Am I the only person that is trying to watch part of the Olympics on television in prime time but having somehow heard all of the major results before I can watch? By the time I get home at night I have literally seen the results of every major event either on a friend's facebook page or on leading news on msn (when I change between two of my hotmail accounts that pops up) or the Chicago Tribune breaking news that I get sent to me or a snippet on the radio news. Would it kill the news outlets to post something that says spoiler alert and not have the headline blaring? I've been trying to avert my eyes and not read the headlines but as I use my hotmail for work, I have to look at it. At least NBC tv news is telling you when they are going to give you "advance" results, of course they want you to watch the broadcast later that night. Maybe it's because of the particular time difference between London and Chicago as I don't remember having this problem with Vancouver or Beijing.
It's not so much the spoilers that bother me but the "sameness" of the US TV coverage. They broadcast some of the sports like rowing, water polo, and cycling during the day when I'm at work. In the evening when I'm home, it's always the same events: synchronized diving, swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball. Since it's all taped, anyway - we're watching it at 4 am London time-- I don't see why they can't mix it up. I'd like to see more of the Olympics.
A very funny letter from NBC, maybe newyorker.com/online/blogs/b...
I'd be willing to pay39.95 not to have to see Ryan Seacrest :-) I'm guessing NBC is putting those sports in prime time that they think are getting the most viewers-swimming, volleyball, gymnastics. Perhaps they assume we all have DVRs or Tivo if we want to watch something else. Although with everyone in the US knowing all of the results in real time, how many people are actually watching their prime time broadcasts? It kinda sucks the joy out of watching when you know what happens....
I agree it's very frustrating. I knew the results of Michael Phelps' first two races hours before they were televised. The first I heard on the radio in my car and the second was splashed across the opening page of Yahoo.
We were in China during the first two days of the Olympics and are now in the USA. It's been interesting to see the differences in coverage. Chinese TV covered some sports that we rarely see on US TV, such as field hockey, archery, shooting and badminton. They also focused much more on event coverage and less on the athletes' backstories. They were definitely biased towards covering sports that China did well in, but that is no different than the US network. I like to check the results on websites like espn.com or foxsports.com before deciding whether to spend time watching the TV broadcast in the evening.
I've managed not to hear anything at all about the Olympic results today, now I'm thinking that the Americans didn't win any medals. Or at least not any big ones ;-)