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NBC networks eye 416 hours of Olympics coverage
Hollywood Reporter ^ | Tue Jan 10, 11:17 PM ET | Paul J. Gough

Posted on 01/16/2006 2:17:41 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC Universal is ramping up for next month's 17-day coverage of the Torino Olympics, using many of its assets to provide a record amount of TV time for a Winter Olympics.

The broadcaster said Tuesday that it will schedule 416 hours of coverage across NBC, USA, MSNBC and CNBC as well as two high-definition channels, NBC HD and Universal HD. That bests the previous Winter Olympics record, 375 hours from Salt Lake City in February 2002. NBC itself will have more than 182 hours.

The cable channels are scheduled to have 233 hours of coverage, up from 207 hours the last time around. Seventy-five percent of the telecasts will be live, including all 54 games of the hockey tournaments. NBC, which starts its NHL telecasts Saturday, will air the final games of men's and women's hockey.

But the narrower focus of the winter games -- nine sports compared with summer's 28 -- means that it's only a shadow of the 1,200 hours NBC Universal telecast for the 2004 Athens games. Athens was the first time that NBC Universal used such a wide range of its channels to provide 24-hour-a-day coverage during the games.

"That worked so well for us that we're taking the same road map with the winter games," said David Neal, executive vp at NBC Olympics and executive producer of NBC Sports. But there won't be 24-hour coverage this time around because there aren't that many live events.

NBC fixture Bob Costas again will be the primetime host of the games. Jim Lampley will anchor daytime and late-night telecasts, his 13th Olympics that will see him surpass the tally of the legendary Jim McKay. Also joining the telecast will be Dick Button, who has been given approval by ABC Sports to work the games for NBC.

Neal said that for the first time, NBC Universal will offer some coverage of every session of every sport at the Torino games. One up-and-coming sport: curling, which borders on a national obsession in places like Canada.

"(The coverage plan and previous ratings) really speaks to the incredible appetite American television viewers have for the Olympic Games," Neal said.

Each of the cable networks will have a special assignment or focus. USA Network, which wasn't part of the coverage for the most recent Winter Olympics because the merger of NBC and Universal hadn't happened yet, plans 101 hours of coverage of Team USA's competition in hockey and curling. It's going to have more curling, as well as a daily one-hour show called "Olympic Ice" that will highlight figure skating.

MSNBC's schedule calls for 71 hours of telecasts, including 24 live hockey games as well as curling. CNBC, with 61 hours during the 17 days, also will have curling and hockey games.

NBCOlympics.com (http://www.nbcolympics.com), which opened for business this week, will provide news, schedules and other information for the duration of the games.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: borefest; costas; nbc; nbcsports; olympics; tapedelay; torino
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We still have to watch the main events in "prime time" ? When will NBC learn ? When will we be able to see the big events live. I love the Olympics. I am sick of NBC's coverage
1 posted on 01/16/2006 2:17:42 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Jim Lampley


The worst ever


2 posted on 01/16/2006 2:18:47 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
I was just glued to figure skating this weekend. Woo-Hoo!
/sarcasm
3 posted on 01/16/2006 2:19:55 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

PUT ON MORE FOOTBALL!


4 posted on 01/16/2006 2:20:49 PM PST by kjo
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Also joining the telecast will be Dick Button

As a young man, I could have used one of those.

6 posted on 01/16/2006 2:21:27 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

live? Do you know what the time difference is between Italy and the US.




8 posted on 01/16/2006 2:23:18 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

400 of the hours will be for "up close and personal" stories.


9 posted on 01/16/2006 2:24:16 PM PST by tellw
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To: kjo
PUT ON MORE FOOTBALL CURLING!
10 posted on 01/16/2006 2:24:27 PM PST by TCats
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

and 400 hours of it will be commercials, Bob Costas talking, and those human interest stories that always have "some dramatic story line of what adversity the athlete overcame to compete".


11 posted on 01/16/2006 2:25:19 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

They are 6 hours ahead of us, right ?

If a big event starts at 8pm over there. Shouldnt we be able to watch it here ? Why wait til prime time ? Remember, this is the age of the internet.


12 posted on 01/16/2006 2:25:22 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (We have a mission from beyond the stars to spread freedom.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Sporting events need to be shown live instead of tape delay.


13 posted on 01/16/2006 2:25:30 PM PST by racing fan
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
as well as curling.

Yesssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

14 posted on 01/16/2006 2:25:56 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Number of hours I'll be watching = 0


15 posted on 01/16/2006 2:26:44 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Baynative
Did you see that little sequined number with the bare mid-riff?

bare mid-riff???

Suck'a! ...that wasn't skin, just skin-colored leotard. :)

16 posted on 01/16/2006 2:27:00 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Tribune7

My favorite sport next to watching paint dry. /sarcasm


17 posted on 01/16/2006 2:27:01 PM PST by racing fan
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
I'll program my DVR to record it. I'll watch it around 11pm and skip the commercials, personal interest stories, figure skating and Gen-Y idiots doing ski tricks. I should be done watching by 11:30.
18 posted on 01/16/2006 2:29:19 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Fat Ted: Alito is the judge, Mojito is what you're drinking. Try to remember the difference.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Are you talking about those 4 minute biographies full of touching music and flowers ?

Yawn..

I hate those too....


19 posted on 01/16/2006 2:29:31 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (We have a mission from beyond the stars to spread freedom.)
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To: racing fan
watching paint dry.

Yessssss!!!!!

20 posted on 01/16/2006 2:29:40 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: racing fan
At least with curling there is real scoring, as opposed to figure skating where the numbers just reference how much the judges were bribed.
21 posted on 01/16/2006 2:33:29 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Fat Ted: Alito is the judge, Mojito is what you're drinking. Try to remember the difference.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
375 hours? That comes to 63 hours and 45 minutes of commercials, promos and station ID announcements, another 60 hours of talking head pictures (big hair and smart uniforms with emblems on jacket breast pockets a la Seinfeld jacket episode), roughly 120 hours of so-called 'human interest' sob stories about the various incurable diseases affecting athletes' family members. The rest will be sports, sports, and interviews with the athletes with the sort of intelligent questions all sports fans everywhere expect: ""How does it feel ______________?" (fill in the blank). Can't you just wait?
22 posted on 01/16/2006 2:34:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: racing fan

Yes, I'm sure everyone on the west coast will be glued to their TV's at 4am in the morning to watch downhill skiing.

Ohhh, the thrill of watching live sporting events half way around the world.


23 posted on 01/16/2006 2:34:38 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: KarlInOhio

30 minutes? Is that per night, or for the whole thing. I'm just planning ahead for either tape or disk space.


24 posted on 01/16/2006 2:36:11 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: KarlInOhio

30 minutes? Is that per night, or for the whole thing. I'm just planning ahead for either tape or disk space.


25 posted on 01/16/2006 2:36:15 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Four hundred and sixteen hours of coverage, four hundred of which will be Bob Costas yabbering in studio!


26 posted on 01/16/2006 2:36:37 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative; Zuben Elgenubi; Proud_USA_Republican; TexasCajun; KarlInOhio; ...
NBC fixture Bob Costas again will be the primetime host of the games.

I'm looking forward to hearing his gratuitous antiamerican remarks inserted in inappropriate times.

27 posted on 01/16/2006 2:37:42 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Women's Beach Volleyball


28 posted on 01/16/2006 2:40:00 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: atomicpossum

I can watch 416 hours of THIS!


29 posted on 01/16/2006 2:45:21 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Yes, I'm sure everyone on the west coast will be glued to their TV's at 4am in the morning to watch downhill skiing.

Ohhh, the thrill of watching live sporting events half way around the world.

There are people up at 4 am in the morning. We are a 24/7 culture now.

BTW this isn't the 1800's, where one cannot witness live events as they happen. We were able to see Baghdad Bob give his funny speeches as he was giving them. We also saw how the recent Iraq War was being fought on both ends of the country at the same time on a split screen. The internet has speeded up delivery of information.


30 posted on 01/16/2006 2:48:26 PM PST by racing fan
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To: atomicpossum
Women's Beach Volleyball

In the Winter Olympics? That will be .... uh ... perky.

31 posted on 01/16/2006 2:48:27 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Fat Ted: Alito is the judge, Mojito is what you're drinking. Try to remember the difference.)
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To: atomicpossum

Wrong Olympics. These are the Winter Games where the women are men and the men are gay.


32 posted on 01/16/2006 2:48:41 PM PST by nhoward14
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To: atomicpossum

33 posted on 01/16/2006 2:50:43 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Sigh. More won't see TV.


34 posted on 01/16/2006 2:52:04 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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NBC networks eye 416 hours of Olympics coverage

There IS a God!

And He apparently hates NBC.

35 posted on 01/16/2006 2:52:36 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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36 posted on 01/16/2006 2:52:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

The bios (during primetime) of Hans Hagengruber's life story while the US hockey team is playing in the early rounds makes me want to throw a brick at the TV.


37 posted on 01/16/2006 2:53:21 PM PST by tobyone
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To: Revolting cat!

For awhile I was worried about the Arabs trying something at the Winter Olympics, then I remembered, you can't take camels over snow.


38 posted on 01/16/2006 2:54:39 PM PST by kjo
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To: TexasCajun
>>>>>>>>I was just glued to figure skating this weekend. Woo-Hoo! /sarcasm<<<<<<<<<<<

And maybe so we don't offend any of the figure skating afficionados, we could find a gay, cowboy figure skater or two and do a two hour special on them. After all, we never seem to be exposed to gay this or that nearly enough these days................/sarcasm II

39 posted on 01/16/2006 2:55:18 PM PST by irish guard
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

"It's going to have more curling"

What about ice fishing?


40 posted on 01/16/2006 2:58:40 PM PST by popdonnelly
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gay figure skating..in pairs ?

is our culture ready for it ?

A DATELINE special !


41 posted on 01/16/2006 3:00:15 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (We have a mission from beyond the stars to spread freedom.)
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To: Baynative

"Did you see that little sequined number with the bare mid-riff?"

I'm straight and I didn't find him attractive.



42 posted on 01/16/2006 3:01:30 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

I gotta fever, and the only prescription, is more curling...


43 posted on 01/16/2006 3:02:03 PM PST by isom35
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To: nhoward14

"Wrong Olympics. These are the Winter Games where the women are men and the men are gay."

Ang Lee is making a movie about a gay ice hockey team.


44 posted on 01/16/2006 3:03:34 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
When is NBC's contract for coverage up?

They have been the worst, with their delayed coverage, split coverage, and only selected events coverage.

The Olympic Committee would do better to allow direct Internet feeds, rather than the sporadic and delayed scheduling crap NBC has provided.
45 posted on 01/16/2006 3:05:51 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Is our culture ready for gay figure skating pairs?...hhhmmmm let's see, at least half of the male half of the pairs seem to be that way so far....and gee are we ready for it? I am sure Hollywood already has a movie ready to be made about it...or at least a transgender thing, don't you think?


46 posted on 01/16/2006 3:06:24 PM PST by irish guard
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

I'd watch barrel jumping if they would make that an event-otherwise,I'll be listening to tennis re-runs on the radio.Hee.


47 posted on 01/16/2006 3:18:12 PM PST by Carl LaFong ("I take care of the place while the master is away")
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To: TCats
PUT ON MORE FOOTBALL CURLING!

I'll be doing ARM curling... with an ice-cold adult beverage.

48 posted on 01/16/2006 3:33:50 PM PST by fuquadukie (If you can't hang with the big dogs, then don't jump off the porch.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Image hosted by Photobucket.com and i bet the Biathalon gets LESS than 416 seconds coverage too...!!! if any that is.
49 posted on 01/16/2006 3:35:27 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative; All

Two man luge!


50 posted on 01/16/2006 3:55:27 PM PST by Conservative Firster
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