Here's a thread for the Olympics in case you're watching. I am.
There are also China protests going on around the world.
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The ceremonies are absolutely breathtaking!
Maybe you can answer a question I"ve always had.
NBC has the broadcast rights -- is that just for the US, or the whole world? Does each country have different broadcast rights? Or, if they all have to use NBC's broadcasts, does each country at least have their own announcers?
I mean, if every country gets one set of broadcast rights, wouldn't that be an awful lot of cameras and broadcasting infrastructure that would need to be accommodated? But then, don't most non-U.S. countries want to see a lot of events NBC doens't broadcast?
Anyone know how this all works? I've always wondered.
Now with the internet, it looks like some channels (CBC in Canada at least) are streaming the events they're not even airing. I just watched a Chinese girl win a gold medal in weightlifting.
However, I would assume only people from that country can view it. Just like I can't watch the Colbert Report at Comedy Central, I have to watch the Canadian comedy channel version.
If you've ever seen the journalism tents outside anything, it is amazing, and I'm sure these events have as many reporters as participants.
Networks, from other countries that have "broadcast rights", like NBC, get access to this "pool" feed and can also augment the coverage with some of their own event cameras, and of course their own "talent" and studio cameras.
For NBC that most probably means that they will get access to a switched feed from the Chinese broadcasters (camera shots selected from a multi-input switcher) as well as access to many of the individual Chinese cameras and the rights to place some of their own cameras in events they choose, and of course, their own cameras in studio to cover their talent, and some of their own roving TV coverage throughout the city for "color". The amount of independent access to events that NBC gets is usually dependent on how much they pay the IOC for that access. There are probably many smaller poorer countries that simply take the international feed from the Chinese and add in their own commentary.
I've been wondering for years, I feel so happy now that I know.
So let me vent to you so that I can hold my fire. Ah family vacations.
My wife claims it was a bird's nest or something, but come on. He's the biggest celebrity in the world!
The Canadians broadcast at 3:00 PM PDT...one of the blessings of bordering our northern neighbors.
lots of talk about the environment in the extremely annoying voice over. interesting.
I watched the entire program and all the countries parade into the stadium. I really need a geography lesson as there were a lot of countries that I did not know existed.
(Interesting about the two countries that had the same flag in the 1936 Olympics though, and the one country that had a flag with two different sides. I thought the yapping added to that portion of the broadcast.)
The Chinese gave the world something very remarkable tonight. The story, the choreography, the shear enormity of getting that many people to do what they did was fantastic.
Maybe I'm alone on this, but I loathe him generally, and he and Bob Costas have done a truly exceptional job at providing insipid commentary ("You may know Malawi from Madonna, who adopted a child named David from there...").
Bjork really blew me away in 2004. I was hoping Beijing would have a big headliner as well, but Sarah Brightman didn't really do it for me.
I thought the drumming at the beginning was cool though.
Then I loved the thing with the boxes that went up and down and the guys in the light suits and the big globe with the people running around it.
What a spectacular presentation!
I would have liked to have seen it without commercial interruption.
The costuming was fabulous! And can you believe that stadium? Fantastic!
And can someone explain to me why I keep hearing bagpipes?
Cutting to Sarkozy...I guess we can console ourselves knowing GW isn't the only one in the "wish I was napping" club.
is he sitting away from other world leaders, or is that my false impression/hope?
I really like the little globe graphic.
That's terrible. Truly terrible.
I don't nec. mean specific stories like the Afghani woman, but the big stuff. Glib references to China's struggles amidst glowing adulation over the artistry (which is amazing, no question) is just cr*p.
Ok, more positive -- I love the countries where it's 1 or 2 athletes. Good for them! Yaay for them. I'd be really happy if they highlighted a lot of the non-medaling athletes more. There must be really interesting stories there.
"that country won't win a gold medal at these summer Olympics."
Smug just doesn't look good on anyone.
My wife gives me one of those looks and says, "She can do whatever she wants to do!"
"Oh, of course, honey. She can win it in whatever sport she chooses!"
It's going to make it hard for the next country to even try to top it.
I was on a high until that poorly timed, stupid ad.
Oh, but for fun, do a running GWB commentary :)
Here is a news item that put a bit of a damper on the Olympics already:
I love the parade of nations though. Beautiful. The US team is wearing berets...not so beautiful IMO. They look like they're going to march straight into a boarding school.
I felt so guilty and so proud of those athletes at the same time.
The athletes are (mostly) non-political.
Protests should be aimed at politicians, not athletes. Let the countries compete!
I have a friend who was married to a Chinese man. They lived in China for awhile then moved here. He insisted on returning to China so she divorced him. There was no way she would raise her female child in China, but he refused to understand that.
I started watching an incredible documentary series on Animal Planet called "Wild China". It covers many of the species that are unique to China, and is unmissable if you're interest in natural history.
I agree with those who object to holding the Olympics in China. However, China is carrying "many of the cards" in the world economy and I think the rest of the world is in the position of kissing their hineys. So sad.
This is totally stunning to watch (we're on Mali in the Parade of Nations now.) I'm going to mute the sound though to block out the chattering announcers.
It's making me want to go back to Shanghai -- I've been there twice and loved it both times. I hear Beijing is nowhere near as nice.
Actually, they're standard Irish caps, worn all over the loveliest isle there is. And worn by my very Irish gramps all his long life. I asked for his cap when he passed on, and I still have it and wear it. It must be many decades old by now, but it's made of that incredible wool that just lasts forever.
I also have lots of berets, being French, too. So any Frenchy like me would feel obliged to point out that those are not berets.:-)
I'm a Celt, I love 'em, but they seem a bit out of place in Beijing. :-)
Seems like Lauer and Costas can tell us the most mind-numbingly trivial bits of info, but I bet they never mention the bagpipes.
That's the impression I get anyway.
I guess I'm the only person on earth who looks terrible in a beret :(
U.S. team looked very cute, and was much better received than I thought. Although the Chinese don't hate us as much as everyone else. They probably have no problem with our "human rights violations" in Guantanamo, etc...
As far as berets go, my hair is straight, my skull, not so much.
Kudos to the perimeter dancers, they are really getting a workout tonight.
So, all this lamenting of the times were athletes were honest, is a mythology. Athletes always tried to enhance their performance.
methinks I will for a bit.
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Then it starts and I'm hooked! The men's road race is on live now on CBC.
Oh and the opening ceremonies were fantastic. Really beautiful.
Like I wish Costas and Lauer were at this point.
I don't think they're going to show most of it and I have a feeling I'll fall asleep before the good stuff starts. Damn you Eastern time zone!
I doubt I'll make it to the end of the road race before I fall asleep the thing is like 240 kms.
these opening ceremonies were probably the most intense and most amazing ones I've seen yet. Li Ning's run across the stadium, was unexpected. I just thought he was going to the top of the stadium to light the caldron. Instead we got SO much more. Then the fireworks. As Costas said, they were "breathtaking."
I was able to watch some video on the BBC site by using a proxy server in England, but it really annoys me that I'd otherwise have to wait over 12 hours to actually see the ceremonies for myself.
Which were spectacular, by any definition.
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My spouse and I also watching it both are media historians, so we got great fun from so much attention to the Chinese contributions -- paper, moveable type (no, not Johannes Gutenberg, but he was in a culture that wasn't so secretive), etc. I had read a review from others who saw ceremonies before we did here, so I taped it all -- because some of that will be just the thing to enliven a lecture on those inventions for frosh. :-)
And, of course, the Chinese also reminded us quite well just which culture invented fireworks!