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London 2012 Olympics

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Watched the opening ceremony last night. It was a bit... understated... especially when compared to the China Olympics opening ceremony.

It is slightly amusing though in that it is listed on the TV guide as "XXX Summer Olympics" -- I, uh, might have seen that movie. :giggle:
 

Forsaken

Lord of all bacon
Watched the opening ceremony last night. It was a bit... understated... especially when compared to the China Olympics opening ceremony.

It is slightly amusing though in that it is listed on the TV guide as "XXX Summer Olympics" -- I, uh, might have seen that movie. :giggle:
NBC butcher the opening ceremony, and were completely insulting to the intelligence of the viewers for their reasons as to why they would not do streaming and would delay it for prime-time :rolleyes:.

The announcers should also be shot, beaten, shot again, than forced to watch raunchy gay porn of Carrot Top and Richard Simmons in a vat of vaseline.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
So far watching the NBC "Primetime" coverage has been useless since all of the results are already known. In this day & age it is kind of hard to not be informed, if even by choice, of the results as they happen in real time. The only way the NBC evening airings would be of any use is if you don't have internet access from anywhere (home, work, smartphone, tablet), don't watch the news, don't listen to the radio, and don't talk about the Olympics with anybody else. Oh, and you couldn't live near the Canadian border either since you'd be able to pick up some Canadian channels that are airing the events as they occur.

The thing is a bit of a debacle, really, with NBC putting huge amounts of money in airing their coverage in HD with top-of-the-line equipment and an army of on-air presenters but yet their target audience seems to be the unplugged generation still watching broadcast stations over the air. :facepalm:
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Got home from vacation last night in time to catch the closing ceremonies. Aaaaaggghhhh! :arghh:

Here's a nice recap of what the US got to watch...

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/13/sport/olympics-nbc-fail/index.html
NBC was pummeled by viewers who took to social media after the network cut away early from the closing ceremony of the London Games on Sunday to air a new television show, drawing outrage from those who tuned in for the highly anticipated musical spectacle.

The Twitter-sphere exploded, with "#NBCfail" and "#closingceremonies" trending worldwide, after NBC cut out performances by Ray Davies, Kate Bush, The Who and Muse in favor of a commercial-free airing of "Animal Practice."
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NBC did air The Who's performance at the closing ceremony in late night, following "Animal Practice." But that did little to calm the fury of viewers, many of whom said they tuned in to see the British band Muse perform the official song of the Olympics.

"Their broadcast was horrible! No Muse with the OFFICIAL song of the Olympics. Who made that call? @NBC #NBCfail," LoriAndJava wrote on Twitter.
I even had the DVR set to record the closing ceremony but it didn't even record The Who because they aired that part in what was their scheduled repeat of the show (after the first closing ceremony show followed by some stupid new show about an animal doctor followed by the local evening news) so it didn't record automatically and there was no way of knowing that they changed the published schedule. Plus, to be frank, by the time they cut-away to their sitcom I mentally tuned out.

So no Who, Kate Bush, Muse, nor Ray Davies for me. And of what they did air, Costas kept talking over the dang thing! Americans really aren't so dumb that we need to be told via voice-over that we are now watching the "comedy part" of the ceremony and that we "should find it funny now" while watching.
 
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