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DirecTV 2012 Olympics coverage

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

  1. BusterAvis

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    It would be pretty stupid for them to get the rights to this from NBC, and then only broadcast it in standard definition.
     
  2. BusterAvis

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    NBC Equestrian Channel, for the equestrian event in the Olympics only.
     
  3. fwdom

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    My receiver is showing channels 750-752 in my program guide. It is listed as Summer Olympics Soccer and Basketball and a mix channel.
     
  4. dvdmth

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    The soccer matches on Wednesday and Thursday are all available on NBCSN and MSNBC, so the soccer channel isn't really needed until the following weekend. You'll also get more live action on NBCSN/MSNBC on these first two days since the overlapping matches can be shown on the two networks simultaneously.

    Unfortunately, the listings in the on-screen guide are almost completely useless, with a bunch of events listed for a single block covering numerous hours, and the events aren't even listed in chronological order. The listings on the NBC Olympics website are much better, except for the prime time coverage blocks. Too bad the online listings aren't printer friendly.
     
  5. BusterAvis

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    That's true about the first two days.
    However, I'm sure MSNBC and NBC Soccer Channel will both have commercials during the soccer matches (NBC wants their ad revenue). However, the NBC Soccer Channel does not have commercials (at least they didn't four years ago).

    It sucks when they go to a commercial during a match, because that's when someone will score a goal, and then they'll just say, "While we took a commercial break, here's a replay of the goal you missed. Bicycle kick, what a goal", and then act like it's no big deal that we missed it because they showed it on replay still.
     
  6. wilbur_the_goose

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    You can always watch on NBCOlympics.com and send the video to your TV. HD and all the channels you want - even kayaking and badminton.
     
  7. RandybinSC

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    751 is now listed as Olympics soccer channel on my receiver, 752 will probably change to basketball today. Looks like D subscribers can relax because we will get the two channels.
     
  8. cjrleimer

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    Now, as it regards to 750 the mix channel. What will it consist of besides the usual suspects?
     
  9. dvdmth

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    If I had what it took to get the Internet streams onto my TV, I would use them exclusively and forget about the ordinary TV coverage. But my computer is nowhere near my TV, and I'm not about to move it just for the Olympics (I don't even know if I have the necessary hardware/cables - I'm not as technically savvy as a lot of you are). What solutions are there for watching the live streams on an actual TV that don't require a computer?

    I'm still going to watch some things on my computer (particularly the swimming finals, which take place live at a very convenient time for me) But the majority of my viewing will remain with the ordinary TV channels since a computer monitor just isn't the same as a TV.
     
  10. gusmahler

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    Also, my internet just doesn't have the bandwidth to stream video at a decent quality. I can't even watch 720p youtube videos unless I let it buffer for a long time before I start watching.
     
  11. BusterAvis

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    Actually, Channel 751 (soccer) is now showing in HD.
    It's not in the name of the channel yet, but if you scroll over to July 25 and July 26 listings on Channel 751, you will see that the programming (each of the soccer matches) listed has an "HD" symbol in the listing, and this is also true when choosing "info" for each of those matches after scrolling to them.

    Channel 752 (basketball) isn't showing this yet, as it's not showing any programming listings (just says "to be announced" right now).

    Looks like they're still working on getting everything added.
    I'm assuming Channel 752 (basketball) will also have the games in HD, if channel 751 (soccer) does.

    Both channels (both sports) are pretty much equally important to me.
    Both are great sports, maybe the two most popular sports played worldwide (soccer is #1 worldwide).
    Of course American football is also an awesome sport, but will never be in the Olympics of course, lol.

    Rugby (men's and women's) is being added to the 2016 Olympic games (which is in Brazil).
    I believe it's 12 nations each for men and women that will qualify. Should be pretty interesting.
    I believe it is supposed to be in the sevens (7's) format. Golf is also being added to the 2016 Olympics.

    The thought of women playing rugby in the Olympics is pretty funny, and then you see this photo, and it becomes even more funny ....

    http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4138/4912634607_e970d384e4_o.jpg



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  12. tonyd79

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    I noticed the HD marks on the guide. Is it actually HD yet (I'm not home)? Last I checked, it was still 480i. Not sure what you meant.
     
  13. BusterAvis

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    I don't see anything that says 480i (or 720p, 1080i, etc.) anywhere.
    On the programming guide, I just scroll to the right on channel 751 until the listings for July 25 and July 26 show up.
    The matches come up during the day time (in roughly two hour time slots each).
    Each one of them has a "gray" colored "HD" logo in the listing, and then when you click the "info" button on your remote after scrolling to each two hour match, it also has the "gray" colored "HD" logo in there as well.

    But the name of the channel is just 751.
    There's no 751-1.
     
  14. tonyd79

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    It makes no difference today. If you have native on and 480 enabled, the box will indicate a change on the front panel. Or your TV info or AVR could tell you. Also if native is on, the guide gets narrow when you are on an SD channel.

    If you have native off, you cannot tell.

    But as I said, it does not matter today. What matters is when the programming starts.
     
  15. RAD

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    Dripping...
    Channel 103 is now starting to show the 3D coverage.
     
  16. mrlqban

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    So are we getting the extra channels in HD? I would think so because they announce "full HD coverage" in their website.

    As far as streaming, the NBC YouTube player will not give you real full screen because NBC decided to add top and left black bars for advertisement, although the quality should be pretty good if you have a fast connection.
     
  17. BusterAvis

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    The one disappointing aspect about the streaming on the NBC Olympics website, is that it looks like it's protected, meaning you can't capture their Olympic video stream and save it to your hard drive.
     
  18. tonyd79

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    It will all be in HD. The channels are only partially up at this point.

    They are still showing the DirecTV banner in 480i at this point. But I am sure they will be HD.
     
  19. mrlqban

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    Do you have applications that can capture live video stream? That would be nice to have.
    I also read somewhere that the IOC will live stream some of the events for free in YouTube. If that is the case, then that's one more feauture that DirecTV customers would have for those who have their hd receiver connected to the Internet and use the YouTube app.
     
  20. BusterAvis

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    Looks like both soccer and basketball channels (751 & 752) are showing program listings from 7/25 - 7/29 available. Both channels are showing the small gray-colored rectangle "HD" logo for each of the games listed when scrolling through your programming guide on those two channels from 7/25 - 7/29.
     

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