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  1. UTV (Ulster TV, named after the Irish region that makes up Northern Ireland) is the Northern Irish affiliate of ITV, the BBC's main competitor. Radio rights in the UK are strange. Three networks are showing most Euro 2012 games (Talksport, BBC 5 Live and Absolute). I'm not sure if UTV can air live events on radio, or if it is more updates of local athletes. I don't think they have any live Euro coverage (the 3 aformentioned channels have all England/Ireland games). Probably. They did this when 3 or more big events were on at the same time in Vancouver. CTV didn't so much have live look-in
  2. My NBC/CBC comments were kind of tongue and cheek about how good Canadian coverage has been for so long. CBC probably showed at least 172 hours of coverage from Athens too, although I don't have their schedule anywhere. I am absolutely amazed by what NBC is doing. Almost taking the lead of CTV and showing Olympics all the time, except for when news is on (and local affiliate/syndicated programming in NBC's case). If I'm home during the day during the Olympics, I'll amost certainly flip between CTV, NBC, TSN and Sportsnet. Nice to have four channels with live coverage during the busiest part o
  3. MSNBC's coverage will actually air from 9am-6pm (not 6am). As for CNBC, it doesn't look like they will have live boxing during the week. Or two windows for that matter. They will have 3 hours (5-8pm ET) each weekday for a total of 30 hours. Plus 6 live hours on each Saturday/Sunday for a total of 36 hours. That = 76 hours, 3 more than they had even announced (which means one weekend date will only have 3 hours of coverage). Fred Roggin will host their coverage. Bravo will broadcast the tennis like a Grand Slam with coverage from early morning to mid-afternoon ET from Wimbledon.
  4. In regards to Jays games during the Olympics... Sportsnet One is showing 12 games between July 27 and August 12. Sportsnet One is showing less Jays games than last season (and more are on the main channel), so complaints should be at a minimum. Besides, the Jays will be out of the playoffs by then anyway (I kid, maybe). The Jays games that will air on the main Sportsnet during the Olympics are @ Oakland on August 3 (10pm ET start), @ Tampa Bay on August 7 (7pm ET start), @ Tampa Bay on August 9 (1pm ET start) and vs. New York on August 10 (7pm ET start). The August 9 game is what I find curio
  5. Unless its the Canadiens, Senators or Stanley Cup Finals, RDS commentators always do it off monitor. This may be true for the 2012 Games as well. As far as CTV's ads go, I've noticed them quite a bit on TSN lately (I watch TSN a lot more than CTV). There are two new ones that have aired recently. One, as you mentioned, features Lopes-Schleip. The other features Thomas Daley. I think too much is made of the other sports on US TV during the Olympics. During the Winter Games it is mostly basketball (both NBA and NCAA) and one NASCAR race (albeit the biggest NASCAR race). There are a couple PGA
  6. Basketball isn't all that popular among the French-speaking portions of Quebec (NBA and college hoops weren't broadcast in French until this season). Mathieu Jolivet and Bernard Côté do college hoops on RDS; they will probably do the Olympics as well. Women's boxing will air wherever they have room for it. Sportsnet and TSN will show some of it for sure. Canada has Mary Spencer, one of the best boxers in the world. I don't think you can read too much into the ads. CTV/TSN are trying to introduce Canadians to athletes they haven't heard of before. I also don't think anyone of the channels e
  7. Sportsnet had Raptors games since before the MLSE sale. They acquired the rights that theScore and CBC previously had a few seasons back. CTV will begin their 2012 "I Believe" campaign during their broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday. to one of them on YouTube. See my channel for 3 others that were pre-released. You can also see more information on my blog.
  8. Rautins isn't just the former Raptors on theScore analyst. He is currently employed by TSN as a studio analyst (for NBA and March Madness) and does Raptors games on Sportsnet (as part of his contract with MLSE). This is how I understand it at least. I'm trying to work on confirming some of these things.
  9. Just checking the forums for the first time in a while (to read about the 2018 bids) and I happened to come across this. There was a French version that RDS aired like CTV's 2 hour special. It was called Vers Vancouver 2010. I thought it was quite well done. Even better than the CTV version as I recall. You can see the press release here.
  10. Okay here go the replies. I didn't watch much French coverage, so I can't really comment on it. I understand French, but considering that basically everything was on in English (my primary language), I mostly stuck with it. In general French commercials are the same as English commercials, so yes for the most part they would be the same with French voiceovers. As for the coverage on APTN, ATN and OMNI. I couldn't watch anything on ATN because I don't get the channel and I watched virtually nothing on OMNI because I don't understand any of the languages they were broadcasting in. I watched so
  11. Sounds good Durban Sandshark. I've read these forums for a couple years now (since around Beijing 2008), but never posted before.
  12. There were very few commercials during coverage on TSN and Sportsnet. However, there was times where CTV and TSN or Sportsnet were showing the same thing and CTV would go to break and Sportsnet would continue coverage. However, when CTV was showing something exclusively, there wasn't many commercials. Canada's hockey games did have commercials, 2-3 30-60 second breaks a period. That would equate to about what TSN does for their international hockey coverage. I'm not quite sure what you are talking about, but I am quite sure that it wasn't on Canadian TV. During the 2-hour CTV Preview show a
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