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post #61 of 799
Thread Starter 
Did Costas and Lauer talk over every musical performance? The cover of "Come Together" is being talked over most of the performance.
Edited by icemannyr - 7/27/12 at 10:09pm
post #62 of 799
If the actual live ceremony was anywhere near decent, not even a bunch of chitty chatty commentary will ruin it. Upon finishing watch CTV's live coverage from London, my 10-year old daughter asked that I put on the Beijing opening -- with NBC commentary. Even THAT version was infinitely more enjoyable (to her) than today's rubbish. I'd say the London organizers picked the wrong director to stage for this extravaganza! All we saw tonight was Britain Britain Britain, how does any of its culture relate to the rest of the global village? So they went from hardworking Industrial pioneers to a culture of jumping/dancing teenage texters?
post #63 of 799
the awkward Phelps interview replaced part of of the opening ceremony that was a performance tribute to the 7/7 terrorist bombings in the UK. Can you imagine if the BBC chose not to air a 9/11 tribute in a US-held games?

http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see
post #64 of 799
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

the awkward Phelps interview replaced part of of the opening ceremony that was a performance tribute to the 7/7 terrorist bombings in the UK. Can you imagine if the BBC chose not to air a 9/11 tribute in a US-held games?
http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see
Shameful
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post #66 of 799
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

the awkward Phelps interview replaced part of of the opening ceremony that was a performance tribute to the 7/7 terrorist bombings in the UK. Can you imagine if the BBC chose not to air a 9/11 tribute in a US-held games?
http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see

This was a pathetic move on the part of NBC. Just awful.
post #67 of 799
The band sound mix on Hey Jude was really hot on some instruments compared to the rest of the show with little 'crowd' for a sing-a-long.

Then we do an awkward cut with Hey Jude still going on to commercial to back to an empty stadium. Bad.

Matt says well done. Now that NBC has had their broadcast, where do we get the version without all the edits and NBC commentary?
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post #69 of 799
I think the open was enjoyable -- that is if it wasn't chopped into itsy bitsy pieces. I did not have a problem with it being Britain centric, after all China's was focused on their country and culture too. I did find some of it odd, celebrating the National Health Service? OK....
post #70 of 799
Just watched the missing 7/7 tribute by Emeli Sande which we never saw on NBC. It was very good. I seriously don't understand this edit (especially for the misguided interview with Phelps) Could someone ask NBC why this horrible edit was made?

How did the quick clip of the torch on the boat by tower bridge fit in? At the time, I thought it was odd in-between the modern music segment and the athletics walking in.
post #71 of 799
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

I think the open was enjoyable -- that is if it wasn't chopped into itsy bitsy pieces. I did not have a problem with it being Britain centric, after all China's was focused on their country and culture too. I did find some of it odd, celebrating the National Health Service? OK....

It's a huge source of pride for them(rightfully so), and the fact that one of their most famous authors donated all of his works to the hospital system is a big deal as well. They celebrated all of that, beautifully. My main complaint was too much time spent on the lame Internet-era stuff. Just dragged on too long. The Industrial era and the Health Organization +Child Lit parts were my favorite.
post #72 of 799
Thread Starter 
Anyone else on the NBC Olympics internet video get an annoying lag on events when video is 720p or 1080p?
Only 480p or lower have smooth video.
http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/index.html
post #73 of 799
BBC One Feed is amazing. Its actually "live" smile.gif
post #74 of 799
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Originally Posted by dgreen View Post

. Now that NBC has had their broadcast, where do we get the version without all the edits and NBC commentary?

Damn good question.
post #75 of 799

Look at Camilla and Boris in the background biggrin.gif
post #76 of 799
No idea why people in the U.S. would be complaining about the opening not being shown live. They do it all the time in the West. Hell if the Olympics were in the western part of the United States, f***in NBC would still show it tape delayed in the West. Don't even get me started about how NBC refused to show live events during prime time in the west 4 years ago. So instead of popular events shown live & in prime time, they tape delayed it which meant it was a late night show.

Not only does NBC tape delay everything, they show way too many commercials. I have a feeling that if you compared all the opening ceremony airings among broadcasters with huge audiences, NBC's product would be the absolute worse by far.
post #77 of 799
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

the awkward Phelps interview replaced part of of the opening ceremony that was a performance tribute to the 7/7 terrorist bombings in the UK. Can you imagine if the BBC chose not to air a 9/11 tribute in a US-held games?
http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see

Seriously? Very poor call editorially by NBC.
post #78 of 799
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

With any luck, someone will post the BBC version to the net somewhere.
I refuse to watch the NBC butcher job.
Why am I not surprised?
post #79 of 799
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

Does that woman ever act happy at anything... no clapping, no nodding in appreciation, no smiling, absolutely no emotion. I think her image was projected onto the screen and she was back at the palace having tea & crumpets. I realize she's the queen, but other monarchs were displaying emotion as were the other members of the British royal family, including Camilla. confused.gif
post #80 of 799
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Does that woman ever act happy at anything... no clapping, no nodding in appreciation, no smiling, absolutely no emotion. I think her image was projected onto the screen and she was back at the palace having tea & crumpets. I realize she's the queen, but other monarchs were displaying emotion as were the other members of the British royal family, including Camilla. confused.gif

The friggin thing was boring.
post #81 of 799
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Originally Posted by dgreen

Now that NBC has had their broadcast, where do we get the version without all the edits and NBC commentary?

3D coverage is awesome no commentary's and very few commercial breaks except for the snipes. Way better than last night's coverage with better camera angles. Thank goodness for no Matt commentary's...
post #82 of 799
The 3D broadcast is pitiful. My wife and I were watching it and it's a joke. Lower resolution, no pop, muted colors and a 3D effect that's almost non-existent aside from the NBC logo that floats into the room. What a waste of bandwidth.
post #83 of 799
Knbc in L.A. still has their subchannel showing crap. Just die already NBC, die already!
post #84 of 799
Anyone finding that the FiOS channel guide is full of errors re: when events are actually airing? I set my DVR last night to record a bunch of early AM stuff, and it was all wrong. Eg, FiOS guide said fencing was on at 9am, turns out it was actually handball. Happened for a few other events too.
post #85 of 799
The opening was pretty good. I thought the transition from farming to industrial age was pretty awesome. HD looked very good to me as well.

Never been to London but boy looks like a gorgeous spectacular city. The pans they showed from the helicopter shots were spectacular.

Now question. Aren't the men's gymnastics starting today? Can't seem to find it in the Comcast guide. Start time?

Rick
post #86 of 799
Opening ceremonies

Wow, tough crowd tongue.gif
First let me say I read the whole of this thread before watching myself this morning on a Tivo HD(with no commercials wink.gif) so I wasn't expecting much....both myself and younger daughter was pleasantly surprised. Was their too much commentary? well maybe but we also liked the explanations of quite a few of the things that we didn't understand(saved a ton of questions like: what does than mean?....why did they do that?....etc. biggrin.gif). After a short time I fired up the 5.1 which was quite nice. I looked for settings on my Tivo to see if their were any alternate audio tracks(like SAP) but I didn't see any. It seemed to me like the commentary was totally isolated to the center channel so at one point I disconnected the center channel speaker and the commentary TOTALLY went away and of course the music continued. To me this seems the easiest solution for those totally opposed to it, not necessarily disconnecting the speaker but if you had a way to easily mute the center channel or drastically lower it's volume. After a short period I hooked it back up, again we weren't opposed smile.gif
Picture quality was quite good(only one Wx sub in my OTA market) so minimal macroblocking and everything was well lit.

Again maybe I was in a better prospective because I was expecting the worst after reading this thread but overall I thought it was great. Not up to Beijing but then again they said in the beginning they weren't trying to top that and no one probably ever will, unfortunately I didn't have my Tivo HD back then(purchased shortly after) so everything last time was time-shifted via a 480i DVD recorder.
Oh the queen, she did smile in several places but come on, she's basically formal and isn't afraid to show it. I was disappointed in one thing, the skit with Rowan Atkinson(Mr. Bean, Blackadder, etc.) I thought he should have driven his tiny Mini car on the beach(that or maybe the yellow three wheeler seen in many of his Mr. Bean programs) they missed a good chance their.....

Now, on to the games!!
Edited by jjeff - 7/28/12 at 11:21am
post #87 of 799
Good points from the last poster.

Here lies the problem. If you are a broadcaster -- as opposed to a narrowcaster(?) or specialty channel programmer, you have to gear your coverage -- including commentary to the widest possible number of people, or the demographic that's right in the middle. The way I watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony might be different from how each of the other members of my family watches it, and how everybody else down the street do. So kudos to the BBC for giving all those audio options to the viewers. I wish CTV or NBC can do that. Maybe this 5.1 thing is a workaround -- perhaps a bit too hard for the average Joe to figure out, though.

Alert: Michael Phelps' medal race #1 in 3 minutes. Live on CTV.
post #88 of 799
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Originally Posted by Mr.SoftDome View Post

The opening was pretty good. I thought the transition from farming to industrial age was pretty awesome. HD looked very good to me as well.
Never been to London but boy looks like a gorgeous spectacular city. The pans they showed from the helicopter shots were spectacular.

It's a great city to live in! When you see some of the venues in historic locations you'll see that this is a games being held IN a city with centuries of history, not just around the edges of it.
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Now question. Aren't the men's gymnastics starting today? Can't seem to find it in the Comcast guide. Start time?
Rick

Mens Gymnastics been happening all day. Live and uninterrupted on one of our 24 HD BBC Olympics channels (!)
post #89 of 799
Have tickets to the Super Hi-Vision (aka Ultra HD) live screening of tomorrow's aquatic session being held at BBC Broadcasting House in Central London. Looking forward to it.

Be interesting to see what 7680 x 4320 coverage looks like - wonder if it will be 60 or 120fps.
post #90 of 799
Was watching a bit of the tennis. Very astounding to see Roger Federer walking around the Wimbledon courts wearing a bright RED shirt and the backwall of Centre Court covered up in purple.
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