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DirecTV 2012 Olympics coverage


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#381 OFFLINE   mrlqban

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:01 PM

The BBC iPlayer will stream the opening ceremonies live in HD in two varieties - with and without commentary.


BBC One online live feed is in HD and their player is capable of "true" full screen, no bars. iPlayer still shows bars.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:21 PM

BBC One online live feed is in HD and their player is capable of "true" full screen, no bars. iPlayer still shows bars.


iPlayer was in full screen for me. You need to choose pop out option.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:28 PM

iPlayer was in full screen for me. You need to choose pop out option.


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:08 PM

I'm guessing the iPlayer has bars because none of the apple products (iPhone, Ipad) have a 16:9 screen. So they have to be letterboxed to show the whole 16:9 picture, or you have to cut some of the picture off to take up the whole screen (a practice that I loathe).
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:21 PM

I'm guessing the iPlayer has bars because none of the apple products (iPhone, Ipad) have a 16:9 screen. So they have to be letterboxed to show the whole 16:9 picture, or you have to cut some of the picture off to take up the whole screen (a practice that I loathe).


It doesn't have bars if you choose the pop out version. The default version has bars that they use to provide information on the events, stats, athletes, pointers to key highlights, etc. But if you want full screen choose the pop out and it's full screen.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 06:15 AM

Double crap - Channel 750 is the unwatchable SD "Sports Mix" - No Olympic coverage at all!

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:48 AM

Is there not a "mix" channel on Direct? I looked in the guide and did not see one.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:48 AM

Why is the sporst mix channel not showing a single olympic event? According to directv it was supposed to, and in HD.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:54 AM

Why is the sporst mix channel not showing a single olympic event? According to directv it was supposed to, and in HD.


They never said there would be an Olympic mix channel in HD.
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:57 AM

Hoosier - I too remember seeing something about it supposed to be an Olympic mix channel.

Yep - Right here: http://www.directv.c...sports/olympics

Sports Mix Channel (Ch. 205 and 600)
Watch all of NBCU's coverage of the 2012 London Olympics at the same time on our exclusive Sports Mix Channel. When you want to watch just one of the NBCU channels, just select it on your screen to tune in.

Includes these channels:
NBC – Ch. 392
NBC Sports Network – Ch. 603
MSNBC – Ch. 356
CNBC – Ch. 355
Bravo – Ch. 237
Telemundo – Ch. 406/407
Soccer specialty channel – Ch. 751
Basketball specialty channel – Ch. 752
3D coverage on n3D – Ch. 103

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:57 AM

The 3D broadcast of the opening ceremonies (n3D) appears to be commentary free and possibly unedited! I'll have to check it more to confirm.

Edit: I just skimmed through it. It does have brief and infrequent commercial breaks, absolutely no commentary, and nothing cut from the ceremony!
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 08:04 AM

Right now the mix channel has CNBC, Telemundo, Bravo and NBCSN on it. All in glorious SD. Missing are NBC, Soccer Channel, Basketball Channel, and MSNBC. All are showing Olympic coverage right now.

(Aside. The web stuff is horrible. Very jerky on everything I have watched, except the commercials!)

Also, would have been nice for us with dishes that don't see all slots if Telemundo were available, even if it is only SD.
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 08:16 AM

And four of the mix channels are non-Olympic channels. So we are not watching all of NBC's coverage on these channels.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:05 AM

This is crazy.
Telemundo was showing swimming on the mix channel, but it's showing a movie when you tune in to the channel.

USN has gymnastics, but it's not in my package, so I can't watch it.

MSNBC has Olympics on right now, but its not even in the mix channel.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

This is crazy.
Telemundo was showing swimming on the mix channel, but it's showing a movie when you tune in to the channel.

USN has gymnastics, but it's not in my package, so I can't watch it.

MSNBC has Olympics on right now, but its not even in the mix channel.


Ain't no gymnastics yet. Must be qualifying event. I don't think USN is shooing any Olympics.
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:38 AM

Would it be possible for Directv to remap the channels that are showing the Olympics in a chunk (in the 700 channels for example) It'd make things so much easier when you want to watch the Olympics, instead having them spread out all over the place.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:42 AM

Would it be possible for Directv to remap the channels that are showing the Olympics in a chunk (in the 700 channels for example).


Yea, they could have.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 09:56 AM

Yes, not happy so far and I haven't figured out a convenient way to see what's on which channels. The Sports Mix is a joke as it's not Olymplics coverage and the NBC main channel is showing repeats and crap. I know I'm probably not the norm, but I don't really want to watch sports that I see all the time during the Olympics - no basketball, no boxing, no tennis, no soccer. And two hours of womens basketball on Saturday, really?

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:03 AM

Well I did an RBR and still nothing but the "Loading" screen for me. Maybe I'll check back in the morning to see if something comes up (it will hardly be the end of the world if it doesn't).


I've clicked the button to load the "Summer Games App" but it never loads (last night, or today.) I left it on for an hour why I ran errands and it was still "loading" when I got home.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:07 AM

Yes, not happy so far and I haven't figured out a convenient way to see what's on which channels. The Sports Mix is a joke as it's not Olymplics coverage and the NBC main channel is showing repeats and crap. I know I'm probably not the norm, but I don't really want to watch sports that I see all the time during the Olympics - no basketball, no boxing, no tennis, no soccer. And two hours of womens basketball on Saturday, really?


Best method to see what is on is to use the nbcolympics.com website and TV Listings.

But unless you watch on line, expect swimming, soccer and basketball. And, of course, pretty much only what the USA is competing in.

And, really, you create a soccer channel to show the same event that is on the main network??? Really?
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