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DirecTV 2012 Olympics coverage

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by cjrleimer, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Jul 12, 2012 #81 of 507
    JoeTheDragon

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    HD mix for Olympics?
     
  2. Jul 13, 2012 #82 of 507
    tonyd79

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    Maybe. That was hard to decipher but it did say the mix channel would be on 205, which is SD.
     
  3. Jul 13, 2012 #83 of 507
    joed32

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    Glad to hear they will be showing so much in 3D. I had read that they will be a day behind.
     
  4. Jul 13, 2012 #84 of 507
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    205 so no 700's remaping??
     
  5. Jul 13, 2012 #85 of 507
    tonyd79

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    Nope. They say 205 and 600. Which are the sports mixes today.

    They do say the red button is gonna be for Olympics stuff if you are on the sports mix or the NBC channels.
     
  6. Jul 13, 2012 #86 of 507
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    In other words, they'll just throw NBC, NBCSN, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo into the current sports mix like they do for March Madness now and CBS/Turner. It's not really a dedicated Olympics mix. The 8-channel sports mix is unwatchable to me.

    It would have been great if they did a 2x2 mix with NBC, NBCSN, MSNBC and CNBC or Bravo. That would be perfect on the weekend mornings/afternoons.
     
  7. Jul 13, 2012 #87 of 507
    BusterAvis

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    It does not look like there will be a soccer or basketball channel this year (at least not on DirecTV). Also, looks like no channels in the 700's. Here's the link (connect this together without spaces in the URL) ....

    www. directv . com / nbcolympics
     
  8. Jul 13, 2012 #88 of 507
    BusterAvis

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    Also, NBCOlympics.com is streaming 3,500 hours of live (and will be archived on demand) of all events. They are using the Youtube platform (technology) to help them deliver it. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be protected. I tried using Replay Media Catcher to capture one of their archived two hour broadcasts of the Olympic trials (gymnastics) which is now archived on demand, and it does not work. Their shorter (5 minute) highlight videos archived do capture with Replay Media capture. But not the longer actual broadcasts. It was easy to capture their silverlight stuff four years ago. The new direction to Youture, with the Youtube technology, has it locked and protected this time around (bummer).

    I tried to capture this. It captured the 15 second advertisement, but not the two hour broadcast.
    It didn't work as it's protected (connect this address without any spaces in the URL. This didn't work when I tried to capture this two hour video) ....

    http:// www .nbcolympics. com/video/gymnastics/june-29-nbc-gymnastics-w-competition.html
     
  9. Jul 13, 2012 #89 of 507
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    the mix channel looks like it's HD.
     
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    It would be odd if we don't get the channels considering we were one of the relatively few providers that carried them in 2008, and I doubt NBC is charging much (if anything) for them. Certainly bandwidth shouldn't be an issue especially if this Viacom dispute is still going on.
     
  11. Jul 13, 2012 #91 of 507
    BusterAvis

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    Yep, but no basketball or soccer channels.
    Other providers will have them, but not DirecTV.
    I had called customer service the other day, and the rep didn't know.
    She asked her supervisor, and the supervisor knew all about it.
    They had it four years ago, and they are informed they will not have the same stuff they had four years ago, including the "extra" channels (which includes basketball and soccer). I was hoping that the supervisor didn't know what she was talking about, but that web address pretty much confirms it.

    I think the Viacom issue forced them to turn their attention to that.
    They didn't go for the extra Olympic channels this time, just the Olympic mix channel only, etc.
     
  12. Jul 13, 2012 #92 of 507
    BusterAvis

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    True. Very few, but most of the bigger providers carried it though four years ago (DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner, etc).
     
  13. Jul 13, 2012 #93 of 507
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    Not sure how you drew that conclusion. Or that the mix channels are in hd, for that matter. That sentence is badly worded.

    Unless the webpage changed from this morning, I see nothing about the soccer and basketball channels one way or the other.
     
  14. Jul 13, 2012 #94 of 507
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    NBC isn't charging anything for them I think. Re: 2008, Dish had them, TWC had them, and Comcast had them in 2008. I watched them on TWC at the time.

    Re: the CSR Supervisor comments, I don't believe them.... he/she may simply not know or be allowed to say anything. I would be surprised if DirecTV would not carry the channels, seeing as they have the bandwidth for 2 weeks, just as they do for the tennis and golf championships.
     
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    So, just to clarify...will we be able to watch everything live on the west coast for the first time ever? At least online?
     
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    Online: yes.
    Television: a lot!

    Only problem for us west-coasties: Midnight on the west coast, is 8AM in London. 8AM on the west coast is 4PM in London.

    So most events will happen.... when we sleep. So what the east coast sees at 7PM prime time on NBC is already HOURS tape delayed, and what we will see on the west coast at 7PM is 3 hours behind that. Any events that are done at night, prime time in England, will still be 11AM through 2PM or so, when most of us are at work - but great of course in the weekends.

    That said, if you want to start watching at around midnight and all through the night to the next morning, you can see almost everything LIVE, yes.
     
  17. Jul 13, 2012 #97 of 507
    cjrleimer

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    Provided you have lots of coffee, and are up for it.:grin:
     
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    I'm disappointed in DirecTV. Comcast is adding the soccer and basketball channels (see link below). But DirecTV still claims today that they have been informed that the company has made the decision not to carry them. Huge disappointment.
     
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