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DirecTV 2012 Olympics coverage

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

  1. tonyd79

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    The channels are showing up with a test pattern on fios in my area but as SD, which is very odd.
     
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    I believe the purpose of selecting provider is to determine the appropriate NBC affiliate, since different NBC stations have different schedules (especially out west). Here in Denver, much (but not all) of NBC's Olympic coverage is being delayed one hour, including live events in the daytime.
     
  3. tonyd79

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    It also gives you channel numbers when you go into the day to day guides.

    As for the NBC pick, it is pretty strange. If I pick DirecTV (Baltimore), which is what I have, it asks me if I want the Baltimore or Philadelphia NBC affiliate (Philadelphia???). If I pick OTA, it asks me if I want Lancaster, Washington, Baltimore or Hagerstown....no Philly! Just a quirk.
     
  4. BusterAvis

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    Have you seen any official statement that says they won't carry these channels? I didn't know they had to actually change their minds to carry them.
     
  6. maartena

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    They will carry the channels.
     
  7. BusterAvis

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    Link?
    Or is this coming from a CSR?
     
  8. wilbur_the_goose

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    Come on, D* - You have a lot of bandwidth now that Viacom is dark. Show the channels.
     
  9. BusterAvis

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    Yeah, and it's not like those Viacom channels will be back up by the time the Olympics are over (Aug. 12).
     
  10. maartena

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    No, its coming from my own reasoning:

    - The channels are virtually free. (There is no carriage costs, just the cost to beam the feeds up to space).
    - Every carrier is carrying them. Even some of the most podunk-kabonk cable companies.
    - DirecTV is notorious for not releasing any information till about 24 hours before it launches.

    Just last week (Friday) I sent an email to DirecTV, asking for a confirmation that TCMHD would launch on the 19th. We more or less had this confirmation, through guide research, and "inside information" through another forum, but DirecTV still came back with a standard "We currently do not have TCMHD and we currently don't have any information on when it will launch" type of email, thanking me for my years of loyal patronage. :D

    I don't believe ANYTHING CSR's say. They all say different things, and more often than not they are wrong. And a "supervisor" by the way, is not much more than a CSR that has a bit more decision power to resolve issues, they don't necessarily have more information than a CSR.

    So, based on what I see around me, based on 2008, based on DirecTV notifications back then, and notifications about channels now.... I will say again:

    DirecTV WILL carry the soccer and basketball channels.

    And they will announce it probably just a few days (like Monday) before the games start on Wednesday. (soccer will start on Wednesday, even though the opening is on Friday).
     
  11. sigma1914

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    Do you all sit and watch the horrible matchups on the basketball dedicated channel of Latvia vs Angola? The only games that matter in basketball are Team USA, Spain & maybe 2 others.
     
  12. CaptainInspiration

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    While I agree that D* will get these channels, it does make me pine for the mid 90's in which there were at least 3 commercial-free premium channels you could subscribe to in a package that just ran live events and tape delay during the evenings. If I'm not mistaken, this was a big push during the Atlanta games with the Red, White, and Blue channels.

    Hard to do, though, when the time zone of the games is so far off North America's sleep schedule...
     
  13. bigwilly087

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    It was actually only for the Barcelona games, and was a horrible financial failure. The Atlanta games were actually ONLY broadcast on NBC. I'm sure I would have purchased and enjoyed the Triplecast in '92, and would have been very upset to go back to a single channel of coverage in 96.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympics_Triplecast
     
  14. tonyd79

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    Hee hee.

    'The very austere, no-frills approach that the TripleCast service took, according to some TripleCast viewers, made the main NBC coverage seem "schmaltzy and overproduced."'

    I loved the TripleCast. The best coverage of the Olympics ever. Event after event after event. Live and then repeated in full the rest of the day.

    It was overpriced and before its time.

    I wish the coverge would return to the pure sport of it all. ABC messed it up with "Up Close and Personal" that got overdone by them, CBS and now NBC so that much of the Olympics is unwatchable. At least the cable channels seem to be more focused on the sports, but still too much production to it all.
     
  15. CaptainInspiration

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    But you forget the funniest part of the overproduction: When the athlete they spent 40 minutes featuring and interviewing totally chokes and finishes 6th, leaving the producer scrambling to get shots of disappointed family and friends!

    Priceless.
     
  16. Baldmaga

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    Hopefully with the new YouTube integration, we can hearken back to those futuristic days of 1992 and enjoy live, uncut, non-produced sports without the fluff.
     
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    But as they delay every event, they get to frame it as frustration an star crossed.
     
  19. BusterAvis

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    Thanks. I hope you're right.
    And one more thing. You mentioned that soccer starts on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony. I thought soccer started on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony? Did they move it to Wednesday?
     
  20. russinpa

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    Womens soccer starts Wednesday and the men start Thursday.
     

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