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Old 08-13-2012, 08:53 PM   #71
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After seeing what a total mess NBC made of the opening ceremony and then even the games themselves I felt compelled to make the switch. NBC managed to make a total balls of everything they touched, which was a huge shame.
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought this. I thought NBC's coverage this year was atrocious. I can't tell you how many 100 and 200 meter heats and volley ball quarterfinal/semi-final matches that I saw but didn't see any field events like shotput, discus, javelin, or more obscure sports like sailing. The coverage was way more American-centric than in previous years - if an American wasn't expected to win a gold medal in it, then we didn't get to see the event. That and NBC found ways to spoil the results with it's Primetime Announcers and even commercials. I did find the coverage on NBC's other networks to be better, but still I was very disappointed.

Watching the final night last night, I found myself yelling at the TV. Why the hell is Seacrest interviewing athletes? Are you f'in serious!!??
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #72
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought this. I thought NBC's coverage this year was atrocious. I can't tell you how many 100 and 200 meter heats and volley ball quarterfinal/semi-final matches that I saw but didn't see any field events like shotput, discus, javelin, or more obscure sports like sailing. The coverage was way more American-centric than in previous years - if an American wasn't expected to win a gold medal in it, then we didn't get to see the event. That and NBC found ways to spoil the results with it's Primetime Announcers and even commercials. I did find the coverage on NBC's other networks to be better, but still I was very disappointed.

Watching the final night last night, I found myself yelling at the TV. Why the hell is Seacrest interviewing athletes? Are you f'in serious!!??
They made fun of that on The Soup. They told everyone to plug their ears, then put up a list of winners.
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One last thought about the Olympics.

If the cable companies have room to squeeze in The NFL Network and NBA TV and countless other specialized sports channels, there should be a 24/7 channel dedicated to women's beach volleyball. Or as one (female) friend likes to refer to it, "Ass Volleyball."

I'd subscribe, or I'd at least buy a three-hour block while the_Wife and kids were away

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #74
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought this. I thought NBC's coverage this year was atrocious. I can't tell you how many 100 and 200 meter heats and volley ball quarterfinal/semi-final matches that I saw but didn't see any field events like shotput, discus, javelin, or more obscure sports like sailing. The coverage was way more American-centric than in previous years - if an American wasn't expected to win a gold medal in it, then we didn't get to see the event. That and NBC found ways to spoil the results with it's Primetime Announcers and even commercials. I did find the coverage on NBC's other networks to be better, but still I was very disappointed.

Watching the final night last night, I found myself yelling at the TV. Why the hell is Seacrest interviewing athletes? Are you f'in serious!!??
It was much less of a problem for me, being British, to watch a coverage that would obviously have a British bias towards the coverage. Ideally, I would have liked to be able to keep an eye on both Britain and the USA progress.

NBC made their coverage unwatchable from the viewpoint of anyone less than a redneck. I made the permanent switch to BBC coverage when NBC showed a medal ceremony in which the USA got Gold and bronze. They showed a cropped version of their feed in which you could only see the two Americans getting their medals. The poor foreign bugger that won the silver was off the screen, and totally disrespected.
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NBC made their coverage unwatchable from the viewpoint of anyone less than a redneck. I made the permanent switch to BBC coverage when NBC showed a medal ceremony in which the USA got Gold and bronze. They showed a cropped version of their feed in which you could only see the two Americans getting their medals. The poor foreign bugger that won the silver was off the screen, and totally disrespected.
This is just inexcusable. The only time we got to see the other athletes was when the Americans went over to them and congratulated them, or if they broke down and cried because they lost. I'm ashamed of NBC, and hope the rest of the world doesn't think we are really that full of ourselves.
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I relied on the streaming options to watch some of the more obscure sports or stuff that's apparently fallen out of favor for prime time. Sure you don't get announcers most of the time but that is usually a blessing in disguise since most of them are vapid stooges parroting the same 3 things off of the fact sheet in front of them. I think the coverage was mediocre at best and I had to laugh when they started putting commercial breaks in the soccer games.

I would really like to see them step it up for the next Olympics, being that they are in Brazil and infinitely more time zone friendly, and make live access of most events more possible on TV. I doubt that will happen though as when NBC looks at the Olympics they see a cash cow which needs to be exploited for maximum monetary gain, hence Ryan Seacrest playing a role in this years coverage...

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TO be fair, spammers have been getting more capable of bypassing all sorts of registration & anti-spam measures. My local brew club forum had to move to the draconian method of Admin Activation Only for new forum accounts, because I was deleting about 20-30 spam users per day - of those hypothetical 20 users, 18 would have zero posts, but the other 2 users would have 50 junk posts each by the time I woke up and saw they were posting.

It's an ongoing battle and I don't envy trying to battle spam on this monstrously large of a forum.

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