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NBC 2012 Olympics Coverage

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by gusmahler, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Hoosier205

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    What choice do they have when NBC holds the Olympics television broadcast hostage in tape delay purgatory?
     
  2. James Long

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    43% of US households could DVR it and watch it tomorrow. That is what I did with last night's programming.
     
  3. Renard

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    The only choice they have is to watch the 2012 USA Commercials Olympics Games, ooops sorry I meant the 2012 London Olympics Games. I can't think anymore with all these dumb commercials.
     
  4. Quaker2001

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    Watch it online? Watch something else? Not watch TV? Stop saying there's no choice. No one ever shriveled up and died from not watching the Olympics. Not the first Olympics shown on tape delay, either. Or where the Internet has had the results.
     
  5. Hoosier205

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    Which is no different than tonight's tape delay. The point being that there is no other choice to watch it live via television broadcast....thanks to NBC.
     
  6. James Long

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    And NBC says "you're welcome" ... and now a message from our sponsor.
     
  7. Renard

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    Yeah a good solution, oh I forgot my ISP put a bandwidth cap on my account, so I have to be careful when I watch the online program, otherwise I'll go over. :(
     
  8. Hoosier205

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    There is no other choice for those who wish to watch on television. You cannot watch it live on television. It easily could have been done. NBC made sure to deny us that. They have done a good job screwing a captive audience.
     
  9. Quaker2001

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    So when I want to watch the Super Bowl and I don't like the coverage on the network broadcasting it, where's my choice. It's the Super Bowl! 100 million people are watching, so let's put it on 12 different networks like they do in Canada!! That would make everyone happy.

    Again.. you keep assuming that all these folks watching in primetime are practically doing it against their will. But they're still watching. Begrudgingly doing something is still doing something. And this happens EVERY Olympics, but people still keep coming back. So maybe they're not all as turned off as you seem to be convinced that they are.
     
  10. Hoosier205

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    At least it is live.
     
  11. Quaker2001

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    Yes, because people wouldn't watch a tape-delayed football game. They will watch a tape-delayed Olympics as has been proven time and time again. NBC knows this and they exploit it. Yes, that's not a viewer-friendly thing to do. But if it generates revenue and draws rating (and it always has.. apparently moreso this time than in the past, even), they're not going to change. And I can't really fault them for thinking that way, even though you seem to want them to gamble their billions of dollars otherwise because it's the right thing to do.
     
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    All this is proving is the power of monopolistic control over a high demand product. In the absence of alternative providers many people will settle for a lower quality product or service and the provider will do all they can to maximize their profits.

    The only way consumers will get closer to what they want is either through increasing competition and providing alternative providers (open it up globally) or cover it via public broadcasting like the BBC is doing.
     
  13. Hoosier205

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    Great...now you're advocating for a tape delayed Super Bowl.
     
  14. Quaker2001

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    People always say "how can NBC tape delay the Olympics.. would they tape delay the Super Bowl?" Of course they wouldn't, because it wouldn't increase their viewership. It does with the Olympics. You know what.. if the networks, NBC or otherwise, thought they could get higher ad rates and bigger ratings for the Super Bowl, would they do it? IN A HEARTBEAT they would! But that wouldn't happen with a football game. So it won't happen, don't worry.
     
  15. anleva

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    I'm pretty sure everyone gets that NBC is acting in its own self interest. Not sure what point you are trying to convince us of.

    And the NFL does the same thing, only they change the game times and continue to add more prime time time slots to maximize overall revenue. No need to tape delay, they set the schedule.
     
  16. inkahauts

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    And there is the key part some of us disagree on. I firmly believe if they did live and recap both their overall viewership would absolutely rise.
     
  17. Quaker2001

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    Because the argument before the Olympics started (and most of the way through the Opening Ceremony) was that the NBC's tape delay policy ruined the Olympics and if the results were known, there would be no reason to watch. So when the ratings come out and people are watching, I'm trying to convince you that was a load of crap.

    Let me make this clear again.. what NBC is doing is not right. They should be criticized to hell for it, even with the online streaming (which isn't working all that well to begin with). But the argument that they should be doing this all another way doesn't hold much water when their way seems to be doing just fine. They are a business and it's their goal to make money. Making their viewers happy is not their top priority and if it gets in the way of their making money, then yea, we have to suck it up and deal with it until we give them a reason not to.
     
  18. Hoosier205

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    You've made your opinion known. You support NBC and their policies. The rest if us believe there is a better way for NBC and their viewers. Don't start bashing us for a lack of supporting evidence when you have none to say otherwise.
     
  19. Quaker2001

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    But you can bash me for a lack of irrefutable proof that there is no such way? Because I don't recall offering that I had it

    I don't support NBC's policies. I just understand them from the standpoint of how NBC makes them. Many of the rest of you look at the situation and think NBC has it wrong and that the people who make decisions for them are basing it either on bad information or that if they took a leap of faith, that it would pay off for them. I don't see it that way. I've read articles from people more in the know than all of us helping to make the case against NBC (see below for 1 of them). We've been hearing for a long time that the traditional model of broadcast television is about to become a dinosaur and that Olympic coverage would have to change as a result. That day is probably coming, but we're not there yet IMO

    http://buzzmachine.com/2012/07/29/nbcfail/
     
  20. Hoosier205

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    I'm not bashing you for that. I said earlier that I didn't expect you or anyone else to be able to point to evidence like that. I can claim that airing more major events live would increase ratings because it is the product driving ratings despite the errors of the network. You can say just the opposite. You claim that NBC is doing it right and that the ratings support that. I say it's the Olympics doing well despite NBC. You say it's the Olympics doing well due to NBC. Neither of us can claim that they can prove it. That's why I've been laughing for the last however many hours as you've attempted to do so without anything to back it up.

    NBC screwed the viewers to serve their own interests and protect their bottom line from an insane amount of money they laid out. Some of us are more interested in how they can deliver a better broadcast, while still protecting their investment. You seem more focused on defending them...the viewer be darned.
     

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