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Old 08-03-08, 05:28 PM
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XXIX Olympiad Beijing 2008 thread

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first time I'll see them in HD


I like the winter games more but I'll excited to see the summer games as well
plus I'm taking next week off so I'll have plenty of time to sit back and be lazy
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HD is nice. I do like the winter games more too.

I suggest a forum gentleman's US-oriented spoiler agreement like we had in '06....as in use spoiler tags for outcomes that haven't yet aired on US TV.
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Here is the complete Olympic schedule for the NBC family of networks:
http://www.nbcolympics.com/index.html
Click on the 'TV & Online Listings' tab on the bar, enter your local TV provider info and you'll get all the details for your time zone. Online coverage should be interesting...


NBC Universal Announces Unprecedented Coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC Universal, broadcasting its record 11th Olympics and surpassing ABC for the most Olympics broadcast by any network, will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of Beijing Olympic Games coverage, the most ambitious single media project in history. NBCU's unprecedented Olympics coverage features the most live coverage inthe United States (75 percent in all), across the most platforms, of any Summer Olympics in history when the Games of the XXIX Olympiad commence on Aug. 8. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics and Executive Producer of NBCU's Olympic coverage.

The 3,600 total hours of coverage on seven NBC Universal networks: NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD, as well as NBCOlympics.com, is 1,000 hours more than the combined coverage for every televised Summer Olympics in U.S. history (Rome 1960 - Athens 2004, 2,562 hours). NBCOlympics.com will feature approximately 2,200 total hours of live streaming Olympic broadband video coverage, the first live online Olympic coverage inthe United States.

"For the first time, the average American will be able to create their own unique Olympic experience whether at home, at the office or on-the-go," said Ebersol.

"With 25 sports streamed live at NBCOlympics.com and significant live coverage on our cable platforms and NBC, highlighted by all swimming finals, the biggest nights of gymnastics and beach volleyball live in primetime, the viewer has plenty of options for live coverage.

"In the 41 years since my first Olympics, it's staggering to me to be involved in a Games where we are producing 2,900 hours of live coverage - especially from an Olympics half-a-world away. It's more live coverage from a single Olympics than the total of all previous Summer Olympics combined. The enormity of what we're doing just blows me away."

Following is a breakdown of the Beijing Olympics coverage on the NBC Universal networks:

-- The seven NBC Universal networks: NBC,USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD, as well as NBCOlympics.com, will offer the most in-depth Olympic coverage in history. The 3,600 hours is 1,000 hours more than the total coverage for every televised Summer Olympics in U.S. history. Note: Dating back nearly 50 years to CBS inRome in 1960 (20 total hours) through NBCU inAthens in 2004 (1,210 total hours), the 12 Summer Olympics broadcasts have totaled 2,562 hours. Even the live hours ofBeijing coverage surpass the total from those 12 Summer Games (Nearly 2,900 to 2,562).

-- Over the 17 days of the Beijing Games (Aug. 8-24), NBCU's coverage will average more than 212 hours per day - that's more coverage than was produced in total for each Summer Olympics through the 1996 Atlanta Games, which delivered 176.5 hours just 12 years ago.

-- The NBCU networks will offer more live coverage than any Olympics in history, domestic or foreign, despite the 12-hour time difference from the Eastern time zone to Beijing. Approximately 75 percent of NBCU's Beijing Olympics coverage will be live.

-- The 3,600 total hours of coverage from Beijing nearly triples the 1,210 total hours of coverage from Athens in 2004 and is more than eight times the 441.5 broadcast hours from Sydney on NBC in 2000.

-- For the first time by a U.S. broadcaster at a Summer Olympics, NBCU will broadcast the entire Olympic Games entirely in high definition.

-- The networks of NBCU will provide coverage of every one of the 34 Summer Olympic sports.

-- The 2008 Olympic Games fromBeijing, China represent the 11th Olympics broadcast by NBC, surpassing ABC's 10 Olympics for the most Olympic broadcasts by any U.S. network.

-- In addition to the 3,600 hours, NBCU is also providing coverage of the entire men's and women's soccer and basketball tournaments through Soccer (58 games) and Basketball (76 games) NBC Olympics specialty channels.

-- Two foreign language channels in both Korean and Mandarin Chinese will feature a variety of Olympic events.

Complete day-by-day listings will be available soon at NBCOlympics.com or a PDF is available immediately at NBC Universal Media Village, the company's media specific Website NBCMV.com.

A breakdown of coverage network-by-network follows:

NBC

The NBC network schedule is divided into three dayparts: afternoon, primetime and late night -- for a total of 225 hours of coverage over 17 days beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. ET.

Primetime on NBC will feature live coverage of all 32 swimming gold medal finals; four key nights of men's and women's gymnastics led by the women's and men's team gold medal finals, as well as the women's and men's individual gold medal finals; beach volleyball; and, for the first time ever, both men's and women's marathons. The first week of the Olympics features gymnastics and swimming, two sports in which theUSA is especially strong this year. The USA's women's gymnastics team, led by 2007 world all-around champion Shawn Johnson and nine-time world medalist Nastia Liukin, and theUSA men's gymnastics team, led by 2004 Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm, should be strong competitors for Olympic gold. In swimming, theUSA is as solid as ever. Michael Phelps, the 23-year-old phenom, looks to make Olympic history and, by the end of the first week, could break the records for most career gold medals by any Olympian (nine) and most golds in one Games (seven), famously held by Mark Spitz. Five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin leads the women and continues to be the 100m gold medal favorite.

In 2004, the Athens Olympic Games on NBC earned ratings gold. NBC's unprecedented 1,210 hours of coverage from Athens (Aug. 13-29) were watched by 203 million total viewers and earned the distinction of the most watched non-U.S. Olympics in history.

In addition to a 14 percent increase in average primetime viewership over Sydney (24.6 million vs. 21.5), a nine percent increase in 18-34 primetime demos (7.0 vs. 6.4), and a five percent increase in 18-49 demos (8.7 vs. 8.3), NBC's daytime, late night and weekend broadcasts all boasted increases in total households, as well as in the key adult demographic.

USA Network

USA Network, the No. 1 network in basic cable and seen in nearly 94 million homes, will feature live coverage of Team USA. TheUSA men's and women's basketball and soccer teams will be a staple of USA Network's 165 hours of Olympic coverage from Beijing.USA begins coverage on Saturday, Aug. 9 with 12 hours of live soccer and basketball and also will offer live tennis, volleyball or water polo everyday until Aug. 24.

InAthens, USA Network was up 53 percent in average viewers for the Olympic dayparts compared with the same pre-Olympic 17 days and time periods in 3Q prior to the Olympics (6/28-8/8/04) July 2004 (800,000 vs. 523,000).

MSNBC

MSNBC, available in 90.3 million households, will carry a total of 175 hours over 19 days. MSNBC will provide live, weekday, long-form coverage of a full range of Olympic sports, including softball, soccer, beach volleyball, wrestling, basketball, volleyball and weightlifting. On each of the two days prior to the Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7, MSNBC also will provide coverage of the opening soccer matches.

During the 2004 Athens Olympics, MSNBC showed an increase of 175 percent in average viewers over the pre-Olympic 3Q levels (460,000 vs. 167,000) in Olympic dayparts. During the first weekend of the Olympics, MSNBC delivered the most total viewers and its highest ratings of the year for those Saturday and Sunday dayparts.

CNBC

CNBC, available in 86 million households in the U.S., will carry 95.5 hours of Olympic programming over 16 days, beginning Saturday, Aug. 9. On weekdays following "Closing Bell," CNBC will feature long-form coverage of Olympic boxing from 5-8 p.m. ET. From midnight-4:30 a.m. on most nights, CNBC will have expanded, long-form coverage of a wide variety of Olympic sports such as softball, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling and badminton.

In 2004, CNBC drew in an average of 584,000 average viewers for its coverage of the Athens Games, an increase of 1,092 percent over pre-Olympic 3Q 2004 (584,000 vs. 49,000) in Olympic dayparts.

OXYGEN

In November 2007, NBC Universal acquired Oxygen, which is available in 73 million homes. Oxygen will carry a total of 20 hours of Olympic coverage beginning Monday, Aug. 11. Oxygen will feature a daily look at gymnastics, recapping some of the most exciting moments in the popular competition. Equestrian and tennis also will be featured on Oxygen's coverage.

TELEMUNDO

In its second Olympic broadcast, Telemundo, which reaches 93 percent of total U.S. Hispanic households, together with its Olympic website Telemundo.NBCOlympics.com, will provide more than 380 hours of Olympic coverage over 19 days, exclusively in Spanish. Telemundo will feature live men's and women's soccer, basketball, gymnastics, diving, volleyball, as well as track and field, swimming and baseball. Telemundo begins its competition coverage the day before the Opening Ceremony, Thursday, Aug. 7, with two men's soccer matches. The U.S. Hispanic network will also broadcast special programs focusing on the participating Latin American countries and the Hispanic athletes.

Telemundo.NBCOlympics.com will feature up-to-the-minute information and exclusive content. Photo galleries, videos, profiles of prominent Olympians, news, historic information and images from Beijing will be available on the site. Users will also find more than 220 hours of broadband video of the Beijing Games and past Olympics.

UNIVERSAL HD

Universal HD, an NBC Universal Cable network launched in fourth quarter 2004, is currently available to more than 25 million homes in 100 percent 1080i HD. During the Beijing Games, Universal HD will offer 24-hour HD simulcasts and re-airs of coverage on CNBC and MSNBC, 379 hours in all.

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Old 08-03-08, 09:16 PM
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Time for my biannual CBC experience.

Looks like their coverage will be a little more bland this year with the departures of Brian Williams and Terry Leibel.

I'll miss Williams's constant rants about whatever's bugging him. I always got a kick out of how enthusiastic Leibel was about everything.

I hope Ian Hanomansing is more entertaining than the times I've seen him on CBUT.
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I was watching the Rogers Cup (tennis) on the CBC this weekend, with Brian Williams as a commentator, and every 2 min I was shouting at the screen "STFU Brian!" because of his inane and useless comments. Sorry but Brian Williams is friggin senile. And the fact that he won't be on the CBC for the Olympics fills me with joy.
Old 08-03-08, 09:43 PM
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And I can't wait to see pollution in HD.
Old 08-03-08, 09:57 PM
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For reference, here were the Athens results:

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 United States 36 39 27 102
2 China 32 17 14 63
3 Russia 27 27 38 92
4 Australia 17 16 16 49
5 Japan 16 9 12 37
6 Germany 13 16 20 49
7 France 11 9 13 33
8 Italy 10 11 11 32
9 South Korea 9 12 9 30
10 Great Britain 9 9 12 30

I maintain my 2004 prediction that China will win the Beijing games.

Bookies in Australia and England give China a slight lead in topping the gold-medal count while PricewaterhouseCoopers -- the official Olympics auditor -- taps China to win the overall medal count with 88, one more than the United States.

"I think it's going to be China's year, that they'll top the gold-medal table with 44 to 46 golds," said Simon Shibli, head of the Sport Industry Research Center at England's Sheffield Hallam University.

Not everyone agrees. Luciano Barra, former head of Italy's Olympic Committee and an expert in medal counting, projects 49 gold medals for the U.S. and 38 for China. "Personally, I'm convinced the U.S. will be stronger than China," he said. "The individual athletes are much more motivated."
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Real damn excited... Most looking forward to weightlifting, but damn I just love the Olympics. Also marks 4 years since we moved to nyc.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
Sorry but Brian Williams is friggin senile.
That's kinda the point. If I want dry and (mostly) to the point, I'll watch Costas. Williams made me laugh. I'll never forget how incensed he got in Athens when the Canadian athletes were essentially choking in their events and he got all these different commentators and Team Canada officials on the show seemingly everyday so he could grill them about how they were going to fix it.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris

I maintain my 2004 prediction that China will win the Beijing games.

That's not much of a prediction given China's steady rise and the fact that the host country's medal count usually spikes.
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The smog has looked pretty bad from the camera shots I've seen lately. I guess that's why many of the venues are domed.
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i'm an idiot, but your not talking about the nbc news brian williams right?
Also, why indeed would big events like swimming, track and gymnasitcs be happening live at midnight or later chinese time?
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It's a different Brian Williams.
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Originally Posted by Rypro 525
Also, why indeed would big events like swimming, track and gymnasitcs be happening live at midnight or later chinese time?

There is no such scheduling AFAIK.

The main scheduling controversy I've heard about is over the swimming finals. NBC requested that the swimming finals take place in the late morning China-time, so they could show them live in US primetime. This request was granted.
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as you can see, i know jack shit about time zones.
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It's pretty easy. If you are in EST, just change am to pm or vice versa to get the time in Beijing.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
That's not much of a prediction given China's steady rise and the fact that the host country's medal count usually spikes.
I'm hoping it comes true. I made a bet with my old roommate a couple years ago that China would come out on top in the medal standings.
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I'll have to Tivo the opening ceremonies as I will be out of town this weekend. I can't remember the last time I didn't watch them live.
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Somebody has to have done a better job displaying the TV schedule than nbcolympics.com. Anyone have a good link?
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Women's Beach volleyball in HD!!!
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
That's not much of a prediction given China's steady rise and the fact that the host country's medal count usually spikes.
Well I do remember some posters arguing I was wrong.

The overall medal count is tough to call but I do believe China will win more gold.
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Women's Beach volleyball in HD!!!
Wake me up when they play topless. Otherwise, I don't care for bastardized versions of other sports.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
It's pretty easy. If you are in EST, just change am to pm or vice versa to get the time in Beijing.
It's pretty easy in theory but that didn't stop my family waking me up at 4 in the morning China time when I was over near Hong Kong, even after I told my ma "take what time it is in New York and change AM to PM".

Time zones are simple math yet so many people have a hard time with it.
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Men's basketball is on the USA channel? Great...so no HD basketball games it looks like.
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I got the schedule for Men's and Women's soccer and basketball from ESPN.com.

I too have been frustrated with nbcolympics.com and how they have posted the schedule. I am also waiting for COX to institute the all soccer channel and the all basketball channel because I want to catch Brazil's men's soccer games and Argentina and Spain's men's basketball.

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