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NBC's $7 billion Olympics deal will keep the games tied to cable TV until 2032


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:24 AM

NBC's $7 billion Olympics deal will keep the games tied to cable TV until 2032

The good news, is that NBC has at least seen the light on live broadcasting, and made all the events (except for the Opening Ceremony) available for viewing as they happened on the internet or TV during the 2014 Winter Games. Of course -- rather predictably since NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast -- it's still tying access to those internet streams to having a cable or satellite TV subscription, and it seems unlikely that will change any time soon....

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:28 AM

One of the few things I believe they should flat out open up I everyone. All their channels carring Olympics should be in ever tier for every provider for the Olympics. And all streams should be free. Just MHO.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:07 PM

I be 89 if I am still around. :)

By the way who gets all that money?

#4 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:28 PM

By the way who gets all that money?

 

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:38 PM

Thanks.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:28 PM

being a subscriber to Directv I have course had access to those games. The web pages were disorganized, chaotic, and almost impossible to navigate through unless you wanted to watch popular sports or get USA news. Almost impossible to find anything else. I married a woman from Taiwan and was interested in the very few athletes that they had in Russia. You couldn't even find their names, let alone any results from their efforts or see them perform. I had to find their names and sports in Wikipedia for crying out loud. Very pitiful and they should be ashamed of themselves. They can brag all they want, but they are incompetent and I am glad that I wasn't being charged. REALLY PITIFUL. 



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:38 PM

I had a decent NBCSports app on my Nexus 7 to help me find most anything.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 06:46 PM

being a subscriber to Directv I have course had access to those games. The web pages were disorganized, chaotic, and almost impossible to navigate through unless you wanted to watch popular sports or get USA news. Almost impossible to find anything else. I married a woman from Taiwan and was interested in the very few athletes that they had in Russia. You couldn't even find their names, let alone any results from their efforts or see them perform. I had to find their names and sports in Wikipedia for crying out loud. Very pitiful and they should be ashamed of themselves. They can brag all they want, but they are incompetent and I am glad that I wasn't being charged. REALLY PITIFUL. 

 

I mainly watched the non-xgames type skiing events.  One of the things that made me mad about the streams was that you couldn't scroll back and forth through them until the day after or sometimes a couple of days after.  Then you had someones bight idea not to edit the streams to take out breaks and other downtime during the event.  So on some of the skiing streams, you would have 30 minute blocks where you just got a "we'll be right back" type banner.  You also had some streams that had no audio.

 

I agree on the website; it was poorly designed.  After a couple of days of spoilers, I finally bookmarked the page with all the streams so I wouldn't have to go through 3 pages of results before I could stream an event.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:19 PM

I wish they would just let networks by the rights to certain events instead of this one big lump sum. There are enough cable channels that the majority of the events would be bought up.

 

NBC, imho does a terrible job of covering the Olympics. 


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 10:25 AM

One of the few things I believe they should flat out open up I everyone. All their channels carring Olympics should be in ever tier for every provider for the Olympics. And all streams should be free. Just MHO.

Before cable, DirecTV,, Dish you  could see the Olimpics for free on TV. I'm talking 50's & TV.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:52 PM

Before cable, DirecTV,, Dish you  could see the Olimpics for free on TV. I'm talking 50's & TV.


How many hours of coverage could one see? How much was live?

Modern Olympic coverage is a 24 hour event with multiple channels involved ... some playing other content during certain times of the day but usually there is something Olympic on one of the channels. There is also full coverage of every sport. The multiple channels allow full length viewing of even preliminary contests.
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Posted 09 May 2014 - 04:24 PM

Before cable, DirecTV,, Dish you  could see the Olimpics for free on TV. I'm talking 50's & TV.

 

There's actually more Olympics on free OTA TV now than there was back in the 50's and 60's.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:23 PM

The Olympics weren't covered on TV until the Rome Olympics in 1964.  In 'the 50s", at best you would have Fox MovieTone News giving you a newsreel of some Olympic coverage in the theaters.



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:26 PM

^^^
Correct. Way more on now than there was then.

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