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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

NBC is broadcasting some events live for the Eastern and Central time zones, but waiting three hours to show the tape-delayed coverage to those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Imagine people who live in Seattle —  live less than two hours from Vancouver — to not see all the coverage as it is happening.

Watching any Olympic coverage online is equally frustrating. You have to prove to NBC that you have paid for a cable subscription to access any live streams from Vancouver.

But NBC doesn’t stop there; they negotiated the right to control what foreign Web sites Americans are allowed to access. If you have an American IP address — the unique number that identifies the location of your computer on the Internet — you are prevented from going to the CTV Web site (the Canadian network) and watching any live-streaming video.    So we watch Eurosports in Italian or Hungarian.

Remember the old days when Americans could brag about their freedom, and particularly about the free press?  Think about it!  One corporation is controlling how Americans get to experience the Olympics and is also controlling what is available on the Internet — the perceived final bastion of media democracy. It makes me realize how important it is to prevent the monopolization of the media.  I feel betrayed by a corporate media giant that has taken away what we feared only government could deny us.

(nomination for politics and hot topics?)

Like I said:   It's like allowing Liberty College to pay for "exclusive rights" to the Bible.
post #182 of 182
Originally Posted by comprex View Post

I think the problem is the direct opposite: they are quite aware of the Internet and they want NO live video out there that doesn't have DRM controls on it.     

Cable and OTA  broadcasts don't have DRM.  
I don't know what DRM is. Here's a little bit of a statement by Jeff Zucker sort of on this topic. The full interview has a lot more. He's very good at talking gobedly gook and making it seem valuable.

"Interview: Part II: Jeff Zucker: Live Streaming Top Events Devalues Olympics"

Jun 17, 2009 12:29 PM ET

paidContent.org - providing global coverage on the economics of digital content

from: http://paidcontent.org/article/419-interview-part-ii-jeff-zucker-ceo-nbc-universal/


Sean McManus (president of CBS News and Sports) said they don’t have rights to stream Super Bowls in 2010 and 2013 but they are talking to the NFL. He also said it’s a very real concern you only have four hours to make all of your money out of the Super Bowl and what are you doing if you put it on another medium.
I think events like those where you’re paying a huge rights fee and you’ve got to recoup it there, I think that would be the ultimate loss of analog dollars for digital currency.

This is a decision you faced with the Olympics—what goes online and when does it go.
We windowed everything. We didn’t stream our primetime coverage simultaneously, which would be akin to streaming the Super Bowl simultaneously.

Somebody would have to show you a really, really good model for how that would work.
I don’t think there is a model that exists right now that would show that. I wouldn’t want to devalue the price of the Olympics or the Super Bowl or whatever it is.

Is there something that isn’t streaming yet that you think should be?
We’ve been aggressive in this respect. Not off the top of my head.

Do you see value to streaming the Stanley Cup? (NBC airs some of the games but doesn’t own the streaming rights; CBC streamed the finals in Canada.)
Not really.

Not that it tells you much...

More Zucker if you can stomach this one. It's 31 minutes long. Since there's no commercials, it's almost twice as long as NBC's Men's Downhill coverage, and about the length of a 2010 NBC Curling Fest match.
This is the Charlie Rose interview. It's all about the Conan-Leno debacle. Jan. 2010
(If you watch it, count how many times he says "obviously". I don't think my brain can handle another viewing.)


Edited by Tog - 2/18/10 at 8:52pm
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