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Excuse me while I blow-off some steam. A lot of people have been complaining about NBC's coverage, but I think many of them have missed the point.

The tape delay didn't bother me at all. UK is like 8 hours ahead of the west US coast, and I work all day. I CAN'T watch it live. So, what are people complaining about? I'm happy to wait till the evening to watch.

Also, I think it's understandable they'd focus the most of sports where the US is featured... every country does that.

So, what ticked me off? A list is below the orange doily.

In no particular order:

1) a few weeks before the Olympics started, NBC said we could "watch events free, streaming..." but didn't mention (at least didn't make it clear beforehand) that you needed a cable subscription to see most of the content. I don't have cable, and am not going to sign-up for a crazy cable contract to watch 2 weeks of Olympics. I would have happily paid ~$10-20 to get access to all the sports via an iPad app, or streaming. CBS did a great job of this with the NCAA basketball tournament... pay a few bucks for the app, and you get everything.

2) The few events I could see via the app were not compatible with apple's air-play, meaning I couldn't easily push them up to my TV screen. Instead they used some proprietary Adobe software.

3) The titles of the event clips online SAY WHO WON!!! WTF?  I get home from work and want to see some clips of the day's events, but all over the news of every event is spoiled right in the title of the clip. I can't even go looking around for something without seeing "Hungary defeats Iceland in handball match". I wanted to watch that you dickheads - thanks for ruining countless events. So, I stopped going there, and couldn't even watch the few clips that were indeed free to watch without a cable subscription.

4) Primetime coverage was from 8-12 every night on the west coast. I know that's primetime technically starts at 8pm here, but that's so stupid. I work all day and get tired around 10-11. Can they please start at 6pm? screw the local news... who the hell cares about that?

5) Too much time spent not showing actual competition. The worst of this was Brokaw's exercise in ego, foisting his greatest generation spiel on us once again... nice story, but has NOTHING to do with the Olympics. An HOUR was wasted on this needless history lesson - history I'm already well familiar with. Other big time wasters were a nearly hour long interview with Michael Phelps where he said nothing new, a thing on the Dream Team of 1992, and too much footage from the London tourism office.

6) Enough with the beach volleyball. I don't mind watching it a little, but 20 minutes is enough. Just show the last set.

7) Not showing "everything else". Each night of primetime should have stared with a COMPLETE wrapup of the days events.... it would give a great sense of how "big" the Olympics are. I mean, 5 minutes each of badminton, archeryjudo, wrestling, soccer, fencing, equestrian, rowing, handball, water polo, etc... then spend more time on the "big" events of track & field, swimming, gymnastics, etc. I'd like to at least see a little of these other events and just get a sense of what's going on.

8) Decathlon got shafted. I realize there wasn't a lot of drama with the score, but this was a big deal, and we barely saw it.

9) Everything else got shafted (see 7 above).

10) Right now, the marathon is happening, but what's on my local NBC station? paid-advertising, and then cartoons for 2 hours. Are you frikkin' kidding me? Apparently they're showing the marathon on some other channel. Are you telling me the local station is making more money selling time-life music and with cartoons?

The actual Olympics were great, the coverage of many of the events that I did see (i.e. the filming, and announcing) were good as well. The editorial & business decisions by the management at NBC sucked foot fungus.

thanks for reading... Feels good to get that off my chest.

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  •  Yes, it's been terrible. (21+ / 0-)

    Almost as if NBC wanted to put together Olympics coverage specifically tailored to viewers that don't much care for watching athletic competition.

    •  It got to the point where my sons (7+ / 0-)

      immediately changed the channel at the sight of Misty May, who seems to have received the bulk of NBC's attention.

      •  Decathalon, pole vault, high jump all but ignored (9+ / 0-)

        Gymnastics used to dominate week 1, now, I think it will last until GOP Convention.  Maybe Gabby Douglas can be the keynote speaker.   I should've known that an American won diving gold given the amount of coverage it got last night.

        BMX got serious coverage, Mary Carillo did a James Bond schtick, and, Ryan Secrest commented on social networking.  I was hoping that Dr. Phil might get some air time w/ Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps.  

        I can recall the likes of Bill Toomey and Bruce Jenner getting attention that Ashton Eaton could only dream of getting.  Boxing and wrestling were even bigger afterthoughts.  Like most everything else in our society today, these Olympics were consciously trivializied.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:41:36 PM PDT

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      •  For some reason (0+ / 0-)

        beach volleyball goes on throughout the whole Olympics. That is one reason why there is so much of it shown - the other of course is that it's women in bikinis. And the final was one American team against the other - ?? I just don't get it.

    •  NBC is Expert in Producing Crap No One Watches (6+ / 0-)

      Remember this is the network which canceled "Life" starring Damian Lewis--perhaps the best tv show last decade--to show us Jay Leno five times a week. Now Lewis' new show, on HBO!, gets more viewers than the utter crap that NBC puts on the air. And it looks like it is only getting worse. I like Wes Clark, but Stars Earn Stripes looks like a horrible omlette made up of Big Brother, Survivor, and VH1's Celebrity Rehab. And that godforsaken medical show looks so dumb.

      I am guessing they'll go back to last place. What bothered me was that they never really covered just why Mo Farrah was such a big deal--here was Britain, which has had problems with domestic Islamic-terrorism in the past, cheering for an African-born Muslim. (Farrah is not an immigrant and has always been a British citizen because his father was a British citizen, but he still represents immigrants in a way and that is a huge deal there).

      Also if I never have to hear Matt Lauer at an Olympics again, that'll be awesome. His coverage of the opening ceremonies was truly dreadful. He liked the sound of his own voice, and apparently thinks we are too idiotic to understand a show without words, to trust the viewers to watch the show. I can't believe I am saying this, but Ryan Seacrest's coverage of the closing ceremonies is light years ahead of Lauer's dreadful performance.

      And I have loved how generally happy and well run the games were. London made Mitt Romney spectacularly wrong!

  •  It's what the public wants. (6+ / 0-)

    I heard they're going to tape-delay NFL football this year, and title the broadcast based on the results (such as the "Dolphins Beat Cowboys in Overtime Show").

  •  NBC= (13+ / 0-)

    North Korean state television with slicker production values.  BBC had much better sound and camera work, an amazingly easy to navigate website, and informed commentators who didn't talk over the action.

    The coverage that NBC inflicted upon Americans was probably among the worst in the world, and the efforts they took to prevent us from accessing anything better would have made the Chinese Communist party proud.

  •  I would have liked to see entire competitions (12+ / 0-)

    not just the Americans or the top three or four.

    I remember watching the last winter Olympics and being thrilled when 'best times' were posted for athletes who never had a chance of winning a medal- yet posted best times of scores at their event.  That is an Olympic accomplishment.

    And I agree- a recap of the days events would have been great- plus ALL The Medal Ceremonies
    - not just USA.

    Oh well- Russia 2014.

    Next up- football (in August!!!!!)
    And the US Open (tennis)

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    by grannycarol on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:35:08 PM PDT

  •  I agree with a lot of your points. (9+ / 0-)

    I was really psyched to learn that every event would be streaming live if you wanted it and then I was ticked when I found out you had to be a cable subscriber to get access to that stuff.  

    So instead I searched my usual websites that broadcast pirated streams of sporting events for live streams of the Olympics and watched that way.  What I saw of the BBC coverage and the CBC coverage was much superior to NBC's.

    My main interest is in track and field events and I thought the BBC did a really good job of covering those, commercial free, I might add.

    NBC was way overloaded with commercials and basically Americanized the coverage to an almost absurd extent unless it was about Usain Bolt.  

    •  But I couldn't watch the bbc (0+ / 0-)

      I could have done it technically, but I work all day, and needed the tape delay.

      Sure, I could have recorded the stream somehow, but there are only so many hours in the day.

      Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

      by walk2live on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:04:34 PM PDT

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    •  The main network coverage was horrible (3+ / 0-)

      I did enjoy watching the other cable networks, however... the coverage on NBCsports was actually really good.  You could go a whole day and not see the US play.  Watched Hungarian water polo, fencing, badmiton, judo... good stuff.

      The primetime coverage is simply horrific, however.

  •  And I Only Got to See USA v Japan Women Soccer (7+ / 0-)

    12 times.

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    by Gooserock on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:39:57 PM PDT

  •  This was opening night, and it went downhill (9+ / 0-)

    after that.

    And this does not only apply to Olympic coverage, it applies to many if not most times to traditional media coverage:  They have no idea what they're talking about yet they still talk.

    Some have complained that NBC’s talking heads chattered too much during the ceremony. I take issue more with how they chattered. At the top of the bizarre set piece celebrating the virtues of texting, Vieira explained that World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee would soon be making an appearance. "If you haven't heard of him, we hadn’t either," she said.

    Later, Lauer and Vieira described the technology that was lighting up the audience. “These are little pixel screens at every seat that allows the creative team here to actually turn the crowd into a giant LED screen,” Lauer noted. Vieira’s jokey response: “One more thing I don’t understand.”


    A polite request for Meredith Vieira: Instead of chuckling that you don’t understand how the stadium’s light show works, get someone to teach you so you can explain it to people at home. You would learn something, and so would we.

    Meredith Vieira at the Opening Ceremony: It’s Cool To Be Ignorant

    (My bolding, of course)

  •  It appears they promoted their cable stations (12+ / 0-)

    over the network feed that ordinary schlubs are stuck with.

    Absolute worst: NBC commentators putting on little stunts to endear their self-involved millionaire asses to us, like fake races and outdoor food prep.

    Ryan Seacrest: tell me again what this man does.

    I watched the Olympics constantly wishing I could watch the Olympics.

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    by Bob Love on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 07:48:50 PM PDT

  •  I thought the coverage was fantastic (2+ / 0-)
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    But I do have Comcast.

    •  Well, yeah (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't imagine trying to watch the Olympics without cable. Just like I can't imagine watching just about every sport that exists (except football) without cable.

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      by ChurchofBruce on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:27:54 PM PDT

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  •  I am so effing mad (6+ / 0-)

    I watched the closing ceremonies in anticipation of the WHO finale, and they cut away to air a stupid sitcom and will return with the end of the ceremony after the news, in one hour. I have to get up in 7 hours, so I can't wait around another hour for it to start and the 30 minutes to watch. And the only reason they did this is to show a lame ass TV show that plans to exploit a poor monkey for laughs. I would have liked a fluent beginning-to-end ceremony. I turned NBC off in protest.

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    by CatM on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:05:27 PM PDT

  •  Sadly, the closing ceremony doesn't (3+ / 0-)
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    spell the end of this rolling atrocity. Tomorrow on "Today" we can continue the inch-deep-mile-wide human interest love fest.  

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:06:24 PM PDT

  •  Closing Ceremonies (5+ / 0-)

    I cannot believe that they are delaying the end of the closing ceremonies to show the first episode of the animal hospital comedy that they've been flogging all week.

    We will show you The Who, but first watch this incredibly insultingly lame comedy.  Oh its a Sunday?  You have to work tomorrow?  too bad.

    Even if the show were funny - which it is decidedly not from the first 5 min - I will not watch it ever on principle, and tweeted the same to NBC.

  •  Couldn't disagree more about the Brokaw piece (0+ / 0-)

    As a WWII history major, the courage of the Brits in the face of being alone against Hitler's might was inspiring.

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    by CTmoderate on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:18:39 PM PDT

    •  It was a decent piece, but (5+ / 0-)

      Had nothing to do with the Olympics. I've seen many other tellings of this story that were just as good. There were hundreds of hours of sports that got no coverage, and they blew an entire hour on this. If they wanted to show it, fine, but not for an hour at the start of prime time coverage on the last night. They could have showed this during the hour before the prime time coverage started.

      I was fuming more and more during this. What little respect I had for brokaw is totally gone (I had always given him some deference). What kind of ego does that guy have? His piece actually had the opposite of its intended effect on me. Now, I don't ever want to hear another second about that particular but of history. Sorry, but that's how it is, and I know I'm far from alone.

      Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

      by walk2live on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:33:42 PM PDT

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    •  IT had NO PLACE (8+ / 0-)

      in Olympic prime time coverage.  That bowing to Brokaw piece should have been on the History channel or give Brokow a special next week before the new season of tv starts.  But give me an effing break when I am trying to watch Olympic sports and instead am force-fed an our of history I already know.

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      by Delilah on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:45:30 PM PDT

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    •  WTF does that have to do with the 2012 olympics? (1+ / 0-)
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      i mean, the mongol sack of xiangyang in the 13th century conquest of the southern song was pretty horrific too, but noone was dumb enough to interrupt the olympic coverage in 2008 to blather on about it.

      especially egregious given that brokaw is a crap journalist falsely posing as a historian.

    •  NOT the time and place for it! (2+ / 0-)
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      There's a time and place for a Brokaw documentary honoring British courage in WW2, but IN THE MIDDLE OF CONTEMPORARY OLYMPICS COMPETITION COURAGE IS NOT IT!

      •  And what's worse... (0+ / 0-)

        ...the piece started out looking like it was about British courage in WWII, but by the time they were half-way through, which is when we tuned out, it seemed more like it was about how the U.S. saved the world by getting into the war.  
        Because, as we know, it's always all about us.

  •  I was beyond fit to be tied over the opening (4+ / 0-)

    ceremony. Way too much chit chat by the hosts and honestly they sounded so freaking stupid--Bad enough I missed a lot of the show because of the two dimwits chit chat, but then to find they edited the opening ceremony? That was wrong end of story. But thankfully a fellow Kossak shared a link for a channel I could get on my Roku that gave me access to the BBC and CBC...I got to see the closing ceremony on that channel.

    BUT...Like another commenter I wanted to see the end of the closing ceremony again...First I was really SHOCKED by just how much NBC cut out of the coverage! Wow...Unreal. Then to have them whore that animal show in the middle of the coverage? Excuse me??? Wow, I knew they were desperate but seriously??? I'm betting there aren't going to be a lot of devoted fans of that animal show tuning in after losing the coverage of the closing ceremony.

    And the streaming video thing? Oh big fail NBC....To be honest, yes I got to watch the streaming video because I do have Dish...But it you know what? NBC neglected to add in the bit about needing a subscription to a network provider of some kind...Very poorly played NBC.

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    by left over flower child on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:59:28 PM PDT

  •  Saw more events than I've ever seen. Online of (2+ / 0-)
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    course. No complaints.  Prefer it that way.  

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    by thestructureguy on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:59:56 PM PDT

  •  nbc sucks. (1+ / 0-)
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    i wanted to see several of the dresage tests - so what did the birdbrain peacock do?  they EDITED the damned test on youtube!

    the whole score is made up of how transitions are done - so don't cut the eff out of the halt, the reinback, the walk!

    i am so fed up with nbc that i won't go to their dumb*ssed website or coverage again for anything.  i'll find it elsewhere or do without.

    SHAME! nbc!  SHAME!

  •  With regard you your point #1 (2+ / 0-)
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    I have cable, or rather, I have Verizon FIOS, and I was still not allowed into the NBC online viewing. I wasn't going to spend on the phone with Verizon to find out why not, so that added to my #nbcfail tally.

  •  i'm 67 years old ... NBC (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, Compost On The Weeds

    ruined the Olympics for me .. worst ever .. i couldn't watch  .... their whole production team should go to prison

    Humanity is one family ... with one heart.

    by abarefootboy on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 11:35:40 PM PDT

  •  Point 3 was a repeated breaker for me (2+ / 0-)

    I was SOOOO pissed trying to follow US women's soccer unspoiled.. the arbitrary programming breaks also made DVRing really tough, so I watch a 1st half live, then go to a rehearsal, then come home and watch the DVR til the end of the 'show' and then go to the web to get the overtime and the streaming site reveals the result. USA Canada was dramatic? nope. Not when I know the US wins before I start the Overtime.

    And to add insult, I avoid facebook and twitter and everything during the gold medal match only to have my iphone chirp with the USSF email to buy a gold medal winner t-shirt.

    General note, this was the personally LEAST watched Olympic Games of my lifetime. Things I wanted to see were happening at times I was available to watch and they weren't actually ON.

    And I have EVERY channel that was carrying things for the NBC family of cable networks.

    There was a part of me very stoked that NBC was picking up MLS from Fox Soccer and was going to make a play for the World Cup, and while I am not thrilled Fox has that tournament in 2014, (and 2018, I think), after seeing NBC render this Olympics virtually unwatchable, I am glad NBC doesn't have it now.

    So... Sochi in 2014? My wife is from Rostov. Maybe we'll just go to her place and then watch things live, or on Russian TV.

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    by JD SoOR on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 12:07:54 AM PDT

    •  Actually, Fox has the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. (0+ / 0-)

      Although compared to the Olympics, the World Cup is ridiculously easy to broadcast.  Maximum of 2 games happening simultaneously and a max of 4 games per day.  

      Yeah, okay buddy.

      by jtb583 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 12:46:17 AM PDT

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      •  Live vs Delay (0+ / 0-)

        In Brazil, the live games won't be as huge a deal as they're only one to two zones east of the continental US, depending on where you are in Brazil (I haven't looked at a projected venue map to see if any are inland enough to catch the same time zone as Nova Scotia), but when they are in Russia and Qatar? I know I watched every Japan/Korea game live, despite the 1am, 4am start times... I would have done the same for South Africa, except I was in the same time zone as the tournament for much of it (Kyiv and Foros, UKR).  I want live WC coverage and I hope Fox delivers. And by then, maybe all the Murdochs will be in jail so I won't feel guilty tuning to that network.

        Of course, maybe I'll just find a way to GO to the Cup in Russia.

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        by JD SoOR on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 05:49:48 PM PDT

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  •  I for one want to choose what events (1+ / 0-)
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    I want watch. I want to watch the competitions, not "feel good" puff pieces and pre chewed pieces telling me what I should appreciate.

    I have watched these London Olympic games in Malaysia, and I am here to tell you that it doesn't have to be served up the way it is in the US.

    In Malaysia there are a huge number of channels...each one devoted to a particular sport. Coverage  goes round the clock both live and taped. There are repeats. You even get to see the early elimination rounds.

    I have over dosed on the Olympics this time due to the ability to see what I want to see. There is no value added by what the networks in the US fact what they do show actually takes away from the actual performance rather than adding to it.  

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    by Jane Lew on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 01:57:25 AM PDT

  •  what I noticed most, although we haven't (1+ / 0-)
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    finished watching all the zillion hours on the DVR yet, was that I couldn't seem to find any kind of scheduling info, ANYWHERE, about what even was supposedly going to be on when.

    I do remember the Vancouver Games being rather easy to watch because SOMEWHERE I found pretty accurate info.

    This time I just set up all the huge daytime & prime-time blocks (well, started out doing the middle-of-the-night prime repeats, until I realized they were shorter than the original prime hours ones)... anyway, we MISSED the equestrian events we were most interested in, and may have missed the race-walking, another oddball we really like...

    and have been fast-forwarding through probably 200 hours of various forms of volleyball of all the idiotic. also many many many hours of water polo, and of the rhythmic gymnastics girlies... also, with excellent concentration, we managed to miss the synchronized swimming & diving -- boy, talk about ice-dancing! what are all these non-athletic events doing at the Olympics, anyway?

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    by chimene on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 02:29:40 AM PDT

  •  NBC had me rooting for US teams to lose (0+ / 0-)

    No cable so we were stuck watching what NBC wanted to broadcast.  They showed so much men's volleyball thinking they would follow this to another gold medal match that I was actually happy that the US team lost in elimination play.  But even after they lost NBC found another sport to obsess on so we didn't get to see women's soccer, much track cycling, etc.  But 2016 promises to be far worse with the re-introduction of Olympic golf--ugh.  

    If only NBC was technically competent.  But they seriously fracked up their audio mix during many of the broadcasts with the surround channels nearly making the center channel commentary barely audible.  On second thought, the sound engineers did great!

  •  Worst Olympic Coverage ever (1+ / 0-)
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    Word record of bad coverage goes to NBC.   They sucked big!  We may be the only country on earth where it was not possible to watch the 100m live.

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