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Olympics 2012: NBC defends blackout of opening ceremony
Los Angles Times ^

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; london; london2012; londonolympics; mediabias; nbc; olympicceremony; olympics; openingceremony
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This is exactly the reason I found numerous articles were posted on how to watch the live stream form the BBC, and why I don't watch NBC for news or anything important.
1 posted on 07/28/2012 2:43:03 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

NBC always screws up the Olympics. Why do they keep getting it?


2 posted on 07/28/2012 2:49:41 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: matt04

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.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 2:49:46 PM PDT by kathsua (A woman can do anything a man can do and have babies besides.)
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To: matt04

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.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 2:51:11 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: kathsua

finding out about outcomes early is sucking too!!!


5 posted on 07/28/2012 2:52:21 PM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: matt04
they require context

Yeah. Incessant commentary from Viera and Lauer between massive numbers of commercial breaks.
6 posted on 07/28/2012 2:55:10 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: RIghtwardHo
Somebody at NBC is blowing somebody else at the Olympic committee. Got to be the only answer.

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.

7 posted on 07/28/2012 2:55:41 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: Clock King
Is why I hate those blabby color sport commentators.
8 posted on 07/28/2012 2:59:54 PM PDT by Rikki Doxx
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To: matt04

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.


9 posted on 07/28/2012 3:00:04 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

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.


10 posted on 07/28/2012 3:02:52 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: TomGuy

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.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 3:03:30 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

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.

}:-)4


12 posted on 07/28/2012 3:05:06 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I am totally incapable of understanding anything I see on TV unless Matt Lauer explains it to me.

Odds are 60-40 that this post was sarcastic.

13 posted on 07/28/2012 3:09:32 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: TomGuy

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.


14 posted on 07/28/2012 3:11:03 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: matt04

“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.


15 posted on 07/28/2012 3:13:11 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Yardstick
So I don’t know...there must be more to the story.

It's all about da geetus, (DA MONEY !)

16 posted on 07/28/2012 3:13:32 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Moose4

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?


17 posted on 07/28/2012 3:13:57 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: matt04; a fool in paradise

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.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 3:15:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Matt Lauer: helping us understand the world and stuff

19 posted on 07/28/2012 3:18:50 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Izzy Dunne

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.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 3:20:37 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Matt Lauer: helping us understand the world and stuff

one snort.. line at a time..
snort..


21 posted on 07/28/2012 3:22:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: matt04
First, there was a poll out questioning whether the US FLAG should be 'dipped' at the opening ceremonies, and now NBC found reason to leave the OPENING CEREMONIES out of their coverage.

I guess the polls were negative.

22 posted on 07/28/2012 3:29:16 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: matt04

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.


23 posted on 07/28/2012 3:32:54 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Moose4

Did you take a look at

www.nbcolympics.com

I signed in as a Time Warner customer and have been watching streaming events


24 posted on 07/28/2012 3:48:04 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: matt04

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?


25 posted on 07/28/2012 3:53:15 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Rikki Doxx

When the team from Uganda entered the stadium Bob Costas had to mention Idi Amin. It’s the Olympics FOOL!


26 posted on 07/28/2012 3:53:18 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: MissMagnolia

I tell my libtard friends the ads should be called “Bend Over”.


27 posted on 07/28/2012 4:03:27 PM PDT by isom35
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To: Izzy Dunne

http://deadspin.com/5929680/how-to-watch-the-london-olympics-opening-ceremony-live-and-give-the-finger-to-nbc?comment=51348359

I used Tunnelbear method for the opening ceremonies and it worked.

http://gizmodo.com/5928992/how-to-watch-every-second-of-the-olympics/

I have the appropriate level of cable so I haven’t tried any of these.


28 posted on 07/28/2012 4:08:25 PM PDT by matt04
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To: TomGuy

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.


29 posted on 07/28/2012 4:13:10 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04
NBC explained in 2000 that it made this decision in order to attract women viewers. Women needed character building as part of the telecast and it was unfair that sports events were geared towards male viewers. So NBC came up with a package that the whole family could enjoy together. Hence no live telecasts.

I am not making this up. This is what they said in 2000.

30 posted on 07/28/2012 4:15:15 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: RIghtwardHo
NBC always screws up the Olympics. Why do they keep getting it?

$$$$$$$$$$$$


31 posted on 07/28/2012 4:26:10 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes. My heroes wear dog tags!!!)
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To: JimWayne

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?


32 posted on 07/28/2012 4:30:05 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Revolting cat!; mickie
"I saw the Queen parachuting....surprised she agreed to do it".

Say, I own this bridge in Death Valley. You can have it really cheap. Freepmail me if your interested.

Leni

33 posted on 07/28/2012 4:44:38 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: matt04
The annoying commentary, commercial breaks and selective editing made it impossible to watch.

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.

34 posted on 07/28/2012 4:52:21 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: matt04
The annoying commentary, commercial breaks and selective editing made it impossible to watch.

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.

35 posted on 07/28/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: matt04

NBC and its context ruined the Olympics for me many years ago.


36 posted on 07/28/2012 5:20:56 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: matt04

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.


37 posted on 07/28/2012 5:35:29 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: matt04

Somehow other nations do it live. Canada being the obvious comparison.


38 posted on 07/28/2012 5:39:02 PM PDT by xp38
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To: matt04

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.


39 posted on 07/28/2012 5:44:26 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: xp38

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.


40 posted on 07/28/2012 5:46:14 PM PDT by JeffChrz (ObamaCare is now ObamaTax. Vote for Romney.)
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To: justa-hairyape

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.


41 posted on 07/28/2012 5:46:21 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: MinuteGal

You oughta sell that bridge to yourself as a self-punishment for not getting the joke!


42 posted on 07/28/2012 5:50:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

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.


43 posted on 07/28/2012 5:51:35 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: matt04
"It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony.

Which is, of course, the problem in a nutshell. They screwed up from the start.

44 posted on 07/28/2012 5:51:57 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: matt04

We sat through the entire introductory “program,” and it was simply...incoherent.


45 posted on 07/28/2012 6:09:24 PM PDT by Clioman
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To: UCANSEE2

So, was the US flag dipped or not? I tried watching the opening ceremonies, but I turned it off before the parade of athletes.


46 posted on 07/28/2012 6:37:53 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: matt04
NBC wants viewers to know: The kickoff of the London Olympics was just too complicated to watch live

translation: you're too stupid to know what you like

47 posted on 07/28/2012 6:43:21 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( if you love, you will not condemn, and if you condemn, you cannot love)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


48 posted on 07/28/2012 6:46:18 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( if you love, you will not condemn, and if you condemn, you cannot love)
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To: matt04

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.


49 posted on 07/28/2012 6:55:11 PM PDT by bravo whiskey
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To: matt04

The opening ceremony was boring.


50 posted on 07/28/2012 7:29:07 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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