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Wow, wasn't sure we'd ever see this headline.. NBC's 2018 prime-time Olympics coverage will air live on the West Coast My reaction to this..

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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 star

Greece's ERT and Discovery Communications/Eurosport struck an agreement for the 2018-2020 Olympic cycle that allows a long-term partnership which grants Greek state broadcaster ERT acquiring exclusive linear and non-linear broadcasting on its terrestrial channels, radio rights, digital transmission content Games rights for on-demand through its hybrid platform now available since December 4th, and snapshot broadcast rights for its news broadcasts and news presentations on TV, radio, and online that will insure the long standing tradition of the public broadcaster transmitting major sports events free and in HD. For the first time starting with this, Greek fans can watch the Olympics on multiple screens -TV, PC, tablets, and mobile:

http://press.ert.gr/2017/12/07/στην-ερτ-τα-δικαιωματα-μεταδοσησ-των-ο/

Discovery Networks Sweden CEO Henriette Zeuchner says it will send a star-studded staff of 120 people to Pyeongchang under OS-General Emir Osmanbegovic this February:

https://www.dagensmedia.se/medier/rorligt/sa-gar-tv-husen-i-ar-6887963#conversion-751415718

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The Pyeongchang 2018 organizers schedule the skiing events--cross country skiing, aerials/moguls, biathlon, and skiing onto the evening hours in South Korea to appease the European TV rights holders' wishes like Eurosport and its sister channels during the European daytime hours like lunchtime but usually earlier in morning for Norwegians. As a reminder, TVNorge will have the Norwegian medal moments and largely all medal moments:

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=no&u=https://www.aftenposten.no/100Sport/mesterskap/Sendeskjemaet-er-klart-Slik-blir-vinter-OL-pa-TVNorge-242298b.html&prev=search

 

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BREAKING NEWS SEVERAL HOURS AGO: Russia's Channel One (Perviy Kanal) will telecast the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics after all despite initially saying it won't even think about it now with today's announcement Olympic Athletes From Russia will participate in Pyeongchang following the Russian Olympic Committee ban last week. Though we still don't know fully how Channel 1 will conduct its coverage plans. Will it just focus solely on OAR-involved events (which we know it will do) and come in at select events during the day and not in marathon form like with Rio 2016? How many hours this time? In previous Olympic like with Channel One's previous incarnations since the Soviet breakup, it has historically not been known to go full throttle with the Olympics except for Sochi 2014:  

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russias-channel-one-will-broadcast-olympics-despite-russia-ban-59917

Press conference in Berlin happened today for ZDF and ARD to announce their Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic coverage plans to continue on its Olympic broadcasting streak as "Official Olympic Broadcasters". ZDF and ARD will show a combined 230 hours from Pyeongchang that will present many of the sports save for snowboard, short track, and figure skating which are Eurosport exclusives. Ice hockey will only appear for the final outside of Germany games. The two channels will have a combined 3 Livestreams between them with ZDF utilizing virtual reality and a smartphone Live Ticker and WhatsApp as both cut down their staff to 330 but will produce reports and Olympic-themed documentaries like about the two Koreas and doping. ARD will show the Opening Ceremony with ZDF doing the Closing Ceremony:

https://www.wr.de/kultur/fernsehen/olympia-wie-sich-ard-und-zdf-von-eurosport-absetzen-wollen-id212821835.html

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/medien/winterspiele-in-pyeongchang-ard-und-zdf-proben-olympische-einheit/20702638.html

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/sport/olympische-winterspiele/winterspiele-so-planen-ard-und-zdf-bei-olympia-2018-15337416.html

Marco Schreyl will co-host a daily live 1-hour post-Olympic show on Eurosport with Julia Kleine as co-host with music, comedy, highlights, guests, games, talk, and news 20.15-22.15 called „Zwanzig18 – Die Olympia Show“ from Munich that will be simulcast on TLC during Pyeongchang 2018. It will serve as the only German TV outlet for highlights programming for Pyeongchang 2018 now that ZDF and ARD won't do it this time perhaps as per negotiation agreements:

http://sportbild.bild.de/wintersport/2017/wintersport/marco-schreyl-moderator-eurosport-olympia-pyeongchang-54164924.sport.html

Further details emerge from Finland's TV5 Olympic plans that's largely hockey there. At 20-21 Finland time on TV5, a hockey studio show will come on during Pyeongchang 2018 with hosts Minna Korkka and Juhani Henriksson with TV5 presenting all Finnish matches and other games on the men's Olympic program. Eurosport Player presents all matches in the tournament on a Finnish report. Matches are also shown on Eurosport 2. TV5's Olympic News Broadcasts will be a 4-hour set. Oskari Saari explains all the Finnish events and some other major stories as anchor with Kimmo Timonen as the reporter. The second pair of reporters in the South Korean slots are JP Jalo and Antti Törmänen.

In addition, Julius Vauhkonen, a member of Tuomas Grönman, got announced as an additional part of the TV5 hockey matches. Vauhkonen is also involved in the key women's matches where Saija Tarkkia is consulted as an expert. Julius Vauhkonen also will explain the Swedish men's games in Swedish. Studio Five host Juhani Henriksson formerly played game events with Teemu Selänne, Tuomas Grönman and Alpo Suhonen will be in Pyeongchang. In South Korea, Minna Korkalla has Antti Törmänen as her studio expert in Finnish games and later ones with (an unannounced) another expert. Juha Valvio conveys the mood at the hockey rink. TV5 and Eurosport hockey providers will provide the humour supplied by Kaj Kunnas and Sebastian Waheeb. Jethro Rostedt is the on-the-spot reporter:

https://www.uusisuomi.fi/urheilu/234038-kaj-kunnas-ja-teemu-selanne-olympiakisojen-tv-kasvoina

Eurosport proudly presents its new Olympic website (at least in the British version here):  

http://www.eurosport.com/olympics/pyeongchang/2018/introducing-our-new-olympic-site_sto6441380/story.shtml

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/olympics/

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RAI finally strikes an agreement with Discovery to act as the designated Italian free-to-air TV and radio broadcaster as the state broadcaster returns to the Winter Olympics for the first time in 8 years since Vancouver. Looked as though it won't get them. RAI will be expected to air the 100-hour Winter Olympics TV minimum, which will largely focus live on Team Italia/Team Azzurri. On the Eurosport Italia side, live Olympic sports coverage comes at 1:30am and ends at the beginning of the afternoon with many interviews, insights, stories of the day and direct links from the competition venues. In addition there will be a cast of commentators and experts enriched and headed by the voices of Karen Putzer and Alfredo Traudati. Eurosport Italia is available on Sky channels 210 and 211 and on Mediaset Premium 372 and 373.

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.calcioefinanza.it/2017/12/14/rai-acquista-diritti-tv-olimpiadi-2018/&prev=search

http://www.dday.it/redazione/25104/le-olimpiadi-invernali-2018-tornano-in-chiaro-sulla-rai

Seven Network Australia and Optus strike a partnership agreement for a data-free app for streaming of the Winter Olympics along with other 7-broadcast events during the Australian summer and fall like the upcoming Australia Open and the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. For Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Aussie fans can watch up to seven events at once with 7 streams on the Olympics on 7 app through 7Plus. Apps now available today on Apple and Google!

https://www.itwire.com/telecoms-and-nbn/81208-optus-offers-data-free-sports-from-seven-network-2018-aussie-open,-olympics-and-comm-games.html

Ukrainian government funds the national broadcast of Pyeongchang 2018 provided by the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting in 2017 on the state budget:

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=uk&u=http://comin.kmu.gov.ua/control/uk/publish/article%3Fart_id%3D138730%26cat_id%3D132470&prev=search

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For those living in Spain, the channel DMAX (formerly Discovery Max) will be showing all of Pyeongchang 2018, including the whole ceremonies. They will do special focus on the athletes from the Spanish delegation during the games.

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https://www.vanitatis.elconfidencial.com/television/2017-12-19/dmax-emitira-juegos-olimpicos-invierno-pyeongchang_1495435/

http://www.mundodeportivo.com/deportes-invierno/20171219/433761327565/dmax-emitira-en-abierto-los-juegos-de-pyeongchang.html

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Adding onto from what Ikarus says from those links DMAX focusing on the Spanish Olympic Team in Pyeongchang will be 100 hours there, somewhere between 6-7 live hours daily. Eurosport 1 in Spain will act as "the best of the best" in Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic TV programming, Eurosport 2 centers on ice hockey, and Eurosport Player of course featuring everything and more. 

Knoxville native Chris Blue performs the song "Humanity" with an accompanying special video honoring the Winter Olympics and its Olympians last night on The Voice on NBC, where he's the Season 12 winner and will return tonight:

http://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/chris-blue-video-honors-2018-winter-olympics/51-500521713

France Televisions--through mainly France 2, France 3, and sometimes France 4--assures the French TV broadcast of Pyeongchang 2018 will be shown nearly 24 hours a day live regardless of the channels. Much of the scheduled events are to be shown in the middle of the night Paris time with live coverage coming at 1am and keep going until late afternoon, reflecting the power of NBC wishing to air scheduled events live during the American primetime. Nothing here new than what's previously mentioned  

https://www.ouest-france.fr/jeux-olympiques/jo-2018-une-diffusion-quasiment-24h-sur-24-sur-france-televisions-5446964

ORF's Sanda Aigner was on hand reporting at last week's Task Force Winter Olympics 2018 press conference with Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka, Minister Mag. Werner Brandstetter (BMEIA), Mag. Hans Peter Trost (President Sports Media Austria), President BM aD at the Ministry of the Interior in Vienna Maria Rauch-Kallat (Austrian Paralympic Committee) and Secretary-General Peter Mennel (ÖOC) on December 12:

https://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20171211_OTS0129/orf-sport-mit-den-ersten-semifinal-spielen-beim-fifa-club-world-cup-vereinigte-arabische-emirate-2017

The SRG group will produce more than 1000 hours including previews, interviews, insights, analyzes and studio programs on TV, online/mobile, and radio combined for the German, French, Italian, and Romanish contingents that includes 6 streaming channels (3 of them live competitions that aren't part of the television programming itinerary on SF, TSR, and TSI that will cover the diverse wishes of contemporary Swiss Olympic fans) with commentary in those four languages. Like with much of European nations, Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic live competition programming will begin early in morning onwards to the late afternoon. 160 employees will be involved in both Pyeongchang and back home, if I got that right. Yes the (6 sq. m and windowless) ordered room details. House of Switzerland will act as the primary studio venue for the SRG group which is "sustainable" and almost exactly the same studio back in Rio De Janeiro, where they hope many Swiss medalists will stop by right after the medal ceremonies, All told by Sven Sarbach: 

https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/sport/keine-angst-vor-den-hitzkoepfen-olympia-macher-der-srg-sorgen-sich-wegen-nordkorea-131981471

Speaking of Switzerland. If you happen to be in Switzerland and wish to take part in even just a small slice of the Pyeongchang 2018 action, why not just visit the Zurich/Giesserei Oerlikon area and scoop up some free tickets to be part of the studio audience for Schweizer Fernsehen's upcoming daily late night show from February 9-24 in a studio that will resemble like a Korean street restaurant airing from 19:00 and see Swiss Olympic legends and celebs like Vreni Schneider, Walter Steiner, Sonny Schönbächler, Christa Rigozzi, Fabian Unteregger, and Hausi Leutenegger and other entertainment?

https://www.srf.ch/sport/pyeongchang/tickets-fuer-die-olympia-talk-show

That innovative MPEG-H audio codec SBS, KBS, and MBC were planning to use for Pyeongchang 2018 as its major sports broadcasting rollout with ATSC 3.0? Unfortunately that won't be used and all three will forgo that for instead the more conventional 5.1 stereo audio because of the major labor fall strike affecting KBS and MBC. MPEG-H is still part of South Korean sports TV broadcasting future eyeing now the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia:

https://www.sportsvideo.org/2017/12/19/korean-broadcasts-of-the-winter-olympics-will-be-in-stereo-and-5-1-thanks-to-labor-disruptions/

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Will be brief here since I'm very busy at this time and likely won't get back intensely until a few days after Christmas at least. But Jessica Almenas and Anja Parson will co-host the Swedish version to the daily evening post-competition studio show with the usual ingredients of sports highlights, guests, reports and entertainment on Kanal 5 called "OS night with Jessica and Anja". A press conference will announce this on January 9 in Stockholm. Jonas Karlsson will serve as daytime studio host for Discovery Networks Sweden's Kanal 5:

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/discovery-networks-sweden-ab/pressreleases/stjaernduon-leder-os-show-varje-kvaell-i-kanal-5-2344433

https://www.dagensmedia.se/medier/rorligt/har-ar-toppduon-som-leder-os-6890489

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On 12/22/2017 at 4:28 AM, BigVic said:

Promo from 7 Australia who will be showing their first Winter Olympics since Torino 2006. Sochi was on Ten while Vancouver was on Nine 

Too bad I'm not able to see this here statesside. Surely, it's well-produced and executed.

The Olympic Channel will be present in Pyeongchang in the first Games on-location during them since going on-air after Rio's CC. But it can't go live there and instead will offer the backstories as a rights-holders deference "beyond the snow and ice". Setting a template for Tokyo 2020:

http://aroundtherings.com/site/A__62415/Title__ATR-Golden-25---PyeongChang-2018-Organization-/292/Articles#2

It is widely expected that RAI's channels will be RAI 2 (RAI Dua), as it traditionally does, and RAISport+ that will cover Pyeongchang 2018 as the Italian sublicenser to Discovery/Eurosport. All that's missing is the official announcement that will occur very soon.  

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1 hour ago, daniel anderson400 said:

I see that NBC will air some NHL games- i guess that's when nothing is happening-on Sundays. Was thinking that might happen.

Did you really think it was going to happen?  Or is that hindsight talking?  Because 24 hours ago, NBC had no plans to air any NHL games during the Olympics.  And it's been known for a few weeks now that NBC's weekend afternoon Olympic coverage isn't starting until 3pm.  Obviously not by accident this gets announced on the day of the Winter Classic, but if I had asked you this yesterday, I'm wondering if you would have said you thought this might happen.

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Was typing this up and ready to submit this while Quaker2001 posted his. But anyway with my bit...NBC Olympics just unveiled it will have 13 studios for its Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage (including 5 back in Stamford, Connecticut), anchored by its 3500 square foot state-of-the-art geodesic dome studio at the IBC with designs like it was carved out in the mountainside and a 1000 square foot winter lodge set with windows overlooking the ski jumping venue at Alpensia Ski Resort and the panoramic views of the Taebaek Mountains. NBCSN's studios will start the network's coverage days with NBCSN’s coverage each day will originate from the network’s studio in the Gangneung Coastal Cluster at Olympic Park as the home of ice hockey, speed skating, curling, and figure skating that even contain its own ice rink. All designed by award-winner Bryan Higgason:

https://www.sportsvideo.org/2018/01/03/pyeongchang-2018-nbc-olympics-pulls-back-curtain-on-studio-designs-in-korea/

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/nbcuniversal-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-studio-1202652071/

http://www.newscaststudio.com/2018/01/03/nbc-olympics-pyeongchang-preview/

Catch up with the 2018 US Olympic Speed Skating Trials in Milwaukee currently underway since yesterday at the Petit National Ice Center on NBCOlympics.com and later on NBCSN:

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/how-watch-us-olympic-speed-skating-trials

And Bode Miller's doing double duty in Pyeongchang by hopping into the Eurosport Cube with Sven Hammerwald, Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Karen Putzer, Hakan Loob, Martin Schmitt, and Anders Bardal: 

https://www.eurosport.com/olympics/pyeongchang/2018/bode-miller-joins-eurosport-for-winter-olympics_sto6461410/story.shtml

Just today, PBC/UA: First National Television of Ukraine signs an agreement with Discovery to act as sublicenser for Pyeongchang 2018 on Ukrainian TV with plans for HD and SD with simulcasting on its website. General overview is UA:First will broadcast the important portions and final stages of the main competitions, and those viewers wanting to follow each competition in full will have access to Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, and more than 4000 hours of broadcasting in Eurosport Player:

http://open4business.com.ua/pbc-signs-agreement-on-broadcasting-of-2018-winter-olympics-2020-summer-olympics-in-ukraine/

Norwegian YouTube stars Preben "Prebz" Fjell & Dennis Vareide join Amalie Olsen in providing their own spin on the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics to help engage young Norwegians into the Games and more into social media realm for TVNorge and its Eurosport sister channels there:

http://kampanje.com/medier/2018/01/prebz-og-dennis-inntar-discoverys-ol-lag/

Vodafone Spain makes the Eurosport channels, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, available on Vodafone TV channels 250 and 251, respectively, for Spanish and Portuguese Olympic fans:

http://www.cineytele.com/2017/12/22/la-cobertura-de-eurosport-para-los-jj-oo-de-invierno-estara-disponible-en-vodafone/

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Just think about it: over 25 years ago back in Albertville, France in 1992 (doesn't seem so long ago really) the CBC showed the Winter Olympics in just over 200 hours worth of cover on just one channel--and no French coverage yet on Radio-Canada Television--to beam into Canadian households that it paid the IOC C$5 million for with Don Peppin in charge of what sports got televised. Now so much technological changes and newer devices occurred since then that the viewers hold greater democracy in they see on the Olympics. Perhaps the most important things as far as Pyeongchang 2018 goes with the CBC (including its English sports partners TSN and Rogers SportsNet) and SRC with the RDS channels here with coverage is over 871 hours and 559 hours, respectively, will be aired in Canada with an additional 2500 hours streamed to computers, tablets, and smartphones, meaning virtually every moment of the Games will be available to watch for Canadians (don't know yet how many channels exactly nor the undisclosed price the CBC paid to the IOC for up to 2024). But we're still waiting for Canada to have second CBC and SRC TV channels. We also now know that Petro-Canada, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Toyota, and Nature's Bounty Vitamins are the CBC's Olympic broadcasting partners. 

Since this is about Olympic media consumption changes or evolution, it's important to note that convention television remains around the world the main driving engine for Olympic viewers though over time that'll surely change as Olympic broadcasters worldwide must look to experiment with newer viewing platforms and changes to showcase them with the IOC rights fees continues upwards with the digital products. Plus, University of Alabama's Sports Communications program director Andrew Billings plans to track Olympic viewership habits on the digital platforms during Pyeongchang 2018 in six different nations including Canada thanks to a IOC grant:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/olympics-broadcast-changes-1.4462116

You can pretty much discover exactly what's planned to be shown on Austria's ORF1 and ORF Sport+ during its coverage of Pyeongchang 2018 with this advertising business and rates press kit guide starting with its Team Austria Olympic farewell party on ORF1 in Vienna on January 24 from 18-19:15 as part of Olympia LIVE to entice early bird companies. ORF Sport + will come on in a daily 8-hour block live from 8-16:00 that includes a Opening Ceremony simulcast. Neither will show the mixed doubles curling and men's NH ski jumping qualification on February 8 because, well, Austria's not a power and will not have anyone qualified there. In any case, prospective sponsors can select where to place their visual ad spots even online and on ORF-Thek not just on lengthy commercial breaks and there will be plenty of skiing there on ORF1. Its daily blocks usually can go 16-18 hours beginning and ending with the studio show. Will analyze more next week:

https://enterprise.orf.at/fileadmin/data/09_landingpages/e-mailings/Olympia_2018/ORF_E_OFFER_OLYMPIA_2018_EN.pdf

https://enterprise.orf.at/the-xxiii-winter-olympic-games-pyeongchang-2018/

Seoul-born Emmy-winner Washington morning news anchor for WRC-TV NBC Eun Yang heads back home to South Korea for Pyeongchang 2018 to report on the Games for the DMV. Maybe she can conduct a story on her home and visiting her family there:

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/01/05/2018010500980.html

The Olympic Channel presents an exclusive 7-part all-360 VR mini-series with 9 athletes profiles entitled Trending Gold starting yesterday with the Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team (Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga) kicking things off in the mini-series in the first two episodes, showcasing their growing support and enthusiasm in Nigeria before heading to Calgary for quality track time. Snowboarders Jamie Anderson (USA) and Max Parrot (Canada), alpine skiers Luca Aerni and Ilka Stuhec (Slovenia) and short track speed skaters Ye Jin Kim and Dae Heon Hwang (South Korea) appear in future episodes. During the Games the Olympic Channel will continue on with athlete content and Olympic-related content (in the case of the American version it will have programming like news, Meet The Olympic Press. Afterwards of these Games, it will be allowed to show highlights and full event replays:

http://aroundtherings.com/site/A__62440/Title__Olympic-Channel-Embraces-Virtual-Reality/292/Articles

http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/olympic-channel-debuts-original-vr-series-trending-gold/282497

NOS in the Netherlands aired the Dutch Olympic Speed Skating Qualification Tournament from Heerenveen, Netherlands that of course determined who got to wear the oranje and navy in speed skating over in Pyeongchang this February from December 26-30 on NOS TV's Nederland 1 with an extended NOS Studio Sport, nos.nl, and NPO Radio 1's NOS Along The Line (Langs de Lijn):

https://www.maxvandaag.nl/sessies/themas/gezondheid-sport/de-kwalificaties-voor-de-olympische-winterspelen-2018-zijn-begonnen/

Did we mention about the 2018 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships going on at San Jose's SAP Center since Wednesday that NBC Sports is broadcasting right now for 20 hours worth?

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/NBC-Sports-Presents-Over-20-Hours-of-2018-PRUDENTIAL-US-FIGURE-SKATING-CHAMPIONSHIPS-Live-20180102

What to expect from Claro Sports and Marca newspaper on the digital side of things throughout Latin America with their Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage? Six different channels on their portal, a mobile app that will include VR, and a robust social media with the usual hordes of interviews, news, photo galleries, videos and the medal table that will make it more complete than ever:

http://www.marca.com/claro-mx/otros-deportes/2018/01/02/5a4baf9c22601d143f8b45bd.html

Don't be shocked if NBC strikes TV advertising and music publishing package deals with companies and songs for both the Super Bowl and the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics since both will air on NBC roughly during the same week:

http://variety.com/2018/music/news/super-bowl-lii-ads-songs-music-business-1202652975/

 

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Well, there's going to be one less familiar US Winter Olympic face for NBC Olympics to promote for its upcoming massive Pyeongchang 2018 coverage: Ashley Wagner from Alexandria, Virginia failed to finish in the top three at the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships last night at the women's free skate over some controversial judging. Looks like her Olympic career is ingloriously and disappointingly over. Eun Yang won't get to report on Wagner there for the local DMV region...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/01/06/2014-olympian-ashley-wagner-fails-to-make-u-s-figure-skating-team-after-controversial-judging-ends-her-hopes-of-winter-olympics/?utm_term=.1ed19e372c03

CBC Olympic Overnight co-hosts Craig McMorris and Kelly Van Der Beek are in Kelowna, British Columbia for a Team Canada Send-Off Party at Kelowna's Big White Ski Resort that will air this afternoon on the CBC at 2pm CT. Also it's airing the 2018 Canad Inns Canadian Curling Mixed Doubles Trials in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, which is now in semifinal mode at this writing.

Just to remind you in regards to UA:PBC/First National Network, the amount of Winter Olympic TV hours will be at least the required 100 free-to-air hours there that will be pro-Ukrainian with the athletes and deal with the latter stages of major competitions while Eurosport channels at least 900 hours in Ukranian:

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1059818/pyeongchang-2018-and-tokyo-2020-to-be-broadcast-on-free-to-air-television-in-ukraine

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Westwood One Sports at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

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Westwood One’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics will feature the following announcers:

Longform Hosts: Laura Okmin and Jason Horowitz
Opening/Closing Ceremonies: Patrick Kinas and David Wallechinsky
Hockey: Ralph Strangis and Colby Cohen, Tim Murray (host)
Figure Skating: Patrick Kinas and Paul Wylie (1992 Silver Medalist)
Speed Skating: Alex Perlman and Dan Jansen (1994 Gold Medalist)
Short Track Speed Skating: Patrick Kinas
Alpine Skiing: Ryan Radtke and Doug Lewis (two-time Olympian)
Bobsleigh/Luge: Ryan Radtke

Noted Olympic historian David Wallechinsky will also contribute daily to Westwood One’s
coverage of the Winter Olympics, as will roving reporters Tim Murray and Greg Mescall.

 

 

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18 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

Westwood One Sports at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Westwood One’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics will feature the following announcers:

Longform Hosts: Laura Okmin and Jason Horowitz
Opening/Closing Ceremonies: Patrick Kinas and David Wallechinsky
Hockey: Ralph Strangis and Colby Cohen, Tim Murray (host)
Figure Skating: Patrick Kinas and Paul Wylie (1992 Silver Medalist)
Speed Skating: Alex Perlman and Dan Jansen (1994 Gold Medalist)
Short Track Speed Skating: Patrick Kinas
Alpine Skiing: Ryan Radtke and Doug Lewis (two-time Olympian)
Bobsleigh/Luge: Ryan Radtke

Noted Olympic historian David Wallechinsky will also contribute daily to Westwood One’s
coverage of the Winter Olympics, as will roving reporters Tim Murray and Greg Mescall.

 

Was wondering about Westwood One Sports' upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games coverage plans. Funnily enough, there's a radio promo currently playing right now during Westwood One Sports' NFL games like with the postseason. Only one promo that can, synergy-wise, can easily be on NBC if it was shown on TV. "Only one event unites the world", that familiar NBC Olympic narrator starts (though that's debatable considering something like the World Cup going on of course in Russia later on that year). the narration is interspersed with sound bites of golden victories from US Winter Olympians Shaun White, Lindsay Vonn, and Mikaela Schifferin from the past three Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Torino, and Sochi.

Now here comes the disappointing part: once again, judging from the schedule, Westwood One Sports continues that same structure where it doesn't even bother going full throttle in many of the events save for Team USA men's and women's ice hockey games with just daily 2-hour Olympic Roundup. Why couldn't it just get involved with SiriusXM Radio with a radio deal to offer and present full events of various Winter Olympic sports under a couple of channels instead of seemingly speaking when the Americans are involved just for radio clips?     

A really excellent and extensive Sports Pro Media article about the behind-the-scenes goings-on with the Madrid-based OBS (has production studios with 5 voiceover booths, a fully rigged live studio, and 24-hr live production team gathering worldwide feeds) and of the Olympic Channel with a Yiannis Exarchos interview at SportsPro OTT Summitt with the ever-evolving and rapidly digital Olympic consumption appreciates as traditional Olympic media consumption declines in some markets. Does discuss about NBC stepping out of its traditional conservatism when it comes to Olympic programming starting with Pyeongchang and the ambitions of Eurosport. But that's not the major focus here, though important, and deals with future Olympic Channel plans. As for Pyeongchang 2018, the number of OBS staff continues to swell up to the thousands from the original 240 in December. SportsProMedia says (and with the inclusion of a brand-news camera service innovation known as Content+):

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OBS estimates around 4,000 hours will be broadcast in total from PyeongChang, including over 860 hours of live sport and at least 39 hours just of live training coverage. Multi-clip feeds will be created for 11 disciplines, with TV partners getting access to 425 hours of content there.

“One major innovation that we have introduced beyond what we’ve done in the past in PyeongChang is a service that we call Content+,” Exarchos reveals, “which is actually an aggregation of primarily short-form content that can work better, especially on social media. We believe that this will facilitate broadcasters to distribute the Games better through their social media handles. And it’s not just the traditional coverage that we put there in shorter form. It’s primarily content designed to work well in social media: so more behind the scenes, athletes preparing, individual stories; things that you don’t usually see in the traditional coverage.”

Content+, which will be a source of animations, maps and analytics as well as ready-to-air video, is an indication of an ongoing shift in Olympic programming strategy. It is one shadowed by the movement’s biggest broadcast partners. 

http://www.sportspromedia.com/magazine_features/channelling-spirit-the-ott-olympics

An amusing Olympic promo here from France Televisions with help from ad agency Publicis Counseil. Because of the 8-hour time difference between France and Pyeongchang, South Korea that will cause FranceTV Sport's live presentation of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics to get shown starting late at night, it humourizes this in everyone involved back in South Korea trying not to wake people up back in France while competing or celebrating during its 300-hour coverage on France 2, France 3, France 4, and France O like it's out on the golf links: 

FranceTV Sport's Jeux Olympiques 2018 Pyeongchang press kit that announces the sportscasting teams, TV schedule of sorts, the OC presenting duo team of Alexandre Boyon and Patrick Montel:

http://www.francetvpro.fr/sport/dossiers-de-presse/10627542

RTVS Slovakia will broadcast all of the Winter Olympic sports this time for Pyeongchang 2018 unlike last time when Marizka TV exclusively transmitted the hockey tournaments from Sochi 2014 to the tune of 2.148 million euros RTVS paid with the Tokyo fee included from Discovery. Nova Sports had the Sochi 2014/Rio 2016 pay-TV Olympic transmission rights for both the Czech Republic and Slovakia during that Olympic cycle that they bought from Sportfive. If I got things right, RTVS will go a 23-hour schedule daily in its coverage and will have 4 Internet streams:

https://www.aktuality.sk/clanok/549518/olympiada-za-dverami-rtvs-chysta-desiatky-hokejovych-duelov/

 

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