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9 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

No major shock since he's one of the biggest names to ever come out of American skiing. Did you ever considered while watching the skiing in Sochi that the NBC skiing play-by-play and analyst sportscasting team could utilize a jolt for this edition? As the press release says, he was involved with covering six events last skiing season. Reports through Google news search with sports outlets say he's just now retired, if I got that right.

With this unusual and unprecedented German Olympic TV broadcasting partnership in ZDF/ARD/Eurosport/DMAX/TLC starting in this Olympic cycle with Pyeongchang 2018, ARD, normally the traditional channel for Winter Olympic ski jumping for decades until now, will be unable to do so this time due to the negotiations and agreements to get the two German TV channels back into the fold because now that's under the domain of Eurosport. Thus, ARD's ski jumping sportscasting team with German gold medalist stars turned analysts Sven Hammerwald and Martin Schmitt now joined Eurosport. Das Erste's ski jumping play-by-play man Matthias Opdenhövel will just stay at home in Germany this time anchoring ARD's Sportschau at the studio. His analyst/expert partner Dieter Thoma will be in Pyeongchang though in analyzing the competition and highlights at ARD's studios there, which will be anchored by Gerhard Delling and Jessy Wellmer: 

https://www.dwdl.de/sportsupdate/64084/opdenhvel_nicht_zu_olympia_starker_doppelpass/

In this Discovery Networks Deutschland press release announcing the Eurosport Germany Pyeongchang 2018 coverage with DMAX and TLC, Eurosport Germany's studios will actually be in Munich with the moderators and experts on location in Pyeongchang. Everything starts daily at 1:00am CET/ Germany time with live coverage of the sports and studio time on both channels. Live coverage ends with former Olympic gymnast Fabian Hambüchen and presenter Sascha Kalupke celebrating with the medal winners live at the German House every day from 15:30 (shown simultaneously at Eurosport 1 and on TLC). From the early evening prime time at 16:30-20:15, Eurosport holds the exclusive daily highlights and news (already mentioned here but no time slot was set yet at the time). At 20:13 (or 8:15pm), both Eurosport 1 and TLC will handle the more fun and entertaining with info in an Olympic daily review show featuring many guests live from its Munich studios.

In addition to Hammerwald, Schimitt, Anni Friesenger, Hambuchen, and Andre Lange, former skiier Frank Worndl and former biathlete Michael Greis are also part of the Eurosport Germany sportscasting team. Still don't know as of yet who will help cover freestyle skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, curling, figure skating, short track, luge, and cross country skiing. Nor do we know exactly what sports will be assigned to both Eurosport channel. Two Eurosport shorts: Olympic Confessions and Ones To Watch will make frequent appearances through the Olympic broadcast:

https://www.discovery-networks.de/olympische-winterspiele-2018/

Same multiple details with Eurosport but with a Spanish angle. There's a new 9-part, 4K-using documentary series on Eurosport Spain coming on November 17 on 20:30 Spain time called "Rumbo a Pyeongchang" that will show the stories behind the Spanish Winter Olympian athletes like 2x world champion figure skater Javier Fernández responsible for causing the figure skating crush in Spain, Ander Mirambell--the Spanish skeleton pioneer and the first Spanish athlete of this discipline, snowboardcrosser Lucas Eguibar, and snowboarder Queralt Castellet as they prepare for Pyeongchang. Eurosport Spain will send a 20-person sportscasting team who hold a passion for winter sports to Pyeongchang that includes Fernando Ruiz, Miguel Angel Méndez, José Luis Corral, Antonio Alix, José Manuel Tallada, Miguel Ángel Yáñez, Luis Jiménez, Fernando Gómez, Rubén Fernández, Sergio Manuel Gutierrez, Francisco Trapero and Javier Rubio, forming a team with its commentators that are already in Eurosport Spain like skiers Carolina Ruiz and Reyes Santa Olalla, along with Luis Fajardo, Paul de la Cuesta, Eduardo de Paz, and figure skater Marta Senra. Eurosport Spain will have its 100-day countdown literally ticking down with Eurosport 1, along with special Olympic programming, celebrating at 8:00pm with Destination Pyeongchang, which will later get twice a week showings starting November 18 to the end of the Winter Olympics. Same studios will be in Madrid:

https://www.ocionews.com/100-dias-pyeongchang-2018-arranca-la-cuenta-atra/

http://www.mundodeportivo.com/otros-deportes/20171030/432487396246/pyeongchang-2018-va-a-revolucionar-la-forma-de-seguir-los-juegos-olimpicos.html

Eurosport Italia's live Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic studio will be based in Milan with the usual material like news, insights, highlights, and guests along with another one based in Pyeongchang along with a personalized track, interviews and links directly from the Winter Olympic venues. A dedicated channel devoted towards Team Azzurri Italia and the most popular Winter Olympic events along with a 24-hour channel devoted for more general/overall coverage and an aforementioned Eurosport mobile app including exclusive dedicated content with news and highlights on tablets and smartphones that can be accessed at any time during the Winter Olympics available to TIM subscribers: 

https://www.oasport.it/2017/10/olimpiadi-invernali-pyeongchang-2018-in-tv-copertura-senza-precedenti-su-eurosport-un-canale-dedicato-allitalia-il-player-4000-ore-di-diretta/

In a desired response to economic wishes to keep things in budget, Austria's ORF will only send no more than a 110-person crew that's decidedly less than Sochi. Quality will still be present through TV and radio. ORF will set up a studio again at the now famous Austria House for Pyeongchang with 15-hour coverage coming from 1:00-16:00  CET on ORF1 with the ORF Sport Plus' portion being partially recorded live as a junior partner. From 4:00 pm-8:00 am, ORF1 will be running the Olympic News Channel. While ski jumping and biathlon will take center stage on European morning, top events such as the men's downhill will take place at night-time back in Austria:

http://www.kleinezeitung.at/sport/wintersport/olympia/5305103/Pyeongchang-2018_Der-Spatenstich-fuer-das-OesterreichHaus-ist-erfolgt#image-ad-3

Lithuanians could see a documentary on the 100 years of Lithuania in the Winter Olympics right before the start of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics this coming February on TV3. This upcoming Winter Olympics Lithuania's LTOK is expected to send 10 athletes as Team LT:

https://www.tv3.lt/naujiena/931576/simtamete-lietuvos-ziemos-olimpieciu-istorija-dokumentiniame-filme?t=1

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Happy 100th Olympic Countdown Day! :)

And some of the media news just hitting right around this time as expected. Very Scandinavian-heavy here to kick off. Taken me several hours with this. For starters on this post, Swedish hockey legend Calle Johansson, captain of Team Sweden back in Nagano when the NHL sent its star players there 20 years ago, joins fresh from Viasat to the Discovery Networks Sverige Pyeongchang 2018 squad in the hockey realm reunited with fellow ex-Tre Kronor gold medal-winning teammates Peter "Foppa" Forsberg and Hakan Loob, women's goalie Kim Martin Hansson, Daniel Rudslatt, program manager Karin Frick, and commentator Tommy Astrom in a star-studded sportscasting team. Still holding a passion for the sport with looking forward to a "fun" experience after missing the sportscasting hockey on Viasat and Canal+ in being away. Bit ironic that Johansson, Forsberg, and Loob are reuniting at a time, this here as broadcasters and bringing the excitement with heavy ice hockey coverage, when the NHL won't allow its players to head over another Asian-based Winter Olympics 20 years after the last one in Nagano, Japan. A shame they won't call the current NHL generation for they would be as exciting.

Bit further on the Swedish Discovery Networks Olympic broadcasting distribution in one of the greatest Swedish TV projects ever: Kanal 5 is where everything that the 2018 Swedish Olympic Team does gets shown as the main Olympic channel, but the first Sweden men's hockey game may force Charlotte Kalla's nordic skiing run to Kanal 9, the extra channel when events collide and perhaps a little more. Kanal 5 will be around the clock with its Olympic coverage. Eurosport 1 will be the home of (but certainly not limited to) Olympic hockey including Sweden's games. Eurosport 2 will take on an international approach with everything of course on Eurosport Player:

https://www.expressen.se/sport/hockey/svenske-legendaren-blir-expert-under-os/

Very much the same press release announcing the Eurosport Spain Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic coverage that promises an Olympics like never before. But this includes photos at the Madrid press conference. For the self-produced Rumbo a Pyeongchang documentary series portion, Lugas Eguíbar, Quim Salarich, Red Imano, Julia Bargalló participated in the presentation with Quim Salarich and Javier Fernández speaking in video on location from Salt Lake City and Toronto, respectively, while training/competing. Cross-country skier Imanol Rojo and ice dancers Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin also made appearances to explain their sports:

http://www.marca.com/deportes-invierno/2017/10/30/59f72789ca4741436b8b45ae.html

http://www.europapress.es/deportes/olimpiadas-00169/noticia-eurosport-quiere-espectador-viva-experiencia-unica-retransmisiones-pyenongchang-2018-20171030142828.html

Jonas "Mr. Allsvenskan" Dahlquist returns to sports broadcasting after 15 years with TV4/Canal+/C-More--another one leaving TV4 like Patrick Ekwall and Camille Nordlund. He'll join the Discovery Networks/Eurosport Olympic sportscasting team for this 2018-2020 Olympic cycle. But for much of this year, he took a leave of absence living in Burma (Myanmar) with his family and volunteering with Doctors Without Borders. Portfolio for Pyeongchang 2018 TBD. But very easy to figure he'll definitely do Olympic soccer in Tokyo two years later. Moreover, the Allsvenskan comes to the Discovery Networks starting in 2020 for him to cover:

https://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/profilen-lamnar-c-more-ar-klar-konkurrenten/

Another article, this one from Dagens Media, on Patrick Ekwall's arrival to Eurosport:

https://www.dagensmedia.se/medier/rorligt/patrick-ekwall-till-eurosport-ska-bevaka-os-6852008

ICYMI from this summer, Hakan Loob, hockey legend and the first Swede to score 50 goals in a NHL season in 1987-88, joined Discovery/Eurosport as a member of the ice hockey sportscasting team as the second person on board there. He's been in two Olympics. This is his first as a broadcaster:

https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/a/OVp23/hockeyikonen-ar-os-kanalens-nya-varvning

Next door in Finland, YLE announces once again YLE TV2 will serve as the Finnish Olympic TV channel anchor for the YLE coverage, although TV1 will also show Olympic broadcasts with for example both ceremonies. Let those Olympic fireworks and anticipation for Pyeongchang up to February begin! Together those YLE TV channels with YLE Arena that will include five simultaneous Olympic online channels, they will total over 650 hours for Finland. Coverage starts live in Finland early in the morning with the time difference from Helsinki to Pyeongchang being seven hours, which when YLE's will start and onwards to late afternoon (2am-5pm). Naturally, this is when there's a strong focus on the Finnish performances and the overall Olympic competitions and thus will be monitored daily all throughout, both live and in highlight form. TV2's Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasts will have Inka Henelius, Petra Mainland and Antti-Jussi Sipilä as studio anchors. As Winter Olympic sports specialists on the TV side, Kalle Palanderia (alpine skiing), Sami Jauhojärvi and Jussi Piira (cross-country skiing) offer their expertise with also other renowned top Finnish winter sports names include Laura Lepistö (figure skating), Sanna-Leena Perunka (biathlon) and Virpi Sarasvuo (cross-country skiing) appearing in YLE's Olympic programming during those sports. As we know by now and surely noticed on this thread whenever Finland comes up, YLE will be unable this time to show the men's Olympic hockey including those involving the Lions, Finland's national men's hockey team, as part of the negotiating agreements between YLE as a sublicenser and Eurosport/TV5/Discovery Networks. Those of course are the TV broadcasting property of Discovery-owned TV5 and Eurosport with Eurosport Player online/digital. But the Lions and other men's hockey games will be heard over YLE Speech Radio with analysis provided by Kai Suikkanen there, who will likely make appearances on TV2. The women's Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic hockey tournament, on the other hand, will get televised on TV2 and Areena and that will feature the Vancouver 2010 bronze medalists Finnish women's hockey team (the Lionesses?) with commentary and analysis coming from Saara Niemi and Tuula Puputti. Evenings at 17:45 (5:45) is primarily devoted to TV2's presentation and analysis of the day's ice hockey matches. If there's a scheduling conflict with the women's hockey team and, say, skiing on TV2, the Damland team goes to TV1. For those who want to watch but don't like the Eurosport commentary, go ahead and watch the visuals and listen to the YLE Speech or YLE Vega audio online or on the dial.  

On the YLE radio side of things, Jere Pehkonen, Mari Pekkanen, Marko Miettinen, and Jouko Vuolle will come at Finnish listeners to hear live broadcasts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games as well as present the Olympic news of the day from YLE Speech with further analysis and radio commentary of men's hockey online at Areena with a 215-hour total broadcast amount on YLE Speech and heard, like with TV, early morning to late afternoon. At 6pm evenings from South Korea, this program will look at the top days of the day: the performances, comments and analyzes of the Finns, without examining or forgetting the best stories, exotic Korean culture, or glimpses of the past moments on the scene both on the ground and in Finland. Kristiina Kekäläinen's live sport show comes in front of the studio audience at the Pasila Rally School in Helsinki with also some interesting names from the sports world dropping by. So with YLE it's a total of 865 hours of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic fun:

https://yle.fi/urheilu/3-9910861

In case you're wondering about the YLE's Swedish Olympic coverage, Olympic men's hockey won't be shown there either for Pyeongchang. Neither is any Swedish-language TV coverage on FST5/YLE Fem at all this time. Must be a negotiating thing because ice hockey is one of the attractive anchor events for Swedish sports TV viewers and once it was on TV5 and Eurosport, interest would wane and there wouldn't be anything to center the Swedish TV presentation. But it'll on YLE Swedish-language radio for the first time in 10 years at YLE Vega. Hockey on both YLE Speech and YLE Vega will last all the way to the end with the gold medal game, regardless of how Finland fares in both. Plus and interestingly, Finns won't see as much curling as much as they would like on television on TV1 or TV2 and skiing gets greater priority perhaps because curling lacks a Finnish championship pedigree but has earned a cult following there. But curling gets greater opportunities online at YLE Areena. Swedish summaries arrive on YLE Vega in connection with the news and summarize again, this time more fully, at midnight South Korea time, which is 17:00 or 5pm Finland time. TV2 ends their Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic programming day with a one hour magazine show broadcasting at 18-19 (7-8pm) and 21-22 (9-10pm) with YLE News likely sandwiched in between as the second hour looks forward to the next day of competition in a preview format:

https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2017/11/01/sa-har-bevakar-yle-os-i-pyeongchang-hockeyreferat-pa-svenska-i-radio

A press conference announcing TVNorge's coverage plans and its troops came this morning in Oslo. Discovery, as Kampanje later reveals, will dispatch personnel of 130 (includes journalists, commentators, reporters, and technical staff) to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which is slightly less than what TV2 Norge sent for Sochi at 140. Plans are also forthcoming to build an Olympic evening TV studio back in Oslo, Norway to further boost the TVNorge Olympic staff. TVNorge, Eurosport Norge, Eurosport 1, and Eurosport Player showed off the first of its 53 Olympic Moments bringing up the finest Olympic memories as part of its massive Olympic TV advertising campaign. The video below shows nordic cross country skiing legend Bjorn Daehlie recalling his gold medal-winning performance in Nagano 1998. Skiier Kjeil Andre Aamodt appears in another talking about how he missed in his own home nation:

http://www.kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/discovery-klar-for-vinter-ol--sender-130-personer-til-sor-korea/

Coverage for TVNorge and Eurosport Norway/Eurosport1/Eurosport Player starts live daily 24 hours. But what TVNorge plans to do reminds me of what Mexico's Televisa used to do in infusing comedy into their Olympic programming not long ago because that's what TVNorge aims to do. Or maybe Australia's Roy and HG. Don't worry about that overshadowing the sports on TVNorge because it certainly won't be unlike Televisa. At 16:00 (4pm) local time, Anne Rimmer and Jon Almaas come on as co-anchors for OL-Evening. Then at 20:00 (8pm) some of Norway's best comedians at TVNorge including Espen Eckbo, Lene Kongsvik Johansen, Calle Hellevang-Larsen, and Magnus Devold dish out their own lighter side of the day's competition and offer some entertainment at Oslo's Central Station for one hour called OL-Kveld (OL Evening). On both TVNorge and Eurosport Norge at 16:00 (or 4pm) to 20:00 (8pm) dailly highlights are shown. As for Eurosport Player, all the Olympic disciplines will be shown on that streaming services there free of charge. Remember Ylvis? They have a new show inspired by and parodying Justin Bieber's Norwegian visit. Called "Stories From Norway", it'll get a premiere during the Games. To attract the younger viewers, TVNorge will have non-Olympic TV programming on its Discovery streaming service with hopes of a significant post-Olympics TV viewing bounce like TV 2 Norge did four years ago as it rises like with its sports department. But Discovery feels confident it's up to the massive responsibility:

http://kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/slik-skal-discovery-sjefen-fa-mest-mulig-ut-av-ol-effekten/#cxrecs_s

http://kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/ylvis-tilbake-med-helt-nytt-program--slik-blir-varen-pa-tvnorge/#cxrecs_s

Tomas Northug, Åge Skinstad, Vibeke Skofterud, Jan Christian Bjørn (cross country skiing), medalists with solid TV experience Kjetil André Aamodt, Lasse Kjus and Tom Stiansen along with commentator Håkon Bjercke (alpine skiing), Espen "Shampoo" Knutsen (hockey), coach Anders Bardal and former national team member Kjetil Strandbråten (ski jumping), Ann Kristin Flatland, Morten Hegle Svendsen (Emil's brother), the more unknown Martin Eng, and Asbjørn Myhre (biathlon), Helene Olafsen (snowboarding), Andreas Håtveit (freestyle skiing), former national skater Mikael Flygind Larsen with Arve Birds at the Olympic Ice Skating Hall (figure skating), and Thoralf Hognestad and Lars Vågberg (curling) make up the TVNorge/Eurosport Norge/Eurosport Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics sports commentary teams:  

http://kampanje.com/medier/2017/11/lillebror-northug-blir-tv-ekspert-i-ol/#cxrecs_s

Peter Staub, the SRF's chief director at SRF Sport in Switzerland, says that daily Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic programming will come live on SF2 with 1-15:30 Uhr (1am-3:30pm) CET programming block under the PyeongChan Live banner. It resumes at 20:00 (8pm) with the most important comps in time records and then 10 minutes after the Olympia-Magazine show with all the day's highlights. Look for a similar layout with the French and Italian versions. Jann Billetter could cover ice hockey. Hans Jucker has many sports assignments and may not join the crew this time in Pyeongchang as opposed to Sochi. Some commentators may indeed could just do theirs back in Zurich:     

https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/hallosrf/hallo-srf-chat-mit-srf-sport

Polska Radio Trojka has Tomasz Gorazdowski reporting on the Pyeongchang facilities this morning on the morning show "Welcome to the Trio" at 6:20 and 7:40 Poland time, To The South at 9.20pm, and in the afternoon show Welcome to the Three at 16.20 and 17.10 (4:20pm and 5:10pm):

http://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/trojka-z-pjongczangu-zrelacjonuje-przygotowania-do-io-na-100-dni-przed-rozpoczeciem-imprezy

Because Kanal 2 holds a greater reach throughout Estonia at 98% with operators than Kanal 12 at 92% that since went to pay-TV this summer across the Estonian population, Kanal 2 will maintain the IOC's requirements of Winter Olympics going on FTA TV for Eesti Meedia with 100+ hours (Kanal 2 plans to go 200+). ERR (featuring ETV) and Viasat's TV3 (broadcaster of the figure skating at Sochi 2014 and track and field at Rio 2016) never considered the asking price issued for sublicensing from Discovery and thus balked:

http://sport.delfi.ee/news/varia/muu/kanal-2-vabalevist-kadumine-ei-mojuta-eesti-meedia-olumpiaulekannete-oigusi?id=78638292

LTV7 from Latvia will air the bobsled, luge, and skeleton World Cup season during this Olympic time starting next Thursday afternoon on November 9 from Lake Placid with skeleton and bobsledding. Sports that are popular with many Latvians. Commentary will be provided by Maris Rimmen and Calgary 1988 Olympics champion turned coach Jānis Ķipurs (bobsled) and together with skeleton manager Dainis Dukurs, coach Gintu Dzervis, and Diena newspaper journalist Maris Zembergs. Also it has a series from Sport Studija called Olympic Stories. Already it's at 9 parts with the latest being on snowboarder Tom Petrusevic. An earlier episode was on biathlete Baiba Baldika:

http://ltv.lsm.lv/lv/aktualitates/?id=1321

Wondering about Russia? Well, there hasn't been a lot to cover there because negotiations are still ongoing. But at last check Match! TV is finalizing its negotiations to purchase the Russian broadcasting rights with an announcement coming sometime in the fall. Even if its participation in South Korea continues to be in doubt with all the doping charges and allegations. Schedule can cleared for the Olympics and it may get limited TV space, according to Russian soccer commentator Vasily Utkin. Should the likely deal happens, expect more TV hours and multiple channels. May have indeed backed off since:
http://tass.com/sport/960086

KAZSport currently has since the beginning of September a series called Olympic Dreams on Kazakhstan's Winter Olympians and news on the national teams. Already it's on Grand Prix figure skating with focus pinning its Olympic hopes on Denis Ten and Elizabeth Tursynbayeva as well as showing World Cup stages in short track, speed skating, and freestyle skiing. Negotiations, like with Russia's Match TV, are ongoing but KAZSport TV director Pavel Tsybulin expresses concern about the Pyeongchang 2018 asking broadcast price, saying it's not worth 4x Rio's price:

https://www.sports.kz/news/pavel-tsyibulin-perestante-nas-sravnivat-s-match-tv

Eurosport's 1-minute 100-day countdown promo to celebrate the advent of its ambitious and heavily digital Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage. This one, as it's shown across Europe in various languages and is exactly the same regardless wherever you go with its Korean drumming group spliced with various Sochi 2014 footage and Pyeongchang venues as it's meant to shown all over there, has Italian narration. We'll get the English version very soon:

   

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Pardon the question but any idea or news about OBS? I'm curious to know/watch the official TV idents. I remember we had the Sochi one available 2-3 months before the games. 

Guess they will use the new logo (only the letters OBS) which they've been doing since Rio. 

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10 minutes ago, Ikarus360 said:

Pardon the question but any idea or news about OBS? I'm curious to know/watch the official TV idents. I remember we had the Sochi one available 2-3 months before the games. 

Guess they will use the new logo (only the letters OBS) which they've been doing since Rio. 

Haven't touched on that yet. But we know that's being worked on as we speak. The simple OBS logo I'm sure will appear. I can check tomorrow... 

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Eurosport obviously ushers in a brand new era in Olympic broadcasting with what it has planned in the next several months. Already touching on it, but this one has a more in-depth look. By this new era, this means producing its own footage and no longer employing the cheaper world feed with the "same faces" calling the action English only) across the continent regardless of the language within them. Ambitiously digital. Look for the Eurosport Player in the OTT platform to get involved through a partnership with Amazon Channels in Britain and Germany. There will be as many as 20 streams on Eurosport Player for the Winter Olympics will include practice sessions, shareable video footage, a 55-strong digital and influencer team ready to hit South Korea, and those ghost skiers and being inside that innovative "mixed reality" Eurosport Cube with that augmented reality video and CGs, and it's got Jonathan Edwards as Eurosport's leading English-language studio host. 30 national broadcasters so far across Europe are currently on board, which does involve Discovery-owned terrestrial channels:

http://www.sportspromedia.com/insight/pyeongchang-2018-how-digital-will-define-eurosports-olympic-arrival

Nicolien Sauerbreij won gold in the women's snowboarding parallel in her third Winter Olympics back in Vancouver 2010 and got The Netherlands its 100th gold medal, and is one of only two Dutch women who win outside of long skates (figure skater Sjoukje Dijkstra is the other). Everyone Dutch knows her with that Now she joins the Eurosport Pyeongchang 2018 Dutch contingent of the sportscasting team as of course its resident analyzing snowboarding expert, something she's been doing since 2015, but will also act as "special reporter" there. She already co-hosts the 8-part short doc Boarding To Korea doubling as an expert:

http://www.tv-visie.nl/nieuws/nederland/nicolien-sauerbreij-in-olympische-equipe-eurosport_86112/

Eurosport establishes a strategic partnership with the Polish Olympic Committee that of course heavily includes a television partnership to attract younger viewers under its "We Are One Team" slogan:

http://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/eurosport-oficjalnym-partnerem-telewizyjnym-polskiego-komitetu-olimpijskiego

 

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7200 visual promotional material spots (certainly not limited to TV these days in various platforms), running in various lengths, that the NBC Olympic family of networks plans to show JUST for its Pyeongchang 2018 broadcast. 1700 MORE than for its Sochi 2014 version. No doubt a good deal of these are localized in promoting American Olympians to follow for their local communities they hail from. Starting to wonder though if NBC will unleash some Spanish ones? Like with its Rio 2016 broadcast, expect to see a wide diverse array of promos with a special eye towards attracting the far-from-monolithic millenials with six different "psychographic catergories"--torchbearers, Major League Americans, purists, athletes' followers, those for the highlights, at least that's five of them. Awaiting for the theme song:

http://adage.com/article/media/marketing-winter-olympics-nbc-niche/311088/

Here's a couple such examples that no doubt we'll see more of an onslaught from NBCU. First one taken from Tuscon's KVOA Channel 4 that naturally emphasize the Americans with the stars included hoping to build from Sochi/Vancouver. Second is promoting Lindsay Vonn making a comeback to Olympic glory in Pyeongchang that she was robbed of Sochi after her devastating 2013 injury. The other happens to be a Olympic/Paralympic sizzle reel with numerous sponsors for the NBC networks:

Still don't know much about what the host South Korean TV (and other media) coverage will be like. But we do know that SBS will provide "immerse and interactive sound" with its Olympic broadcasts this February with help from South Korean electronics companies LG and Samsung on their TVs encoded with a MPEG-H auto-decoder built in, meaning those buying a 4K ultra-high definition TV in South Korea have the full range of audio capabilities at their disposal. In other words, if you don't like the annoying announcers' commentary, you can mute that and just listen to the venue audio or even raise that specific audio in depreciating the venue ambiance while being in a noisy environment. An innovative development based from years of Fraunhofer’s lengthy audio coding experience dating back to the late 1990s when MP3 launched with demos in South Korea. But only for now in the Seoul area and too bad that KBS and MBC aren't involved. :( By 2020 plans for global usage through China and Europe with hopefully the US and Canada will join soon:

https://www.sporttechie.com/south-korean-tv-olympics-interactive-audio/

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Here we go sports fans, the first big press release from NBC about their programming from PyeongChang and I very much like what I'm seeing here..

NBCSN, CNBC & USA NETWORK TO CARRY MORE THAN 450 HOURS OF PYEONGCHANG WINTER OLYMPICS COVERAGE

Some of the notables here..

NBCSN offering 368.5 hours of coverage.  That includes 10 days where they will be on 24 hours a day, including 1 stretch they're on 156 straight hours.

NBCSN will be on LIVE during primetime, airing nearly every night of the games.

No MSNBC this time around.  CNBC and USA will combine for 86.5 hours of curling and hockey.

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15 minutes ago, Quaker2001 said:

That includes 10 days where they will be on 24 hours a day, including 1 stretch they're on 156 straight hours.

156 straight hours with the same presenters, I hope !

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28 minutes ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

156 straight hours with the same presenters, I hope !

Yea, that I wouldn't count on.  A lot of it will be re-airs, but still, that's something we've never really seen before from a single network in the US covering the Olympics.  I'll take it.

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And I also think with the re-airs, there will be events that it couldn't cover live the first time because events were going on simultaneously. Also I too wouldn't count on same presenters with NBC Sports Network going morning/daytime, evening, and late night for presenters. Definitely unprecedented for American TV Olympics going 24 hrs. And now also see why NBCSN wouldn't touch the NHL and even Atlantic 10 NCAA men's basketball for much of February. Bit strange MSNBC isn't part of this year, but we all know it'll come back for Tokyo 2020 because obviously there's so much more events to help cover. On the other hand, there's going to be so much (often topsy-turvy and unpredictable) news to break outside of the Winter Olympics anyway.

Plus that also answers the question I had on whether NBC proper will show the pre-Opening Ceremony Olympic events like it did with Sochi showing the highlights from the men's and women's snowboard slopestyle qualification and team figure skating on primetime. But since it was just two events, it was easier to do. But I wish those were on NBCSN in full form. But as I said back then, it was likely a respect act to NBC proper to get everybody to watch initially. Not so much with Pyeongchang 2018 with several more events and lengthier that can't really lend itself to easily fit in the primetime window this time.    

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5 hours ago, rio2016man said:

Love that they're promoting that NBCSN will be live in primetime rather than just focusing on NBC's primetime show

Me too.  I was worried that they'd just put the bare minimum on cable in primetime (i.e. the hockey games).  Also like they're promoting the 24 hour angle.  Even if those are re-airs, good for them to have a presence during the daytime.

39 minutes ago, Durban Sandshark said:

And I also think with the re-airs, there will be events that it couldn't cover live the first time because events were going on simultaneously. Also I too wouldn't count on same presenters with NBC Sports Network going morning/daytime, evening, and late night for presenters. Definitely unprecedented for American TV Olympics going 24 hrs. And now also see why NBCSN wouldn't touch the NHL and even Atlantic 10 NCAA men's basketball for much of February. Bit strange MSNBC isn't part of this year, but we all know it'll come back for Tokyo 2020 because obviously there's so much more events to help cover. On the other hand, there's going to be so much (often topsy-turvy and unpredictable) news to break outside of the Winter Olympics anyway.

Plus that also answers the question I had on whether NBC proper will show the pre-Opening Ceremony Olympic events like it did with Sochi showing the highlights from the men's and women's snowboard slopestyle qualification and team figure skating on primetime. But since it was just two events, it was easier to do. But I wish those were on NBCSN in full form. But as I said back then, it was likely a respect act to NBC proper to get everybody to watch initially. Not so much with Pyeongchang 2018 with several more events and lengthier that can't really lend itself to easily fit in the primetime window this time.    

I would like to hope that will be the case about the re-airs, but I'll merely remain cautiously optimistic until I see otherwise.  Not quite unprecedented for there to be 24 hour a day Olympic coverage, although this will be a first for a Winter Olympics.

And yes, good that we're getting some of the mixed doubles curling.  NBC will have figure skating in primetime the night before the Opening Ceremony (plus there is qualifying in moguls, so that will go somewhere).

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Very nice work by CBC. A good mix of Arirang and the traditional CBC Olympic theme incorporating korean musical instruments. 

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9 hours ago, intoronto said:

Sorry Intoronto, I already beat you to the new CBC Olympic Korean theme. Visit the previous page for the post when I discuss the Korean-inspired CBC/SRC Olympic studio set. Thanks for the separate Soundcloud, though. Is very nice.

21 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

Me too.  I was worried that they'd just put the bare minimum on cable in primetime (i.e. the hockey games).  Also like they're promoting the 24 hour angle.  Even if those are re-airs, good for them to have a presence during the daytime.

I would like to hope that will be the case about the re-airs, but I'll merely remain cautiously optimistic until I see otherwise.  Not quite unprecedented for there to be 24 hour a day Olympic coverage, although this will be a first for a Winter Olympics.

And yes, good that we're getting some of the mixed doubles curling.  NBC will have figure skating in primetime the night before the Opening Ceremony (plus there is qualifying in moguls, so that will go somewhere).

I too will take a grain of salt on this until we all see the confirmed TV schedule regarding the re-airs with a strong daytime presence. But it's something I hope to see as well. For one thing, it can devote a couple of hours towards the previous day's highlights for American fans waking up in the morning to keep abreast of what happened. 24 hours is no doubt an American Winter Olympics TV first and good to see. But will we see the fuller version of both the figure skating and snowboarding on NBC Sports Network before it reaches NBC primetime? Figure skating without a doubt is a glamour Winter Olympics event that will attract many. Freestyle skiing, like snowboarding, is very popular in the winter sports realm and quick to show within a TV programming time frame. Sure we can see those online, but there's a increasingly shrinking amount of people who lack constant online access of their own to devote to that. 

Going to Poland here, in the midst of the Olympic-year World Cup ski jumping competition season opening in Wisła and Zakopane, Poland next weekend shown on TVP1, TVP Sport (live training), and Eurosport 1, TVP journalist Justyna Szubert-Kotomska will host "Halo, Here Pjongczang" a preview that brings closer the host city of upcoming games next Sunday on TVP1. As for its Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasting plans, TVP will have them shared on channels TVP1, TVP2, and online/mobile at sport.tvp.pl with the Polish broadcaster focusing mainly on the White-Reds (referring to the two Polish national flag colors of course), especially on ski jumping, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and Justyna Kowalczyk. First Winter Olympic TV broadcast from Pyeongchang will take place on February 8th, the day before the opening ceremony, when the jumpers aptly qualifying for the normal hill competition, as the sport is very popular in Poland. Eurosport 1 Poland will premiere the special Kamil Stoch: My Story documentary on Thursday 16 November at 18:30 (6:30pm Poland time) in Eurosport 1 and later repeated several times later during its portion of the ski jumping season:

http://skijumping.pl/wiadomosci/23753/Puchar-Swiata-20172018-na-antenach-TVP-i-Eurosportu/

With this, TVP Poland will send a team of 35 people to Pyeongchang to cover the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics there that includes commentators Włodzimierz Szaranowicz, Przemysław Babiarz, and Sebastian Szczęsny (ski jumping);  Dariusz Szpakowski, Jacek Laskowski, and Mariusz Czerkawski (hockey); Jarosław Idzi (cross-country skiing), Piotr Dębowski (speed skating), Piotr Sobczyński (figure skating), seven roving TVP reporters, and publishers, producers, editors, and operators that total 19 from that last collective. Eurosport Polska meanwhile will send a 26-member team whose lineup has yet to be announced with an additional 60 people back in Warsaw involved in the project:

http://www.press.pl/tresc/50787,tvp-wysle-do-pjongczangu-35-osob_-a-eurosport---26

Polskie Radio will send again a team of just 8 people to Pyeongchang to cover this Winter Olympic project just like it did with Sochi. Personnel is fronted by Polish Radio chief executive Cezary Gurjew. Apart from him the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games are reported by Sylwia Urban (deputy head of sports editor), Tadeusz Kwaśniak (Radio Kraków), Marek Solecki (Radio Kraków), Krzysztof Klepczyński (Radio Katowice), Michał Gąsiorowski (radio Trójka) and Tomasz Gorazdowski (radio Trójka) with the eighth person will be an unnamed technician:

http://www.press.pl/tresc/50753,polskie-radio-wysle-osiem-osob-do-obslugi-zimowych-igrzysk-olimpijskich

SKY Sports NZ presents the 9 young athletes representing New Zealand in Pyeongchang 2018 for us to meet:

https://www.sky.co.nz/-/nzwo_17_ceremony_web

Estonia's Postimees newspaper's online 2018 Winter Olympic subsection. Currently running a contest where fans vote for their favorite past Winter Olympic moment, not limited to Estonian ones. Had I read this right, the moments will be counted down on a TV2 Winter Olympic special airing on December 27:

https://om2018.postimees.ee/

We can certainly expect Paul Cubera, formerly of the 15 minutes portal and newly-promoted sports news director for Lithuania's TV3, to make a strong appearance for that TV channel's coverage of Pyeongchang 2018 with TV6. As it typically happens for head directors. Though what exactly he'll do remains to be seen. Maybe top studio anchor and host both ceremonies:

https://www.15min.lt/vardai/naujiena/lietuva/zurnalistas-paulius-cubera-tapo-tv-sporto-ziniu-vedeju-1050-873472

 

 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Durban Sandshark said:

I too will take a grain of salt on this until we all see the confirmed TV schedule regarding the re-airs with a strong daytime presence. But it's something I hope to see as well. For one thing, it can devote a couple of hours towards the previous day's highlights for American fans waking up in the morning to keep abreast of what happened. 24 hours is no doubt an American Winter Olympics TV first and good to see. But will we see the fuller version of both the figure skating and snowboarding on NBC Sports Network before it reaches NBC primetime? Figure skating without a doubt is a glamour Winter Olympics event that will attract many. Freestyle skiing, like snowboarding, is very popular in the winter sports realm and quick to show within a TV programming time frame. Sure we can see those online, but there's a increasingly shrinking amount of people who lack constant online access of their own to devote to that.

Events in Korea will go up until 9:30am ET most days, so when people are waking up, there is still competition going on.  And no, we will not see figure skating and snowboarding on NBCSN before NBC primetime because those events will be going on live during NBC primetime.  And remember that show will now be live to both coasts and no longer delayed 3 hours to the West coast.  So that won't be a consideration this time around like it was with Sochi.

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On 11/11/2017 at 2:36 PM, Ikarus360 said:

Like in Rio, P&G is releasing ads for the Winter Olympics

 

The majority of consumers for P&G's top segments are women, moms to be exact. Plus, statistics show that more women watch the Olympics than men

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OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA TO PRESENT 24/7 HIGHLIGHTS, NEWS, FEATURES & MORE DURING PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS

Pretty much what we were expecting.  Highlights provided by Olympic Channel News, a daily studio show hosted by Jimmy Roberts, and probably the coolest part.. LIVE coverage from the of the medal ceremonies each night.

Definitely a nice addition to the lineup for NBCU

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