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2012-08-13 04:36:04 PM  
Closing was better than opening for the fact there was less inane commentary.
 
2012-08-13 04:36:16 PM  
It's called symmetry, people.
 
2012-08-13 04:36:21 PM  
So, uh, is Animal Practice Children's Hospital without the human patients?
 
2012-08-13 04:36:24 PM  
Wait......The Summer Olympic Games were this year?
Huh. Musta missed 'em.
 
2012-08-13 04:38:09 PM  
I do not feel alone in my disappointment. That provides me some comfort.

I will now, somewhat shamefully admit that I DVR'd Animal Practice. I like veterinarians; what can I say? My sister is a veterinarian.
 
2012-08-13 04:38:20 PM  
Another Heidi moment for NBC.

"We must cut away from the Olympic closing ceremonies to show this TV show about a monkey. It's cool though, we'll show the rest after the monkey show and your local news".
 
2012-08-13 04:39:02 PM  
consistency is a quality in its own way.

Now: Lets talk about tweets and retweets.
 
2012-08-13 04:39:24 PM  
We all saw this coming two weeks ago:

siliconrepublic.com
 
2012-08-13 04:39:28 PM  
actually their daytime coverage wasn't so bad
 
2012-08-13 04:39:49 PM  

Walker: Another Heidi moment for NBC.

"We must cut away from the Olympic closing ceremonies to show this TV show about a monkey. It's cool though, we'll show the rest after the monkey show and your local news".


Yes, a monkey on the uneven bars.
Yoo stay klassy, NBC.
 
2012-08-13 04:42:23 PM  
The only monkey I want to see on NBC occasionally runs around in the ventilation ducts at a community college.

I don't need a spinoff show just about this monkey.
 
2012-08-13 04:42:51 PM  
Really? Outraged over missing stupid fireworks and a few people in idiotic costumes prancing around?

Really?

I hope NBC tells them to STFU.
 
2012-08-13 04:42:57 PM  
People complain on the internets? Who knew?
 
2012-08-13 04:43:14 PM  

Walker: Another Heidi moment for NBC.

"We must cut away from the Olympic closing ceremonies to show this TV show about a monkey. It's cool though, we'll show the rest after the monkey show and your local news".


"And by the rest of the show, we mean 37 seconds of the Who."

"in a row, cause we encourage you to suck it."

/I felt violated
//Monkey was awesome tho
///Who knew you could train a monkey to act and produce NBC Olympic coverage?
 
2012-08-13 04:43:23 PM  
My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

2. the network wouldn't even allow net-streaming of the games unless you are a subscriber to a cable network (Cox, DirectTV, etc). Newsflash: some of us don't have/want cable. Time to realize that you can't force people to accept older technology. More and more people are doing what I do: Paying for wireless internet and using that for literally everything.

3. I dont want to see just the finals in every event except swimming and track. Give viewers the ability to see the quarter and semi-final matches as well.

In other words, give the viewers the choice of what they want to see...and stop choosing for us.
 
2012-08-13 04:46:10 PM  
There's these buttons on your TV that let you do amazing things such as:
* Change the channel
* Turn the TV off

Instead of whining, try pushing one of those buttons. You may be surprised at what you find.
 
2012-08-13 04:46:25 PM  
The Olympics was on? I thought NBC was doing wall to wall interviews of good looking athletes interspersed with highlights from their careers.

Damn.
 
2012-08-13 04:46:35 PM  
It's the continuing stoooooory of NBC not caring.
 
2012-08-13 04:47:23 PM  

hitlersbrain: Really? Outraged over missing stupid fireworks and a few people in idiotic costumes prancing around?

Really?

I hope NBC tells them to STFU.


4/10

/should have stopped at "Really?"
//would have given you the Gold instead of Bronze
 
2012-08-13 04:48:37 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

2. the network wouldn't even allow net-streaming of the games unless you are a subscriber to a cable network (Cox, DirectTV, etc). Newsflash: some of us don't have/want cable. Time to realize that you can't force people to accept older technology. More and more people are doing what I do: Paying for wireless internet and using that for literally everything.

3. I dont want to see just the finals in every event except swimming and track. Give viewers the ability to see the quarter and semi-final matches as well.

In other words, give the viewers the choice of what they want to see...and stop choosing for us.


In the UK the BBC set up about thirty channels just for the Olympics, so you could choose your sport and stick with it. And all on their iPlayer catch up net service as well. And no adverts of course. Paying $20 a month for the BBC has its advantages.
 
2012-08-13 04:48:51 PM  
I'm already disappointed in their coverage for Sochi and it's still 18 months away. If they get their shiat together for the streaming of events like they did this year it won't be so bad. If they try to do things like not stream 4-man bobsled and hold that off until later in the evening, I'll be irate.

That said, NBC's been dickish about this stuff even when the Olympics aren't going on. The FIBT has a great online stream of all of their bobsled/skeleton World Cup events, but NBC has blocked viewing in years past because they have the rights to the programming, which they show a clip version of a week later. This past year the US Bobsled & Skeleton Federation managed to come to a compromise with NBC about it, but there's no telling if that'll carry over to this season.

In short, expect the worst from NBC and you'll never be surprised.
 
2012-08-13 04:49:38 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.


You didn't? I'm watching a recording of it from my DVR right now. Pretty awesome stuff.
 
2012-08-13 04:49:54 PM  
People watch the Olympics?

They used to be about amateur athletics; now they're about raking in money from xorporate sponsorships and suckering cities into hosting the fraud.

"Records" set in a fraudulent environment such at that are themselves suspect and should not be recognized.
 
2012-08-13 04:50:10 PM  

MrEricSir: Instead of whining, try pushing one of those buttons. You may be surprised at what you find.


Will I find watchable Olympic coverage?!?! That'd be swell.

Not as swell as whining about people whining, but I'll take what I can get.
 
2012-08-13 04:50:17 PM  
Whiny biatches are whiny. Stop whining, whiny biatches!!
 
2012-08-13 04:50:57 PM  

lennavan: actually their daytime coverage wasn't so bad


I only saw the daytime coverage during the weekends and it was pretty good. It's really sad that NBC Sports can do rather good coverage during the day but think their evening failfest is what viewers deserve.

Next time, I hope they repeat the day coverage on that evening's NBC Sports/MSNBC/CNBC instead of having the evening be NBC network only while their other channels show the usual non-olympics crap.

The streaming is not the best substitute because it's raw, unedited footage with a lot of waste unless you're watching one team sport.
 
2012-08-13 04:51:05 PM  
There was a lot more commentary both in the form of voice over and pre-recorded personal interest stories than was quite right.
Since they paid a bundle to broadcast the Olympics you would think they would show the events rather than people sitting in a studio talking about fark all.
 
2012-08-13 04:51:42 PM  
I don't know if it was just my local NBC affiliate, but I particularly enjoyed how they cut away from the medal ceremony for the US Women's basketball team just before they received their gold medal. I got to watch 2 or 3 commercials and several minutes of a kids show called "Noodle & Doodle", then they cut back just in time to hear the very end of last note in the Star Spangled Banner and Dan Patrick saying "See you tomorrow".
 
2012-08-13 04:51:57 PM  

karl2025: The more you eat the more you fart: My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

You didn't? I'm watching a recording of it from my DVR right now. Pretty awesome stuff.


I dont have a DVR because I dont have cable TV. I pay for 4G hone access and use the 'net to watch what I want to see.

However, because I dont have TV service, I couldn't stream it because I lacked a password from my cable company.
 
2012-08-13 04:52:00 PM  
Clearly this must be Obama's fault.
 
2012-08-13 04:55:08 PM  
Using Expat Shield and watching the BBC made the Olympics very enjoyable. I just wish our PBS was on the same level but that will never happen with the derp storm morons out there trying to shut down anything that even tries to educate people on actual factual information.


/GOP and derp idiots you are ruining society
//wish we had more content like the BBC and more stations
 
2012-08-13 04:55:27 PM  

AndreMA: "Records" set in a fraudulent environment such at that are themselves suspect and should not be recognized.


What, exactly, would the best "environment" to set a world record for the 100m? These are world class atheletes, they use/train/play in world class facilities. I will admit that some of the assistive technology is questionable (swim suits, etc) at that level, but what point are you trying to make? That the only track world records that should count should be done in a high school cinder track at 6am before football practice starts? If I'm going to attempt to set a world record in anything, you better damn well believe that I'm going to make sure every single environmental factor is lined up to my advantage.

I suppose you'd rather we go back to lake/ocean swimming and let participants get treated for hypothermia.
 
2012-08-13 04:55:50 PM  
I guess Seacrest was out, through execution of his commentary

Link
 
2012-08-13 04:56:44 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

2. the network wouldn't even allow net-streaming of the games unless you are a subscriber to a cable network (Cox, DirectTV, etc). Newsflash: some of us don't have/want cable. Time to realize that you can't force people to accept older technology. More and more people are doing what I do: Paying for wireless internet and using that for literally everything.

3. I dont want to see just the finals in every event except swimming and track. Give viewers the ability to see the quarter and semi-final matches as well.

In other words, give the viewers the choice of what they want to see...and stop choosing for us.


You fail to remember back in 92 they tried that with cable, you had to pay for 3 different channels and it had literally everything on it. And I was lucky enough to catch the Judo and Taekondo, I'll just never watch water polo again, borrrring.
Link
It's like a quarter of the way down.
 
2012-08-13 04:56:52 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: 1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.


I tuned in because I thought they were going to air a Tae Kwon Do final the other day, but instead they showed over an hour of grownups coasting little-kid bicycles down a rubber track for twelve seconds at a time.
 
2012-08-13 04:57:11 PM  
I tried to watch some of the events, but there was some paint drying across the street I just had to check out.
 
2012-08-13 04:57:55 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: karl2025: The more you eat the more you fart: My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

You didn't? I'm watching a recording of it from my DVR right now. Pretty awesome stuff.

I dont have a DVR because I dont have cable TV. I pay for 4G hone access and use the 'net to watch what I want to see.

However, because I dont have TV service, I couldn't stream it because I lacked a password from my cable company.


NBC paid over a billion $ for the rights to air the games. I doubt if they're all that upset that folks who don't have TV service whine about not seeing the games.
 
2012-08-13 04:58:21 PM  
For those of you who missed the total suckfest that NBC did airing the atrocity that the produced in the evening, the live stream was somewhat acceptable. Nonetheless, the total UFIA that they pulled on America last night was so eloquently spelled out in this thread:Link

For even more happy goodness, look at their Facebook posts from last night, unless they cleaned them up to save face.
 
2012-08-13 05:01:17 PM  
I'm mostly pissed that NBC decided to show diving events for 3 weeks straight.

Put alligators in the pool or something to make it more interesting, FFS.
 
2012-08-13 05:01:26 PM  

BuckTurgidson: The more you eat the more you fart: 1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

I tuned in because I thought they were going to air a Tae Kwon Do final the other day, but instead they showed over an hour of grownups coasting little-kid bicycles down a rubber track for twelve seconds at a time.


Then you understand what I mean.

There are lots of sports I would have rather have seen: Trap shooting, archery, taekwondo, the wrestling quarter and semi-finals, etc.
 
2012-08-13 05:01:27 PM  
In Canada, we had 14 stations broadcasting Olympic coverage in 3 languages, as well as live streaming via web and app. And this paled in comparison to the remarkable symbiosis that the BBC pulled off with their online content, where every news story, video stream, medal ceremony, athlete bio, broadcast schedule etc was seamlessly cross referenced, making it simple to follow, watch, and be notified of whatever cross-section of sport you like.

All NBC has to do is follow the lead of successful broadcasters. The trail has already been blazed.
 
2012-08-13 05:02:17 PM  

factoryconnection: I like veterinarians; what can I say? My sister is a veterinarian.


Yeah, so do I. And a relative of mine is one as well. I even liked the guy in what I'd seen of Weeds.

Couldn't. Make. It. Through. The. *Ad.*

The more you eat the more you fart: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.


Heh. That's funny. I had the misfortune of catching a few minutes of women's on the cable broadcast. Looked like a couple of mildly pissed off ladies waving their feet at each other while wearing so much armor as to be pointless. Not particularly interesting. But, I'm sure it is if you actually know something about the sport.

As for me, was I the only one shocked by the lack of Top Gear and Doctor Who? Profitable, worldwide bits of culture from the BBC that would be entertaining and could always benefit from more exposure, and the only mention was a *really* brief bit of the TARDIS arrival sound effects in the opening ceremonies?

I'm going to go ahead and guess that I missed them because FARK YOU, NBC didn't show the entire ceremony in the guide timeslot labelled "Closing Ceremony."

So, because I didn't see the very beginning, because FARK YOU, NBC...

I'm'a believe that The Stig delivered, with swift and brutal efficiency, the marathon gold medalist via a circuitous and scenic route through London, in, oh, let's say a convertible Aston Martin. Automatically entering standby mode during the medal ceremony, he sat in utter stillness. At the end of the last anthem, his processors spun back up and he tore out of the stadium. As he disappeared down the tunnel, the stadium burst to life in lighting, music and fireworks.

Then, at the end, which I didn't get to see because FARK YOU, NBC...

... an announcer somberly explains that the ceremony is over, and hopes everyone gets home safely... and the stadium goes pitch black, the TARDIS cacophony landing sounds erupt, and suddenly, on the top of the stadium, we see in bright spotlight, the TARDIS. Out of it steps < your favorite doctor > and < your favorite companion(s) >.

"Errr, um, whoops. Sorry. I think we missed it. Drat. This was supposed to be a good one, too. I know! I'll take you to the London 3012 Games! The 500m Team Hybrid Platform Diving And Water Polo should be phenomenal. I have to warn you though, the world's gotten much more enlightened, so everyone now competes unencumbered by clothing. Except for Saudi Arabia and the United States of Jesus, of course." TARDIS music and lights out / house lights up.

Much better in my head than in reality, however, I expect.

/ a giant foot putting out the flames would have been EPIC
// anyone else find it... odd... that the song about not caring about money was performed by a singer parading around in a Rolls?
 
2012-08-13 05:02:19 PM  

Jim.Casy: I'm mostly pissed that NBC decided to show diving events for 3 weeks straight.

Put alligators in the pool or something to make it more interesting, FFS.


That does seem weird, showing diving events a week before the olympics...
 
2012-08-13 05:03:16 PM  

room at the top: The more you eat the more you fart: karl2025: The more you eat the more you fart: My complaints:

1. Show more of the events that are actually held at the olympics. For example: TaeKwonDo has been a MAJOR player at the olympics for years, yet I've NEVER seen it on broadcast tv.

You didn't? I'm watching a recording of it from my DVR right now. Pretty awesome stuff.

I dont have a DVR because I dont have cable TV. I pay for 4G hone access and use the 'net to watch what I want to see.

However, because I dont have TV service, I couldn't stream it because I lacked a password from my cable company.

NBC paid over a billion $ for the rights to air the games. I doubt if they're all that upset that folks who don't have TV service whine about not seeing the games.


Right...and this thread is exactly WHY I dont have tv service. People with service didnt fare any better than I did because the network only showed a select few events.
 
2012-08-13 05:03:19 PM  
I only saw the opening ceremonies. I got pissed when coverage shifted from London to Ryan Seacrist interviewing some jackass. At that point I changed the channel and never turned back. Felt justified when I found that the Ryan Seacrist bit was during some memorial service for people who died. I would know more about it if the Ryan Seacrist interview wasn't being shown at that point in time.

/Yeah, for that, someone should have been fired
//or punched in the face
///or both
 
2012-08-13 05:04:36 PM  
I didn't watch a whole lot of Olympics this year, mostly because I didn't care that much, and also because I dropped cable a while back, and every time I turned on NBC proper, they were showing volleyball of some kind. But, I was up at my parents this past Wed evening, and caught the end of the (tape delayed) US/Aus basketball game. Knew the outcome already of course, but it was fine to watch.

After the game was over they showed a bit of the Spain/France handball game, and my dad and I were somewhat into this, trying to figure out the rules, etc. They showed this for about 15 minutes, then cut to commercial with the score tied. When they came back, Spain had scored 3 goals; it was tape delayed mind you, but they went ahead and just cut out 5 minutes of the game, because Fark You that's why. They showed another 10 minutes, then more commercials, then went to highlights of the basketball game that the entire world had known about for like 6 hours. Then more commercials, then some kind of pre-taped segment, and by that point I was ready to pack up and head back home.

I think NBC wanted to try and hook some viewers for their floundering sports network formerly known as Versus, and they must have thought the way to do this was to get their talent as much airtime as possible. Which makes sense in a way I guess, because your all-sports network is not going to be showing 90% of the sports the Olympics highlight. NBC knows damn good and well no one in the US gives two shiats about swimming, diving, gymnastics, or track for 47 months out of 48 months, so you might as well try to convince everyone that Costas and Crew are worth watching themselves.
 
2012-08-13 05:08:05 PM  

grinding_journalist: What, exactly, would the best "environment" to set a world record for the 100m?


I was curious about this re: swimming... does anyone know how tightly controlled the pool chemicals and temperature are? Or if it would even be possible to have a different enough chemistry / temperature to make a "fast" or "slow" pool?

The more you eat the more you fart: Trap shooting


I understand NBC maybe not wanting to cover shooting events (though misguided)... but ya' know the one that honked me off? There was a *very* brief throw-away mention on the first day that an American woman (iirc) won her *fifth* gold in a row (iirc - it was just a flash mention) in a shooting event. I mean FFS, NBC, it was even an American. In an event that couldn't have taken more than a couple minutes to perform. And her *fifth* Gold. This woman deserves to have her event televised, perhaps even more than Phelps does, but certainly more than *any* "human interest" nonsense! And I don't even much care for shooting sports, nor think of them as much of a sport at all!
 
2012-08-13 05:08:35 PM  

Great Janitor: /Yeah, for that, someone should have been fired


Oh, I don't know. It's not as bad as, say, Itchy playing Scratchy's ribcage like a xylophone, where he struck the same rib twice in succession producing two distinctly different notes. Now that was a glaring error!
 
2012-08-13 05:08:50 PM  
Meh, I didn't care because I was too busy actually participating in the games.

You can see me right here carrying the motherfarking torch!
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-13 05:08:51 PM  
Remember the Barcelona games where NBC had Red White and Blue channels that each ran unedited live coverage for 12 hours a day, in addition to the standard coverage on NBC? yeah, people hated it, it was too confusing.

The only way people won't biatch about the olympics is if they occur in America, over the course of 2 months so that every event can take place during primetime. Or stream all the events live, WHICH THEY DID. If you're biatching on the internet, you have the internet, and could have streamed it.
 
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