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The boxing coverage at past Games always included features such as Teddy's Corner with Teddy Atlas (don't know if he will be part of this year's coverage), plus he and Bob Papa spent about 10 hours griping about the judging in Beijing. And don't forget about all those extra commercials you can slot into tape-delayed coverage.

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Kinda late to be joining these London forums. But there's still approximately two years to London's start. We already tapped into some things that we will reiterate and delve into more like the BBC's

Equidia Life (French Equestrian channel) clips (Part 1) : Equidia Life (French Equestrian channel) clips (Part 2) :

The general overview of what RAI 2 and RAI Radio 1 did with their broadcast team and coverage plans for each of its 200 hours of coverage from London. Sandro Fioravanti served as the RAI 2 hostcaster.

And we got our confirmed number of TV hours from France Televisions: 300 hours

300 Olympic TV hours live from London from France Televisions

Bulk of the TV broadcast will come from France 2 and France 3. The two other France Televisions channels, France 4 (the women)and France O^ (men's soccer), will handle the soccer. Standard Olympic broadcasting block will be 15 hours live from 9am-midnight France time. France Televisions will offer a 52-minute daily highlights and news show for each day. More hours surely will hit online through its website.

Westwood One Radio is no more since Vancouver as far as the Olympics are concerned--Dial Global fully absorbed it late last year. So now in conjunction with NBC, Dial Global Sports, which also deals with notably in sports the NFL, the NCAA, and The Masters, will pick up where Westwood One left off. This Dial Global Sports London link will grant a basic idea of what it has planned for London until an official announcement soon.

RTE Ireland was there for Katie Taylor, a boxing analyst for it in Beijing, qualifying for London in China.

http://www.iaba.ie/r...emi-final-live/

Fuji Television in Japan has the honor of providing the world feed to the Olympic judo competition in London like it previously back in Beijing. Makes me wonder if the nightly "SPORTS" team from Fuji will be involved there. They have to be.

http://www.fujitv.co.../tv/sports.html

Jamaica Observer media columnist Claire Forrester, who knows some things about covering the Olympics for Jamaicans, discusses how things are potentially much better with CVM getting the Olympic broadcasting rights through International Media Content's Sportsmax TV while lamenting the recent while working on the Olympics for a budget-conscious TVJ and CMC. She also discusses how the Olympics is getting the Caribbean resident really piqued for social networking (with some restrictions though).

http://www.jamaicaob...ympics_11471445

This is what we'll expect from Argentina's TyC Sports for its fifth consecutive Olympic broadcast from London: 18 hours of live broadcast live from London (coverage goes from 4am ET Argentina time to 22:00 with the day's top action and covering from the Olympic Village to various locations and the daily performances of Argentina's Olympians) with the remaining six live from Buenos Aires (news, info, analysis, and highlights). Gonzalo Bonadelo heads it all as the lead anchor with a staff of 50 from TyC Sports with a good staff of analysts and mobile phones in various venues, interviews with athletes foriegn and Argentine, info on the Argentinian delegation to go along with all the pagentry, passion, emotion and competition. Not to mention the skills, training, competition, daily life, and Olympic Village activity with the Argentinian Olympic team.

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

More details on what Adrian Uribe and Conseulo Duval have planned during Televisa's Olympic coverage of which will uniquely utilize humour in it.

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

Well, turns out that Brazilians will get Olympic access on Terra, which was announced in Sao Paolo. The clue was of the use of Portuguese as one of the three languages from Terra when it made its Olympic announcement last week. Same structure as announced but with some Brazilian coverage sponsors (Bradesco, Sadia e Vivo, Alpargatas, and Centaur) and reporters (Joesph Montanaro, Milene Rodrigues, and Marcelo Tas for example) and Intel's to share "Alert Medal". So connected, it's even will appear along Sao Paolo's yellow Metro line and stations on its video screens.

http://propmark.uol....olimpiadas-2012

Terra's really nice Spanish Olympic London promo. Interesting it's borrowing clips like from Seven/SBS' 2008 Olympic intro, the FIFA World Cup (likely 2010's), and from Gatorade commercials, among others.

Terra's London Olympic website--there's a Mexican version of this too if it's not the same.

http://deportesus.te...uegos-olimpicos

Terra's Brazilian Portuguese Olympic version website.

http://esportes.terr...jogos-olimpicos

Austria's ORF Sport+ aired part one of profiles of the Austrian Olympic Team called Red-White-Red Team: A Portrait (Das Rote-Weiss-Rote Team: Im Portrats) this past weekend. It stars Yvonne Schuring, Viktoria Schwarz, Andreas Votja, Fabian Leimlehner, Caroline Weber, and Barbara Gasser are all profiled. Plus some European Canoeing Championships, an important Olympic qualifier in the sport, in Augsburg, Germany.

http://www.live-pr.c...r1049497568.htm

RTM's TV1 and TV2 will have a combined 225.65 hours of its Olympic content under the Mission Gold 1 Malaysia campaign. Here's the skeletal Olympic TV schedule from the two channels. Much of the coverage will be in Malay. TV2 actually will deal with the Olympic action (starting with prelim Olympic women's soccer and both ceremonies live) and have English language reports during morning and primetime with six hours of coverage daily from late at night to the morning in Malaysia. Archery will be there. TV1, which starts things with the one-hour 100-day countdown on April 18, will reair both ceremonies and just deal with daily Olympic reports in morning highlights sessions from the previous day, afternoon, primetime, and late night reports each of them going no more than two hours a day (usually an hour).

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

Your Indian national Olympic broadcasters for London are DD National, DD Sports, DD Bharati, and All-India Radio.

http://ddolympics.bl...012-london.html

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TVR 2 and TVR HD in Romania showed the European Gymnastics Championships in Brussels live.

http://www.ziuaveche...inin-93637.html

Swiss Broadcasting Corporation struck a deal with Sony Europe last year by having Sony Sonaps, digital networking platforms for filing-based workflows up to 2015. More than ready to be implemented for the Olympics.

http://translate.goo...%26prmd%3Dimvns

Things in Sri Lanka just gets even more interesting and curiouser. Just yesterday, the Colombo High Commercial Court in the Sri Lankan capital issued an enjoining order to prevent Asia Pacific Broadcasting from giving the sole Olympic broadcasting rights to private broadcaster MTV and thus making it go through both MTV and SRLC, for now until May 31 in response to state-owned SRLC's filed case. Why not have it on both? The APC points out that several nations, not just in Asia, have Olympic TV rights shared on several stations and channels, not just both free-to-air and on cable/satelitte with the latter being more comprehensive. For this reason alone, I don't think this will not eventually be fought in court with time needed to assemble an Olympic crew and TV scheduling.

http://www.colombopa...337262951JR.php

Expect Modernine's Olympic (and that of EURO 2012's) coverage in Thailand of the sports to be mostly on Thailand's after midnight late night-early morning hours like in the rest of Southeast Asia. MCOT hopes for big revenue on them in the summer.

http://www.nationmul...s-30181820.html

Samsung invites 75 bloggers from around the world to London to become citizen bloggers reporting for the London Olympics.

http://www.nationmul...s-30182351.html

HBO's Real Sports is featuring a profile on Lolo Jones for the upcoming edition where she'll discuss her stumble at the last hurdle in the Beijing final and her reaction afterwards, something she has recently spoke about in Red Bull Bulletin and Outdoor magazines.

If I read this right, this says that Mano Menezes, Brazilian national senior men's team coach, will provide color commentary for the men's games on Rede Record.

http://www.gaz.com.b..._na_record.html

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NBC Olympics selects leading digital service Avail-TVN to handle all of the comprehensive multiplatform Olympic coverage from London, like the delivery of the massive volume On-Demand Olympic footage.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nbc-olympics-taps-avail-tvn-to-support-comprehensive-multi-platform-olympics-coverage-2012-05-16

Gold and massive sponsorship and ad revenues ahead for both Nine and FOXTEL when London hits. One big change from whne Seven enjoyed a stranglehold on the Olympics from 1992.

http://www.smh.com.au/business/gold-gold-gold-8230-and-thats-just-for-the-tv-networks-20120517-1ytjt.html

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BBC has announced the full lineup. I am so excited just by seeing the TV schedule and presenters list. Basically it will be nothing but Olympics on TV for 2 weeks!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk...apacks/bbc2012/

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/18070768

Comprehensive coverage on BBC TV

As host nation broadcaster for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC holds TV, radio, online, mobile and iPlayer rights in the UK. The flagship Olympic channels will be BBC One and BBC Three, as well as BBC Two (when BBC One switches to news), BBC HD and BBC One HD.

These channels will cover all of the key live action and top stories from the Games, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Coverage of every Olympic sport from every venue will also be available via BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport.

Please note: all transmission times are subject to change.

The Olympics 27 July – 12 August

Live coverage on BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport

9.00am-12midnight

Every Olympic sport from every venue through up to 24 simultaneous, HD-quality, live Olympic streams. 24 channels are also available to cable and satellite viewers through the BBC Red Button.

BBC One

Olympic Breakfast

6.00am-9.00am BBC One/BBC One HD A combination of Hazel Irvine and Bill Turnbull or Chris Hollins and Sian Williams start the day with a look at the main stories from the day before and the highlights from the day ahead, also incorporating national and regional news and weather.

Olympics 2012

9.00am-11.30am BBC One/BBC One HD Mishal Husain brings the first of the day’s live action from the athletics, rowing and swimming heats. Venue presentation from Matt Baker, Clare Balding, Jonathan Edwards, Jake Humphrey and John Inverdale.

Olympics 2012

11.30am-1.45pm BBC One/BBC One HD The live action continues into the afternoon with Matt Baker, Clare Balding or Hazel Irvine. The focus will remain on the athletics, rowing and swimming heats plus other events including the men’s triathlon.

Olympics 2012

1.45pm-4.00pm BBC One/BBC One HD Clare Balding, Jake Humphrey or Hazel Irvine takes on the baton, focusing on the conclusion of events such as the cycling road races, tennis finals, equestrian and diving.

Olympics 2012

4.00pm-7.00pm BBC One/BBC One HD As we head towards the evening, Sue Barker brings us the action from the track cycling, gymnastics, tennis and equestrian.

Olympics 2012

7.00pm-10.35pm BBC One/BBC One HD Gary Lineker takes us through the evening and into the night with action from the competition finals including the athletics and swimming.

Olympics Tonight

10.40pm-midnight BBC One/BBC One HD Gabby Logan, in the company of star guests from the world of sport and beyond, focuses on the stories and personalities that have dominated the day and looks at the sport still in progress.

Olympic Sportsday

00.15am-1.00am BBC One/BBC One HD Dan Walker rounds up the main stories from the day’s action.

BBC Two

Olympics 2012

1.00pm-1.45pm; 6.00pm-7.00pm; 10.00pm-10.40pm BBC Two

Coverage switches from BBC One to BBC Two during the main BBC News bulletins.

BBC Three

Olympics 2012

9.00am-7.00pm BBC Three

Manish Bhasin, Rishi Persad or Sonali Shah will complement BBC One with some of the best action on offer from the 26 sports at the Games.

Olympics 2012

7.00pm-11.00pm BBC Three

Jake Humphrey presents the best of the live action from the football, hockey, boxing and basketball.

BBC News

BBC News: BBC One (1.00pm-1.45pm;

6.00pm-7.00pm; 10.00pm-10.40pm); BBC News Channel (including daily Olympics highlights programmes at 6.30pm, 10.30pm and 00.30pm) and bbc.co.uk/news

BBC News will be bringing you all of the stories from inside and outside of the Olympic venues, 24 hours a day, on the usual BBC One bulletins, the BBC News Channel and bbc.co.uk/news.

Ceremonies (opening and closing)

TV: Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine, Trevor Nelson. Radio: John Murray.

It's bad enough we get Huw Edwards, but what on earth is DJ Trevor Nelson doing as part of the commentary team. With three of them it'll be even more talked over than I fear. Hazel did a great job as the lead commentator in Vancouver and would much rather it was her for London, with somebody actually knowledgeable about the athletes participating coming in for the athletes parade.

As for the BBC coverage - I don't know if it's just me but the coverage still seems slightly less important than it did in the days it was branded Olympic Grandstand. Even though the main Saturday show is long gone it would be nice if they kept the brand for the Olympics.

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Viasat teams up with NRK to bring forth 100 hours of 3D Olympic coverage from London on Viasat 3D, 8 hours daily and will produce a 4-hour daily summary of the day's events. Seems as though Norwegians are buying into the 3DTV craze in abundance as the report suggests, four years after NRK and Viasat offered HD coverage of the Olympics for the first time to Norwegians.

http://www.na24.no/propaganda/article3400708.ece

http://www.kampanje.com/markedsforing/article6069049.ece

CVM Television in Jamaica was out and about on a hot Saturday promoting its upcoming official 2012 London Olympic coverage. Photos are here from its Falmouth stop.

http://falmouthphotos.info/tag/olympic-games-2012/

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Denmark's TV2 just launched its London 2012 Olympic Games webpages days ago

http://tv2sport.dk/ol-i-london-2012

This is how France Televisions plans to deal with their share of the upcoming London coverage that was announced in Paris yesterday under its Francetvsport banner. We already know about the 300 hours that will be televisied among the four France TV channels--2, 3, 4, and O plus nine of its overseas channels. Didier Fraisse was announced as the Francetvsport Olympic director in London. It was also on that day France Television 3 will premiere the show France: London Objective. On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, Marie Drucker will host a program called The Beginning (yes, that's actually titled as such and is likely being the start of a lot of English used on France TV). Among the things featured will be a Usain Bolt documentary directed by Gael LeBlanc and produced by Elephant and Doc under the France The Fastest title.

Speaking of Francetvsport, its Olympic website is fully now up. With that, it was also announced officially French residents will get access to 12 live simultaneous Olympic streams and the simulcastings of the four France TV channels' coverage. Pluzz and Francetvsport will offer on-demand video of all events. All this will be made available on PCs, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and internet-connected smart TVs. France Televisions will bring around 40 HD cameras, of which the images and signals will be relayed back to Paris and vice versa, to cover the 42 feeds from the OBSL with a team of 250 (up from 180 in Beijing). In Paris, technicians and directors there will cope with 80 images and signals flip-flopping from France 2 and France 3. Actually there will be two additional directors with Jean-Pierre Leroux (at Stage 2) and Christopher Boulain taking turns back in Paris

France Televisions also showed its London headquarters for the Olympics and what it will look like on a pontoon near Old Billingsgate with construction will come on July 15 with Guy Lelong's interior design, decor, and tech teams on July 20 culminating for rehearsals on July 23-24. Studio will be transparent that will have 7 remote cameras. Oh yes, France Telelvisions will have its own London double decker omnibus, but unlike the BandSports' edition, this will be more contemporary-looking with the upper part usually at the back installed in the front. It will be called Louise after Louise Ekland, an British TV host currently on French TV and may be on hand for this. The bus will be equipped with 4 cameras RF remote and machinery with radio-relayed live links on the moving bus. SIS Live will take care of that technological aspect. All that looks neat, doesn't it? :)

http://www.mediaunautreregard.com/2012/05/21/dispositif-france-televisions-pour-les-j-o-de-londres-2012-et-premieres-images-des-decors/

http://www.sislive.tv/

Had me wondering. Why is ZDF and Das Erste offering only six live webstreaming channels for the London Olympics when the likes of neighbors in France just announced at least 12 Olympic streams? Like I say, surely those two are capable of offering more coverage than six in this case. This is just one of the concerns the private German TV providers has over the two ublic broadcasters; it has criticzed this and perhaps could offer even more.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.quotenmeter.de/cms/%3Fp1%3Dn%26p2%3D56738%26p3%3D&ei=idS7T-ucI4WZ2QX96vzTCQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC8Q7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.quotenmeter.de/cms/%253Fp1%253Dn%2526p2%253D56738%2526p3%253D%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26prmd%3Dimvns

http://www.boulevard-baden.de/ueberregionales/panorama/2012/05/15/privatsender-und-ardzdf-stichelt-zu-olympia-im-netz-508682/

This piece goes further in what ARD, aka Das Erste, plans to do in London as part of the double team with ZDF. The first 40 minutes after the first five of 9am recaps the previous day's highlights. Then goes on to Olympia Live until midnight with the live competition. NDR is responsible for the radio coverage overall. Olympic moderators are Gerhard Dehling, Michael Antwerps, and Alexander Bommes present the hourly Olympia Telegram. Franziska Van Almsick is the swimming analyst with roving London street reporter Rolf Seeman Eggelbert experiencing the sights and sounds of London and of the British lifestyle. There will be a late night show though I can't really find who is doing it this time--Waldi or Harry. Likely CAF will make that clear here. WDR 2, SWR NDR Jump, NDR 2 and 3 will handle the radio coverage with some background focus on doping and sports policy with the live coverage at the daily early morning breakfast period, hopefully (for them) after a German wins a medal. Hosts and commentators there are Sabine Topperwien (WDR), Martina Knief (HR), Martin Roschitz (NDR) and Oliver Frick (BWR). Online is supposed to be cost-effective yet unprecedented diverse method of bringing more of the Olympics to watch that TV can't handle. Along with a EPG a video gallery range and blogs from Olympic athletes like beach volleyball players Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig, who had blogged back in 2008 in Beijing, ARD expert Frank Busemann, hockey record national Natascha Keller and Tennis Association coach Barbara Rittner describe their view of things on the net. http://www.quotenmeter.de/cms/?p1=n&p2=56638&p3=

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Cable Show 2012: NBC To Offer Unprecedented 2012 Olympics Coverage

You ready for this one? We have our number. "NBC Sports will provide an unprecedented 5,535 hours of 2012 London Olympics coverage -- including live coverage of every event and every sport -- via its broadcast and cable linear channels, online and mobile , according to Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics and executive vice president of Strategic partnerships for NBC Sports Group." Among some other notes from the article..

NBC will have 272 hours of coverage, up from 225 in Beijing. Don't know where the extra hours are coming from since we're now talking about 17 hours a day (unless maybe they're counting the Today Show as Olympic coverage).

It seems the MSNBC number has already been revised, they're now up to 178 (155 had been reported).

They also mention 770 hours from the basketball and soccer specialty channels, those are back from Beijing.

I don't know how they got to that number even with a lot of double-counting and perhaps adding in VOD content. But my goodness does NBC ever know how to raise the bar on themselves. That's more than 50% more than they offered from London. Who would have thought that's even possible!

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Denmark's TV2 just launched its London 2012 Olympic Games webpages days ago

http://tv2sport.dk/ol-i-london-2012

Yeah, no, that's not TV2's webpage, but TV2 Sport. I can see why you would be confused (even many people in Denmark think that TV2 controls TV2 Sport), but TV2 Sport is a joint venture between TV2 and MTG/Viasat. The channel is its own entity, so rights are being bought by either TV2 or TV2 Sport (so TV2 can't put Olympics on TV2 Sport if they want to), and as far as I know, TV2 Sport has no rights to the upcoming Games. TV2 haven't launched their website yet, and probably won't for some time, seeing that they still don't have a site for Euro 2012, which starts in two weeks!

DR has just given a little bit of information about their summer plans, including the Olympics and other sports events. Apparently, they are one of only ten TV stations who will have a studio at the Olympic Village: http://tvnyt.com/artikel/default.asp?id=20436 This is the first time I can remember a Danish TV station having studio facilities in the host city (I think they might have had it in Atlanta, but I'm a bit too young to remember for sure ;-)) Normally, the studio coverage is being done from home, so this seems like a clear improvement of coverage. Good sign for what's to come!

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On their press release, NBC announce their network coverage will start at 10 a.m. following the Today Show and at 5 a.m. on weekends. Late-night programming will be one-hour long and start 30 minutes after the end of primetime coverage. Primetime coverage will be repeated during the night as well.

COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE WITH SCHEDULE FOR EVERY CABLE NETWORK HERE: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/05/23/nbcuniversal-to-provide-unprecidented-coverage-of-2012-olympics/135498/?utm_campaign=WP%20%3E%20Twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

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Thanks for that, Quaker and DamC for that big announcement. NBC does say that it will announce its lineup--not sure exactly what it means: the broadcasting schedule, the full amount of coverage, or the NBC Olympic sportscasting team--by the end of the month (and we're rapidly getting to that point). In a related story that is already mentioned on the press release, Telemundo is finally getting into the digital Olympic act as expected with exclusive footage not seen on Telemundo's TV version of the coverage that will total in 200 hours that will include the said coverage and mun2 helping out.

Nigeria is first among the non-South African, Sub-Saharan African London Olympic media rights sold and announced today wholly within its territory. The Nigerian Olympic Committee bought the Nigerian Olympic broadcasting rights in association with the Nigerian Television Authority, African Independent Television, and Radio Nigeria from Octagon South Africa. Octagon has plans to be at the IBC in London.

http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=163301:noc-buys-2012-olympics-broadcast-right-&catid=5:sports&Itemid=5

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On their press release, NBC announce their network coverage will start at 10 a.m. following the Today Show and at 5 a.m. on weekends. Late-night programming will be one-hour long and start 30 minutes after the end of primetime coverage. Primetime coverage will be repeated during the night as well.

COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE WITH SCHEDULE FOR EVERY CABLE NETWORK HERE: http://tvbythenumber..._source=twitter

I saw an article a few months ago which stated that all of NBC's normal afternoon programming will be pre-empted during the Olympics, so I'm guessing the daytime window will be 10am-4pm every day. That's a 3-hour per day increase over the daytime coverage from Beijing. Everything about NBC's London coverage sounds amazing--this is easily going to be the best Olympic coverage we've ever had in the U.S.

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I saw an article a few months ago which stated that all of NBC's normal afternoon programming will be pre-empted during the Olympics, so I'm guessing the daytime window will be 10am-4pm every day. That's a 3-hour per day increase over the daytime coverage from Beijing. Everything about NBC's London coverage sounds amazing--this is easily going to be the best Olympic coverage we've ever had in the U.S.

Off this post, I did a little research and it turns out you're off by an hour. They're not going until 4pm. They're going until 5pm!..

http://www.salemspec...olympics.18109/

The verdict is in: "Days of Our Lives" will be preempted for the entire duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics. As NBC did in 2004, "Days" will be preempted for the 10 weekdays of the Summer Olympics: Monday July 30, Tuesday July 31, Wednesday August 1, Thursday August 2, Friday August 3, Monday August 6, Tuesday August 7, Wednesday August 8, Thursday August 9, and Friday August 10. "2012 Summer Olympics: Daytime" will be airing on all NBC affiliates from 10AM-5PM ET (9AM-4PM CT/MT/PT) each day.

I'm floored by this (in a good way, of course). We know that NBC wasn't coming through on the live streaming front from Beijing and Vancouver, but that looked to be fixed this time around. Now we're getting all this extra TV coverage, too? I figured this from the cable side of things because of NBC Sports Network, but I'm amazed they're doing this for the network. Not that I'm complaining of course, but what a wonderful step in the right direction this is. I'll take it!

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Off this post, I did a little research and it turns out you're off by an hour. They're not going until 4pm. They're going until 5pm!..

http://www.salemspec...olympics.18109/

The verdict is in: "Days of Our Lives" will be preempted for the entire duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics. As NBC did in 2004, "Days" will be preempted for the 10 weekdays of the Summer Olympics: Monday July 30, Tuesday July 31, Wednesday August 1, Thursday August 2, Friday August 3, Monday August 6, Tuesday August 7, Wednesday August 8, Thursday August 9, and Friday August 10. "2012 Summer Olympics: Daytime" will be airing on all NBC affiliates from 10AM-5PM ET (9AM-4PM CT/MT/PT) each day.

Even better! I'll be thrilled if we actually get the coverage from 9am-4pm in the Central time zone and not delayed one hour as usual. It will be interesting to see what NBC decides to show during this long coverage window. I assume swimming and track prelims for sure, and probably a lot of beach volleyball matches.

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Even better! I'll be thrilled if we actually get the coverage from 9am-4pm in the Central time zone and not delayed one hour as usual. It will be interesting to see what NBC decides to show during this long coverage window. I assume swimming and track prelims for sure, and probably a lot of beach volleyball matches.

Wouldn't surprise me, since a lot of those matches can be shown live. I'm guessing maybe we'll get slightly more long-form coverage of those prelims and maybe that's what will fill up the time. Who knows though, but I can't wait to find out!

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If NBC follows what they did in 2004, then both 10000s would be shown live. The women will be

Wouldn't surprise me, since a lot of those matches can be shown live. I'm guessing maybe we'll get slightly more long-form coverage of those prelims and maybe that's what will fill up the time. Who knows though, but I can't wait to find out!

Fri 8/3 at 4:25pm ET, Mens will be Sat 8/4 at 4:15PM ET.

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CanadianSports just chimed in with his thoughts to go along with NBC's announcement with its massive London Olympic coverage plans, much of which is already being discussed here (and I'll inject mine soon). NBC's 272.5 hours for London is 10 hours less than what the CBC broadcasted in its final Olympic telecast in Beijing four years ago, adding that Canadian Olympic broadcasting is "four years ahead" of NBC's. Though the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium headed by CTV has yet to officially confirm its broadcasting and Internet plans for London with its networks, it's almost confirmed that CTV will show upwards of 300 hours of it in its share like what it did with Vancouver. He only speaks about NBC proper and not the other networks involved since it's very likely those could get blacked out up there from the likes of Bell TV, Rogers Cable, and Shaw Cable--don't think NBC Sports Network is up there, let alone Telemundo since Canada already has TeleLatino. MSNBC and CNBC are both up there and, interestingly, I found out through Channel Canada's website their Olympic coverage from Vancouver wasn't blacked out on Rogers. Their Bravo is different than the US Bravo. I'm thinking sometime next week after Memorial Day we will get to see what the Canadians have in store for theirs, and we'll see what role, if at all, APTN will get in this.

http://canadiansport...-2008/#comments

ESPN Latin America just announced their plans for its London Olympic coverage for South America for both Portuguese and Spanish. The highlights:

-1700 hours of events and hundreds of additional hours of news, info, analysis from their studios

-cross-channel Olympic coverage in the six dedicated channels in each of the South American nations with at least three in each of them with a full-time HD channel, daily focus will deal with the athletes and the competition of interest in a particular nation and region

-daily highlights featured in a special Olympic edition of SportsCenter and a special devoted to the issues in the London Olympics

-for ESPN Brasil's fifth Summer Olympic foray, it will include reporters Marcelo Duarte, Andre Kfouri, Helvidius Mattos, Joao Palomino, Andre Plihal, and Jose Trajano.Special sportscasters to ESPN Brasil include Olympic medalists Wlamir Marques (basketball, bronze in Roma 1960 and bronze in Tokyo 1964) and Ana Moser (volleyball, bronze in Atlanta 1996).

-for the first time ESPN Latin America will conduct Spanish-language coverage to South Americans that will include reporters Paul Ferreira, Tito Puccetti, Michael Simon, John Yankilevich and Quique Wolff. The last one, a former international soccer star native of Argentina, will bear the Olympic torch on June 16 in Newcastle, England. Additional sportcasters and analysts from the Spanish realm will be named later, which surely include the famed Mexican journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky.

http://www.tvlatina....s/display/21299

Back in Mexico, for those who would prefer more sports and less comedy in their Olympic viewing, TVC Deportes announced it will have three channels devoted the 2012 London Summer Olympics through TVC 1, TVC 2, TVC 3 all totalling 2000 hours together with 1224 of them live from London as the designated pay-TV Mexican broadcaster. Live coverage will come during the 2:30am-6pm block Mexico City time that will transmitted to 700 cable systems throughout Mexico. This time the focus will be on the athletes. Sportscasters include former Mexican athlete Cristina Millan (4th Olympics calling swimming, gymnastics, and track and field), Rafael Ocampo, and former Mexican swimmer Juan Manuel Rotter in his third Olympics as a commentator, who is hopefully even better now than in Beijing. There will also be a special and exclusive focus (naturally) devoted the 100-strong 2012 Mexican London Olympic team on TVC 1 with the other three to the other participants. More members of the TVC Deportes Olympics team will come aboard later to make up the 120-person professional crew.

http://www.omnia.com...e-londres-2012/

The following are two videos in three parts from TVC Deportes discussing its 2012 London Olympic coverage

Part 1

Part 2

Sporza, being 8 years old this year, is getting a new logo and look to coincide with the promotion of big sports events during the summer with the European Soccer Championships, the Tour de France, Wimbeldon, and of course the Summer Olympics. For the Olympics we got some new Olympic broadcast details, Sporza announced its first wave of sportscasters and will feature Stef Wijnants reporting from the London's Olympic swimming pool with Kris Meertens and Marc Willems covering track and field at the Olympic Stadium. Karl Vannieuwkerke and Lieven Van Gils will travel to London and possibly do the contests there too. Much of the Sporza's studio activities will take place back in Brussels with Sporza studio hosts Maarten Vangramberen, Catherine Van Eylen and Frank Raes coming in each part of the day at the new-look studios. In the leadup to the start of the Olympic Games, Frank Raes and Karl Vannieuwkerke are presenting four portraits of notable Belgian Olympians. Frank Raes speaks with Tia Hellebaut and Jean-Marie Dedecker and Karl Vannieuwkerke with Justine Henin and Filip Meirhaeghe. These four Belgian Olympians discuss about their performance and the story of their respective careers.

http://www.standaard...DMF20120522_110

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NBC's Today Show Olympic studio is near completion. Odd location though, next to the athletes village. Maybe convenient for athletes to pop in for a quick interview?

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The NBC coverage numbers are absolutely mind-blowing, I remember back in 1996 when the total coverage came to roughly 170 hours, all on the main network.

For all the hours on TV though, for me it is all about the streaming and being able to watch what I want when I want which, until four years ago, was something I never ever thought would be possible.

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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 of the day. And the best thing is NBC will show different things from what CTV is showing many times because NBC will save the big events for primetime.

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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 of the day. And the best thing is NBC will show different things from what CTV is showing many times because NBC will save the big events for primetime.

Give NBC credit.. they fell behind the curve in 2008 and 2010 with regard to online streaming, but clearly they're stepping it up this time around. There's going to be a big chunk in the middle of the day during the first week of the Olympics where you'll have NBC, NBCSN, MSNBC, Bravo, probably Telemundo, and both the basketball and soccer specialty channels up live. Pretty darn impressive. The key is the live streaming, I've been saying for 4 years that's what needed to change. That NBC has increased their hours and with NBCSN contributing a ton of coverage is icing on the cake. My DVRs are going to get quite a workout over this one!

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Shinichi Taketa and Tomomi Hirose will be the hosts for NHK's coverage for the Japanese of the Opening Ceremony in London Olympic Stadium. Hirose will also anchor News Watch 9 from London during the period of the Olympics. For the Closing Ceremony, Hiroshi Takebayashi and Naoko Suzuki will cast that. Takebayashi will also be working as an announcer for the Japan Consortium (the group formed by NHK and the commercial stations to broadcast the London Olympics). Suzuki will also present the Ohayo Nippon (Good Morning, Japan) from London during the Olympics.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/pr/english/toptalk/kaichou_e/k_e1205.htm

Did a little research on this Grupo Albavision. This is a media consortium that is based and founded in Guatemala City starting with Radio Sonora in 1956 and later with Canal 7 there in 1965. As far as the London Olympics are concerned, the coverage through Albavision's TV and radio stations will go across Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Uruguay. When you visit Albavision's website, you can figure which TV channels will do that based on the info provided with a few exceptions. SNT Canal 9 in Paraguay is already mentioned here, so that's in. Just didn't know that it was a part of it--thought it was public-run. Repretel, which was involved in the 2010 World Cup coverage, will have its channels involved for the Olympics out of Costa Rica. RTS will cover them for Ecuador on TV. Bolivision will take care of them for Bolivia on free-to-air TV. Nicaragua will be represented on TV with the Olympics by Canal 10. Canal 3 is the station to go for the terrestrial Olympic coverage for Guatemala. VTV will do it for Honduras. Still trying to confirm with the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Thinking Telecentero for the former. Radio will come later.

http://www.albavision.tv/

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