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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Isn't it a bit late to be casting the ceremony now?
  2. Gorgeous pics world atlas. I do think the IOC need to get a bit stricter on the cauldron - we're going to have 4 games in a row where compromises have had to be made.
  3. Never a fan of these firework type lighting where one flame sets off several flames that sets off another. Wasn't ideal too it being lit outside the stadium, but preferable to the solution in Vancouver and indead London - although I thought they would at least light it in the stadium and then the flame go outside the stadium. Also didn't like how summer Olympians dominated the final six torchbearers. We know how one allegedly got the job, but I'd have thought Russia had enough Winter Olympic heroes to make up more than 2 of the final 6. Heck, even Team GB could just about find six Winter Olympic medalists to light the flame.
  4. Amazing how many deals seem to have only been signed this week for the games - guess it's probably the IOC being greedy in terms of what they want for the rights and the broadcasters holding out as long as possible knowing that if they get to this week with no deal in place a cheaper deal will be more attractive.
  5. No surprise really the main OBS graphics have only been tweaked slightly from London - though it makes it all a bit boring now and I'm tired of the blue, while this look essentially still has it routes in that introduced in Sydney. While I think we have to accept now that each games isn't going to get it's own look, I do think come Rio it's time for more of a revolution than an evolution.
  6. Will miss eurosvisionsports.tv this time - that was a hidden gem of Olympic coverage. Clare Balding has tweeted the view from the BBC studio - doesn't really scream Winter Olympics does it. https://twitter.com/clarebalding/status/430348121798103040/photo/1
  7. Talk of a return to 10 sports for 2022 if that's what it takes for a city to put the games on. Officially the host must have between 10 and 17 sports. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/26014121 Also a matter of fact statement that if there are no bids for 2022 then 2018 will be the final games.
  8. Apparently the Radio Times will have a 16-page pull out this week. I've found the listings on Digiguide now too. Also recommend the excellent BBC2 documentary Dan Snow's History of the Winter Olympics. I didn't realising what we'd now consider the flagship events of Downhill and Slalom didn't actually debut until 1936 - and it was a Brit behind their entrance into the games. Also interesting to see footage from the other Nazi-games - and indeed all of the early games (that Norwegian figure skater is sublime!). plus quite a bit on the fight between amatuerism and professionalism through the 60s and 70s.
  9. P.S. Adam Hills also confirmed that MI6 had been in touch with them and advised them it might be best not to imply that Putin is gay.
  10. No, it's GMT+4. For once they've actually given the broadcast enough time to cover the ceremony - usually they schedule the OC's at 2 hours for Winter and 3 hours for Summer despite the fact they always run at least an hour longer. Isn't it 8pm - all the guides I've seen seem to say that. I suspect though we'll have this rumour for every games up until 2058 - or 20:58 if you like! No BBC2 coverage on Thursday, but there is coverage on the red button. I really don't see the need for these events to start before the Opening Ceremony - it's not as if there isn't enough room in the schedule to accomodate them within the games, and really don't like the idea of people being eliminated before the Opening Ceremony. And she also pointed out her job is to cover the sport, which I think people forget. I'm sure though once the games get underway just like in Beijing the sport will take over. For me the focus now needs to move on to FIFA. It was too late really once this law was passed to move the games, but it isn't too late for FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup - and indeed the 2022 World Cup. They can't on the one hand be seeking tolerance within the game and then on the other be holding their showcase events where homosexuality is banned from being promoted in one and outright in the other. I've not even seen an online TV guide. Obviously every event will be on the connected red button but it would be nice to see more info about what they're showing on BBC2 and BBC RB1 & RB2. And absolutely agree Adam Hills is one of the funniest people around at the moment - while Micky Flanigan is easily one of the least. I don't understand why shows keep booking him.
  11. Note though when Canada quote the hours they're quoting English and French hours. When the US quote the hours they're quoting recorded coverage. One thing that is interesting from all the info from some of these broadcasters around the world is that many of them are actually pledging more hours of coverage than there is actual competitive action. Would be nice to see a full schedule from the BBC - they don't seem to have released that in detail yet. All events are presumably live on one of the six channels on the BBC Sport app. I'd imagine between the two interactive channels and BBC2's coverage most things will be available live too - indeed in terms of streams to events even for those without access to the online channels the coverage is actually far more comprehensive than for London.
  12. Thanks again for all your efforts Durban Sandshark. It can be difficult enough sometimes to find info about coverage in just your own country, never mind around the world, so the amount of effort you put into this thread really is appreciated.
  13. Singapore would be a great host city and the best bet for an Asian host - wouldn't feel risky sending it there. Maybe it's all a cunning plan - I still think London will try and hold out for 2030 to host the centenial, so force them to step in for 2022 and that opens it up for elsewhere to host 2030!
  14. Would love to see the games return to New Zealand - they did a fantastic job with the Rugby World Cup.
  15. I still can't believe we now talk of the London games in past tense - we spent so long looking forward to them and time just seems to have flown since we hosted them. Then again I still can't quite believe we talk about the Millennium in the past tense either!
  16. I think this bloke needs to go ASAP - he's clearly doing no good for the games. Lord Coe to the rescue I suspect.
  17. It will be finished before the Olympics begin. Ridiculous really that the likes of Amy Childs and Anthea Turner will get to ski jump on TV before any woman has ski jumped at the Olympics. The BBC have launched their new Winter games website - and for once a new look is an actual improvement - layout is far better than the main site and looks much better. They've also confirmed Clare Balding, who will probably now go down in history as the sole presenter of the London games, will front the Opening Ceremony and daily coverage from 4pm, including the 7pm highlights. Hazel Irvine will commentate on the ceremonies and host the early shift, while Jonathan Edwards hosts from around midday to 4pm. Sue Barker has reduced her role to just commentating on the figure skating. P.S. Think I might have asked this already but considering most the worlds broadcasters have now dropped it will any Sochi content be available in 3D?
  18. Canada's lack of recent interest is hurting the games, and also from South East Asia. With interest low for the last couple of bids they should really consider having countries bid for two games at a time - think that would boost interest somewhat.
  19. What's the minimum height a mountain needs to be to host a world class skiing event? And wasn't the Netherlands going to build one?
  20. I do think ESPN would have been the best of both worlds. ESPN would have offered most things 100% live, while ABC would continue with the primetime strategy. It's how well the two combine which is the question. In TV you need to take the risks to get the rewards - yet NBC haven't been willing to step out of a model which is half a century old and just not suitable for TV today. The way the West Coast is penalised is ridiculous too - they could have primetime live coverage at 10pm every night. Well it was one of the games best kept secrets but up until 2012 viewers in Europe could watch other countries coverage on Eurovision Sports - and in an increasingly mobile world it's understandable they'd be a small audience wanting to watch coverage from their home country focusing on their national stars. I'd hate to have to watch the games on a non-UK broadcaster. Anyway, bringing it somewhat back on topic the IPC have confirmed they will stream 5 live HD streams on ParalympicSport.TV (which sadly now is a Youtube channel - was much better when it was it's own website!) There will be one stream each for Sledge Hockey, Curling, Alpine Skiing and Nordic Skiing, with a fifth multisport stream covering the pick of the action. All 5 will have English commentary. Presumably these won't be geoblocked. C4 have yet to confirm plans here in the UK - they'll have covered more from these games than the BBC did from the last by the time we're half way through the opening ceremony and I think have pledge for something like 50 hours of coverage. It is also the Cheltenham Festival that week so that rules out afternoon coverage most days on C4 itself, though I suspect some will be on More4. I'd imagine C4 will therefore air coverage from around 6am to 12.30pm most days, and probably also simulcast the IPC channels on their website. The Cheltenham Festival rules out Clare Balding for most of the week too - though I suspect she'll front the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and maybe a little bit more if coverage is anchored in London rather than Sochi. The IPC press info: http://www.paralympic.org/news/ipc-livestream-over-300-hours-sochi-2014-paralympics
  21. I'm surprised it's even permitted in the EU considering there is supposed to be freedom of trade etc. Visually the BBC ad looks spectacular, but I'm not quite sure it really does sell the games as well as it could.
  22. Don't really agree with that - if they can afford to give primetime up for the Olympics then giving up hours out of peak for live coverage shouldn't be a problem. Why not have live action in the Today slot rather than presumably the Today hosts talking about what NBC screened the night before. The ceremonies is just ridiculous - NBC treat them as just a TV broadcast when really they're much bigger than that - they're an opportunity for the world to come together in one moment, and NBC's stance means that the US just isn't at the party. Anyway, on to the BBC who are giving more hours over to the Winter Olympics than ever before - I've never known them to have continuous coverage from dawn to dusk before of the Winter Games. The full trailer has now been released - looks absolutely stunning.
  23. P.S. Considering they dropped the Ski Sunday theme for the 2010 games I assume the BBC will use something specific for Sochi too. The obvious choice is surely Bolero - 30 years on from Torvill and Dean's victory and with links to Russia as the piece was commissioned by a Russian ballerina. It would make a lot of sense IMO.
  24. Dipping back in here for the first time in a long time - thanks to Durban for all the updates - you're as informative as ever. Not sure if this has been posted but the official OBS intro sequence looks great: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNAHIP0uz38 As for the BBC - generally speaking BBC2 has pretty much shown the Winter Olympics exclusively for the last few games now - even back in Vancouver when overnight coverage could easily have been on BBC1. The weekend afternoon slots on BBC1 will be dominated by the Six Nations so coverage will remain on BBC2 there too, but I'd be surprised if they do continuous coverage from 7am to 7pm. I would bet on there being a break in coverage once the morning ski events are done, especially as BBC2 usually has it's daily political coverage around midday. Coverage will probably be something like 7am-11am and 1pm-6pm at most.
  25. A torch like object which lights up - that'll never catch on.
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