Time delay on NBC for the Olympics?

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    Not sure if this should go in this forum. Does anyone know if NBC plans to time-delay coverage of the Olympics in the US?
     
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    I'm sure hockey will be air live on various cable networks. It's stuff like the main figure skating events, medal round races, etc etc that they tape delay to air in primetime on actual NBC. They'll probably re-air US games in prime time, but I'm sure they'll air live as well.
     
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    Do you get Canadian CBC as part of your TV package? If so, just tune into the CBC. They put broadcasting Hockey Live as a priority (for obvious reason).
     
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    It only makes sense to tape delay things. It is a 9 hour difference to the east coast and 12 to the west. So if a game was on at 7PM it would be 7AM west coast time. How many viewers to you expect to watch then on a weekday when people work?
     
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    I guess you can turn that around and say how many viewers do you expect to watch an event they know the results of already?
     
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    What's the problem with tape-delay?

    If you want to watch it live, don't they stream it online and on an app?
     
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    that would sure seem to be the most efficient way to please everybody. i would pretty much expect it in this day and age. go hdmi from the iphone into the 60" and bob's yer uncle at 3:00am. :)
     
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    Considering the horrendous issue NBC had tape delaying the first US-Canada hockey game from Vancouver, especially in California, they ended up showing the remaining hockey games live in 2008.


    AIUI, all hockey games (they choose to 'cast) will be broadcast live on NBCSN (primary mens hockey channel).
     
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    Well if there's a hockey game starting at 7h00PM Sotchi we will get it at 11h00AM EST, not bad at all.
     
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    Social Media is going to be a ***** for those earlier games though
     
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    Yeah, that's the biggest concern. As for streaming live online, I hope that's what NBC will do for the United States. I know that live events streamed on the iPad, for example, over the Summer Olympics, were rarely smooth and had no commentary.
     
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    You should be able to watch any event on the nbc website when its live last time I check. I did that for London.
     
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    I don't understand why NBC puts hockey games in less of a priority than the other sports. Alot of Americans feel hockey is the best winter Olympic sport.

    The gold medal game had 30 million viewers in the US in 2010.
     
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    They have been doing it for years in 96 they tape-delayed most of the Atlanta Olympics events
     
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    Exactly. To be able to not get games spoiled, I'm effectively going to have to alter my normal internet habits just to avoid the live tweets and forum comments, which is hardly ideal or convenient.
     
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    A lot of Americans also feel that Skiing and especially Figure Skating (For the women in the audience) are more important.
     
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    Because it doesn't translate to viewership among key feminine demos.

    And why would you show 1 hockey game on tape delay in prime time when you can show whip around coverage of multiple things and have a full overview of the day?

    Hockey will have a cable network basically all to itself, maybe with some curling sprinkled in on it. I think that's pretty good priority.
     
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    I don't know I just feel a USA-Canada, USA-Russia, or medal round game would draw amazing numbers in prime time.

    The USA-Canada gold medal game drew 30M viewers at 3 PM (it may have been a weekend but still impressive)
     
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    A US medal round game is 1 thing, but Russia vs Slovakia in group play isn't going to pull what figure skating or bobsledding will.

    FWIW, the Gold Medal Game is always the very last event of the Olympics at 7am that Sunday, so I'm sure NBC will carry it on the main channel with nothing else going on.
     
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    I get what you are saying, but you don't think a medal round game involving Russia, Canada or the US would draw well? I remember in 2010 there was controversy because NBC put US-Canada on MSNBC instead of the main network.

    I'm pretty sure the figure skating still destroyed the hockey game in ratings though.

    I also think a group play game involving a marquee matchup involving the US (would have to be against Canada or Russia) would outdraw bobsledding or skiing. May not outdraw figure skating though.
     
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    And that's really all that matters. The Olympics attract tons of non-regular sports fans. But it's not to team sports, its to the events unique to the Olympics (a heck of a lot them being women).
     
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    I didn't know there was hockey in Beijing. ;)
     
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