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News from Denmark: DR and TV2 have both confirmed their host teams, and it's an interesting mix of well-known sports hosts and newcomers to sports coverage: http://www.dr.dk/DRPresse/Artikler/2012/06/28/110706.htm# and http://omtv2.tv2.dk/index.php?no_cache=1&id=6150

The most interesting news certainly comes from TV2. Their Euro studio is a houseboat, which is right now docked in Copenhagen Harbour. That houseboat will be transported to London, where it will be located at St. Katherine Docks right next to Tower Bridge. That could be one of the most scenic studio locations among all the TV stations in London. Perhaps NBC will be a little bit jealous ;-)

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You can visit the NBC Sports Olympics for official info and a soon-to-arrive NBC Olympic London 2012 Media Guide at NBC Sports Group's Press Box here:

http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/

When will the media guide be released? Do you know?

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When will the media guide be released? Do you know?

I would have assumed it would be available by now. NBC had a press event last Wednesday where I would have guessed they had hard copies of the media guide. Also wondering when we'll get to see the full broadcast schedule, although I did manage to find this off the website off an affiliate in Pittsburgh.. WPXI 2012 Summer Olympics TV Schedule

It has the listings of what sports will be covered, but here's a breakdown in terms of what times NBC will have Olympics coverage...

Friday, July 27 -- 7:30pm-Midnight

Saturday, July 28 -- 5am!-6pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:30am-1:30am

Sunday, July 29 -- 7am-6pm, 7pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3 -- 10am-5pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Saturday, August 4 -- 9am-6pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:30am-1:30am

Sunday, August 5 -- 6am-6pm, 7pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

August 6 + August 7 + August 9 -- 10am-5pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Wednesday, August 8 -- 10am-5pm, 8pm-11:08pm, 12:05am-1:05am

Friday, August 10 -- 10am-4pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Saturday, August 11 -- 10am-6pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:30am-1:30am

Sunday, August 12 -- 6am-9am, 10a,-6pm, 7pm-10:38pm

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When will the media guide be released? Do you know?

My guess, Michael, is when the NBC family of networks unveils its Olympic TV and Internet schedules, which is the only major significant thing remaining after all of the anchors, reporters, play-by-play and analyst sportscasters were named to the NBC London 2012 broadcast team for us American Olympic fans to get excited and plan for (and also for Canadian Olympics who may be interested in watching some of the coverage up north on at least on NBC proper in addition to CTV Olympics). I expect the schedule will be released sometime within these two weeks. More likely later this week with the likes of FOXTEL already making known their schedules. As for the media guide itself, I expect NBC's London 2012 media guide to be a massive affair with a lot of stuff outside of the aforementioned items and will be bigger than what NBC and publishing companies put out from its past viewing guides since 1988. But since Quaker2001 beat me to it with his finding of Pittsburgh's NBC affiliate's schedule, I need to see if media guide is since uploaded.

BBC finally brings out an Olympic promo and intro for their massive London coverage. It's animated like with its previous ones for Beijing and Vancouver, but this time computer-generated animation rule the day, showing athletes training and competing in sports in various parts of the UK like the London streets and in the English Channel that was inspired by the Stadium UK concept. All of it using Elbow's "First Steps". Really nice. With its premiere already at EURO 2012 Final halftime, BBC1 will bring forth the full 2:40 version tomorrow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxQNtDEhVgE

http://www.theweek.c...-sequence-video

BBC's brief London Olympic promo with Usain Bolt, Rebecca Adington, and Sir Chris Hoy winning in Beijing that tied us over until the big one just unvieled with M83's excellent "Midnight City"

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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.goo...s%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-Sea

http://www.boulevard...im-netz-508682/

mhh, I think there is a problem with the online-translator - since the article is about that Mr. Jürgen Doetz (president of the private TV channel association) blamed the two public TV channels to be excessive with their Olympic broadcast (including the online channels). And one employee of the public TV channels made fun of him on his private twitter site - by the way this website belongs to a newspaper, of which I never heard before - the title of the newspaper sounds very "yellow-press"-like...

There will be a late night show though I can't really find who is doing it this time--Waldi or Harry.

mhh - I am glad that there is no "late night show" with "Waldi and Harry" this time, since I can't stand Waldemar Hartmann (Waldi) or Harald Schmidt (Harry). [Waldi did a late night show during the European Football Championships, which ended yesterday - and I avoid it]

by the way this is the link to the press release for the coverage of ARD and ZDF: London 2012 live in ARD und ZDF

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I should've mentioned WPIX instead of--and really along with--just saying Pittsburgh's NBC affiliate.

Just checked: NBC's London 2012 Olympic media guide isn't up yet.

If you're in the United Arab Emirates reading this, you'll be getting to know that if you're a Du customer there, access to full and comprehensive coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics will be free of charge on all eight AD (Abu Dhabi) Sports Channels in HD and with both in English and Arabic commentaries along with OSN's share involved in the subscriber packages. So it isn't just OSN solely involved in the Middle East in the pay-TV realm. Furthermore, there's going a be special emphasis on the UAE Olympic soccer team. An Olympic Morning Show premieres on July 23.

http://www.du.ae/en/about/media-centre/newsdetails/Watch-the-Olympics-2012-with-du

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationsports/2012/June/nationsports_June198.xml&section=nationsports

SuperSport's Olympic Countdown daily studio show hosted by Thomas Mlabo and Leigh-Ann Paulick started today

http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/television/1290887-SuperSport-Olympic-coverage

HRT, I think HRT 2, will broadcast 220 hours of the 2012 London Olympics with an anchor trio of Mila Horvat, Lana Banely, and Mirna Zidarić with the commentary team consisting of Mićo Dušanović, Slavko Cvitković, Drago Čosić, Bruno Kovačević, Stjepan Balog, Saša Sušec, Viki Ivanović, and Mario Šapit. Meanwhile, HRT had 150 hours devoted to EURO 2012 as part of its summer TV programming it is heavily promoting.

http://hot.net.hr/tv/show/ljetna-shema-hrt-a

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I would have assumed it would be available by now. NBC had a press event last Wednesday where I would have guessed they had hard copies of the media guide. Also wondering when we'll get to see the full broadcast schedule, although I did manage to find this off the website off an affiliate in Pittsburgh.. WPXI 2012 Summer Olympics TV Schedule

It has the listings of what sports will be covered, but here's a breakdown in terms of what times NBC will have Olympics coverage...

Friday, July 27 -- 7:30pm-Midnight

Saturday, July 28 -- 5am!-6pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:30am-1:30am

Sunday, July 29 -- 7am-6pm, 7pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3 -- 10am-5pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Saturday, August 4 -- 9am-6pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:30am-1:30am

Sunday, August 5 -- 6am-6pm, 7pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

August 6 + August 7 + August 9 -- 10am-5pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Wednesday, August 8 -- 10am-5pm, 8pm-11:08pm, 12:05am-1:05am

Friday, August 10 -- 10am-4pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:35am-1:35am

Saturday, August 11 -- 10am-6pm, 8pm-Midnight, 12:30am-1:30am

Sunday, August 12 -- 6am-9am, 10a,-6pm, 7pm-10:38pm

Based on this schedule, it appears that we will be getting about 216 hours of original coverage on NBC, with the other 60 hours coming from primetime repeats. That's about 30 hours more network coverage than we've ever had in the U.S. for an Olympics. Very impressive so far!

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We have listings!!!.. http://images.bimedia.net/documents/2012+London+Olympic+Listings+Outline.pdf

Won't go into details since you can see the rundown for yourselves. But happy to say the word LIVE appears many times over, especially on NBC's daytime coverage. No listings of live streaming coverage there.. why should there be, it's all live. And BTHarner.. I would have to assume the live streaming covers the ceremonies as well. I can't imagine they would hold back on that. Suffice it to say, I still am hoping I'm not wrong on that one.

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We have listings!!!.. http://images.bimedi...ngs+Outline.pdf

Won't go into details since you can see the rundown for yourselves. But happy to say the word LIVE appears many times over, especially on NBC's daytime coverage. No listings of live streaming coverage there.. why should there be, it's all live. And BTHarner.. I would have to assume the live streaming covers the ceremonies as well. I can't imagine they would hold back on that. Suffice it to say, I still am hoping I'm not wrong on that one.

I'm really happy to see that the daytime coverage will start at 9am in the Central time zone and will not be delayed an hour like it was in 2004 and 2008. I wonder if the Today show will start at 6am or if NBC will just cut the third hour of Today in the Central and Pacific time zones. Overall, this coverage looks fantastic--it's going to be really hard to choose what to watch during the day, even with two TVs!

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Same here with Barcelona_'92 on the live daytime coverage that won't be delayed an hour and what I choose to watch during those days, working around my work schedule. The Olympic TV listings isn't complete because of, for example, the basketball qualifications going on right now, so it can't be complete but will be revised as we go along. Two questions regarding the ceremonies being able to see them live online, which I know was going to happen for a lot of people are interested in. Will it be shown minus any commentary or will NBC try to use the hosts for it to call it with a bit of that live-to-tape reserved for the primetime airing? Furthermore, I'm curious as will we see any of that before Opening Ceremony stuff online something like that the CBC and likely CCTV had in its streams four years ago? The BBC has to do it with theirs, though it hasn't yet announced it in its Olympic listings.

I got to say that I am bit disappointed when I noticed that Telemundo apparently will not broadcast the Spanish-language version of Opening Ceremony. It is for the Closing Ceremony, but why that over the Opening one? In a time that in Canada we had now both Ceremonies broadcasted in 12 languages in Vancouver 2010, it seems not out of the realm of possibility to show both in Spanish. Maybe it eventually will,though at this time, it's not announced. Telemundo does have a preview show, something the English NBC has not done since 1992.

FOXTEL will let Aussies know what of the 1100 hours of its 3200 hours of Olympic broadcast among the 8 channels are to be live.

http://wwos.ninemsn....aspx?id=8493444

SABC offers their 2012 Olympic advertising packages and reveals what to expect from them. SABC2, which is showing both ceremonies, will have live Olympic coverage from 11:50-4pm daily, which is disappointing because I would expect it to go much further from, say, 11am-9pm, It's going to show whatever it's on during those times like swimming, track and field, boxing, and hockey (so that's good news for the South African men's and women's field hockey teams back in South Africa). SABC1 will show all the Bayana Bayana games live along much of the soccer matches and three Sundays of basketball later in those night, culminating with the gold medal game. SABC3 will have nothing but tennis. Doesn't say which sports will get the treatment of having any of the 11 official South African languages though I'm sure the Bayana Bayana matches and boxing will get several of them with swimming having some Afrikaans, for examples. There will be a daily Good Evening London daily wrapup talk show with, emulating NBC of sorts, SABC2 will show an Overnite Highlights show from 1-5am. Guess more comprehensive coverage is what SuperSport is for in Sub-Saharan Africa.

http://themediaonlin...games-packages/

Speaking of Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is the only nation there that has its Olympic broadcast plan announced. Octagon SA says it is working very close to have agreements down for many of the territories. Methinks it's because Nigeria got theirs early is the second most important market in all of Sub-Saharan Africa after SA because of its massive population. With the last few weeks before the start of the London Olympics, perhaps Octagon is going to announce them in blocks if not all at once, like possibly have the French-speaking nations (mostly in West Africa) have theirs made public simultaneously in one big package.

A few new Nine Network 2012 Olympic promos hit in the last few weeks that uses and celebrates London interspersing with Aussie athletes and sometimes other Olympians taken from Beijing. I'll bring up two of them. The others including from FOXTEL will arrive later.

Eddie McGuire, Mr. Nine Network also doing his duties for FOXTEL, discussing the general overview of Nine's Olympic coverage, Australia's most unprecedented Olympic TV coverage on FTA in the nation's history.

Jessica Mabroy and Stan Walker sing the classic Waltzing Mathilda in this Nine Olympic promo with Australian Olympians, fans, and Aussie banners (C'Mon Aussie and the boxing kangaroo) superimposed with famous London images and through the streets of London as the athletes are competing and great, recent Australian Olympic legends make appearances.

Further details of the BBC's opening intro and marketing campaign used for the 2012 Olympics and of the Elbow track "First Steps" on a Stadium UK concept with the entire United Kingdom as a giant stadium.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18647587

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It is in the BBC Olympic thread on TV Forum if anyone wants to see it: http://www.tvforum.co.uk/forums/post829823#post-829823

Anyone know if EurovisionSports.tv will be streaming the games this year - they did for Vancouver, so as these are under the same deal I don't see why not.

I'm sure they've been discussed somewhere too, but liking the on screen graphics, assuming the official game is an indication of what they'll look like (they usually are):

http://youtu.be/BTIc3wlqhCM

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Two questions regarding the ceremonies being able to see them live online, which I know was going to happen for a lot of people are interested in. Will it be shown minus any commentary or will NBC try to use the hosts for it to call it with a bit of that live-to-tape reserved for the primetime airing?

I posted a story earlier that said no NBC commentators would be used on LiveExtra. It said they were going to mostly use feeds with no audio, but some sports would have the English language commentary from the Olympic Broadcast Service. As for the opening ceremony, its not known if they will have OBS commentary.

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From France, details on the Be Insport program !

The 2 channels BeIn Sport 1 & 2 will broadcast the Basket, Handball and Tennis events from Saturday 28th July at 10am.

(per memory, it should repeat that this is not an exclusive program as France Télévisions (the official right holder) will also broadcast part of those events.

- Full men & women Tennis tournament (single & double) from 12:30 to 21:00. Journalists: Thibault Le Rol & Jean-François Maurel. Consultant tbd.

- Full men & women Basket tournament from 10:00 (am) to 01:00 (am). Journalists : Xavier Vaution et Thomas Desson. Consultant tbd.

- Full men & women Handball tournament from 10:30 to 23:30. Journalist : Benjamin Charolais. Consultant : François Xavier Houlet.

Every evening from Club France, beIN Sport 1 will propose a summary of the day from 23:00 to 00:30.

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A new comer in France in the Olympic world! Equidia Life...

The channel dedicated to the broadcasting of live horses' race has negotiated with France Television the rights to broadcast live and delayed, all equestrian events

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In addition of the above (live broadcast) the will proposed replays during the evening, plus a daily news program of the games...

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Still regarding France, news on the Opening Ceremony

As already announced here, this is TF1 that will broadcast the opening ceremony ! (and none of the sports' events)

http://www.lamontagne.fr/france-monde/loisirs/television/actualite/2012/07/03/londres-2012-tf1-retransmettra-la-ceremonie-d-ouverture-1212278.html

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To summarize :

If the entire competition will be broadcast on free air channels of the France Televisions group (France 2, France 3 and France 4 but also France Ô) for over 300 hours of live broadcasting, it's TF1 will broadcast the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday, July 27th from 8:50pm. The ceremony & pre-show will be hosted by Gilles Birch, Harry Roselmack and Denis Brogniart.

The three jouranlists will comment live from London, accompanied by Amelie Mauresmo as a luxury consultant. Silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the former tennis player is already working for the sports channel of TF1, Eurosport.

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When will BBC be releasing their viewing schedule or has that already happened?

The BBC schedule is essentially the games schedule with 24 channels effectively meaning one channel per sport:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/schedule-results

The presenting schedule for BBC1/3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/bbc2012/gamestime/presenters.html

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