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Vancouver Winter Olympics Coverage

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Tubaman-Z, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Mark L

    Mark L Godfather

    Oct 23, 2006
    We the people hold the power :contract:

    If the Mountain and Pacific time zones wouldn't watch in prime time, it'd force dumbass NBC to finally show it live everywhere.

    NBC is so stupid, time and time again they cancel great shows: Southland, Friday Night Lights, etc

    The whole Leno/Conan debacle as well.

    A damn monkey could run NBC better
  2. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    It's amazing that that moron Jeff Zucker is still in charge of that network. He's a complete idiot. GE's even stupider for not canning his sorry arse.
  3. Mark L

    Mark L Godfather

    Oct 23, 2006
  4. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    I will make GE an offer they'd be stupid to refuse, and one where they will save a TON of money: Pay me only $1 million and I will f--k up that network even worse than Zucker has. That's right, I will mess up NBC for millions less than what it's costing them now with Zucker.
  5. Alamei

    Alamei Mentor

    Apr 28, 2008
    I've noticed incredibly heavy artifacts in NBC's coverage during any sweeping camera shots (most noticeably in the skating sports), and was wondering if this was an issue with my local NBC affiliate (KUSA-Denver), or if people elsewhere were seeing the same thing. Can anyone from another region comment on their experience with the coverage?
  6. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    I have noticed the camera-sweep artifacts/pixelization occur only on my OTA sources, never via sat.
  7. Avder

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    My own local NBC affiliate has the same issue.
  8. Unknown

    Unknown Godfather

    Oct 16, 2007
    where you get that info. the game will be shown live. No tape delay. looking at it, the game is starting at 7:40pm eastern time, 6:40 pm central, 4:40 pm PT. so it will be shown live. not sure where you getting the info of tape delay. it is live.

    all Hockey games in the olympics are live.
  9. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Yes, I'm sure it is. Just my bad luck that it's crap when I tune in. Regardless, there's way too much non-action between interviews, flashbacks, stories, and other banter.
  10. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Feel the same way, I've been starting to watch after it's on fo a couple of hours so I can fast forward through the fluff and just watch the good stuff. I still catch up to live TV pretty fast.
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Fundamentally, I'd agree with you - most folks hone in on and want to see their events of interest.

    I suspect this "expansion" of coverage time, whereby they get 2 hours of events to last 4-6 provides them the opportunity to get ad revenue...not an accident. With the exorbitant amount of money paid by the networks to get these kinds of major events, its probably the only way they can get enough revenue back to pay for it all. I see the same thing with the Superbowl - the game is only 60 minutes long, but its also nearly an all-day event.
  12. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    Has anyone tried the On Demand stuff yet? I downloaded the ski-jumpruns 2-12 and it was like 5 minutes of coverage and 25 minutes of stories/commercials. What's the point of that? I was hoping to be spared all the fluff by using the On Demand feeds, but I guess not.
  13. anleva

    anleva Icon

    Nov 14, 2007
    I agree. I've been able to watch some of the Canadian coverage and the contrast between it and NBC is stark. They have multiple channels, each dedicated to covering an entire event LIVE. So refreshing to be able to see actual comprehensive sport coverage.
  14. bagreene

    bagreene AllStar

    Oct 6, 2008
    I think NBC is doing about what I would expect on the main channel. They hit the "highlights", U.S. competitors, human interest stories, primary events, etc. to try to get as many eyeballs to watch the advertisements that pay their bills. The NBC coverage, to me, is a reasonably good jack of all trades, master of none broadcast.

    What disappoints me is the pathetic coverage on the other 3 channels. They should be pretty much 24/7 live events, fringe events in their entirety, etc., but they've had really sparse coverage so far.
  15. bnwrx

    bnwrx Icon

    Dec 29, 2007
    You'll love this scheduling note. USA 6pm(mountain) and CNBC 7pm(mountain) are covering the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Truth is it will probably pull in more viewers. :lol:
  16. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    That's what gets me as well. You would think with 4 channels, they could put on complete coverage. Especially on the weekend. Instead of Olympic coverage, we got the typical weekend lineup of lock-up on MSNBC and infomercials on CNBC. That should have been a no-brainier. During the week, well that may be harder. However, considering MSNBC is at the bottom of the ratings, they couldn't have lost that many viewers by going Olympics all day every day (maybe they drop coverage for Keith and Rachel because they are their biggest draws). CNBC could have switched to coverage mode after 6PM when they normally start running their various "behind the music" business shows. USA in prime-time has to be a tough choice. That's the big ratings powerhouse for NBC on the cable side.
  17. blackhawkzone

    blackhawkzone Godfather

    Nov 29, 2007
    ctv's coverage is completely blowing nbc's out of the water. They are only showing features when there are no events going on otherwise they are showing events and with few commerical interruptions.

    most stuff is shown live and stuff that isnt shown live is being shown live on either asn or tsn or sportsnet, all in hd, not to mention the french hd coverage on v and rds. I noticed yesterday that parts of the us/china women's hockey game was being shown live on 5 channels yesterday as three of them were waiting for the speed skating and luge to start.

    not to mention that bell has added 5 commercial free channels, two different mix channels (one just for hockey that also has two player cams)
  18. pablo

    pablo Icon

    Oct 11, 2007
    I hate it that NBC interrupts the live events so often with commercials. You'd think once every two years they'd make an exception and show all Olympic events commercial-free.
  19. Garry

    Garry Legend

    Jul 4, 2006
    And how do you expect them to get back the huge amount of money they paid the IOC to telecast the games as well as the cost to cover it? Somehow, I don't think the stockholders would appreciate it.

    Now, if the IOC allowed NBC to telecast the Games without a rights fee, there probably would be less commercials.
  20. texasmoose

    texasmoose Icon

    May 24, 2007
    This is about as likely as taxes going away, NEVER gonna happen my man.

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