Have you noticed? The endless commercials are interrupted by people talking who are in turn briefly interrupted by competition. Then the tape delays to get certain events on in “prime time.” I knew the outcomes of everything I watched last night, because I get news often on the Web. I’d surely like to see a lot more of the competition and a lot less of Bob Costas discussing wardrobe with Chris Collinsworth.
What a disappointment NBC Olympic coverage is
by Gary Mintchell | Feb 16, 2010 | Commentary | 3 comments
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Gary, I guess we’re not the target audience for the prime time show.
Borrowing from the old, Wide World of Sports theme–the human drama is there, but it seems to be lacking the thrill of live competition.
Take it easy, Jim
The length of the telecast means that I don’t have time to DVR, watch the "build up" to the drama, and then watch the finals events as the drama unfolds. By the time I sit down to watch, it’s still on and getting to the big events. So I end up seeing the winners without the buildup AND sitting through commercials just so I don’t have to stay up too late.
I either want it in real time or on "my time" (via DVR). Right now I have neither and it’s just not working for me.
Yes, Jim, I watch very little TV, but it’s interesting to see where the ads are targeted. By the way, Google didn’t invent targeted marketing. That’s been around a long, long time. Cable brought it to TV with the disintegration of the monolithic audience divided between two major networks. So, when I watch golf on a rare Saturday afternoon when I feel like taking a nap, I notice that the audience is old men (Viagra ads). Or get nostalgic with an old "Murder She Wrote" episode and notice its directed at old women. Always interesting.
Yes, I’d like a channel where I can watch the competition–from the entire world. Not just the occasional US athlete.