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  1. And here's another big piece of the puzzle... http://www.wtap.com/sports/misc/7296006.html Scroll down to August. I'm sure that schedule is still somewhat tentative, but here's the info. Possibly the most interesting of all of these.. look at NBC's last block on August 23rd. Fri., Aug 8 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies 8pm-12am (NBC) Sat., Aug 9 Olympics (NBC) 10am-6pm 8pm-12am 12:30am-2am Sun., Aug 10 Olympics (NBC) 10am-6pm 7pm-12am 12:35am-2am Mon. Aug. 11 Olympics (NBC) 10am-1pm 8pm-12am 1:05am-2:30am Tues., Aug. 12 Olympics (NBC) 10am-1pm 8pm-12am 12:35am-2am Wed., Aug. 13 Olympics (NBC) 10am-1pm 8pm-12am 1:35am-2:30am Thur., Aug. 14 Olympics (NBC) 10am-1pm 8pm-12am 1:35am-2:30am Fri., Aug. 15 Olympics (NBC) 10am-1pm 8pm-12am 12:35am-2am Sat., Aug 16 Olympics (NBC) 10am-6pm 7:30pm-12am 12:30am-2am Sun., Aug 17 Olympics (NBC) 10am-6pm 7pm-12am 12:35am-2am M-F. Aug. 18-22 Olympics (NBC) 10am-1pm 8pm-12am 12:35am-2am Sat., Aug 23 Olympics (NBC) 10am-6pm 7:30pm-12am 12:30am-5am Sun., Aug. 24 Olympics (NBC) 12pm-4pm CLOSING CEREMONIES 7pm-11pm
  2. Olympic Baseball Tournament Field includes 4 teams from Asia, 3 from the America, and 1 from Europe. For those in the US, here's the preliminary round schedule for team USA (times are ET)... Wednesday, August 13 - 6:00am - United States vs Korea Wednesday, August 13 - 10:30pm - United States vs Netherlands Thursday, August 14 - 11:30pm - Cuba vs United States (first Olympic meeting since the 2000 Gold Medal game) Friday, August 15 - 10:30pm - Canada vs United States Monday, August 18 - 7:00am - China vs United States Tuesday, August 19 - 7:00am - Chinese Taipei vs United States Wednesday, August 20 - 7:00am - United States vs Japan
  3. NBC showed everything from Athens. That was part of their advertising, that for the first time in history, all 28 sports would get at least some exposure in NBC's coverage. Obviously for a lot of sports, that only meant small amounts of coverage on cable, but compared to NBC's coverage in Sydney (the original Games boasted as "The Complete Olympics") which didn't hit every single sport. In Beijing, it goes without saying that this is the first time we'll see large amounts of coverage from every sport, including preliminary rounds of events that would never see the light of day on television, even with 1200 hours of coverage.
  4. NBC's 3,600 hours of coverage doesn't come straight from the 4,000 that BOB is producing. If you take just their 1,400 hours of broadcast coverage, that includes studio segments, highlights, replays, etc. Plus what will probably amount to around 300+ hours of commercials. And don't forget, that 1,400 hours is probably going to double-count a lot of the coverage that is broadcast in both HD and SD, as opposed to in Athens where the 399 hours of HD coverage was completely separate from the SD coverage. Now for the broadband coverage, there you might see some of the BOB logo. It seems likely that NBC will be very reliant on the world feed video and, as opposed to the usual broadcast coverage where almost any event is part of a larger show, here they can just show straight world feed video from the very start of the event to the finish (I certainly hope they broadcast their Internet coverage like that).
  5. It was actually a part of the running of November's New York City marathon. The main race was that Sunday, as usual, then there was an additional race on Saturday that served as the Olympic Trials (I remember specifically because a friend of mine was in the race). I think NBC did some sort of recap. If memory serves, it might have aired twice in NYC around coverage of Sunday's race.
  6. Normally I don't make a point of trying to record everything from the trials, but this year.. why not! Wish I had discovered this 2 weeks ago so I didn't miss the beginning of their coverage, but there's a total of 46 hours of coverage across 3 networks, so plenty left to be had. U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS TELEVISION SCHEDULE U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Women’s Marathon Sunday, April 27 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Women’s Triathlon Sunday, May 4 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Canoe/Kayak (Slalom) Sunday, May 11 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Men’s Triathlon Sunday, May 18 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Weightlifting Sunday, May 25 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. vs. Argentina Men’s Volleyball Exhibition Sunday, June 1 Noon-2:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. vs. China Softball Exhibition Game Sunday, June 8 Noon-2:00 pm ET MSNBC U.S. vs. Croatia Men’s Water Polo Exhibition Sunday, June 15 Noon-1:30 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Cycling (BMX) Sunday, June 15 Noon-1:30 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Diving Saturday, June 21 3:30-4:30 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Men’s Gymnastics Saturday, June 21 4:30-6:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Women’s Gymnastics Saturday, June 21 8:00-10:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Wrestling Sunday, June 22 Noon-2:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Diving Sunday, June 22 3:00-6:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Women’s Gymnastics Sunday, June 22 7:00-9:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Friday, June 27 Midnight-1:00 am ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Saturday, June 28 8:00-9:00 pm ET NBC U.S. vs. Brazil Women’s Volleyball Exhibition Sunday, June 29 Noon-2:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Sunday, June 29 7:00-8:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Sunday, June 29 8:00-9:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Monday, June 30 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Monday, June 30 11:05 pm-1:00 am ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Tuesday, July 1 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Wednesday, July 2 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Thursday, July 3 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Thursday, July 3 11:00 pm-1:00 am ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Friday, July 4 8:00-9:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Friday, July 4 11:00 pm-1:00 am ET USA U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Track & Field Saturday, July 5 5:00 -6:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Saturday, July 5 8:00 -9:00 pm ET NBC U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Gymnastics Sunday, July 6 Noon-2:00 pm ET MSNBC^ U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming and Track & Field Sunday, July 6 7:00 -9:00 pm ET NBC U.S. vs. Australia Women’s Water Polo Exhibition Sunday, July 13 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Boxing Sunday, July 20 Noon-2:00 pm ET MSNBC* U.S. Olympic Team Trials Anthology Show Sunday, July 27 Noon-1:00 pm ET MSNBC*
  7. My best guess is that USA is focal point of coverage on the cable side in Beijing, similar to MSNBC's role in Athens. If a US team is in an event that is going to be televised, that's where it's going to be (time constaints permitting, of course). Whereas MSNBC will likely take charge of events that don't necessarily involve US teams (i.e. other soccer matches, basketball games, etc.) By default, since their window is 5am-5pm, that means most of their coverage will be on tape, whereas most of USA can be live.
  8. Looking at the cable schedules as they stand now.. it looks like between MSNBC, CNBC, USA, and Oxygen, no more than 2 of those will be on air at the same time (I think from Athens there was only 1 time where 3 of the cable nets were on at once). But that's not counting Telemundo and NBC; it looks very probable that there will be a few spots where there 3 or 4 broadcasts on at once. Sounds like that could be somewhat of an issue for you.. and also why I'm very glad I've stuck with cable into of switching over to DirecTV.
  9. As matt suggested, I think we're all just going to be each other's backups. With as much coverage as there is out there, we're all bound to miss a few things here and there. And depending on where everyone is in the country, I'm sure there's other stuff out there to record (i.e. Olympic Zone, the Today Show, the MSNBC Olympic update shows). I'm sure we'll wind up having a thread somewhere on here devoted to what everyone has managed to record or not record.
  10. I remember seeing in some of the promos that BMX will go being going live in NBC primetime. The timing works out perfectly, the elimination rounds go from 8:45am to 10:30am in Beijing, so those all fit perfectly for NBC primetime. And we should be getting some baseball coverage this time around, helps that the US team actually qualified (still can't believe they didn't make it to Athens.. would probably have made life a lot different for Roger Clemens, he had really wanted to play in the Olympics that year). And Durban.. that reduction in coverage on NBC might mean the elimination of the primetime replays, that would explain a lot of the missing hours this time around.
  11. Not record everything??!? Who would do such a thing!! Then again, who would tape everything. Oh wait, that's right.. me and several of us on this board. Insanity at its finest. I think part of the issue with that is that not all of the competition schedules have been finalized, especially in the team sports. We all know that NBC will wield their muscle with a lot of the schedule as best they can to get US teams in favorable timeslots (especially in sports like basketball where the US team is a big draw). And it will make things more interesting that there are at least 3 more US teams That said, here's a few notes and nuggets I've gotten by going through the schedules thanks largely to the good folks at Wikipedia... Basketball - The times aren't set, but the matchups all are for the preliminary round. And if Athens is any indication, the US teams will have a consistent timeslot, 1 for the weekend and 1 for weekdays. Game times each day are (this is Eastern time).. 9pm, 11pm, 2:30am, 4:30am, 8am, 10am. The 2 biggest games the men's team has in the first round are Sunday 8/10 against China and Saturday 8/16 against Spain. If I were a betting man, I'd bet the farm that the US-China game is the last game of the day (10pm local time, 10am here in the US), just like the US-Greece game was in Athens, and it'll allow NBC to come up at 10am Sunday morning with the game. I could see the Spain game getting similar treatment. Tough to tell where other games will fall. Also look for the women's final to appear on NBC, that's at 10:30am on Saturday 8/23. Boxing - Not surprisingly, the CNBC schedule seems to closely coincide with most of the live boxing from Beijing (the early session for most days is 1:30am-4:30am ET while CNBC has an on-air block from 2am-4:30am. There's also a 2nd boxing session from Beijing, look for that one to be taped and shown in the 5-8 block. Overall, boxing fans are probably going to get even more from Beijing than from Athens. Soccer - Preliminary round matches are set. The US Women open August 6 against Norway (7:45am ET, so we know that'll be live on MSNBC) and the US Men on August 7 against Japan (5am ET, no doubt MSNBC will have that live as well). The other prelim games are in those same time slots, we'll have to see if the plan is for MSNBC to come up at 5am with soccer on days there is a game or if USA Netowrk is in fact for all the big US games are shown. The men's final is at Midnight on August 23rd, no doubt that's a live broadcast on both CNBC and Telemundo. Softball - The full schedule was released a couple of months ago. Perhaps coincidentally, 6 of the 7 preliminary games for the US team are at noon Beijing time (midnight on the east coast here). Possibly a regular slot to be put on CNBC before they head over to boxing? We shall see. That's all I've come up with so far. Again, I think we won't get a formal announcement from NBC for at least another month or so, until more of the competition schedule is finalized. Can ya tell I need my Olympics fix here!
  12. I don't think that was the case in Athens. Since the time difference is 7 hours, when it hit Midnight in the US, that made it 7am in Athens, too early for any events to have started (ditto for London which is 5 hours from the East Coast of the US). Now if you're in Calfornia or somewhere out West, then it's a different story since MSNBC and CNBC don't have separate East and West coast feeds. So the coverage you were watching was live, but you saw your primetime show 3 hours later than on the East coast. The drawback with that for Beijing is that we won't see any live coverage of the next day's events until Midnight ET (Noon in Beijing) or even possibly 2am ET if they want to hold back stuff until after NBC does the late night show. The formula will work much better for London where live competition can start around 2am or 3am ET at the earliest (similar to Athens) and Midnight in London is 7pm in the US, so there can be live events almost right up until primetime. Of course, if any of you are like me (and clearly you are), we'll love playing this guessing game up until NBC makes the official announcement. Fun to speculate until then, as we will continue doing.
  13. I'll be interested to see how NBC handles coverage on August 8th. Obviously their primetime show will be live starting the following night, but do they do the primetime show on the 8th live with all the taped coverage from the Opening Ceremony. Seems to me they almost have to in case there's any breaking news they need to cover. And why not get Costas and the whole crew used to coming on the air at 8am anyway.
  14. Durban.. I tried PM'ing you as well, that 3 message limit is just really annoying. I'm the guy on the other end of the transaction with mattperiolat. As I told him, I have easy access to my whole collection and like that it is now finally serving some purpose other than sitting in a closet. Send me a reply/PM and let me know what Olympics video you have, maybe there's something we can trade as well.
  15. It's amazing thinking back to Sydney and how NBC was promoting that as "The Complete Olympics" because they added a website and a few hours of cable coverage each day. If that was 'complete', how do they classify what this is. For anyone who saw Costas Now this week, Norman Chad describe sports fans as crack addicts. Well, as the Olympics prove, this is what you get when they keep feeding us more crack. matt.. glad to know I'm not the only person who is insane like that. I did the same thing for Athens (as well as every Olympics since Albertville). I think I wound up borrowing 3 cable boxes from family and friends, hopefully I can pull that off again this time. Do you have everything from Athens? Because I messed up on a few things and would like to plug those holes in my collection if at all possible.
  16. In further breaking down the schedule, here's a few more bits of info I've managed to put together... It seems like CNBC and MSNBC rarely have their coverage overlap, so it stands to reason that Universal HD can take a live simulcast of whichever one is on the air at the time. Also, that 5am start time makes a lot of sense.. that's when the 1st of the soccer matches is each day during the preliminary rounds, so that's what MSNBC probably comes on the air with (wouldn't surprise me in the least for the US men and women to be schedule in that earlier slot most days, as opposed to playing in an 8am ET game).
  17. More info, direct from 1 of NBC's websites... Coverage of the Olympic Games on the networks of NBC Universal, beginning 8.8.08: * NBC - 150+ hours of Games coverage * USA Network - 175+ hours * MSNBC - 150+ hours * CNBC - 100+ hours * Oxygen - 20 hours * Telemundo - 150+ hours of programming in Spanish * NBC HD - 150+ hours simulcast of NBC * Universal HD* - 345+ hours of the best coverage of events from MSNBC and CNBC * USA HD* - 175+ hours simulcast of USA * CNBC HD+* - 100+ hours simulcast of CNBC * Broadband* - 2,200 hours of live streaming of events, profiles, interviews, news * Video On Demand* - Pre-Games clips, in-Games general and sport specific daily highlights and event rewinds, select content available in HD * Interactivity* - Mosaics, one-screen overlays, two-screen applications * *DEAL CONTINGENT CONTENT. AVAILABILITY BASED ON DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT. NBCU is committed to helping you achieve your LAS and Marketing goals and have developed fully integrated plans to help you close deals!
  18. Don't know how official or accurate this is, but it looks like someone posted most of the cable schedule on NBCOlympics.com ... http://universalsports.nbcsports.com/blogs/post/921 Looks like USA has long form coverage from 2am until Noon ET most days. MSNBC is long form coverage from 5am until 5pm ET CNBC is on from Midnight to 2am, 2am to 4:30am (I'd bet the farm that's all boxing) and 5pm to 8pm (probably also boxing) Oxygen, as we know, is weeknights from 6pm to 8pm. Telemundo is a little scattered And nothing there on NBC yet Again, don't know how accurate this all is, but it's nice to see a potential picture of NBC's coverage plans.
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