I guess when you work at NBC, you can watch it live.
 
2012-08-01 07:35:51 AM
I wonder how Apple or Google would have broadcast it.

That question alone should get this dipshiat to change his tune. If you are going to force us to "enjoy" one of the worlds great spectacles with 20 year old formats and delivery vehicles, you might want to actually PRETEND to care about something other than yourselves.

These are NOT NBC's olympics, they don't belong to them.

/ "its not everyones right to get whatever they want" has no business in any entertainment company's mindset. Its kind of the goal. And it is possible.
// Then again, NBC isnt really into entertaining anyone, now, are they?
 
2012-08-01 07:43:34 AM
eh just download the ctv olympics app

i watched fencing live on it the other day
 
2012-08-01 07:43:36 AM
Watch.

After the Olympics, NBC will admit to messing this up, and the ONLY solution will be PPV next time around to help pay for improvements.
 
2012-08-01 08:24:44 AM

I sound fat: I wonder how Apple or Google would have broadcast it.

That question alone should get this dipshiat to change his tune. If you are going to force us to "enjoy" one of the worlds great spectacles with 20 year old formats and delivery vehicles, you might want to actually PRETEND to care about something other than yourselves.



You really want APPLE to broadcast the Olympics? That seems like a really bad idea. That would be like the TripleCast idea, multiplied, with every prelim and final event costing 99 cents. And you could only watch on Apple devices.

On a side note, I'd be really interested in seeing Apple take a stab at content creation. If only just for them to realize their various little holes in their worldwide domination plans....where you don't control the pipes or the content, just the devices that use both ends of those things.
 
2012-08-01 08:41:29 AM
Choke on a fat dick, NBC.
 
2012-08-01 09:47:40 AM
I smell burning AstroTurf in this thread.
 
2012-08-02 01:24:19 AM

rugman11: Passive Aggressive Larry: To any Americans out there dissatisfied with NBC's coverage, or just wanting to watch the games online without having to farking sign in, I have the solution. Install Expat Shield(which assigns you a UK IP address), and watch everything for free on BBC.com.

You're welcome.

Honest question. You don't find that a little bit skeevy? I mean, the BBC is a service that is paid for by British citizens. They have to have a TV license ($240/yr) to watch it (on TV or online) or they can be fined $1,500. Spoofing your IP to watch BBC programming is basically the 21st century equivalent of stealing cable.


I do feel bad, actually. I looked up what a TV license costs after I watched the opening ceremonies that way.

My roundabout way of making amends is to donate to the local NPR station during the BBC World Report (6 hours a night) part of the pledge drive this year. I know it ain't all going their way, but heck, I donate mainly because of that anyways (it got me through many a long nighttime drive, and since the Mumbai attacks happened in the middle of a 4 hour drive I'll always give them immense respect as to how they handled it). I'll donate more this time.

And NBC just sucks so, so, so goddamn much. I wish I wasn't ~ 20 minutes drive outside of getting decent Canada broadcast coverage. I'd just stick to that entirely.
 
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