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For more information about using an antenna to pull in over-the-air broadcasts, check out our full guide here. Everyone is wondering why Mandy Patinkin was raging at the Emmys People. July 10, at 1: Is this the last U. I believe the NFL milked that game by having the referees call the penalties in the fourth quarter. There are quite a lot of Raven fans in Virginia. Like its previous coverage, NBC had a live stream of the closing ceremony without any commentary, and then its traditional tape delayed coverage in primetime, without additional tape delays to the other time zones west of Eastern Time.

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When the network added coverage on its cable partners in , it allowed them to televise other sports. Since the Summer Olympics , the composition has been traditionally followed by John Williams ' " Olympic Fanfare and Theme ", which was originally composed for the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Williams has also composed other secondary themes for the Olympics and NBC's telecasts, including "The Olympic Spirit" which was used as the main theme in , NBC's first year as rightsholder, before "Bugler's Dream" was reinstated the following Olympiad , "Summon the Heroes" a piece written for the opening ceremony in , [54] and " Call of the Champions " NBC had commissioned Edelman to compose theme music for its National Football League coverage stemming from its prior use of a portion of his score for the film Gettysburg for its coverage of the Breeder's Cup , and the theme was included in a portfolio of work Edelman had sent the network.

Edelman felt that the track "seemed to have the right spirit. It's got a very flowing melody, it's triumphant, and it has a certain warmth. And it has at the end of it, what all television things like this have, a 'button,' an ending flourish that works really well if they need to chop it down into a second thing.

Open until , and The Open Championship since NBC has utilized other popular music during its Olympics coverage as well. Phillip Phillips ' " Home " was used for a segment introducing women's gymnastics at the Summer Olympics , resulting in a major surge in sales. While every respective country's broadcast is biased towards the home athletes to a certain extent, NBC has faced scrutiny for focusing more on American athletes and less on other athletes from other countries win medals, especially during the network's tape delayed primetime coverage, however this has proven to be unfounded and indeed NBC has been considered more inclusive of other countries' athletes than other countries' Olympic broadcasters.

NBC's focus on U. NBC's tape delayed primetime coverage has faced major criticism for many years. Unlike live coverage where viewers can see the events uninterrupted in real time, NBC's tape delaying practices allow for cutting away to commercials and inserting segments profiling American athletes participating in the respective event being shown, which adds even further delay. In , Terry O'Neil, then-executive producer of NBC Sports, coined the phrase "plausibly live" to describe their practice of making the taped broadcasts appear as if they were being aired live.

During the Summer Olympics , every event shown on NBC and its cable channels was shown on a tape delay due to the time difference between the United States and Sydney , Australia , with the exception of the Men's Gold Medal basketball game. Indeed, Sydney was one of the lowest rated Olympics in the United States producing a rating was the worst since Mexico City in Because of these tape delay and editing practices, and NBC Sports executives' responses to these criticisms, they have been accused of treating the Olympics more like reality television , as opposed to a conventional telecast of sports.

However, The New York Times noted that Afanasyeva's entire routine was only 1 minute and 38 seconds long, and critics claimed that the real reason for the edit was to create drama and uncertainty over whether the U.

During a press event held before the Summer Olympics , chief marketing officer John Miller addressed the formatting of its primetime coverage, stating that the Olympics were "not about the result, [but] about the journey. The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans.

More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they're less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It's sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one. Linda Stasi of the New York Daily News considered Miller's statement to be "sexist nonsense" and representative of a "pandering, condescending view of the millions of women viewers". At the same time, she argued that it was "insulting" for NBC to cater its tape-delayed broadcasts towards a " Ladies' Home Journal crowd", as it alienates conventional sports fans, and harmed the ability to grow a year-round audience for both women's sports and Olympic sports.

In an interview with Slate , former NBC personality Dwight Stones stated that he had left the network due to a history of conflicts with producers over the direction of its track and field coverage. In particular, Stones stated that NBC's producers had downplayed field events because track events were easier to "package" due to being more consistent in their structure.

He went on to argue that "Field is 50 percent of the name and 43 percent of the events. And for it to be ignored and belittled the way it has been at the network of the Olympics for the United States through is a disgrace and a disservice. And I don't see it changing anytime soon with the people that are running that place and the people that are producing the sport. Reeves Wiedman of The New Yorker argued that NBC's style of coverage focuses too much on the athletes as characters, rather than on the technical aspects of sports that are not typically prominent on U.

In particular, he explained that coverage of gymnastics was "hindered by an outdated image of gymnasts as teen-age pixies bouncing around the screen" and "encourages us to look at swimmers as some of the world's premier athletes, and the gymnasts as the world's most coordinated beauty-pageant contestants".

NBC's approach would be like waiting until 8 p. Then, showing only select snippets from each quarter, interspersed with soft features of [Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson and [his wife] Ciara, and [Patriots quarterback] Tom Brady and [his wife] Gisele walking hand-in-hand down a beach with Mozart playing in the background.

On the other hand, under NBC's influence, some marquee events have been deliberately scheduled to allow live broadcasts in U. Athletes were required to adjust to these changes, especially if they practiced in the morning, while the scheduling of swimming in drew the ire of the BBC —as they fell in the early-morning hours in the United Kingdom.

Globo had deliberately chosen not to preempt its primetime telenovela lineup during the Olympics, as they are the highest-rated programs on Brazilian television. Although the Winter Olympics were being held in Vancouver —located in the Pacific Time Zone , which is three hours behind the Eastern Time Zone , as previously done with their Olympic coverage, NBC delayed the broadcast of high-profile events held during the day to air in prime time.

As a result, almost none of the popular alpine events were shown live. This tape delay practice, even for major events, became increasingly frustrating with viewers, especially with the increased usage of social networking and websites including the official Vancouver site and NBC's Olympic website posting results in real time.

As a result, NBC was just beginning its coverage of the games at 7: As a result, these practices spurred outrage from viewers and media analysts voicing their opinions on the internet and even raising concerns from politicians.

However, rights to the games in Canada moved over to CTV , which was not available on many cable systems in the northern U. At the Summer Olympics , NBC offered live streaming coverage on its Olympics website through a partnership with YouTube , which provided the opportunity to see all events live. Events contested earlier in the day were able to be shown live on one of the NBCUniversal-owned cable networks. However, events that traditionally draw better ratings, such as swimming, artistic gymnastics, and track and field, were still tape delayed and aired during prime time on NBC.

Those events drew their traditionally high ratings, but arguments were lodged about not having the option to watch these events live on television. Furthermore, members of the U. Military were forced to watch the delayed NBC feed despite being within a few hours of the time zones of the event. American Forces Network was contractually hindered by Department of Defense regulations only allowing American feeds of broadcasts to ensure a feel of the broadcast that could be had in the U.

Many soldiers in Europe felt slighted by the delays, given comparable local country stations aired the Olympics live on public television feeds as some events aired late at night or early in the morning on AFN. In a Gallup Poll held during the Olympics, many indicated that they did not mind the tape delaying for the nighttime window. However, the complaint lodged by the subjects in the poll was that NBC should show the events live on one of their networks, as well as show it in prime time on NBC.

However, only existing cable and satellite customers, subscribing to packages that include NBC's sister cable networks could access the service. This time, some events that traditionally draw higher ratings were first aired live on one of NBC's sister cable networks such as NBCSN , and then a tape-delayed version was broadcast on NBC in primetime. For coverage of the popular figure skating events, there were two sets of commentators: Invariably, comparisons were made between the two announcing teams; the NBCSN team of Weir and Lipinski received critical acclaim, and were ultimately named NBC's lead commentary team for figure skating later that year.

NBC was criticized over the way its tape-delayed primetime coverage handled the news of Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko 's withdrawal from competition due to injury. Hours after he announced his withdrawal, NBC continued to air promotions for its primetime show still stating that he would skate in the event. Variety specifically criticized NBC for its tape delay practices in regards to the Women's artistic team all-round competition in its primetime broadcast, having effectively relegated most of the competition to air past It was noted that "in the midst of a highly anticipated story that had already been ruined for many viewers via the Internet, it felt egregious to push the biggest story of the night to past 11 p.

On March 28, , NBC announced that it would air live coverage in primetime for the Winter Olympics across all time zones, citing the "communal experience" and the ubiquity of social media as justification for this change.

The Asian American Journalists Association , among other Asian groups, has criticized NBC for officially having its announcers deliberately use an incorrect pronunciation of the host city Pyeongchang by pronouncing the "-chang" like "bang" instead of correctly saying it like "chong" because, according to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, this incorrect pronunciation is "cleaner".

NBC has repeatedly received criticism for how it broadcasts the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, including its frequent refusals to broadcast them live in any form including online stream by citing the requirement to add "context" to the telecasts, [82] [] [] the removal of ceremony content from these tape-delayed broadcasts, [] [] [] [] as well as the quality of their on-air commentary.

During the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics , NBC went into an intermission of coverage at the end of the cultural section at ET to broadcast the premiere episode of The Marriage Ref , and broadcast the remaining portion of the ceremonies on tape delay at During the remaining portion after the "intermission," several performances were also cut, including French Canadian singer Garou 's performance of Jean-Pierre Ferland 's "Un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin"; three minutes of commercials were shown in place of his performance.

NBC faced a barrage of criticism following its broadcast of the Summer Olympics opening ceremony. British news media lambasted NBC's decision to cut a tribute to the victims of the July 7, London bombings , calling it an "outrage. The commentary — particularly that of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer — was also criticized as "ignorant" and "banal". They admitted to not knowing who World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee was, mistakenly claimed that the actual Queen of England had parachuted into the stadium with James Bond as opposed to a body double , and described Madagascar as "a country associated with a few animated movies ".

Australia was introduced as a former penal colony , and a joke about the former despotic dictator, Idi Amin , was used to describe Uganda by Bob Costas.

Kazakhstan was introduced with comments about the March incident at the H. The Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait , in which the mock Kazakhstan anthem from the film Borat was mistakenly played for gold medallist Maria Dmitrenko, and another Eastern European country introduced as having no chance of winning medals in that year's Olympics. NBC also found itself on the defensive over its tape-delayed broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. These failings were picked up during the NBC broadcast by Twitter users with the hashtag nbcfail.

Despite these issues, the Nielsen ratings for the coverage set a record for an Olympics held outside of the United States. The ceremonies drew a Due in part to lingering criticism from social media outlets like Twitter, NBC made a last-minute decision to reverse course and stream the closing ceremony live on NBCOlympics. The medal ceremony for the men's marathon, a tribute thanking the Olympic volunteers, and musical performances by Muse , Kate Bush and Ray Davies were not shown.

Again, American viewers expressed their dismay using social media. The Who, Animal Practice. Roger Daltrey , Pete Townshend -- monkey in a lab coat. I'm sure you'd be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets 'em right," Costas said, alluding at the end to show host Conan O'Brien 's involvement in the Tonight Show conflict.

Ignoring past criticisms, NBC again tape-delayed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics , and refused to broadcast it live on any platform. NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus explained that the delay was so they could "put context to it, with the full pageantry it deserves". NBC's most significant cuts included the removal of the taking of the Olympic oaths, and an entire passage discussing discrimination and equality was removed from IOC President Thomas Bach 's speech. This time, NBC decided against interrupting its coverage midway through the ceremony like it did in and , and instead aired its scheduled sneak preview episode of the sitcom Growing Up Fisher after the broadcast at Eastern, and the Growing Up Fisher preview.

Although NBC promoted that the Summer Olympics would feature more live coverage than previous years due to the fact that it occurred in a location that is only one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone , NBC continued with its previous practice of tape delaying the opening ceremony. It began at 7: ET, but was delayed to 8: NBC cited a need to provide "context" for the ceremony's contents, as the network viewed the opening ceremony to be an entertainment event rather than sports content.

NBC was ultimately criticized for this tape delay, as well as the large amount of advertising it aired which the Los Angeles Times argued was the actual reason for the delay ; Mediaite calculated that it had aired six breaks amounting to 14 minutes of commercials in the first 40 minutes of the ceremony alone. Unlike in , viewership for the opening ceremonies via NBC went down to an average of The closing ceremony in Rio was also tape-delayed to 8: For the first time, NBC announced that it planned to offer a live stream of the opening ceremony.

Mark Lazarus cited the ongoing criticism of NBC's decisions to tape delay the ceremonies, as well as changing "consumer behavior", as justification for the decision; Pyeongchang is 14 hours ahead of U. The NBC network, however, carried its traditional tape delayed broadcast in primetime, without any additional tape delays to other time zones west of Eastern Time.

During the parade of nations, NBC commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo described Japan as "a country which occupied Korea from to ", but "a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.

Like its previous coverage, NBC had a live stream of the closing ceremony without any commentary, and then its traditional tape delayed coverage in primetime, without additional tape delays to the other time zones west of Eastern Time. Despite the Summer Paralympics being a breakthrough games for international media coverage, helping significantly boost overall audience shares for British broadcaster Channel 4 and Australia's ABC , [] [] no Paralympics events were shown live on television in the United States.

International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven criticized North American broadcasters, and NBC specifically, for having fallen behind the times [] and said that the International Paralympic Committee would scrutinize its broadcast partners more carefully in the future. If they don't we'll go somewhere else," he said.

In September , NBC subsequently acquired the rights to the and Paralympics, and announced plans to air a combined hours of coverage from both Games. Craven praised NBC's decision to devote a relatively larger amount of airtime to future Paralympics, sharing his hope that U. On February 16, , reporter and former women's silver medalist Christin Cooper received criticism for her interview with Bode Miller after his bronze medal win in the men's super G alpine skiing event.

During the post-event interview, as Miller became increasingly emotional, Cooper repeatedly questioned him about his late brother Chelone, who had died the previous April at the age of 29, until Miller broke down in tears and was unable to continue the interview.

For her pressing of the issue, Cooper was described as having badgered Miller. NBC also received criticism for keeping the cameras on Miller, who sagged on the railing and cried without speaking, for more than a full minute, despite having had several hours in which to edit the footage before airing it. I know she didn't mean to push. I don't think she really anticipated what my reaction was going to be, and I think by the time she realized it, it was too late. I don't blame her at all.

Matt Lauer , who had been filling in for Bob Costas due to an eye ailment, had engaged in inappropriate and unwanted sexual behavior with subordinates during the Games. This was one of the factors that lead to his termination from NBC on November 29, He cited limited coverage as part of NBC's televised broadcasts, as well as the network's refusal to invite him back, after having called out questionable officiating during a controversial bout between Magomed Abdulhamidov and Satoshi Shimizu in The comment from Hicks was criticized as sexist.

On air, Trautwig stated that Ron Biles and Nellie Biles are Simone's grandparents that adopted her and her sister in Later on, Trautwig tweeted that Ron and Nellie were actually her parents, to which fans on Twitter started the hashtag, FireTrautwig. I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone's parents. On August 9, some viewers became upset on Twitter after commentator Cynthia Potter failed to mention that British diver Tom Daley was a well known gay athlete, as Potter was focused on the replays.

NBC later made a statement to The Advocate that "with more than 11, athletes at the Games, it isn't always possible to identify every competitor's significant other, regardless of their sexual orientation. It led to confusion and dismay for some viewers as Larissa and Liliane are both female and are a same-sex couple.

NBC later apologized stating that "Liliane is Larissa's wife. Bode Miller was criticized for on-air remarks about Austrian skier Anna Veith , suggesting that her marriage to Manuel Veith was affecting her performance. During the Women's super-G competition , NBC prematurely cut away from the competition to return to figure skating, while commentators acknowledged on-air multiple times that Veith had won the gold medal.

NBC eventually returned to the event to report on the final result, with commentator Dan Hicks remarking "Well, these are the Olympics, and anything can happen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Olympics on NBC. Olympics on NBC commentators. It has been suggested that this section be split out into another article titled Criticism of NBC's Olympic broadcasts. Retrieved June 7, The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February It's reality TV masquerading as a sporting event".

Retrieved February 23, Retrieved 25 February A Chronology of an Industry". A tough job, but Retrieved February 17, NBC broadcasts most of the big events on its network TV station, broadcasts something from the Olympics pretty much constantly on NBCSN, and occasionally pads out its broadcasts on a few other stations it owns: Access to all of these channels will let you watch pretty much whatever you want, and with most services you can pad things out with the NBC Sports app.

The best bang for your buck here is probably Sling TV, but most of these services will do the job. If you want to watch all the Olympics, this is probably your best option, because the next one is a lot more technical. It leaves you in a position where you need to border hop, digitally speaking, to a land with less restrictive Olympic viewing.

Olympic coverage is buried under mountains of bureaucracy and advertising agreements, in countries like Canada and England, the Olympics are broadcast on public television stations, the CBC and the BBC, respectively. Fortunately for you, us, and everyone else who just wants to get some good wholesome and free! You should fully expect to pay for a service that is reliable and fast enough to support continuous streaming of a foreign streaming source, however.

If you and your wife, for example, wanted to watch your favorite Olympic coverage on your separate laptops, you could either configure each laptop to connect to the VPN service, or you could configure your home router to route all your home network traffic through the VPN.

Keep that in mind as we discuss your options. This technique is so effective because as far as the remote server is concerned, all the traffic to and from your connection is coming from the remote exit point.

Selecting and setting up a VPN is beyond the scope of this article, but our favorite premium solution is StrongVPN you can see other recommendations in our guide to selecting the best VPN. While a VPN captures your whole internet connection and routes it through an encrypted tunnel, proxies work on a per-application basis. If you want to take a more in depth look at the matter you can read our in depth look at the differences here.

Proxies are a massive mixed bag when it comes to quality. In other words, entirely unwatchable unless you enjoy buffering every 5 seconds.

More importantly and quite relevant to our goal as Olympic event watchers , Proxmate has tweaked their entire design and user experience specifically to be optimized for watching streaming sources from around the globe. The simplest solution is to pay for access to a DNS masking service.

Our favorite is Unblockus. The biggest benefit of using Unblockus is that there is no overhead introduced.

Setup is dead simple. Regardless of how you opt to do it, the Unblockus help section has very clear and concise instructions for every operating system and device you likely have around.

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