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2012-08-09 09:57:35 AM
I would be satisfied with the BBC too.

Instead of the crap-fest of NBC, Matt "talky mc talkerson" Lauer, Bob "ancient zombie" Costas and the rest of these dumb over-produced idiots.

Bob, you aren't fooling anyone, you are 102 years old. Stop it. Just, stop.

The summary of NBC coverage I come up with is this: NBC covers NBC at international events. Not the event itself.

This is why you suck, NBC. You think you are the reason people watch.
 
2012-08-09 10:52:16 AM
Iceland?
 
2012-08-09 11:07:39 AM
Taiwan's coverage rocks. Here we have 16 channels (16!!!) on basic cable covering the Olympics, half in English, half in Mandarin. And since Taiwan competes in virtually nothing (other than Taekwondo) there has been coverage of everything from handball to water polo.
 
2012-08-09 11:14:07 AM
NBC's currently on the air with Olympics coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and MSNBC. All three are broadcasting tape-delayed coverage. At 11:15 in the morning.
 
2012-08-09 11:15:56 AM

bubbaprog: NBC's currently on the air with Olympics coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and MSNBC. All three are broadcasting tape-delayed coverage. At 11:15 in the morning.


When the only people watching TV are unemployed or people whose job it is to watch TV. How dare they not cater to you!
 
2012-08-09 11:17:39 AM
We don't even get that station but my wife's always saying how much she loves BBC.

Weird huh?
 
2012-08-09 11:17:44 AM
And I'm sure PBS could put up awesome ad-free coverage if you gave them $27 billion in taxpayer dollars (the UK's $234 license fee applied to 114.7 million US television households).
 
2012-08-09 11:22:00 AM
Expat Shield & http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/2012/

Every sport live with BBC coverage, here in the US
 
2012-08-09 11:25:49 AM
Yeah, I prefer not to hear a bunch of English twats talking about sports. NBC online feeds have been just fine for everything I've watched.
 
2012-08-09 11:29:14 AM

bubbaprog: NBC's currently on the air with Olympics coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and MSNBC. All three are broadcasting tape-delayed coverage. At 11:15 in the morning.


How about the volleyball coverage in prime time that's tape delayed? Go away to a commercial whent here's a break in the action is fine, but coming back from the break and missing points being scored? WTF? It's tape delayed! You can also pause the action during commercials, you dumbfarks.
 
2012-08-09 11:31:19 AM
I thought Sigorney Weaver did a better job with it.
 
2012-08-09 11:36:07 AM
When are they finally going to have sound tracks on live digital sports broadcasts that are players, coach, and crowd noise only with spaces for commercials? It cannot be a technological problem at this point.

/commentators are almost universally idiotic, no matter how refined their accents might be
//still loves Don Cherry though
///not Canadian
 
2012-08-09 11:38:19 AM

IAmRight: Yeah, I prefer not to hear a bunch of English twats talking about sports. NBC online feeds have been just fine for everything I've watched.


I don't mind that so much (especially in soccer), but the author is apparently celebrating the fact that Britain's announcers have been bigger homers than Hawk Harrelson. That seems a bit ridiculous.
 
2012-08-09 11:45:36 AM

rugman11: I don't mind that so much (especially in soccer), but the author is apparently celebrating the fact that Britain's announcers have been bigger homers than Hawk Harrelson.


It works if the author is British. It's not like they have anything else where Brits excel internationally.
 
2012-08-09 12:22:32 PM
Auntie Beeb rules!
 
Heb
2012-08-09 01:00:23 PM

IAmRight: rugman11: I don't mind that so much (especially in soccer), but the author is apparently celebrating the fact that Britain's announcers have been bigger homers than Hawk Harrelson.

It works if the author is British. It's not like they have anything else where Brits excel internationally.


Making a decent cup of tea.
Fighting outside of kebab shops at 11:30pm
Humour
Low budget science fiction
 
2012-08-09 01:11:04 PM
The coverage had better be good considering how the Olympics has so strongly messed up Doctor Who! (Hey, I like the Olympics, but I have my priorities!)
 
2012-08-09 01:15:38 PM
The unashamedly partisan focus on home athletes (possibly due to them not being used to having much in the way of British success) is my only quibble, really. Aside from that, you cannot argue with the fact that the BBC makes it possible to watch every single event live, and most of their commentators and pundits actually know what the fark they're talking about.
 
2012-08-09 01:16:38 PM
I'll stick my neck out here, but I've loved the NBC.com/LiveExtra service. Free with signup, and yes, there's commercials, but I don't care about that (they come back from the break exactly where they left off). Every sport is streamed, either live or archived, and most of them have no mind-numbing announcers.

A friend sent me a link to the BBC's feed and it's only degrees better than NBC's. They still only selectively show things but with a British bias, and they still love love love the talking heads bloviating about stuff we've just seen.

/Don't work for GE, NBC or any of it's subsidiaries
 
2012-08-09 02:09:49 PM

KingKauff: bubbaprog: NBC's currently on the air with Olympics coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and MSNBC. All three are broadcasting tape-delayed coverage. At 11:15 in the morning.

How about the volleyball coverage in prime time that's tape delayed? Go away to a commercial whent here's a break in the action is fine, but coming back from the break and missing points being scored? WTF? It's tape delayed! You can also pause the action during commercials, you dumbfarks.


How else can you absolutely positively ensure the match will end EXACTLY in time for a 37 second poignant interview in which one of the contestants remarks on how she misses her cats while she's at the Olympics, and still cut exactly to a pre-taped track event, which they will cut away from in the middle to interview a contestant on how her mother is sad that people don't love America more?
 
2012-08-09 02:37:31 PM
NBC's Olympic coverage is pretty good. NBC Olympic primetime is just like the rest of NBC primetime - an overedited mess. But if you can read this sentence, you're not the intended audience. Primetime coverage is targeted towards middle age housewives who aren't going to watch sports unless there's (a) a sappy emotional story, (b) Americans, and (c) a good shot of a medal win.
 
2012-08-09 02:41:41 PM

Henry Holland:

A friend sent me a link to the BBC's feed and it's only degrees better than NBC's. They still only selectively show things but with a British bias, and they still love love love the talking heads bloviating about stuff we've just seen.

/Don't work for GE, NBC or any of it's subsidiaries


So showing EVERY sport live is selectively showing things but with a British bias is it? Even those sports with no British competitors?
 
2012-08-09 02:49:47 PM

No Line For Beer: Primetime coverage is targeted towards middle age housewives who aren't going to watch sports unless there's (a) a sappy emotional story, (b) Americans, and (c) a good shot of a medal win.


Not middle-aged housewives, just Americans. If we have, say, 2-3 hours of TV to watch in a night, we want some payout for those 2-3 hours, not to see some random competition of a bunch of people we don't know playing a sport we don't give a sh*t about. The vast majority of people complaining about the coverage have more interest in complaining about the coverage than they do they actual events they're "missing."
 
2012-08-09 03:29:08 PM
I've found that Ireland's coverage of the Olympics has been spot on.
 
2012-08-09 03:40:30 PM

sparkyjones23: Henry Holland:

A friend sent me a link to the BBC's feed and it's only degrees better than NBC's. They still only selectively show things but with a British bias, and they still love love love the talking heads bloviating about stuff we've just seen.

/Don't work for GE, NBC or any of it's subsidiaries

So showing EVERY sport live is selectively showing things but with a British bias is it? Even those sports with no British competitors?


That's what i was going to say, the BBC Olympics site is showing every single sport live, they may not have commentary on them, but they have live streams of everything. AIso also all being transmitted on digital TV. The BBC coverage is second to none, worth the license fee just for that.
 
2012-08-09 05:18:43 PM

Pinko_Commie: sparkyjones23: Henry Holland:

A friend sent me a link to the BBC's feed and it's only degrees better than NBC's. They still only selectively show things but with a British bias, and they still love love love the talking heads bloviating about stuff we've just seen.

/Don't work for GE, NBC or any of it's subsidiaries

So showing EVERY sport live is selectively showing things but with a British bias is it? Even those sports with no British competitors?

That's what i was going to say, the BBC Olympics site is showing every single sport live, they may not have commentary on them, but they have live streams of everything. AIso also all being transmitted on digital TV. The BBC coverage is second to none, worth the license fee just for that.


And not just online... if you have a satellite platform, you get a dedicated channel for every sport. Been watching freestyle wrestling, dressage, boxing and Tae Kwon Do today.

Go Jade Jones!
 
2012-08-09 05:28:10 PM

beta_plus: When are they finally going to have sound tracks on live digital sports broadcasts that are players, coach, and crowd noise only with spaces for commercials? It cannot be a technological problem at this point.


They tried it once with an NFL (?) game decades ago. Also the Mets tried it for an inning a few years back. Got a terrible response.
 
2012-08-09 05:57:54 PM

downstairs: beta_plus: When are they finally going to have sound tracks on live digital sports broadcasts that are players, coach, and crowd noise only with spaces for commercials? It cannot be a technological problem at this point.

They tried it once with an NFL (?) game decades ago. Also the Mets tried it for an inning a few years back. Got a terrible response.


I'd rather have an audio feed of my parents having sex than listen to Phil Simms in the booth.
 
2012-08-09 06:49:05 PM
sparkyjones23: So showing EVERY sport live is selectively showing things but with a British bias is it? Even those sports with no British competitors?

I should have written: "a friend sent me a link to an illegal BBC feed"

It's not on BBC.co.uk and it definitely doesn't have "all sports" because it's a single stream from a single source and as far as I can tell, I can't inhabit up to ten realities at once to see them all simultaneously. The last time I looked at it, it was nothing but interviews. Sorry, don't need to hear Tim "Never Won A Major" Henman natter on about the tennis competition.

Again, I'm quite happy with the NBC.com/LiveExtra service, and if there are announcers on something I'm watching, I just turn the sound off and listen to music. It was bliss to watch most of the rowing events with just the ambient sounds.
 
2012-08-10 03:39:00 AM
I've been watching full events on the BBC web site during the day for sports I'm particularly interested in and the NBC show in the evening for a wrap-up, but I can barely stand the NBC show. This business of showing every U.S. athlete's parents like "oh wow!! she has PARENTS!!! and they're ROOTING for HER!!! That's just so AWESOME!!!!" I read that there was a dedicated camera on Michael Phelp's mom.

Tonight I realized why a US athlete won the decathalon, there were apparently only two competitors, both American. I know the shot put is not that exciting, but at least try to give a sense of the event instead of just showing the two Americans.

Is this going to commercial or coming back during play supposed to make us think they're live?

Watching gymnastics on the BBC, I realized that it's not even what's being said. The BBC announcers were saying things like "that was a great routine" and "she really has to nail this" and "awww, she didn't quite hit the handstand" but they say it in a normal speaking voice. The NBC announcers try to have this super emotional tone, overemphasizing every third word, and it sounds ridiculous.

The BBC had sprinting legend Michael Johnson speaking intelligently about running and adding real insight. NBC has Ryan Seacreast doing "what's it like to be so awesome?" interviews instead of showing actual competition.

I wanted to post this article I read during the Beijing games but couldn't find it. A reporter took her daughter and mom with her. They were watching some Olympic coverage in the hotel and her mother was upset that they were just showing the events without the heartwarming overcame tragedy stories. She didn't know who to root for.

I'd be happy to send the BBC a check for two weeks worth of the TV license fee.
 
2012-08-10 06:41:20 AM

Phins: I'd be happy to send the BBC a check for two weeks worth of the TV license fee.


Henry Holland: sparkyjones23: So showing EVERY sport live is selectively showing things but with a British bias is it? Even those sports with no British competitors?

I should have written: "a friend sent me a link to an illegal BBC feed"

It's not on BBC.co.uk and it definitely doesn't have "all sports" because it's a single stream from a single source and as far as I can tell, I can't inhabit up to ten realities at once to see them all simultaneously. The last time I looked at it, it was nothing but interviews. Sorry, don't need to hear Tim "Never Won A Major" Henman natter on about the tennis competition.

Again, I'm quite happy with the NBC.com/LiveExtra service, and if there are announcers on something I'm watching, I just turn the sound off and listen to music. It was bliss to watch most of the rowing events with just the ambient sounds.


Ahh, what you want (which has been mentioned up thread) is:

Expat Shield & http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video
 
2012-08-10 06:46:14 AM

Pinko_Commie: Ahh, what you want (which has been mentioned up thread) is:

Expat Shield & http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video


Oh, and the cool thing about the live feeds it that they are re-windable as well, so if you join a feed halfway through you can time-shift back to the beginning.
 
2012-08-10 01:42:05 PM

downstairs: beta_plus: When are they finally going to have sound tracks on live digital sports broadcasts that are players, coach, and crowd noise only with spaces for commercials? It cannot be a technological problem at this point.

They tried it once with an NFL (?) game decades ago. Also the Mets tried it for an inning a few years back. Got a terrible response.


I was thinking along the lines of a DVD audio track. You have one for English, one for Spanish, one for nothing.
 
2012-08-12 04:33:47 AM

beta_plus: downstairs: beta_plus: When are they finally going to have sound tracks on live digital sports broadcasts that are players, coach, and crowd noise only with spaces for commercials? It cannot be a technological problem at this point.

They tried it once with an NFL (?) game decades ago. Also the Mets tried it for an inning a few years back. Got a terrible response.

I was thinking along the lines of a DVD audio track. You have one for English, one for Spanish, one for nothing.


On my old sound system I could and often would set the output to the rear speakers only. Most stations broadcast the commentary through the front speakers only.
 
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