Skip to comments.Al Michaels: fearless NBC welcomes London Olympic challenge (Reason for no live coverage)
Posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:34 AM PDT by JimWayne
NBC has calculated that the TV audience for the Olympics in the US is 56% female, and this conditions what it calls its "storytelling model" of presentation.
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And NBC emphasizes events in which Americans are competitive. So we can forget about seeing table tennis and soccer, for example.
Well, this reinforces my feelings of manliness, because NBC’s coverage has really not appealed to me at all. It just seems “blah” in so many ways. But maybe the ladies love it.
Soccer and basketball are available on other channels on DISH.
An added bonus: if there is a terrorist event, we won’t see it live, like we did in 1972. It can be edited out.
If we want, we can read about it. But we won’t SEE it. And the WH will fax the words for the talking twits to read.
Some of us ladies would like to see the whole of the competition. I wonder if there's anywhere online to see that main feed?
Also why they keep showing the moms in the stands.
I am sure you can find some foreign TV channel and watch their live stream.
I think there is an online feed from NBC.
Also, between Bravo, NBSSports, NBC, CNBC and even MSNBC there are a lot of sports and non-US competitions being broadcast.
I’m burning up my DVR.
Sorry. NBCSports channel. 603 on direcTV
I love to watch golf but I will NOT watch it if it’s on nbc for the same reason...storytelling.
While live golf is being played on the course, they are storytelling.
I like to watch volleyball (Beach and regular)
Misty and Kerri were on last night so I sat down to watch. They were playing well and had a nice lead. Score was like 9-6 in the first Set. NBC goes to break. They come back the score is like 17-11. Its a freaking tape delay and they can't show the entire game. Next set they did the same damn thing. I switched it off and got some work done. I am finished with NBC and the Olympics.
It must work. My wife DVR’s almost everything on the Olympics and watches it at night. I haven’t seen any of it, not interested.
Anyone else remember the good ild days when ABC broadcast the Olympics like it was theWide World of Sports. I miss those days. I want the thrill of victory and not the agony of another profile.
I'm a red blooded American male and have been watching the Olympics nearly every day..
I love the " human interest stories" about the athletes behind the scenes..the one on Gabby Douglas was great..showed her training in her youth and what she went through...also showed her praying and said how much God was in her life...same with Missy Franklin.
The "human interest" stories make the Olympics better IMO
NBC trashes their coverage of horse racing with their “story telling,” hardly even mentioning the names of the people who make the game go—the owners, who pay the bills. They concentrate on a handful of trainers, most whom hardly train but are skilled at making themselves prominent. Do they show much in the way of past races? Heck no. Do we even see much of the horses? Heck no. Do they get a lot of content just plain wrong and incorrect? YES.
If you give priority to sob stories over live telecast and can put up with delayed broadcasting, you probably have a some feminine wiring in your brain.
There is exactly one team of broadcasters at the Olympics for NBC that are professionals. They are the team from Versus that broadcasts the Tour de France. Now that NBC owns Versus I guess they will be replaced by idiots shortly. When you start saying Dude and reporting on twitter comments you know your hopeless.
They’ve carried tons of events live. But remember by the time our prime time rolls around London is saying hello to tomorrow. It’s not possible for them to show anything live in prime time because there’s nothing happening live during prime time. Now 2AM through about 4PM lots of stuff is live.
I’m retired, but my wife is still working. I know the results of every event usually at the time they happened. My wife has threatened me with severe consequences if I tell her who won what. So I have to sit through the events knowing the result without being able to tell my wife. Keeping these things delayed on weekends is especially ridiculous.
My kids go to school with one of the girls on the table tennis team. We had to watch her event live on the computer. We tried to even find coverage of it on the NBC coverage, and couldn’t find anything.
At least there was the computer!
I actually missed watching a few Olympics because of the human interest stories preceding every darn event. "Joe Blow is playing this Olympics for his second cousin twice-removed who went to the hospital for a torn hangnail." Then they'd show a scene of Joe weeping over his cousin's dreadful torn hangnail. That got tired real quick, and I figured out that they were doing it for the female audience.
You are so correct. We were just talking about this the other night. ABC had far superior coverage. Roone Arledge knew how to broadcast an Olympics.
I especially loved watching EVERYONE receiving their medals during the awards ceremony, not just the Gold Medal winners. On the big events they used to show the winners walking into the arena, having the metals placed around their necks and having the announcer say each of their names.
It's interesting that this comment is coming from Al Michaels,(whom I adore). He was a part of that old ABC team., remember, "do you believe in miracles!"
I so agree with you! There is plenty of Olympics coverage on other channels, but I’m just so taken with the behind the scenes stories, and not just the Americans. I love watching.
The big problem with the human interest stories, over and above being girly, is they’re a waste of time. The Summer Games are literally the largest sporting event on the planet, hundreds of hours of sports happen every day for 17 days, and yet most of the prime time coverage isn’t showing any of the sports, it’s blathering on the soap opera of the people. The prime time show should be the ultimate high light package, condensing everything that happened that day into a 4 hour Sports Center. Unfortunately they know their primary audience are not sports fans, it’s women that only watch the Olympics every couple of years. Thus human interest stories instead of sports. The biggest travesty is that they have all these channels but they focus everything down in prime time, they should use one of the channels to do the Sports Center version.
That's not what I have been experiencing. It's mostly 90%+ sports and 10% human interest.
Lettuce be real, you can only watch so much soccer, basketball etc without being bored to tears. Swimming, gymnastics etc that have as short, competitive time span are different...way more interesting..of course I have a very short attention span.
Sounds like here. Bummer for me is there is some home network glitch.
Our PC systems are the same in most of the important respects but NBC live stream cuts out on hers at random off and on. Mine holds fine. She is hooked on laff a lhmpics and has to watch every thing that is streamed or aired.
I careth not at all for any of it and don’t think I ever did.
It’s not 90% sports, it’s maybe 25% sports, the rest is yabbering. Even when they’re showing the sports they’re doing it stupid with that “as if live” thing that makes them show lots of stuff that didn’t matter, and they know it didn’t matter cause the game already happened. Highlight package. Or at least hire some guys from the NFL channel that do the Replay, they know how to condense a 3 hour game into an hour in a way that maintains a solid narrative, skips the stuff that didn’t matter AND adds in some insight using the post game interviews.
Can’t figure these guys out. They will show “hours” of 1500m swim prelims and ignore medal events in other sports that are running simultaneously
Well, London IS 8 hours ahead of us (Pacific).
When you were watching last night, it was probably 5AM in London. Everybody is still in bed.
Of course you got a tape delay.
Doesn’t excuse NBC from not coming on at 4AM east coast time (7AM west coast) to show it to you live, though. Or are they doing that...I don’t know.
NBC is owned by Comcast, the most vile, greed driven company on the planet, like a true dictator, Comcast feels they know what’s best for it’s customers; however, Comcast knows very little, it’s why they are tucked in at night by Obama himself! Comcast is an upside down pyramid, and I hope for the sake of it’s customers, it is pushed over by the competition!
This female viewer is torqued off because there was only about 5 minutes of coverage of equestrian events.
Ahhh you are missing the point. When they left for commercial break the score was like 9-6 when they came back from commercial break the score was like 17-11 They didn't show 13 scores AND THEY WERE ON TAPE DELAY! If they were live I could understand it. THEY WERE ON TAPE DELAY. That means they could have shown the points scored they just didn't want to. They wanted to instead tell me stories. I want to watch the sports if I wanted to listen to gossip I would watch the freaking "WE" channel.
If you have an “On Demand” feature on your TV, try that. We wanted to see more of the fencing competition, so I went to On Demand, and lo and behold! The entire competition (so far) was right there! NO commercials!
Women are where the advertising revenues are. Men are irrelevant dinosaurs from politics and pop culture to the consumer economy.
Are you my wife? She’d like to see about four hours worth.