Originally Posted by quant2325
Couldn't agree more! That is why Universal Sports exists, I guess. Wish we could get Canadian TV here.
Well there's the rub: NBC Universal is totally wasting Universal Sports on an "all talking head, all the time" format. There's "Meet The Olympic Press," followed by previews of selected sports with all of the "expert" analysts there to say the same 'ol babble, time and again.
What's missing? SPORTS!
Wanna see 'em? Better have cable that carries CNBC and USA Networks (and you'd better like hockey, because that seems to be 90% of what these two channels are showing).
And then there's the killer rub with that: NBCOlympics.com has quite a bit of live, streaming coverage. But you have to have a "blessed internet provider" (read: get your internet from a cable company) in order to see any of the live footage! I'm not a cable subscriber (I have far better things to spend my money on, like actual
skiing and cycling), and get my internet through Verizon DSL. But while Verizon's FiOS internet service is covered under the "streaming license agreement" for NBCOlympics.com (as FiOS has TV as part of the package), their non-TV-related broadband users are dead in the water if they want to watch anything interesting.
While it's nifty to have an archive of stuff available to all, it's downright criminal and greedy to have the live content available only to cable subscribers of "blessed" providers. After all, wouldn't these folks watch the live stuff on TV, rather than their computers? Most of the live-stream internet content is being broadcast on one of NBC Universal's cable properties simultaneously with the internet feed, so.... ???
Frankly, I had a feeling that NBC Universal would mess this up somehow. They have, what, four or five broadcast channels covering Vancouver 2010, and are wasting the opportunity to do right by all
viewers, from the "tourist types" to the enthusiasts. I mean, they have two
over-the-air channels that could show a ton
of sporting content (NBC and Universal Sports), yet they waste one on slice-and-dice presentations with a lot of fluff pieces (NBC) and the other on pointless, non-sporting content (US).
And to those who fret that NBC wishes they didn't have to send their commentators to the venues: they already do a "live-by-remote" model with US' coverage of skiing, sliding, skating and cycling, broadcasting the commentary from their Los Angeles and New York studios as the action unfolds overseas. The post-race interviews are culled from the international press pool, more often than not, and it simply works.
And that brings up the dirty little secret of the Olympics and other events that require a large camera presence: they all use a common video feed for the actual sporting coverage, so the raw stuff is the same for every country, worldwide. Media partners (like NBC Universal) will have a few roaming cameramen, though even they are technically part of the International Video Pool in terms of their presence at the Olympics.
Oh, if only there were a way to tap directly into the International Video Pool feeds and watch the raw footage, live as it happens - now that
I'd pay money to watch! Until then, I hope NBC loses their shirts on this stuff, and that enthusiast viewers let NBC know that their broadcasts are a waste.