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NBC skips tribute piece in Olympics Opening Ceremony

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Jul 29, 2012 #81 of 154
    SayWhat?

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    I'm more concerned with the lack of a 7/11 around here. But nobody else is, so I have to get my Slurpee fix at wannabees.
     
  2. Jul 29, 2012 #82 of 154
    RunnerFL

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    They only had from 7:30pm Eastern to Midnight Eastern for time. They had to cut it down to fit in that time period.
     
  3. Jul 29, 2012 #83 of 154
    Hoosier205

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    No they didn't. Haha...that time restraint was self-imposed.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2012 #84 of 154
    RunnerFL

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    It was not self-imposed. On Fridays primetime is actually 8pm to 11pm, any other time belongs to their affiliates. Their affiliates were nice enough to give them the extra 90 minutes.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2012 #85 of 154
    Hoosier205

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    It was self-imposed.
     
  6. Jul 29, 2012 #86 of 154
    RunnerFL

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    Hardly
     
  7. Jul 29, 2012 #87 of 154
    James Long

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    Sure ... find sponsors who are willing to pay twice as much and one can cut half of the commercials. From a business perspective perhaps fining sponsors who are willing to pay twice as much means sell more commercials.

    It is an audience based restriction. National prime time is 8-11 (7-10 central) for a reason. That is when most of the audience is available to watch. Some might be home earlier - early enough to watch the evening newscasts at 6:30pm - but starting earlier would mean that more of the audience would miss the beginning. (And while DVRs are popular they are only in 43% of American homes. The live audience is still the key.)

    Push the program later and the audience gets annoyed. The torch lighting was aired at 11:45pm ... how many people wanted to wait until 12:45am?

    And it should be noted that the show itself ran over scheduled time by 45 minutes ... something had to be cut.
     
  8. Jul 29, 2012 #88 of 154
    phrelin

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    Actually, Sunday night prime time is considered by the nets (not me) to be 7-11 pm.

    It's easy to second guess, but there was adequate time from 6-7 to interview Phelps, allow Costas to talk out his ***, allow Vierra to do some research, etc. Then they could have run the show from 7 to 12 cutting out some marching in athletes we don't care about and who we'll never hear.

    Admittedly far fewer would be watching the Phelps interview and hearing Costas, but NBC would be doing what IMHO is it's job. And from a sports enthusiast standpoint, the taped Phelps interview would have been far more interesting after he placed 4th.
     
  9. Jul 29, 2012 #89 of 154
    Hoosier205

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    It was. No know forced them into it.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2012 #90 of 154
    RunnerFL

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    Yes, but the Opening Ceremonies were on Friday, not Sunday, where prime time is 8pm to 11pm.
     
  11. Jul 29, 2012 #91 of 154
    Hoosier205

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    A creation of the networks. Self-imposed time restraints.
     
  12. Jul 29, 2012 #92 of 154
    RunnerFL

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    Perhaps you should call your local NBC affiliate and ask them what time is theirs and what belongs to the network. That way you'd get your facts straight.
     
  13. Jul 29, 2012 #93 of 154
    Hoosier205

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    I am already well aware. Feel free to so the same.
     
  14. Jul 29, 2012 #94 of 154
    RunnerFL

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    I've been good friends with the man who is the current Program Director at my local NBC Affiliate since we were in High School. He's worked there for 20+ years and I've helped him out on various projects there over the years. I'm well aware of how the system works.
     
  15. Jul 29, 2012 #95 of 154
    Hoosier205

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    It doesn't appear so.
     
  16. Jul 29, 2012 #96 of 154
    pablo

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    Another thing that bothers me about the way NBC is covering the Games is that there appears to be daily highlight show to catch up everyone on everything that happened that day, maybe I'm just missing it, and also, no medal ceremonies, unless, again, I missed them all, but there have been lots of medals handed out already. No medal ceremonies vidoes on NBCOlympics.com either, it seems.
     
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    James Long

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    I saw two swimming medal ceremonies in last night's coverage as I skimmed through the evening broadcast. I believe the late night has highlights.

    This is probably better discussed in the other thread ...
     
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    RunnerFL

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    7/7 was England's 9/11. Regardless of who died, and/or how many, that event is as important to London as 9/11 is to New York.

    Look at it this way, if New York would have hosted the games and implemented a 9/11 remembrance in its opening.... that would subsequently be cut out by e.g. CBC or BBC as "not important", I would think a whole lot of Canadians and/or Brits would be just as upset.

    Lastly, the United States was the *ONLY* country (as far as I know) cutting out pieces out of the ceremony. Why does NBC get to decide what we can and cannot see? Why does NBC feel the need to censor their coverage?

    It really just adds insult on top of it not being live.
     

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