Quaker2001 Posted December 28, 2013 Report Share Posted December 28, 2013 Yes, the live figure skating coverage will have commentary by Terry Gannon, Johnny Weir, and Tara Lipinski, while the primetime coverage will have commentary by Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, and Tracy Wilson. I'm thrilled for the live coverage simply so I'll have an alternative to the usual screeching and idiocy by Scott and Sandra, who have absolutely no understanding of the new scoring system and talk like the sport is still in the 1990s. When NBC first announced that they might show some major events live during the day, I thought they'd probably show the alpine skiing events live. It's very easy to show the entire event live and then package the top 10 plus Americans and crashes for primetime. I guess NBC figured they wouldn't gain much viewership for NBCSN by showing live skiing at 3am, so they decided to go with live figure skating, which they know will draw lots of viewers, at the expense of sports like hockey and curling. I also expect them to repackage any bobsled events they show live on NBCSN since the U.S. has strong medal chances in all 3 bobsled events. If they are going to double up on a number of events, I don't know why they couldn't add more hours on MSNBC to handle the events that are getting bumped from NBCSN. That's the thing here.. I'm not expecting NBCU to go the Canada route and have 3 or 4 networks showing nothing but Olympics close to 24 hours a day. Having the 1 straight stream throughout the day on NBCSN (which will primarily be live) is obviously a huge improvement over past Olympics. But you're absolutely right that because it's just NBCSN and the other networks are only hockey and curling (not to mention NBC cutting back on coverage), there will be events that won't be televised live since NBC is doubling up on figure skating (and probably some other events). Doesn't seem like the most efficient use of time. That's what is the drawback to this set-up from this timezone, especially with a Winter Olympics where there will be some dead spots in the schedule and sports that will see less coverage this time than they did from Vancouver. I'll withhold final judgment until I see the schedule, and more importantly unless I see NBCSN's coverage in action, but I still get the sense my overall impression of the schedule will be "this is great, but it could have and should have been better." They'll be able to help their cause a lot if the online coverage not only is working, but isn't as heavily embargoed as it has been in the past in terms of archiving. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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