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DirecTV 2012 Olympics coverage

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

  1. antzona

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    my 205, 600, and 750 are all the same and they show:

    ESPN
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    Tennis Ch.
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    Two of the eight are actually showing the Olympics. Is this what everyone else is seeing? Is this seriously how Directv is dealing with Olympics coverage? Weird
     
  2. Hoosier205

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    I'm not concerned with how DirecTV is handling it. NBC gave them a severely crippled broadcast to work with.
     
  3. Laxguy

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    They're very similar now, at almost midnight, PDT, but during the day, there was a lot of changes. At most points 600 was closer to an Olympics channel than 750, which was labelled as such.
     
  4. hallrk

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    This may be covered elsewhere in this thread but I don't have time read through 18 pages; When I tine to channel 750 at the bottom of the screen it says channels 751 and 752 are available for basketball and soccer coverage. I am not getting these in my guide. Is this for HD only receivers?
     
  5. fleckrj

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    The complaints are with NBC, and not DirecTV. In some past Olympics, there was a premium package where I paid extra for three additional channels (they were labeled "Red", "White", and "Blue"). Among those and the regular network, everything was shown live.

    I have no problem with keeping the primetime coverage on the local NBC stations as it is for those who want to just see the recaps, the athlete profiles, and the other fluff that anyone who actually follows the sport already knows, but there should also be a channel for each venue that shows everything live and in its entirity. In the past, I paid extra for such coverage, and I would be willing to do so again. With as many channels as NBC/Universal have, there is no reason they could not show everything live.
     
  6. tonyd79

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    No confirmation but it appears so. I think their is no SD version of those channels.
     
  7. fleckrj

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    Even for the events, I would much prefer to hear the arena announcers than listen to the mindless babling of the television commentaters. I wish they would spend more time actually showing the competition instead of having interviews and other fluff.
     
  8. Tubaman-Z

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    I'm disappointed that D* did not again do a channel remap to create an Olympics block. It would have been a good move on the part of the Sports Leader.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    For whatever reason, they haven't lately. None for the NCAA tournament either.
     
  10. maartena

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    Yes I am disappointed in that too. It looked so promising, knowing what they did in 2008, and seeing some of the channel moves prior to the Olympics starting.

    Really too bad they didn't do anything significant besides the soccer/basketball channels.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    But for Wimbledon and the US Open we had HD mix channels. That was sweet.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    Those were exclusive packages that DirecTV did with those events. (Also the Masters.) They don't seem to do the channel remapping for events on "regular" channels that everyone gets.
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Understood. I am not concerned with re-mapping one bit. If there's a great mix channel, I don't care how the actual channels are spread, though, yes, it's nice when they're together.

    Great mix channel: HD plus all the relevant channels and naught else.
     
  14. tonyd79

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    Since I have a tuner as well as a DVR on my main TV, I use one of the favorites of the tuner for special events like the Olympics. Did it for March Madness, too. Created my own "mix" guide.
     
  15. inkahauts

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    Maybe you are on a favorites list and you need to add them... ;)
     
  16. antzona

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    NBC didn't create that god awful sports mix channel or that worthless Olympics app.
     
  17. Maruuk

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    The Cross Country Equestrian coverage has been a complete mess. They show you how the Americans finished taking all the drama away, then show you the canned video AFTER. There have been all these major delays due to horse crashes, but they never show you the actual crashes. They show you part of a run, then jump to another rider and never show you the finish of the first rider. Huh?

    Extremely poorly thought out and badly presented. But hey, it's NBC so I guess that would be redundant!
     
  18. Athenian

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    Actually, there was commentary but the sound levels were so bad that it sounded like two people mumbling. It was awful. We were hoping to get commentary that wouldn't be so US focused. Instead, we got zip. We had no idea what was goingon.
     
  19. Hoosier205

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    I have it saved on my DVR - no commentary here at all. All you can hear is the arena PA.
     
  20. john262

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    The thing that p***es me off is the fact that we viewers in the USA are forced to watch nonstop commercials with our Olympics coverage. Of course that's because NBC had to pay millions for the rights to broadcast it. Yet in a lot of other countries the networks there paid very little for the coverage and the Olympics coverage is commercial free. They are picking on us and making us pay through the nose for Olympics coverage just because they can. It's unfair and it's wrong. I was talking on Skype to a friend of mine in Liberia, West Africa and he said that on the satellite service that they get there there is extensive commercial free Olympics coverage.
     

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