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(Jezebel)   NBC won't livestream the Opening Ceremonies at Sochi next month, instead will edit it into one package that will "maximize the viewing experience." Translated: "USA. USA. USA"   ( jezebel.com) divider line
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2014-01-08 09:13:44 PM  

Radioactive Ass: liam76: Terrorism is great for ratings.

That is a bigger reason for them to show it live.

The IOC would probably disagree...


I amnto saying it is good for the IOC, just ratings for olympic coverage.
 
2014-01-08 09:38:34 PM  
just tell me when the mens & womens ice hockey is on, and fark the rest.
 
2014-01-08 09:58:28 PM  

Radioactive Ass: Not between races, between heats (you know, sets of races). I have watched them live and in person and there were times where you just had to sit and wait for the next heat to start. They smooth up the track and so on then the next set of racers have to get in a few laps to see how the resurfaced ice is. That takes time. The BS from the media is when they cut out the gap that is there. If you see the Olympics live you can watch it for yourself. That's not to say that all sports are like that, a lot of the skiing, sledding and such are done back to back with little gaps between runs but again, if you are there in person you can usually only see a very small part of each run and have to wait to see the very small part of the next run. There aren't a whole lot of events where you can see the entire thing from start to finish. Mountains are big and have these big green things blocking your view and sled tracks tend to have these high banks that also block your view. If you want to see the whole thing you have to get into one of the indoor events


Do you think there is more downtime in these events than a typical pro sports game? Football has all kinds of dead time and half time. Hockey has two 20 minute breaks. The only difference is broadcasters have mastered how to fill that time. There's no reason why they can't do the same for the Olympics. BBC does it. CBC/CTV does it in Canada. They get former Olympians that know how to point out the little things and plenty of experienced play-by-play guys and broadcasters. to fill that down time with interviews, replays, analysis. When there are longer stretches of downtime that's when you do your highlights from other events that are going on. If they can fill an entire day with football games that have a grand total of 3 hours of action, why can't they fill 3 hours with 2 hours of action in speed skating?
 
2014-01-08 10:16:40 PM  

IAmRight: Maybe we could get more Team Handball.


I must have watched 10 hours of that via streaming, and was completely fascinated the whole time. Why the heck don't we have that here on a bigger stage? It's got everything that TV might want - lots of action and scoring, easy to follow the ball, physical contact, and (as you implied) some of the hardest and most awesome passing outside of the NFL. And, unlike soccer or lacrosse or whatever, is about as easy as basketball to do quick pick-up games no matter where you are, and therefore more likely that kids will start playing it.
 
2014-01-08 10:24:01 PM  
fark NBC

fark Costas for enabling this shiat
 
2014-01-08 11:23:49 PM  

havocmike: I've got to back up NBC here. As I said during the summer games a year and a half ago... :

People say they want the events live, in real time. They don't know what they're talking about. The NBC team takes out  A METRIC shiat TON of down-time between competitors, and competitors from countries no one cares about giving performances that ultimately mean nothing to the overall competition. I've watched these things live and unedited. It's not like watching other sports.. It's maddeningly dull


I don't know. Id rather watch the finals of some event between two countries (say, team handball) I dont care about than ANOTHER pre-pre-pre-qualifier swim event that you know the American is going to win because hes such the odds-on favorite and the annointed American star of the games.
 
2014-01-08 11:24:33 PM  
NBC screwing up an Olympic broadcast?... shocking.

/actually a bookmark so I can find a streaming source for the opening ceremonies
 
2014-01-08 11:39:08 PM  

drewogatory: No athletic competition should ever be decided by voting. Boxing, this goes for you as well. Scoreboard or finish line or GTFO.


I've said for a while now that competition can be split into 3 categories: games, athletic competitions and sports.

Games: non-athletic competition with a clearly defined scoring system and format for determining a winner. Chess and poker would fall into here.

Athletic competition: event with an arbitrary system for determining a winner. Figure skating, gymnastics, any sport where judges determine the winner go here.

Sports: Athletic competitions with a clearly defined scoring system and format for determining the winner.

/Of course, boxing and MMA end up being a hybrid of the last two
 
2014-01-09 12:48:44 AM  

BizarreMan: DamnYankees: BizarreMan: Stream or not, live or not.  Can somebody just kill the microphones to the color commentators during the opening ceremonies?  I'd like to actually be able to listen to the event while watching it.

Oh come on! The London commentary was so insightful!

Speaking of London, if you're going to tease a particular performer, don't tease it for hours during one block of coverage, break away for some show about a chimp who is a doctor? followed by the local news and and then come back in the late night coverage and show the performance.


That chimp doctor gave so many patients herpes.. They had to put him down.
 
2014-01-09 12:50:30 AM  

Obscure Login: BizarreMan: Stream or not, live or not.  Can somebody just kill the microphones to the color commentators during the opening ceremonies?  I'd like to actually be able to listen to the event while watching it.

But, but, how will I know what I'm looking at?!?

I need a peppy talking head to let me know that the people wearing athletic clothing and holding the Canadian flags are the athletes from Canada.


It's important.
 
2014-01-09 05:36:22 AM  

BunkoSquad: I assume NBC will be ready to fill in if those forgetful Russians forget to have a segment in the ceremony explaining how Ronald Reagan saved the Russian people from Communists


In with 3. Liberals injecting politics. Wow so surprised.
 
2014-01-09 07:12:13 AM  

under a mountain: BizarreMan: DamnYankees: BizarreMan: Stream or not, live or not.  Can somebody just kill the microphones to the color commentators during the opening ceremonies?  I'd like to actually be able to listen to the event while watching it.

Oh come on! The London commentary was so insightful!

Speaking of London, if you're going to tease a particular performer, don't tease it for hours during one block of coverage, break away for some show about a chimp who is a doctor? followed by the local news and and then come back in the late night coverage and show the performance.


Thnak you, I couldn't remember the premise for that horrible farking show the hyped for two weeks that barely lasted two episodes.

I wonder what awful steaming shiat pile will be hyped to death this time?


Fallon. He starts the Tonight Show immediately following the Olympics.
 
2014-01-09 09:42:16 AM  

desertgeek: Athletic competition: event with an arbitrary system for determining a winner. Figure skating, gymnastics, any sport where judges determine the winner go here.

Sports: Athletic competitions with a clearly defined scoring system and format for determining the winner.


Except lots of sports have arbitrary stuff built into them sure some have more than others. I mean in sports like Basketball and Hockey fouls and penalties a lot of the time come down to how the referee interprets what happened using his own arbitrary judgement.
 
2014-01-09 10:51:27 AM  

mechgreg: desertgeek: Athletic competition: event with an arbitrary system for determining a winner. Figure skating, gymnastics, any sport where judges determine the winner go here.

Sports: Athletic competitions with a clearly defined scoring system and format for determining the winner.

Except lots of sports have arbitrary stuff built into them sure some have more than others. I mean in sports like Basketball and Hockey fouls and penalties a lot of the time come down to how the referee interprets what happened using his own arbitrary judgement.


Most of the Olympic sports are not like that.  Swimming, ski jumping, ski races, speed skating, pretty much all the track and field events, equestrian, bobsled, luge, cycling, biathlon - most of these are decided by a single measurement.  The judges in those events rarely have any impact on who wins or loses.  They are mostly just there to insure everyone followed the course correctly.
 
2014-01-09 10:53:57 AM  

Wettner: I wonder what awful steaming shiat pile will be hyped to death this time?

Fallon. He starts the Tonight Show immediately following the Olympics.


Supposedly, he's actually starts DURING the Games.
 
2014-01-09 02:06:49 PM  

Persnickety: mechgreg: desertgeek: Athletic competition: event with an arbitrary system for determining a winner. Figure skating, gymnastics, any sport where judges determine the winner go here.

Sports: Athletic competitions with a clearly defined scoring system and format for determining the winner.

Except lots of sports have arbitrary stuff built into them sure some have more than others. I mean in sports like Basketball and Hockey fouls and penalties a lot of the time come down to how the referee interprets what happened using his own arbitrary judgement.

Most of the Olympic sports are not like that.  Swimming, ski jumping, ski races, speed skating, pretty much all the track and field events, equestrian, bobsled, luge, cycling, biathlon - most of these are decided by a single measurement.  The judges in those events rarely have any impact on who wins or loses.  They are mostly just there to insure everyone followed the course correctly.


But for the team events there is judging like if a check is legal in hockey or is a basketball player travels. And for the events you mentioned most of the human judging has been eliminated thanks to technology. I mean back in the day it used to be up to a person to decided if a swimmer or a runner false started or who crossed the finish line first.
 
2014-01-09 06:05:45 PM  

Cataholic: star_topology: I'm still pissed that NBC cut out the segment remembering the victims of London's 2012 terrorist attacks.

That's what will happen here.  NBC won't allow anything to be shown that doesn't portray Russia as a bunch of raving homophobes.

Sadly, the olympics used to be about athletes coming together and ignoring political differences for the purpose of competition.  It was a time to put all that BS aside and celebrate what we had in common with the hope that looking at ourselves in that manner would be a building block toward change for the betterment of humanity.


Oh, hell, when the US boycotted in 1980, NBC reduced the entire Olympics to a tiny little clip show because they didn't have any Americans to glorify.
 
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