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Old 08-06-08, 06:56 PM
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2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. What will you be watching?

I know there is a thread over in sports but since the Olympics will be dominating TV for the next few months, how can it not be included in this forum? What will you be watching?

TiVo has an interesting setup for the Olympics that allows you to record the opening and closing ceremonies and each sport that interests you. I like volleyball, diving, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, and even ping pong so I set it to record those.
Old 08-06-08, 07:13 PM
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I'll be watching it all. I especially like the diving and gymnastic competitions.
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If it's on NBC, it's likely I won't be watching it. The events I like to watch will be relegated to the cable outlets.

And this could have fit in the sports forum thread since there is already discussion about the coverage.
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Next few months? More like 16 days.

I will be watching alot of the Primetime coverage and live events at night since I work nights.
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Pretty much all of it. I watched the USA-Norway match today. Not a pretty start for the US women's soccer team. Hoping to see some good handball (or any handball for that matter) this year.
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Originally Posted by DJariya
Next few months? More like 16 days.

I will be watching alot of the Primetime coverage and live events at night since I work nights.
Really? 16 days? It felt like it was longer when it preempted all my favorite shows.
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Really? 16 days? It felt like it was longer when it preempted all my favorite shows.
It's only 16 days. There was actually a documentary on the '84 games called "16 days of Glory"
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If I can get past the security, I'll watch the gymnastics, swimming, diving, and a few track and field events.
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I'll watch almost anything, other than basketball, baseball/softball, soccer, and/or tennis. I like those other sports fine, just not in the olympics. For one thing, for other sports the Olympics is the biggest event, but for those sports it's just kind of an afterthought.

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Yeah, I don't know why all the pros don't turn out for tennis at the Olympics.
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Four years ago I had to stay up until 2-3am to watch some of the rowing events. I'm betting that Tivo feature doesn't cary over to the old DireTV-Tivos...
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I will watch the following when an American athlete/team is on:

Swimming
T&F
Mens soccer
Boxing
Road Cycling
Diving
Mens Volleyball (regular, not beach)


I may watch basketball if the U.S. is actually in a close game.
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Originally Posted by Superman07
Four years ago I had to stay up until 2-3am to watch some of the rowing events. I'm betting that Tivo feature doesn't cary over to the old DireTV-Tivos...
It was part of Guru Guides. It was there a couple of days ago but I don't see it now. Strange.
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Track, swimming, indoor volleyball.
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Women's Gymnastics + Swimming
Men's Basketball + Baseball
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All watch as much as I possibly can, but looking the most forward to:
Swimming
Track and Field
Gymnastics
Weightlifting (if I can find it)
Judo
Wrestling

...Im hoping Ill be able to get to watch the Weightlifting, Judo, and Wrestling. I think with Melanie Roach being such a great story, they will show enough of the weightlifting compitition as she is also poised to win some gold. Plus she is a beast (and pretty damn hot)!!!
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I'll be watching in HD whenever there isn't anything else on.
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Originally Posted by movieking
I'll be watching in HD whenever there isn't anything else on.
same here

Winter Olympics FTW
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Women's Beach Volleyball
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i didn't know about this TiVo thing. i gotta check it out.

i'll watch some basketball, swimming, track, and then women's water polo (my cousin is on the team!)
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I'll watch a bit, I'm more of a Winter Olympics guy but it will be nice to see all that smog in HD
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Originally Posted by movieking
I'll be watching in HD whenever there isn't anything else on.
Me too. There isn't really any one event in particular I care to tune in for, so I'll probably just put on the HD broadcast whenever I'm lazing around.
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Nothing, I'll be watching something else; that or twiddling my thumbs.
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Recording And Keeping (for a while):
OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES, GYMNASTICS, Swimming, and Diving.

Recording until DVR is full:
Everything else.

I just emptied out my DVR in preparation for the Olympics

Incidentally, does anyone here have DirecTV? There's supposed to be an Olympics menu and I can't find it. You're supposed to press the button somewhere to pull up a special menu and I don't know which screen to press it on.

Any good sites that are fast and easy to navigate with dates and times that is sortable by sport?
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Originally Posted by GatorDeb
Recording And Keeping (for a while):
OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES, GYMNASTICS, Swimming, and Diving.

Recording until DVR is full:
Everything else.

I just emptied out my DVR in preparation for the Olympics

Incidentally, does anyone here have DirecTV? There's supposed to be an Olympics menu and I can't find it. You're supposed to press the button somewhere to pull up a special menu and I don't know which screen to press it on.

Any good sites that are fast and easy to navigate with dates and times that is sortable by sport?
That's a good idea about recording everything. My Tivo 2 dual tuner has the Olympics recording choices (it's back) on the main TV screen. It has a VISA icon that takes you to another menu to select the events you're interested in recording. On the DirecTV, it should be the same. Oops, I thought you meant the DirecTivo.

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