Before I put up the current Winter Olympics commentators thread I had recently taken down the old Summer Olympics Commentators list from 2008, which featured 30+ comments almost solely dedicated to how badly NBC sucked at covering the Olympics. Tomorrow the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver will commence, and I’m forced to watch NBC. Why? Because CBC lost their rights to rivals CTV, and Comcast does not carry that particular channel.
NBC wasted no time in irritating an entire region of the country by ONCE AGAIN tape delaying the majority of their coverage.
You’d think that because we’re in the same time zone as Vancouver, we’d have that ever-so-rare privilege of enjoying Olympic coverage live. But you’d be wrong, because NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol and his cronies consider us a bunch of idiots.
See, according to NBC, we don’t want to watch the Olympics live. The evidence is right here in this 678-page volume on “demographics” and other material that has no basis in reality. Apparently, we want everything placed into a neat little package in prime time.
There will be some live daytime coverage, but the heart of NBC’s telecasts will be nighttime packages starting at 8 p.m. on weeknights – and that’s East Coast time. The time slots also apply to West Coast, meaning we get a three-hour delay. Isn’t that special?
You want to know what is really fun? I live 2.5 hours from Vancouver via I-5. That’s right. I am 150 miles away from the actual location of the 2010 Winter Olympics. And yet here I am watching events 2.5 hours from my location on NBC’s stupid tape delay.
CTV isn’t doing tape delay in case you’re wondering, and they are a private network. Neither is the BBC, a channel who couldn’t give two turds about TV ratings because they aren’t a private company.
I have extremely low expectations from NBC this year. The fact that I can’t watch these things live (and don’t even bother with streams because I guarantee NBC will smash them down) or see it on Youtube is maddening.
Friday night I’m expecting everything that I witnessed two years ago. The floor IS my ceiling for NBC.