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Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 12:04 PM

As a Canadian, I am quite impressed with what the Olympic broadcaster consortium has in store. Since it is the same consortium as the one with Vancouver Olympics, I expect them to do the same good job. Granted that the Vancouver games were on Canadian soil ans therefore they need to do it harder, but the Summer Olympics is much bigger in scope than the winter one.

All in all, there will be at least 5 screens (3 English, 2 French) in HD everyday from 06:00 to midnight with one hour news break at 18:00. There will be nothing but the Olympics all the time. And since CTV owns all of its stations, there will be no need to shift the broadcast back to the affiliates during the day like NBC did in Vancouver. Because of that - just like Vancouver - I think there will be much more live events on CTV than there are on NBC.

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I wonder if the NBC stream will be available internationally? (It won't really matter to me. CTV/Bell Media is pretty much awesome if Vancouver was any inclination. And all I'd want to watch - Gymnastics, Fluffy pieces, Swimming), will be prime time with Costas anyway.


It will not, to my knowledge. Each country has their own rights holders for the Olympics, so they'll have whatever measures in place to make sure you're watching that country's feed. I'm not sure how the whole NBC authentication deal will work, but I imagine it is possible based on that you'll be able to see NBC video elsewhere. But I wouldn't count on it.


The only reason NBC (the broadcast channel) is not blocked in Canada during the Olympics because it can not be. Since some people can get the signal OTA, providers can not block them. All other media will be blocked, including on the net and on the cable. But it is not just the Olympics. Almost all shows that have their rights also owned by Canadian broadcaster are also location-blocked. However, of course there are ways to circumvent the location block.

As a side note, Olympics coverage through cable channels is also blocked. During Beijing and Vancouver, MSNBC in Canada aired marathon of Lockup everyday.

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Posted Jun 6, 2012 @ 10:20 PM

All in all, there will be at least 5 screens (3 English, 2 French) in HD everyday from 06:00 to midnight with one hour news break at 18:00. There will be nothing but the Olympics all the time. And since CTV owns all of its stations, there will be no need to shift the broadcast back to the affiliates during the day like NBC did in Vancouver. Because of that - just like Vancouver - I think there will be much more live events on CTV than there are on NBC.


If you're just comparing CTV versus NBC, then yes, CTV will have more hours and more live events. But if you're talking about the whole package, Canadian Olympic coverage versus U.S. Olympic coverage, it's almost a dead heat. NBC has said they will have 5,535 hours of coverage in total. Bell Media said the Canadian consortium will have 5,500. Obviously that's including all the online coverage. Where NBC picks up the extra hours over Canada is that they're going to do the specialty basketball and soccer channels again like they did for Beijing. So if you're in the United States, you'll probably have about as much live Olympics as there is in Canada.

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Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 12:39 AM

I hope this is the right place to post this - Diving Trials are being shown on NBCSports Network (used to be Versus) starting today (Tuesday) at midnight followed by 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Friday night they are showing both Track and Diving Trials starting at 9 p.m.

Swimming Trials start next week, Monday I think. Don't know how much will be aired or on what channel(s).

As they say, check your local listings for times and channels.

Edited by MittenGirl, Jun 20, 2012 @ 12:40 AM.


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Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 7:10 AM

The nice thing is that all the shows are titled "Olympic Trials" or "2012 US Olympic Trials" or something like that, so that if you have a DVR, just set it to record the series and it will tape all the different sports.

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Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 6:46 PM

USA Swimming's full television schedule. Nice to see some pretty significant prelims coverage on NBCSN. Wonder if they'll go much into how seriously oversubscribed the meet is- they set qualifying standards with the goal of getting 1000 athletes at the meet, and instead about 2000 people are showing up to compete. The women's 200M backstroke alone had almost 200 entries on the psych sheet. (Most swimmers will compete in multiple events.)

USA Track & Field's full television schedule.

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Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Monday at 8:00pm there are swimming trials on NBC proper. I only know this because it bumped America's Got Talent to 9:00, which triggered a DVR conflict for me. However, I'm glad it did because I may have missed it otherwise, and I'll probably watch.

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Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

Heres a press release with details on coverage of the diving, track and field, swimming and gymnastics trials that will be on NBC and NBCSN in the next few weeks - a TV schedule is included.

NEW YORK – June 18, 2012 – NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with live diving, track and field, swimming and gymnastics trials beginning tomorrow. In the next three weeks, NBC and NBC Sports Network will air more than 45 hours of live trials coverage (56 total hours) including, for the first time ever, every night of the swimming trials in primetime on NBC.

rest of the press release - http://www.nbcumv.co...40029142953.xml

Edited by LaxBandit, Jun 21, 2012 @ 12:37 PM.


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Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 1:10 PM

Last time around, the webcast of swimming prelims had Josh Davis doing essentially solo commentary and doing very well with it. He only had to take a brief break to go swim the prelims of the 50 free himself. Unlike a lot of fish types, I don't hate Rowdy Gaines doing commentary. I just wish he didn't feel the need to dumb it down so much for network purposes because I've seen him call some meets where viewers were assumed to have a bit higher knowledge level, and he came across as smarterand a little less porn-like when watching fast times.

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Posted Jun 22, 2012 @ 4:12 PM

My local Comcast channel was showing the US Women's hammer throwing trials, of all things, last night with Dwight Stones and some other guys doing commentary. Looked like it was edited down to an hour package.

So depending on your cable system, there may be more on than was in that press release.

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Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 12:08 AM

Day 1 of Men's gymnastics trials is on NBCSports Network on Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. (EDT) and Women's Day 1 will be shown Friday from 9-11 p.m. on NBC. Both say they will be aired live.

Men's final day coverage is live Saturday from 4-6 p.m. Women's final day coverage is Sunday (July 1) from 9-11 p.m.

(All they list are Day 1 and Final Day so I don't know if there are only 2 days of competition or if there is more that isn't being aired.)

Are they showing more Trials' coverage this year or have I just stumbled upon more of it? I don't remember seeing more than coverage (usually taped , not live) of the final rounds of most competitions before. Today I saw a little bit of rowing and BMX and I also saw field hockey coverage (don't remember if that was today or yesterday).

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Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 1:03 AM

Are they showing more Trials' coverage this year or have I just stumbled upon more of it? I don't remember seeing more than coverage (usually taped , not live) of the final rounds of most competitions before. Today I saw a little bit of rowing and BMX and I also saw field hockey coverage (don't remember if that was today or yesterday).


They're showing more trials coverage this year, it's not just you. Back in 2008, MSNBC did a weekly program focusing on various sports and then NBC and USA handled the big stuff (track, swimming, gymnastics, and diving). With NBC Sports Network in need of big-time programming, they're showing coverage of all the swimming prelims (and every night of the swimming finals is on NBC this time around), and there's some increases in coverage of track & field and especially diving (14 hours worth of coverage this time versus just 4 for Beijing).

We're going to be seeing a lot more of just about everything for London. The total amount of coverage for Beijing was a paltry 3,600 hours. For London, it's over 5,500!!

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Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

Exciting stuff from Eugene last night with Austin Eaton breaking the decathalon WR (Save some of that for London, son)and the dead heat between Allison Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh for the last US spot in the womens' 100m. Also, nice to see Track & Field (or Athletics as they call it across the pond) in primetime on NBC.

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Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

Bruce Jenner and Dan O'Brien were on the Olympic Trials, while they were waiting to start the decathlon's final event. At one point, the anchor asked Bruce if it bothered him that a whole bunch of people were growing up seeing him as this reality show guy, rather than being impressed with his sports performance. Bruce made some sort of noncommittal "it's all good answer."

Dan, who was clearly bursting at the seams, said, "I grew up watching Bruce and being impressed by Bruce and his awesome skills and athleticism, which is why it's especially hard for me to see him doing what he is doing now." Bruce looked chagrined, the anchor broke in immediately, and we went to commercial.

Wow. Just wow. You go, Dan - but on national television? Ouch.

ETA: Loved seeing that kid from Oregon breaking the World Record in the decathlon!

Edited by SophiaD, Jun 24, 2012 @ 10:17 AM.


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Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Props to NBC for also letting the broadcast run over for a good half hour because of rain delays in Eugene. I would have been annoyed not to see the women's sprint events. As overexposed as she is, I just can't hate Lolo Jones because she's got such a great sense of humor and just keeps on plugging along when things don't go her way.

The finish of the decathlon was magic, and I love the way that the guy who had been leading the event (and who was far down the list in the overall results) got the heck out of the way at the end so that Eaton didn't have to go wide on the last turn. There's talk about trying to bring a World Championships to Eugene, and even though is doesn't have the glamour of the usual WC venue and is kind of a pain to get to, it seems like every athlete who goes out to compete there falls in love with the place.

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Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 5:55 PM

I love that NBC is showing so much of the trials but the descriptions are not matching up to what is being shown. Maybe it's just DirecTV but the diving today was a repeat of the men's platform instead of the springboard finals for men and women that was advertised.

Between the trials and Wilmbledon this week, I will entering the couch potato Olympics.

The Dan O'Brien slam on Bruce Jenner was a thing of beauty. I have never watched much of the Kardashians but Bruce came across as an arrogant jerk in that interview. You could see Dan putting the whole thing together in his head before Michelle asked him the question.

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Posted Jun 25, 2012 @ 5:48 AM

The Dan O'Brien slam on Bruce Jenner was a thing of beauty. I have never watched much of the Kardashians but Bruce came across as an arrogant jerk in that interview. You could see Dan putting the whole thing together in his head before Michelle asked him the question.


Couldn't agree more. I don't watch the Kardashians show (there isn't enough money in the world to get me to do that) but when Bruce said something about being Kim's father I wanted to scream because he's not, he's her STEPfather so quit trying to be a famewhore during the Olympic trials.

Is it too early to declare my Ato Boldon love?

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Posted Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

Maybe he does genuinely think of himself as her father. A lot of stepparents do after a while. It is sad though. I still have an old encyclopedia my parents bought in 1982 and in the first page of the "Track and Field" article there's a picture of Bruce running in the decathalon in the 1976 Olympics. He looked awesome.

Was Michael Phelps paying homage to Mark Spitz with the mustache? Too bad he shaved it.

Edited by Limbonaut, Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:29 AM.


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Posted Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:43 AM

Was Michael Phelps paying homage to Mark Spitz with the mustache? Too bad he shaved it.

Damn, that is... not a good look. And I'd imagine not very aerodynamic either!

I've searched for video of this O'Brien/Jenner exchange, and sadly have not been able to find any. I always love it when people smack down the Kardashians, especially to their face. They should try to get Bruce to cover the decathlon in London. It'd probably bring in viewers who know him from TV, and it might actually redeem his reputation a bit. Win win!

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Posted Jun 25, 2012 @ 12:25 PM

It's a little bit Mark Spitz, a little bit old school swimmer in general. Butterfly star Pablo Morales also had quite the 'stache, IIRC. Here's swimwear company TYR's Faststache video from April Fool's day.

USA swimming is showing everything but the circle seeded (ie. last three) heats of prelim action on their web site each morning-afternoon if the fast seeded prelims & finals aren't enough coverage for you.

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Posted Jun 25, 2012 @ 1:41 PM

Maybe he does genuinely think of himself as her father. A lot of stepparents do after a while. It is sad though. I still have an old encyclopedia my parents bought in 1982 and in the first page of the "Track and Field" article there's a picture of Bruce running in the decathalon in the 1976 Olympics. He looked awesome.


Perhaps. I was thinking about my own situation where I would never expect my stepmother (my stepfather is deceased) to think of me as anything but her stepdaughter even though she and my father have been married since 1976.

And speaking of 1976 I was completely enthralled by Bruce Jenner during the Montreal games, more so than Nadia Comaneci. To me he will always be the face of those Olympics, and I wish he would leave his face alone.

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Posted Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

I actually thought the track & field coverage was something of an improvement tonight- they managed to show more than two jumps in the men's high jump and were willing to show a good chunk of the 5K prelims as well.

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Posted Jun 27, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

Speaking of the thread topic, any word yet on what cities have made the short list for 2020? The announcement of the host city for those games is only a year away, and by now, the finalists should have been identified.

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Posted Jun 27, 2012 @ 6:29 AM

Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid.

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Posted Jun 27, 2012 @ 9:57 AM

Hmm - let's see. Tokyo last hosted in 1964, which will make it 56 years since then in 2020 (London is hosting for the first time in 63 years), and Japan last hosted any Olympic games in 1998 when the Winter Games were held in Nagano 14 years ago (22 years in 2020), so that's a factor in Tokyo's favor. Spain has only hosted once (Barcelona 1992), and it will have been 28 years since then in 2020, so that's a point in Madrid's favor. However, Istanbul and Turkey have never hosted the Olympics. I'd say that probably weighs very heavily in Istanbul's favor, especially since (at least according to TAR Australia), Istanbul straddles both Asia and Europe, and can be perceived being part of both, and it's also one of the most important cities in history (since it used to be the capital of the Western Roman Empire, and it was seen as a major crossroad between Asia and Europe.) I imagine, therefore, that Istanbul will probably emerge as the favorite next year as the next place "where the world will party."

Edited by legaleagle44, Jun 28, 2012 @ 2:24 AM.


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Posted Jun 27, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

True, also working against Tokyo is that Pyeongchang has the 2018 Winter Games, and having back-to-back Games in the same part of the world, while not unheard of, may not be supported by some voters. I say Istanbul has the best shot, too.

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Posted Jun 27, 2012 @ 2:10 PM

Istanbul's main con is probably a location awfully close to a lot of unstable nations right now. I suspect an unresolved Syria situation would really hurt their chances come final voting time. Otherwise, they seem to have done a decent job hosting other world level events in recent years.

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Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

NBC Announces Talent Roster For London Olympics - 115 Commentators In All.

Bob Costas returns for 10th Olympics, 9th as primetime host.
Al Michaels & Dan Patrick to host daytime show.
Mary Carillo again anchors late night show.
Ryan Seacrest, John McEnroe, Bela Karolyi and Carillo to serve as Olympic contributors.
Shaun White and Jimmy Fallon to serve as guest commentators.
NBC talent roster has won 45 Olympic Medals including 25 Gold Medals.

http://www.nbcumv.co...40907544308.xml

Edited by LaxBandit, Jun 29, 2012 @ 8:40 AM.


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Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 4:34 PM

Ryan Secrest? Seriously?

One of these things is not like the others. One of these things doesn't belong.

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Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 6:05 PM

Istanbul's main con is probably a location awfully close to a lot of unstable nations right now. I suspect an unresolved Syria situation would really hurt their chances come final voting time. Otherwise, they seem to have done a decent job hosting other world level events in recent years.


All of these guesses assume one thing, that its a fair competition. Money talks in these things. Qatar just got the World Cup, so I'm not sure the crooks that run these organizations really consider things like security.

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Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 7:46 PM

I do think that Athens' rush to get venues finish (and in some cases, left slightly unfinished) has left the IOC a little more nervous about selecting countries that will provide a stable and polished Games. When Rio won their bid, they had already shown a base level of competence by pulling off a Pan Ams Games without too many complaints about the organization of the Games proper. And the IOC has also already had its big bribery scandals and has put steps in place to prevent something like the Qatar-WC situation happening.