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Vancouver Winter Olympics Coverage

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Tubaman-Z, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Jan 15, 2010 #21 of 765
    Araxen

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    The day ESPN/ABC acquires the rights to the Olympics is the day I go outside and sing in the streets. NBC just does a horrible job with the Olympics.
     
  2. Jan 15, 2010 #22 of 765
    sum_random_dork

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    100% agree ESPN won't make us West Coasters be stuck in TAPE DELAY!
     
  3. Jan 18, 2010 #23 of 765
    ajc68

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    With Comcast taking over NBC/Universal, there's yet another reason to root for ABC/ESPN getting future rights (for all those non-Comcast cable peeps).
     
  4. Jan 18, 2010 #24 of 765
    Grafixguy

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    Comcast getting control of NBC is far from a lock.
     
  5. Jan 18, 2010 #25 of 765
    usnret

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    Plus lots of Leno adverts??
     
  6. Jan 18, 2010 #26 of 765
    Tubaman-Z

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    I completely agree with you. I picked up the HD Extra Pack during the last summer Olympics specifically to watch (record) events that I wanted to see that were covered, just not in prime-time. The breadth of summer games coverage across the NBC channels was excellent (still could have used more judo coverage though. :) ) I plan to have the Vancouver games on whenever I am home.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2010 #27 of 765
    Maleman

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    Tape delay, pardon the band english "sucks"!
     
  8. Jan 18, 2010 #28 of 765
    DMRI2006

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    Unless you're on the west coast this is going to be as good as it gets for live Winter Olympics coverage. All the skating and hockey will be live, plus a lot of the skiing as well with the three-hour time difference -- looking at the schedule there'll be some live skiing even in primetime.

    NBC has definitely improved since the Sydney games, I agree -- but to be fair, they were screwed with the time difference down under. No matter what they did it was going to be tough not to have a mostly-taped Olympics of that location.

    That said I think ESPN/ABC would go with an all-live, all-the-time coverage no matter of the locale should they ever get the rights back, and then just replay events in larger-viewership windows when necessary.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2010 #29 of 765
    Maleman

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    Actually maybe I am confused lol, if I am on the west coast I should get it LIVE?
     
  10. Jan 18, 2010 #30 of 765
    Tubaman-Z

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    I would love a..18? x 7 live Olympic channel!
     
  11. Jan 18, 2010 #31 of 765
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    Ick!!!!! I HATE watching sports on ESPN.

    Why? Because of the "BottomLine".

    I find ESPN's bottom line very distracting -- I can't help but look at it as the text scrolls across the bottom of the screen. It might not be so bad, but it just the same info over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-, etc., etc., etc., again....

    It also spoils other sporting events which are on at the same time. I refuse to watch ESPN live, because their damn BottomLine will likely give me the score from another game I am recording, thus ruining the suspense.

    It also takes up screen real-estate. I want the whole screen dedicated to the sported event. Just proves that ESPN does not really care about broadcasting a sporting event in the best possible way.

    John
     
  12. Jan 18, 2010 #32 of 765
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    ABC/ESPN = 720p = ED, not HD! Horrible blurfest compared to 1080i.

    Sure some clowns in Washington DC defined 720p as HD, but it simply ain't. I shudder to think what these Winter Olympics would look like in 720: all the detail blurred out, that uncanny sense of being there completely wiped away. You're suddenly just watching the Olympics on TELEVISION.

    Huzzah to NBC for continuing to bring them to us in true HD! Next best thing to a lift ticket for Whistler!

    Someday ABC/ESPN will wise up and go true HD. If it walks like ED, and talks like ED, and sure as hell looks like ED, then by god, it IS ED.
     
  13. Jan 19, 2010 #33 of 765
    gregjones

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    Why can't they dedicate one channel to the melodramatic backstories and devote a channel to the actual events. Every reality show and sporting event now suffers from "Behind the Music" syndrome, where at least 1/3 of the time is spent going over history instead of the events themselves.

    Commentary during events is ok (we all have a mute button). Commentary instead of events is not.
     
  14. Jan 19, 2010 #34 of 765
    sum_random_dork

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    If I recall correctly there was some research done for sports and HD many people felt sports show better in progressive scan verus interlaced. Thats' why ESPN and I think MLB both go with 720P.
     
  15. Jan 19, 2010 #35 of 765
    wilbur_the_goose

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    FOX is also (unfortunately) 720p
     
  16. Jan 19, 2010 #36 of 765
    Eksynyt

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    I hope to god ABC/ESPN get the olympics soon because for those of us on the west coast, we might as well not even watch them since it's always delayed.

    Also, any "inappropriate" stuff which makes me laugh would get cut from our broadcast like a swear word or something. It sucks living out west especially when the games originate from the PACIFIC TIME ZONE!!!!!
     
  17. Jan 19, 2010 #37 of 765
    JoeTheDragon

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    The cable ones seem to be more about the events and the free / ota one seems to have more of crap.
     
  18. Jan 19, 2010 #38 of 765
    levibluewa

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    From DISH ?
     
  19. Jan 19, 2010 #39 of 765
    ladannen

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    I don't live on the west coast, but there is something I don't understand.
    NBC events are tape delayed, while all the events from the various NBC cable networks would be live, right?
    If the olympics were on ABC's family of networks, you are saying they would not tape delay the ABC events?
     
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