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Olympics TV Coverage
#1
I know they sold out to Discovery+ so the BBC is limited to what they can show... but its still bloody awful.

Up to 2012 the coverage was always superb.

Rio was pretty shit. They seem to have got obsessed with only showing the British competitor then cutting away to another sport before that event ends. But at least there were a lot of channels you could flick through.

Now there's only 2 channels and one seems to be focused on Clare Blading sat on an IKEA furniture project gone wrong endlessly waffling about our TeamGB heroes  (who then get knocked out in the first event)


Its shit.
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#2
So… Eurosport was owned by TF1 of France, who sold out to Discovery. Discovery bought out TF1 a month after acquiring the rights (6 years ago).

Their agreement means they’ll replace the UK and French feeds of the Olympics from next year.

So does that mean no more BBC commentators?? They’ll only be able to do their own highlights, I imagine.
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#3
This deal should have been sorted earlier. It's a mess Discovery are having streaming problems too.

The BBC's position for Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 will be identical to now. Their repurchase deal for those games is identical to that for Tokyo 2020. In the next 48 hours things are to be made more interesting with a tropical storm incoming.
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#4
I am slightly surprised, but not shocked by this. There is obviously big money in broadcasting the Olympics. I believe it’s the main reason why the Tokyo committee were determined it would go ahead (despite it really not being a good idea right now).

But you would think a number of broadcasters, like the BBC, ARD, and so on, would’ve clubbed together to control their version of the feed. There won’t be much point having a licence fee if it can’t even pay for programming like this.
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#5
Discovery made the IOC a 'take it or leave it offer' the value was so 'good' they grabbed the deal, effectively eliminating the competition across Europe at a stroke. The deal affects 30 different markets across the continent. It simply wasn't challenged. Some PSB negotiated sub licencing deals are even worse than the BBC have got. The EU competition authorities missed it primarily because it didn't fully kick in until the 2020 games.

I hope the EBU is in a position to reverse this situation from Milano Cortina 2026 onwards, I'd expect the arguments to start pretty soon now and a 2026 - 2030 deal to be in place sometime next year.
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#6
I opted to purchase a one month subsription to Discovery. I find the layout poor. But unlike with BBC in the past, it gives you the option of following one Gymnastics event from start to finish rather than cutting from one apparatus to another.
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#7
Good example last night.

'Highlights' of the diving.

3 min Montage about Tom growing up
Showed 6 dives out of a competition of 48 dives - 3 GB, 2 Chinese, 1 Russian
10 mins of Clare Balding + another + Mears chatting about it on the sofa
5 mins of interview with Toms mum and Lance


Shockingly poor. Its supposed to be sports coverage. Its more like a chat show.
People were moaning about it on social media and one response was "well the BBC have to cater for people watching who don't like sport"

IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPORT - DON'T WATCH THE FRIGGIN OLYMPICS !!!!
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#8
I agree with loads of you above. I am a huge fan of the Olympics, in particular the swimming and diving, and haven't been amused with the change.

Many were totally unaware of the change and complained that the BBC was prioritising a handful of sports, e.g. the Rowing and Road Road Cycling, and little else.
To be fair, I have seen a difference in the BBC already and they seem to be trying to show different sports and I also really like that they seem to have eased up on the football and tennis as it would be easy just to whack them on and tbh, after the Euros and Wimbeldon, it's time for other sports to shine. I love that they showed both sets of Diving Finals so far (live and in full) as they were aired right as people were getting up (7am) with the TV on and that is fantastic exposure for the sport. Similarly, it was great to see them stick with the Men's Gymnastics Team Final despite the slight interruption for a medal bout in taekwondo.

The Discovery+ coverage is pretty comprehensive and uninterrupted, and I like their 'On Now' section and how things are filtered by sport so you can pick and choose quite easily.
They have also got Eurosports 1 and 2's coverage on there, but I found the adverts frustrating on these. For example, they cut away after the last Men's IM Swimming Heat so no one saw who had made it through to the final. 

I do however find that Discovery+ can be hit and miss if an event has commentary (although many do) and who is doing it seems to be constantly changing making it feel a bit like they can't be bothered or have just taken a commentator from another channel. The BBC team seem to know many of the athletes better too e.g. Leon Taylor commentating on Tom Daley or Becky Addlington and Mark Foster on the British swim team.

Put it back on the BBC so it's all in one place. I already have enough subscription services on the go  Huh
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#9
It's terrible that the BBC still have the rights to 'free to air' stuff like this. They were shocking with the Golf, C4 were no better with the cricket and as someone has said, it's just women sitting on the sofa talking to family members or (as I saw today) analysing the two rugby games which I just sat through. Turn over to Eurosport and it's showing surfing on one and boxing on the other.
It is just so poor.
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#10
Surely the question should be “why didn’t sky buy it??” At least they’d show proper coverage of most sports, even if you do have to pay.
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#11
I think it's because it's one of those 'cannot touch' events like the World cup/Grand National etc.
But then again Test Cricket was on that list before SKy took it.
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#12
But we’re in a situation now where everyone agrees the coverage is worse. Even if the highlights and FTA bits are on the BBC, they can’t control the feed, so that will mean quick cuts as has been mentioned.

Perhaps I meant to say why didn’t sky bid for the whole package?? Including the bits that are streamed. I feel sky would be able to show more actual sport on satellite than streaming.
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#13
The BBC can control the feed.
They can show whatever they want. They're just limited to 2 streams or channels.

They choose to be shit.
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#14
It was nice to see Chris (Mears) again after Tom got his gold and speaking so well about his own experiences. He looks like he's doing really well Smile
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#15
I don't watch the Olympics, but the BBC's sports coverage as a whole is pretty poor.

I love snooker and, while their red button coverage is good (but limited to one stream), their "live" coverage is awful. Again, they treat it it like a magazine programme with interviews, fan zones, social media reaction etc while the matches are ongoing. I seem to recall they also brought Claire Balding in to do the Wimbledon highlights show a few years back and got huge numbers of complaints as it turned into 40mins of pissing about and 20mins of actual tennis shown.

It's curious why they seem to think sport isn't exciting and interesting enough to stand on its own. Maybe all the multi-tasking imposed by government cuts has led to light entertainment producers taking over the sports department? And, come to think about it Jermaine Jenas does introduce The One Show... Undecided
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#16
Indeed I remember that.

Today at Wimbledon.
Used to be hosted by John Inverdale and it was a really good highlights hour with lighthearted, short filling between the matches.

Then they changed it to basically a wacky tennis-ish version of The One Show with Clare Balding, a live 'studio' audience and little actual tennis.

People went ballistic.


They seem to be obsessed with trying to please everybody all the time. It just results in lowest common denominator TV. Awful.
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#17
It's the same with a lot of their commentary. I remember Barry Davies saying he stopped doing football when one of the producers told him they wanted him to be more "conversational". As a result, we get a commentator and a summariser asking each other about their weekends and comparing golf handicaps during the game.  Angry

Oh - and don't get me started about Mark Bastard Chapman and his "banter" on Match of the Day 2, Not Happy
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#18
I decided to listen to the cricket commentary on the radio the other day for 'The Hundred' and the commentators were talking about one of the ice creams the other was eating at the time. Every two minutes it was back to the discussion of ice cream.
I remember that shocking Wimbledon programme.
I don't watch live text comms on bbc website because of this infatuation with 'Get your views' and I really do not care what Terry in Newcastle thinks about it.
But it's the BBC.
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#19
It’s not just sport, their coverage of Glastonbury is shite too. A few hundred hours of music from multiple stages covering every genre imaginable and all you get is Jo Wiley and Mark Radcliffe prattling on about wellies and caravans from a hill a mile away.

There’s also their questionable coverage of “special events,” like when they bent over backwards to try to turn Thatcher’s funeral into a Diana-style orgy of mourning.
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#20
(28-07-2021, 01:42 PM)ladsnet Wrote: Indeed I remember that.

Today at Wimbledon.
Used to be hosted by John Inverdale and it was a really good highlights hour with lighthearted, short filling between the matches.

Then they changed it to basically a wacky tennis-ish version of The One Show with Clare Balding, a live 'studio' audience and little actual tennis.

People went ballistic.
That didn’t have anything to do with John Inverdale making sexist remarks did it?? Wink
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