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Did NBC Alter the Olympics' Opening Ceremony?

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the for-those-with-the-stomach-for-pageantry dept.

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techmuse writes "Viewing the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony online at NBC's Olympics website, you can see that the order in which the countries were presented was very different from the actual order of the countries in the ceremony, as listed at Wikipedia. NBC skipped roughly 100 countries ahead, then jumped back and forth, apparently delaying the appearance of the United States in its home market until later in the broadcast. (In fact, the US team was shown on the infield before they were shown marching!) NBC did not acknowledge this in its broadcast. Is NBC altering the reality of the broadcast to boost ratings? Was this true only online, or also in the live broadcast?"

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This just in... (5, Insightful)

kcbanner (929309) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540725)

...American media alters the truth to boost ratings!

Movie at 11.

Re:This just in... (5, Funny)

r00b (923145) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540805)

the truth alters ratings to boost American media!

Re:This just in... (5, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540861)

Movie at 11.

Movie at about 12mid/11pm CT on NBC affilitates tonight... due to Olympic runover. You just never know when those taped sporting events will end.

Re:This just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541009)

Now there saying that it will not end in a paternity test.

Re:This just in... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541327)

What major network television outfit publicly linked the American Antrax attacks falsely to Iraq back in 2001 and waited until 2006 to very quiet acknowledge (but not explain the source of) its deceit?

Can boosting ratings, by feeding the American people false propaganda, be a treasonous offense?

not a real issue (0, Offtopic)

jgarra23 (1109651) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540727)

If you had watched the whole broadcast you would know that they introduced the countries in the order of number of strokes in their Chinese name.

Re:not a real issue (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540793)

Oh, believe me, I know.

CmdrTaco welcomed the arrival of each country by stroking his cock into my tight ass, matching the number of strokes in each country's name. Oh, relentless language lesson there.

Re:not a real issue (5, Informative)

tinycorkscrew (1192107) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540833)

If you had RTFA, you would know that's not the issue raised by the submitter. The question isn't how the countries were ordered, it is whether NBC's broadcast actually showed the countries in that order.

Re:not a real issue (1, Interesting)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540845)

Traditionally the Olympic teams are introduced in the alphabetical order of their name in the language of the host country, with the host team moved to last. Chinese has the problem of not having an order to follow, so they had to make something up.

Re:not a real issue (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540939)

"make something up" like apply 3000 year old rules, accepted by all for ordering countries in Mandarin?

Re:not a real issue (5, Informative)

fmobus (831767) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540977)

You sure? Wikipedia says they do have a standard collation:

All other nations marched in name order in the language of the host nation, which in this case is the Chinese language. The collation method used is based on the names as written in Simplified Chinese characters and is similar to that used in Chinese dictionaries. The names were sorted by the number of strokes in the first character of the name, then by the total number of strokes in each subsequent character.

So no, they didn't make anything up.

Re:not a real issue (2, Insightful)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541251)

I would have assumed that since French is the official language of the modern olympic games, they would have used that for the alphabetical ordering of the countries...

Re:not a real issue (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541311)

They always use the name collating system native to the hosting nation to create an ascending list.

Re:not a real issue (4, Informative)

multisync (218450) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541383)

I would have assumed that since French is the official language of the modern olympic games, they would have used that for the alphabetical ordering of the countries...

French is one of the official languages. According to the Olympic Charter [olympic.org] , "The official languages of the IOC are French and English." But the convention apparently is to introduce countries in alphabetical order in the language of the host country.

Re:not a real issue (4, Insightful)

techmuse (160085) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540993)

I did, in fact, watch the entire broadcast. The countries were not broadcast in that order. You can find the order in which they actually marched in the wikipedia page. The issue here is that NBC appears to have altered the order of the events themselves. This is different from editing out bits to fit in commercials. The *story* has changed. Example:

1) You get out of your car and walk into a store.
2) You pull up to the store in your car
3) You leave your house and get into your car
4) You drive to the store
5) You leave the store with your purchase.

The correct order is 3,4,2,1,5, but the story told about what you did gives the impression that something very different happened.

Re:not a real issue (5, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541071)

Sounds like a Quentin Tarnetino flick.

Re:not a real issue (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541351)

Yeah but more entertaining & original.

kids today... (2, Insightful)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540733)

Is NBC altering the reality of the broadcast to boost ratings?

Excuse me, are you serious? It's television , FFS! They edit, it's normal. Been going on since at least the 1950s.

Re:kids today... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540789)

this is how american stories go:
1.something shocking to the public happens
2.half the people complain but do nothing, and the other half laugh at the other half because they knew this was going on for a while and didn't do anything and still won't do anything
3.people forget about the shocking story until they are reminded again of it

Re:kids today... (4, Insightful)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541129)

Excuse me, are you serious? It's television , FFS! They edit, it's normal. Been going on since at least the 1950s.

This isn't the Dukes of Hazard or even Survivor. This is the Olympics. It's presented as news of the world's supposed ultimate sporting event.

Of course, the cynical among us will note that the psudo-intellectual wrappings of competition and the human condition are just dressing to sell the product. We know this really isn't news but entertainment and that the competition comes a distant third to politics and money. We can all sit around and posture about how we expect this kind of thing. But you don't get an award for being jaded.

Re:kids today... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541261)

Also, who cares? Nobody gives a fuck about the olympics. The olympics is like cheering for $local_sports_team. The only point it serves is to placate the gullible masses temporarily. Why change the world or country or policies or attitudes when you can just make everyone happy by giving them a sport to watch and making them feel like they're somehow achieving "peace" because a bunch of random people are swimming the breast stroke for a medal?

Re:kids today... (1)

frieko (855745) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541309)

Yeah, this is about as productive as claiming pro wrestling is fake.

Re:kids today... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541313)

It's news you moron, not Survivor or Big Brother. News is meant to represent events as they occurred. Now go back to your Wii.

Last Post!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540735)

Last Post!!!!

Re:Last Post!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541039)

Second Last Post!

Re:Last Post!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541051)

first post in UK, 29th post in USA!

A simple solution (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540741)

Don't watch the Olympics, on NBC or any other outlet.

ResearchBeforeYouTalk (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540743)

No they didn't alter it, the order of countries this year was not alphabetical, it was done based on the amount of stokes for the Chinese representation of the country.

Why do people always assume alteration or tampering when things are not done the same from year to year or event to event ....

No way.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540749)

A TV company alter reality to suit their ratings/profits... they're too honest to do that.

[/sarcasm]

What web Broadcast? (5, Funny)

jackb_guppy (204733) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540755)

If you are not Windows or Mac, there is no web broadcast.

Gets me thinking, how did a Slashdoter view the web broadcast... Is someone using Windows?

Re:What web Broadcast? (5, Funny)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540997)

They are probably some WINE developer who is using the API for Windows 7 to view it

Re:What web Broadcast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541089)

Parent isn't offtopic. You can't view the web broadcast unless you're on an approved browser/OS combination.

Re:What web Broadcast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541111)

If you are not Windows or Mac, there is no web broadcast.

Or if you have a PPC Mac. Or if you refuse to pollute your Intel Mac with Silverlight.

Re:What web Broadcast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541319)

and again, you are ok polluting it with Flash or Quicktime?

because I'm not.

NBC alters the Olympics... (3, Funny)

vigmeister (1112659) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540765)

to further nationalistic propaganda. All the medals won by Americans in the past were all actually made of tin. All the better to make hats with!

Cheers!

Re:NBC alters the Olympics... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540883)

Nationalistic propaganda is well within the spirit of the Olympics. So I guess I'm cool with it.

Not news. (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540775)

This has been a tradition in Olympic broadcasts for years. It's called editing.

Re:Not news. (5, Informative)

telso (924323) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541365)

Actually, editing is not an Olympic broadcasting tradition; it's an NBC Olympic broadcasting tradition. Most Olympic networks show as much as they can live, and only show events tape-delayed when there are two events worth watching at the same time (or they're showing recaps when it's night time where the Olympics are).

NBC, on the other hand, instead of showing one of the most exciting opening ceremonies ever, decided to show The Today Show and, in my area, local news (apparently some loser got arrested for a domestic assault!).

Sadly, this is not news either. Which is why most Americans who live on the Canadian border watch the Olympics on CBC.

Other countries? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540791)

Hi:

I thought only America was in the Olympics. When did they start letting other countries participate?

olypics video tech (5, Informative)

drDugan (219551) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540819)

I looked yesterday for where I could watch Olypics videos. Looks like I needed to instal some plugin from Microsoft that only works with "approved" browsers. Silverlight?

I don't even mind if I'm bombarded with ads to see video. I would even pay for certain footage of one person I know competing in Beijing and some of the events. But a Microsoft player? No thanks.

Re:olypics video tech (4, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540893)

There's no such thing as a television network that operates worldwide, so Olympic rights are sold on a country by country basis. Web video rights go to the TV network that owns the rights for the nation, and they have a right to lock other web videos out and responsiblity to keep their web videos within their borders. Sorry, no open media formats allowed, NBC had to go with something DRMed and they're already friendly with Microsoft, so it's no surprise NBCOlympics.com requires Sliverlight.

Re:olypics video tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540899)

I went to nbc.com a while ago but I can't see the videos: I only get this message:

"Sorry, NBC Direct currently requires Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Media Center Edition or Windows Vista."

FFS, what's wrong with standards so we don't lock people into a single platform?

Re:olypics video tech (3, Informative)

skyshard (1067094) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541189)

using firefox on a mac here, and i was able to use the player at http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/index.html [nbcolympics.com] fine after installing silverlight...

AAAGGGHHH! (4, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541267)

***We all point at you and shriek like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers***

Re:olypics video tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541273)

but Flash Player would be ok?

Pick one of the two.

dilemma (5, Funny)

matushorvath (972424) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540821)

Now I don't know whether to boycott the Olympic Games because of China ignoring human rights or because it was converted to a festival of commerce. If it goes on like this, I may be soon able to boycott each day of Olympics for a different reason.

Re:dilemma (5, Informative)

lp.sresu (132124) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540889)

It's even more commercial if you watch it on NBC. I swear if one of the athletes so much as coughs they go to commercial. "Fuck seeing the games, here are more inspiring ads from our sponsors!"

Re:dilemma (2, Insightful)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540913)

> Now I don't know whether to boycott the Olympic Games because of Germany mistreating the Jews, or because it was converted to a festival of commerce. If it goes on like this, I may be soon able to boycott each day of Olympics for a different reason.

Fixed that for you, or at least set the wayback machine to the 1930's. Not to 'Godwin's Law' myself here, but the problem of countries hosting the games to boost their prestige and defuse civil rights abuse is an old one. And the problem of commercialization, given the disasters of the Australia games, isn't exactly new, either.

Re:dilemma (5, Interesting)

matushorvath (972424) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541047)

In fact, I think you are right. I can probably find a separate reason to boycott each day of the Games even now. Doping, commercialization, the new swimsuit controversy, human rights, Tibet, Avery Brundage reaction to Munich attacks, bribes deciding who will host the games, Moscow and L.A. "half-games"... and of course also the Berlin propaganda games (remember, you broke the law first ;)

Re:dilemma (1)

BanjoBob (686644) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541139)

I would boycott NBC for censorship. The Chinese have a lot more openness than NBC does for the games!

Re:dilemma (1)

matushorvath (972424) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541201)

I can do that for you, since I live in Europe and we have no NBC on the cable :)

Re:dilemma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541321)

Cry me a river little girl

YOUR GAY (-1, Troll)

scarletisred (1026166) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540841)

your gay and youe a newb your gay and youe a newb

Re:YOUR GAY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540885)

my gay what?

Re:YOUR GAY (4, Funny)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540955)

your gay and youe a newb your gay and youe a newb

Translation:

"Translate Server Error."

Re:YOUR GAY (1)

sadgoblin (1269500) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541097)

I'd eat in that place.

Re:YOUR GAY (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541045)

You make a good point, sir. Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540887)

Watergate, Iran-Contra, Abramoff, and now this.

To think this used to be a great country.

Let's get some perspective (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540901)

The Olympics aren't some sort of divine event which must only be related in reverent and unambiguously true tones. It's just another big money media event and the broadcasters have every right to try to maximize their dollars by editing it however they want - though if they start to edit it so the winners are different as shown than in the actual event, one would hope they have some sort disclosure statement for the broadcast.

Did anyone else see (-1, Flamebait)

vandelais (164490) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540909)

President Bush check his watch during the parade?

Re:Did anyone else see (1)

Shihar (153932) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541147)

That ass hole. Did he want to know the time? What an ass. A cool president would just sit there looking all clam and collected and shit and not check the time. I bet that jerk also went to the bathroom to piss like a human.

Uh, I hate Bush like the other 90% of the world does too... but get a grip.

Yes, and while (1)

cdrom600 (981598) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541149)

I usually hate to defend Bush, but I have to point out that he was probably suffering from an extreme case of jet lag at that point.

Re:Did anyone else see (1)

westyvw (653833) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541159)

Check his watch and look terribly bored? Oh yeah, talk about editing. But I did sigh, as a leader should at least feign interest.

Re:Did anyone else see (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541243)

1992 called. They want their George H.W. Bush debate footage back.

Re:Did anyone else see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541295)

No, but I did see him treat his American flag like a drumstick.

NBC BOOO! OLYMPICS BOOOO!! USA BOOOOOO!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540915)

i hate things my parents like!
blargh!

Did /. alter the contents of this post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540929)

When it first appeared on the /. website this post contained much fail. Subsequent posts contained more. Did /. alter this post and reality?

What is more outrageous... (4, Insightful)

aralin (107264) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540941)

... is that I have to actually subscribe to some local TV provider like AT&T, even if I don't own a TV, just so I could watch the NBC Olympics. There is no option for saying I don't have a TV service and to pay the sum they would receive from the local cable company directly to NBC. That is seriously outrageous.

Re:What is more outrageous... (3, Informative)

zsazsa (141679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541055)

What's keeping you from just picking a provider from the list that they give you? I just picked the first one in the list (AT&T Broadband) and it let me in and watch the online version of the parade of nations.

Re:What is more outrageous... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541287)

If you thought of NBC as a software company, which I assume you're familiar with, your use case is at the very bottom of their list. There is nothing outrageous about them servicing the broad masses - which is their business model - as opposed to catering to your very specific needs.

Re:What is more outrageous... (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541305)

I selected a random TV provider after providing my zip code. I'm currently watching Women's Field Hockey, Australia vs Japan. I'm sure I could have even entered a random zip code.

This is actually quite an improvement over how it normally works, where I can't watch an event because someone decided that broadcasting it over the Internet is somehow a bad idea.

Mod points? (1)

GrndChmpion (1239416) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540961)

I'd Mod NBC +1 (Interesting)

NBC's unending blather (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540969)

I'd say the unending blather from NBC's hosts is at least as offensive as their reordering of events. We couldn't take their breathlessness during the opening ceremonies for more than 2 minutes at a stretch. Shut up already!

Altering live broadcasts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24540979)

Is NBC altering the reality of the broadcast to boost ratings? Was this true only online, or also in the live broadcast?"

<sarcasm>
Yes, they edited the live broadcast.
They simply warped the spacetime continuum to record the teams before they really made their entrance.
It's amazing what you can do with iMovie thesedays.
</sarcasm>

Re:Altering live broadcasts? (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541105)

In fairness to the parent, NBC edits a lot of their live broadcasts, but not typically to this extent.

They've stretched the boundaries of 'live' so far that it really has no meaning any more.

Broadcast version not altered (5, Informative)

zsazsa (141679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540985)

I just did a quick check of the recording of the live broadcast that I made. In every spot I checked, the order given on the Wikipedia pages matches the one in the broadcast. So, at least in the case of the broadcasted version, the ordering matches up.

Re:Broadcast version not altered (0)

XorNand (517466) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541013)

Ever think that whoever wrote the Wikipedia article got their info from watching the broadcast?

Re:Broadcast version not altered (4, Informative)

zsazsa (141679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541131)

The order in the Wikipedia article (Chinese stroke count order) has been that way since August 1st.

Re:Broadcast version not altered (5, Informative)

zsazsa (141679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541059)

Ok, I just checked the online version... and it's totally mixed up and out of order. It's definitely not the correct order as seen in the broadcast version.

Re:Broadcast version not altered (2, Informative)

markybob (802458) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541115)

this is correct. the live broadcast was not altered

Re:Broadcast version not altered (1)

SMQ (241278) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541153)

I just compared against my TiVo copy from my local NBC affiliate and found the same: the broadcast order matched Wikipedia. --SMQ

Re:Broadcast version not altered (2, Insightful)

barzok (26681) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541253)

The "live broadcast" was not live.

NBC didn't broadcast it live either (1)

rufey (683902) | more than 6 years ago | (#24540991)

The opening ceremony took place in the early morning hours of Friday for timezones in the USA. Beijing is 16 hours ahead of US Eastern Dayliight Time. Where I live the opening ceremony was broadcast on NBC over-the-air TV at 8:00am Saturday morning Beijing time. Hardly what I'd call live.

I'm not sure if NBC broadcast it live over the Internet - I was sleeping at that time since it was still 5am Friday morning where I am (Utah).

In contrast to that, the opening ceremony for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah was broadcast on NBC over-the-air TV live - so there was no editing, though during the introduction of countries, some of them were not shown due to commercial breaks. In that case, when the coverage resumed, it was mentioned that countries X, Y, and Z had been introduced during the commercial break, but they were not shown.

Re:NBC didn't broadcast it live either (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541215)

Beijing is 16 hours ahead of US Eastern Dayliight Time.

Actually, Beijing is 12 hours ahead of EDT. So says World Clock [timeanddate.com] .

When in China... (1)

Adreno (1320303) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541049)

... do as the Chinese government does. We wouldn't want to see REALITY on TV, would we? It's so... passé (and often incongruous with how Big Brother / Our Corporate Overlords want us to think).

Oh my, you mean you can't believe what's on tv? (3, Funny)

dstates (629350) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541083)

Oh my, oh my. You mean the TV companies alter reality for marketing purposes? I am shocked.

All those yellow lines that magically appear and disappear on the football fields?

All those "billboards" that are not really there on the stadium wall?

I bet those starlets are even where padded bras. Do you think that they might even have had surgery. Goodness gracious, I wonder if Barbara Walters uses botox?

And those wrestlers. Do you think that they might be using steroids?

I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

Actually, the MSNBC online video let's you pick what you want to see and caries a lot of obscure sports from end to end. Much better than listening to Pierre Salinger babble on about wine tasting in all the French villages while you are waiting to see actual athletes.

NBC Censors Olympics to Americans (4, Insightful)

BanjoBob (686644) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541093)

NBC has done an excellent job of insuring that Americans cannot watch the Olympics, the Opening Ceremony and other aspects of what is going on in China. They are the first to bitch and moan about China censorship and just look at what they're doing now! Typical media.

They don't have cable out here so watching anything on the Internet from NBC is just not possible. They have effectively censored millions of Americans from watching the Olympics.

What they do have has been cut up and altered to make room for all that advertising. And, just how many times do I have to hear "Ra Deem Team" from NBC. If I hear it again, I'm going to puke!

Now, there are plenty of NON-AMERICAN web sites with the streams and videos! China has some, Germany has one, and there are others. You get the point... AVOID NBC and you can watch for free!

Re:NBC Censors Olympics to Americans (1)

Locutus (9039) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541229)

isn't their online video replay forcing MS Silverlight on those who want to watch it? NBC is still Microsoft's bitch.

LoB

OMGWTF!?!?! (3, Informative)

Shihar (153932) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541103)

Guess, take a breath. Yes, NBC altered the video. They do the same thing when you see movies. They take your beloved movie and ALTER IT!!!!!! They do this to squish down time and show more things.

Now, before we freak out shit out and panic that they are hiding something from you, realize that this stuff is filmed by more cameras then you can even begin to contemplate AND is filled with people from all around the world to serve as witnesses. What does this mean? It is really frigging unlikely that NBC is hiding "the truth" from you. Far more likely, they are trying to shrink a 4+ hour opening ceremony into something that will better fit their schedule.

Worrying that they some how were altering the live feed is so dumb and inane that I can't even respond. People, take a frigging collective deep breath.

who got sick of the constant zooming on each scene (2, Interesting)

Locutus (9039) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541171)

There was some incredible scenes to see but NBC camera people must have been told to zoom every camera and it diminished the quality IMO. The designers didn't create the imagery for moving viewers or moving cameras/lenses.

It really became an annoyance and a disappointment.

LoB

NBC is the WORST network for sports (2, Interesting)

acvh (120205) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541179)

Dick Ebersole, who runs NBC Sports, is on record as saying that it is his goal to get better ratings, no matter what. That's why NBC doesn't post the running score of a football game, because they want you to stay and wait for it.

It's why they show all those personal profiles instead of sporting events. It's why they edited the opening games. It's why we can't see live events in the US.

They just not used English country names... (0, Offtopic)

franciscou (525045) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541241)

"As Chinese is written in characters and not letters, the order of the teams' entry was determined by the number of strokes in the first character of their respective countries' Simplified Chinese names." See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Summer_Olympics_Opening_Ceremony#Parade_of_nations [wikipedia.org]

I'm sure I'm the only one on the planet, but... (1, Troll)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541259)

Who the fuck cares about the Olympics?

Re:I'm sure I'm the only one on the planet, but... (5, Interesting)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541353)

This is more than a bunch of athletes my friend. Go back and watch the opening ceremonies, and tell me that country does not scare the fuck out of you. The level of discipline demonstrated by the performers, the sheer precision of it all... it all far exceeds anything the West could possibly pull off. And that's DAMNED scary.

China is living proof that, if not bound by troublesome concepts like fairness, freedom, and morality, you can achieve great things. That scares the bejesus out of me. The entire Olympic exercise, for China at least, is one of intimidation. Here's them flexing their muscle, showing the world that, at a moment's notice, they can throw away billions, not feel the pinch, mobilize hundreds of thousands of people without any messy bureaucracy, and completely transform the entire city nearly overnight (well, 6 years, that's damned short).

Re:I'm sure I'm the only one on the planet, but... (1)

Zombie (8332) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541371)

You're not the only one. Mod parent up. Sports competition does not lead to the improvement of the human condition, and nationalistic competition certainly doesn't. Now, if every nation would actually stop fighting for the duration as was the case in the original ancient games, there'd be some redeeming value, but obviously Russia and Georgia (or any other fighting group) haven't been paying attention.

Stuff that matters (1)

dauwhe (562291) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541285)

I once photocopied a book, and then dropped all the pages, and when I picked them up they were in the wrong order.

Specifics? (2, Informative)

geoff2 (579628) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541331)

I watched NBC's broadcast on TV of the opening ceremonies and followed along with the Wikipedia list for a bit (at least, the Wikipedia list as it appeared last night) from Great Britain to the United States, and they matched perfectly. I've still got it on my DVR, and if someone can give an actual example of this reordering besides linking to the NBC olympics website (not even the opening ceremony video), I can check it out, but otherwise this objection is ridiculous. A little specificity would be helpful.

Did they change them to English alphabetical order (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541355)

The order used was chinese alphabetical order I believe. Possibly they didn't think americans could handle them not being in english alphabetical order.

NBC broadcast cut out many scenes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24541379)

NBC actually cut out many parts of the opening ceremony including taking the olympic oath by the athletes. If you want the full broadcast, go find a torrent.

Are you serious? (1)

aardwolf64 (160070) | more than 6 years ago | (#24541385)

Seriously??? You think they changed the order in the live feed? How would they do that, with a time machine?

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