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#26 OFFLINE   trainman

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:24 AM

Well, in any case..... you won't miss a single event of Olympics LIVE, if you are willing to get up at about 4 AM EST (or 1 AM PST) to see what will be starting around 9-10AM in London. :D


Just a minor correction to your otherwise excellent posts on the subject: you mean EDT (or PDT).

The biggest issue NBC has is that they have contract obligations with local stations that get half an hour of local news between 6 and 6:30, followed by national news, and half an hour of local news between 11:00 and 11:30, and they have to do this in 4 different time zones, so basically every hour for 4 hours straight one part of the country is "offline" to the national NBC feed, so to speak, so it is hard to fit in the live feeds at the same time.


And an even more minor correction: in the Central time zone, the time set aside for local news is at 5:00 and 10:00 (with national news at 5:30), which means they can share a feed with the Eastern time zone -- so there are really only 3 different "time zones" that NBC deals with. Although what NBC has done in the past is give the local affiliates at least 90 minutes in the evening, starting prime-time Olympics coverage at 7:30 Eastern/6:30 Central, thus allowing Eastern affiliates to show a half-hour of their regular syndicated programming at 7:00, and allowing Central affiliates to have either local news or syndicated programming at 6:00.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:30 AM

What about Universal Sports HD? Is D* ever going to add it? It would be nice to see replays of the events through out the games on that channel :)


They would have to pull it out of a hat, because there is no HD channel for Universal Sports only SD....

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:27 PM

Just a note: The "specialty" networks for Soccer and Basketball WILL be offered again this year by NBC, the open question just remains on whether DirecTV will carry them.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:45 PM

I don't know if this is true of Direct but for Dish subscribers, you cannot watch the live streams on NBCOlympics.com unless you have both CNBC and MSNBC in your package. What a crock. I'll be watching CTV which has no restrictions whatsoever.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:17 PM

I don't know if this is true of Direct but for Dish subscribers, you cannot watch the live streams on NBCOlympics.com unless you have both CNBC and MSNBC in your package. What a crock. I'll be watching CTV which has no restrictions whatsoever.


There are any packages that don't have both for DirecTV? I do not see any on their website.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:26 PM

you cannot watch the live streams on NBCOlympics.com unless you have both CNBC and MSNBC in your package.


Directly on the NBCOlympics.com homepage it looks like a subscription to MSNBC & CNBC is required regardless of TV provider.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:14 PM

I don't know if this is true of Direct but for Dish subscribers, you cannot watch the live streams on NBCOlympics.com unless you have both CNBC and MSNBC in your package. What a crock. I'll be watching CTV which has no restrictions whatsoever.


All of the DirecTV packages include those channels, so no problems. Hell, I think most packages of any provider include those two, maybe they just want to make sure you already pay for those or something, in other words... if you are OTA you can't get online streaming. But maybe DISH does have a package that doesn't include those. DirecTV have been bashing Dish in their commercials for not including common channels in their top 120 package. :D

How do you watch CTV from the U.S.?
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

I figured Dish was alone in keeping MSNBC off the lower tiers. It sucks for Dish subscribers.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 01:13 AM

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that DirecTV might light up Lafayette, LA HDLiL before these get going, but not holding my breath...

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:10 AM

I don't know if this is true of Direct but for Dish subscribers, you cannot watch the live streams on NBCOlympics.com unless you have both CNBC and MSNBC in your package. What a crock. I'll be watching CTV which has no restrictions whatsoever.


Has anyone tried accessing the site and logging in? I tried and it said I don't have MSNBC and CNBC (which I do).

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:24 AM

Has anyone tried accessing the site and logging in? I tried and it said I don't have MSNBC and CNBC (which I do).


Not working for me either, on Choice Xtra Classic.

I then closed the message that said I didn't qualify, and there was text that the required tier was verified. They have a few weeks to get the bugs worked out.

Edited by dpeters11, 04 July 2012 - 11:38 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

You need the Entertainment package or above (so if you have the Family or Select you're out) and I'm not sure what you need if your base package is Spanish. I can find out tomorrow though.

Also not quite sure about some of the grandfathered packages...

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:29 PM

I watched some of the Olympic trials via the NBC streaming site using my DirecTV login. Looking forward to being able to watch live events via stream.

Picture quality was really good. But I was very disappointed in the design and layout they have chosen. Since I have a HTPC connected to my plasma I can watch in on my big screen. But they decided to put a very large black border on the left, top and right side so in full screen mode you don't maximize your display. My guess on why they did it that way was for a place for them to put advertisements.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

You need the Entertainment package or above (so if you have the Family or Select you're out) and I'm not sure what you need if your base package is Spanish. I can find out tomorrow though.

Also not quite sure about some of the grandfathered packages...


I have the Premier package. I've had it since 1997.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:55 PM

I have the Premier package. I've had it since 1997.


But the thing is, does it say you don't qualify, but then clearing that message, it works anyway?

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

I couldn't find the answer to this...

Will the various online streams be archived for watching at a later time? That is, if I wanted to watch a certain event in its entirety but didn't want to get up at 5am to see it live, could I begin watching later that day (or on a later date) and see the whole thing? And if the events are archived, how long will they remain accessible (e.g. would I be able to watch the event six months from now if I really wanted to)?

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:32 PM

I couldn't find the answer to this...

Will the various online streams be archived for watching at a later time? That is, if I wanted to watch a certain event in its entirety but didn't want to get up at 5am to see it live, could I begin watching later that day (or on a later date) and see the whole thing? And if the events are archived, how long will they remain accessible (e.g. would I be able to watch the event six months from now if I really wanted to)?


I used this nifty little tool called Google and found this: ;)

http://www.screenpla...n-broadband-tv/

"Not to be outdone, NBC Universal is planning to stream every event on the Olympics agenda live, amounting to some 3,600 hours of coverage, over its NBCOlympics.com outlet. This along with archived access to all events, replays of all TV broadcasts, interviews with athletes and other special Web content will be available on connected devices, although NBC is also placing strong emphasis on its newfound ability to expand TV coverage of the Olympics through NBC Sports Network, the former Versus that was folded into NBC Sports following the Comcast acquisition of NBC-Universal."


So it looks like all events will be archived and available for replay.

Now, whether an event that say.... starts at 05:00 AM, ends at 09:00 AM, can be STARTED from the beginning at 07:45 AM, that I don't know. You may have to wait till the event it over, it is archived, and made available online.
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:37 PM

But the thing is, does it say you don't qualify, but then clearing that message, it works anyway?


Went to try that today and it just said that my account had been verified. So I can't check that out.

Last night, I sent emails to Directv and NBC Olympics about my problem. Not sure what cleared it up, but it has.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:49 AM

From the NBC Sports Press release:

• NBC Olympic Basketball and Soccer Channels are available on most major cable, satellite and telephone companies and distributors.

Time Warner Cable has also made its announcements btw in several markets, they will be carrying the channels. I'm sure that DirecTV will also, they just don't announce it till 2 days before or something like that. :D
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:04 AM

I've just tried and it does say that I'm ready to watch:

"You're Ready To Watch!Your required tier of TV service was verified and you now have access to watch LIVE streaming video coverage of every event at the 2012 London Games on NBCOlympics.com!"

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:47 PM

From the NBC Sports Press release:

• NBC Olympic Basketball and Soccer Channels are available on most major cable, satellite and telephone companies and distributors.

Time Warner Cable has also made its announcements btw in several markets, they will be carrying the channels. I'm sure that DirecTV will also, they just don't announce it till 2 days before or something like that. :D

And why was there NO NBC Olympic hockey channel in 2010?
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:58 PM

And why was there NO NBC Olympic hockey channel in 2010?


Because it didn't exist. All hockey games were covered by CNBC, MSNBC, USA, and the big games on NBC. There are less events to cover with the Winter Olympics, and NBC did a great job in screwing us west coasts folks over the behind with the games in the same time zone too.... There were soccer and basketball channels in 2008 though, and DirecTV (as well as Dish and most cable outlets) carried them.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:18 PM

Because it didn't exist. All hockey games were covered by CNBC, MSNBC, USA, and the big games on NBC. There are less events to cover with the Winter Olympics, and NBC did a great job in screwing us west coasts folks over the behind with the games in the same time zone too.... There were soccer and basketball channels in 2008 though, and DirecTV (as well as Dish and most cable outlets) carried them.


now will get the mix channel and the 700's remapping like in 2008?
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:46 PM

Was there an Olympic Mix channel? I don't recall having one.




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