Originally Posted by JoeUT
While interesting, that analogy does not apply to television. No one's watching day after day of curling in hopes of getting to the events they actually want to see, especially not in the day and age of digital channel information (when I see that curling is what's on, I watch anything else).
You should be at my gym then. CNBC, MSNBC, NBC are what's on (in addition to ESPN poker).
Or at my dentists' office.
Or at my parents' house.
This might work if NBC was mixing curling with more exciting options, but it's often the only event listed.
Again, welcome to the new media. If you want to watch something for any sit-down length of time, pay up for cable then go download it to your home server.
Judging by responses here and everywhere else, no one's falling for a "dog strategy" and, if anything, NBC's terrible coverage is alienating viewers both for this Olympics and the future.
The 5-minute, 10-minute, 20-minute viewership is, in the same way they have the morning news on as they get ready.
NBC just needs to clean house. It's gotten embarrassing, between poor ratings, the whole Jay Leno debacle and now failing to capitalize on what should be a huge "give-me" broadcast.
Again, IMO NBC is no longer a broadcast network
as such. NBC exists to invent "channels" like SyFy and Universal Sports and USA and Bravo and qubo (and Hulu!) and to promote the branding of those "channels" for Comcast.
The moment those channels are invented, branded, and sold (to Comcast or 3rd parties), the programming on them will be skewed towards whatever the cheapest programming for the largest demographic watching is, without any sort of regard for the original mission of the "channel".Edited by comprex - 2/24/10 at 5:36pm