Skip to comments.Olympics 2012: NBC defends blackout of opening ceremony
Posted on 07/28/2012 2:42:49 PM PDT by matt04
NBC wants viewers to know: The kickoff of the London Olympics was just too complicated to watch live.
The network is fighting back against intense criticism of its decision to black out the opening ceremony on Friday, instead offering a taped version hours later in prime time. Viewers reacted with disgust when they tried to watch live coverage of the event on TV or online but could only find a few bootlegging sites carrying the feed in the U.S.
"We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports and 302 medals," an NBC spokesman wrote in an email to Show Tracker. "It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.
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NBC always screws up the Olympics. Why do they keep getting it?
not only did they delay the broadcast, they treated the entrance of the athletes as if it were live with interruptions for commercials instead of simply stopping the tape and restarting it after the commercial.
I don’t know why but I’ve never seen them since I left home 33 years ago. Growing up I remember them on in the house but have never seen any of it since.
finding out about outcomes early is sucking too!!!
They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context,
Huh? What? The reason people like online content is BECAUSE it is unedited and live, as if you were actually there. But the LSM elites believe the American public is too stupid to understand what is going on in front of them.
I don’t get it. If the opening ceremony could be meaningfully viewed by a person sitting in a seat in the stands, why couldn’t NBC provide a meaningful live production? I guess they felt like there was just too much going on and too many editorial judgements to make on the fly, like which camera angle to use and that sort of thing. But the ceremy was surely so scripted that all could have been mapped out in advance. So I don’t know...there must be more to the story.
Speaking for myself — I am totally incapable of understanding anything I see on TV unless Matt Lauer explains it to me. From the Rose Parade to the Olympics, Matt helps me understand the world and all the things I see in it. He even tells me what flavor kool-aid to drink.
I watched the BBC live stream and DVRed the NBC prime time broadcast. I gave up trying the watch the NBC broadcast shortly after the parade of athletes started. The annoying commentary, commercial breaks and selective editing made it impossible to watch.
I’m wound up about NBC’s Olympic handling right now. I don’t have cable TV, but I do use Time Warner for Internet; we watch TV with a Roku hooked to a 28” LCD monitor, which works perfectly for streaming Netflix and the like. But if you want to watch the live streaming Olympic coverage at nbcolympics.com, you MUST apparently have service with certain cable TV providers and you MUST apparently have a level of service that already provides you CNBC and MSNBC. If you don’t, you can’t watch the Olympics online.
To me, this is insanity. I would gladly pony up a pay-per-view fee for Olympic streaming coverage, on the Roku or on my computer, so my little girl can watch some of the events. She’d probably love gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics and she loves watching basketball. But because I don’t want to pay for the “privilege” of supporting Jim Cramer and Rachel Maddow, NBC makes it impossible for me to watch the Olympics *at all* via the Internet except if I find a pirated stream. It’s an insane and stupid business model.
Odds are 60-40 that this post was sarcastic.
I tuned in and saw Viera droning on about something. If they want to guarantee I don’t watch a show or event, then by all means put her on.
“complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide”
All of us ignorant hillbillies are too stupid to understand such a “complex” live production. It takes their city world traveled “experts” to explain it to us, /S
That just proves they have no clue who lives in the rest of the country outside the studios of NBC. Not everyone is an ignorant yahoo like they think.
To hear them explain it none of us have been outside of our “trailer park” for most of our lives. They might be shocked to find out differently.
It's all about da geetus, (DA MONEY !)
Yeah, I found that out as well. I have T-W cable Internet, but we don’t have TV.
The Olympic stream site asks you for your provider - I entered Time Warner.
It showed about 5 frames of video then announced that I didn’t have the right service level.
I want to watch the thing on NBC Internet, but they won’t let me watch it on the net, because.... I don’t have TV.
How stupid is that?
I saw the Queen parachuting, that was cool. Surprise that she agreed to do it, but then, if Bush Sr could do it, why not Her majesty.
Missed Macca singing (what else?!) the immortal endlessly tortured Fat Elvis hit Hey Jude.
I do have a qualifying Cable to watch via the Internet streams.
Earlier today, I was watching some of the men’s gymnastics. The feeds kept buffering — due to streaming problems from Youtube.
I have a feeling those streams are going to be overwhelmed and the effort will turn out to be a flop. Too many would rather watch the ‘out of context’ venues without the incessant commentaries.
Matt Lauer: helping us understand the world and stuff
one snort.. line at a time..
I guess the polls were negative.
I usually skip watching the Olympics, purely because NBCs coverage is SO FREAKING BAD. FOr the most part, watching the Olypmics on NBC means watching pawder-puff personal stories of heroism and painfully bland interviews of athlets interspersed with brief views of competition.
Surprisingly, I found a lot of stuff today on other NBC affiliated channels.
Did you take a look at
I signed in as a Time Warner customer and have been watching streaming events
I’m getting really pissed off with msnbc’s spate of “Lean Forward” ads during the Olympics ... saw 3 back-to-back this afternoon (Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow). “Forward” .... sound familiar?
When the team from Uganda entered the stadium Bob Costas had to mention Idi Amin. It’s the Olympics FOOL!
I tell my libtard friends the ads should be called “Bend Over”.
I used Tunnelbear method for the opening ceremonies and it worked.
I have the appropriate level of cable so I havent tried any of these.
I had the same problems with swimming. It would work for 10min. tops and start to buffer. I had to close the browser window and re-launch to get it to work again.
I am not making this up. This is what they said in 2000.
I recall that too.
Just like today. Four or five NBC & their cable channels had venues — nearly all were women, except for boxing on CNBC.
Online stream had some men’s gymnastics, but most of the streams were women’s events.
Dang! Where’s the Curling schedule?
Say, I own this bridge in Death Valley. You can have it really cheap. Freepmail me if your interested.
Not to mention the dancing NHS health care workers. It was the most disgusting Olymics opening ceremony I've ever seen. And there have been some doozies.
The British should be ashamed.
Not to mention the dancing NHS health care workers. It was the most disgusting Olympics opening ceremony I've ever seen. And there have been some doozies.
The British should be ashamed.
NBC and its context ruined the Olympics for me many years ago.
I can proudly say that I haven’t watched an Olympics, or paid any attention to one, since 1964. The two ‘brothers’, with their faux protest at Mexico City, killed any interest for me after 1968.
That’s about the last time I watched an Academy Awards, come to think of it.
Why pay attention to the culturally dysfunctional among us?
They may be very attractive and wealthy but they are also terribly flawed in the character department.
Somehow other nations do it live. Canada being the obvious comparison.
Good on NBC. I wish I had some that real good book learnin’, then I’d be able to cipher out what I was seein in them big ceremonies and such. But I’m grapefruit for having them city slickers outta that New York city travel yonder to England and suss it out for me.
Then there was the moving “Abide with Me” tribute that NBC skipped because they needed to show Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps. I advise everyone to find and watch that clip online.
I noticed that NBC has pulled some of the videos of events that happened earlier today. Those are events that they will replay via delay on NBC tonight.
Example: Men’s (USA) gymnastics. They competed earlier today, but the video is unavailable.
You oughta sell that bridge to yourself as a self-punishment for not getting the joke!
I thought NBC did a pretty good job of the with the opening ceremonies. Maybe a little too much splainin from the talking heads.
Internet coverage of every event is nice.
Which is, of course, the problem in a nutshell. They screwed up from the start.
We sat through the entire introductory “program,” and it was simply...incoherent.
So, was the US flag dipped or not? I tried watching the opening ceremonies, but I turned it off before the parade of athletes.
translation: you're too stupid to know what you like
I noticed that the further they got into the broadcast the less Meridith Vierra was allowed to say. At the end it was matt and costas.
i just went through my weekly tv watching. i don’t watch a single thing on nbc, only CASTLE on abc. it’s usa, tnt, and cbs. some local news but no national tv news or taking airhead shows.
The opening ceremony was boring.