uncleacid: Will Putin be parachuting in like the Queen.
IAmRight: Felgraf: Fencing's a summer sport though, right?If they combined fencing and skiing, THAT would be worth watching.
cirby: Nabb1:It's not the Duck Dynasty nimrods. Dick Ebersol is solely responsible for the way the Olympics are packaged and brought to you. Because he figured out decades ago, that selling and airing the Olympics as a sporting event wasn't working. The vast majority of events are not sports people follow year round. He changed it to a package of human interest stories.The problem with a lot of Olympic events - the way they run the schedule, anyway - is that you get a really neat shot of some people doing something amazingly athletic for 30 seconds, then ten minutes of getting set up for the next event.The other problem is that most people - yes, even the ones who supposedly love particular events aren't that interested in the events where the two lowest-ranked skiers face off for who comes in last. Unless one of them is really interesting in some other way. Face it: to most people (yes, even the most rabid sports fans, and even the fans of those particular sports), most unedited sporting events are dead-flat boring to watch.
Tr0mBoNe: http://olympics.cbc.ca/I'm cool with the old people who watch TV getting spoon fed their pablum. I'll stick to the raw streams from the web.
sovietski: 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.Oh God, this.Admittedly, I don't know every country's flag, but isn't that what the announcer at the opening ceremony is for? To...announce wtf is going on? Having network talking heads during the OC is redundant.I have found that hitting the "mute" button relieves about 80% of my aggravation at TV sports.
12349876: SomeoneDumb: Oh, goody! I hope they again edit out all the nations nobody cares about during the march of nations. It not only speeds things up, it gives more time for advertisers!This is the Winter Olympics. Already been done.[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x263]
Gosling: mechgreg: cgraves67: Somebody really needs to get the Olympics away from NBC.It cost NBC $775 million just for Sochi which was part of a bigger 4.38 billion dollar deal for the rights from 2014-2020. Who else has that kind of cash or than another major network? Does anyone thing that the olympics on ABC (with support from ESPN) would be any better? Especially keep in mind that generally when you compare the cost of getting the rights to the advertising dollars you make, the Olympics are usually a money loser (I think Lonon might have been the first time in a long while that NBC made money).FOX, I'd imagine. They've already wrested the World Cup out of ESPN's hands; they may well make a play for the Olympics before too much longer.
DamnYankees: I'm not sure why they can't do this and also provide a livestream online.
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.
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