I hear the NBC in the US saw fit to edit the Olympic opening ceremony and make it "more relevant to Americans". Really?
To make matters worse you missed a load of it because of adverts! We had a broadcaster that also had to bid for the rights and get sponsors to help pay but they drastically reduced the ads for the opening ceremony. Quite rightly. It's the biggest event in the world, showcases a city to the world and their culture and history and allows you to see the wonderful joy of athletes from 205 countries celebrate their incredible achievement at being there. Why would you edit it?
How very sad and misguided.
back to it.
Oh and you didn't get it live!!!!! An hour behind the rest of the World!!!!
You probably don't remember ABC's coverage of the Olympics. They delayed broadcast by 2 & 1/2 hours. Producers cut in commercials & Jim McKay and Chris Schenkel added faked voice-overs to build up the drama, "Oohhh, Franz Klammer's out of control and almost crashed!!", already knowing who won. That's the way we roll here. SMH.
People have no idea what was transmitted over the wild analog feeds coming down via satellite. I had a 12 ft dish I could point at 21 diff satellite locations in the Clarke Belt. I had it installed in the garden. This is before the evolution of digital TV. We picked up hundreds of channels prior to network editing. The War Dept called the dish my flower. All those channels are gone now.
jackt, I feel for you. We used to have our local footie (Aussie Rules) matches delayed so that you get the maximum number of people at the ground but now the crowds are always large they broadcast at the same time, just a few seconds delay. That in itself is frustrating as it's great to go to the match but listen to the live radio feed for commentary at the same time. A couple of seconds delay is strange to listen to.
Is NBC a pay tv or is it paid by the govt? In Aus our ABC and SBS are public funded. But we do also have 3 other networks with multiple channels all free to air. Yes we get ads but much less than you poor people. (No ads on ABC or SBS)
Phil, NBC is not public. Our only public television is PBS, which gets some government funding (but raises a lot on its own). PBS has no ads, but lots of "sponsors" (sort of mini-ads). I was jarred by last night's telecast, as I was used to Canada, which was only slightly Canada-centric (unlike the US). ABC, to which jackt refers is also private here in the US.
Hard to turn off the cycling, great challenging course and great race so far
DING. Started with lots of line crosshatches and some loners. Then got really easy. 12.