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(USA Today)   Best memories and biggest surprises from 2018 winter Olympics. The NBC television viewing experience mysteriously absent   ( divider line
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2018-03-01 02:48:29 AM  
Here comes Diggins, here comes Diggins!
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2018-03-01 10:31:49 AM  
What is REALLY sad, is this year was the best job NBC ever did with the Olympics...and it was still shiate!
2018-03-01 11:08:10 AM  

mrsleep: What is REALLY sad, is this year was the best job NBC ever did with the Olympics...and it was still shiate!

I'm not sure there's going to be any winning with Olympics coverage anymore.

I agree with the headline-writer that NBC actually did a good job. NBC's developed one heck of a sports operation, actually. They do a really good job with the Premier League. Sunday Night Football is usually really well produced, even if NBC didn't exactly do the best job with their Super Bowl production this year (Al & Chris were kind of off, those Madden 2005 graphics, etc.).

Seemed to me like the coverage was well-packaged and easy enough to find this year. What wasn't on NBC proper was usually live on NBCSN. They didn't show quite everything, but they directed you to the website if you wanted to see something in particular. They caught all the important stuff. That often gave you the option to watch either live or in primetime.

While I didn't think NBC went overboard with the pre-produced "meet the athlete" packages this year like they often do, I did notice NBC proper was still "The Figure-Skating Channel" much of the time. That's a little annoying.

Tirico did a good job, although he has a past that's a little shaky for our 2018 age. Would have rather had Doc Emrick on hockey, but Kenny Albert did a good job. Tara and Johnny are a little much for me, and they stepped on each other a lot. It's difficult for me to take an announcer seriously with a blinged-up mic and headset.

The games seem to have taken a kind of extreme sports bent on the whole, which I'm still a little head-scratchy about. I get it, it brings in younger viewers, but when you're trying to show snowboarders doin' biatchin' double McTwists and laying it over a John Williams theme instead of something by a Green Day wannabe band, something seems amiss.

We live in an age where it's really difficult to produce something for a broad audience anymore. Everyone's used to their own tailored channel -- personalized Netflix, Hulu or Prime content, a Facebook feed specific to your likes, etc. You have to consider that they're trying to produce TV that might not necessarily be for you -- it's for the fringe viewers that drive up ratings but don't usually watch sports, like moms, little girls, etc. When you consider just how broad of an audience they're trying to attract, I think NBC does a really good job.
2018-03-01 11:16:50 AM  
Nothing mysterious about that absence, subby.
2018-03-01 11:24:09 AM  
I think the saddest thing for another country to experience was how Austria's athletes kept snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Janine Flock was closest to gold in the women's skeleton with one run remaining, blew the last run, finished in fourth. Teresa Stadlober was headed for a silver medal with about 7 kilometers left in the 30-kilometer cross country skiing race, a brain freeze caused her to zig while all the other skiers zagged, she landed in eighth place. It went through all the way to the end ...the last gold medal of the games should have been Austria's but they were without Marcel Hirscher and it went to Switzerland.
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