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[90], During a press event held before the 2016 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. 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 15-second thing." Phillip Phillips' "Home" (the singer's debut single after winning the eleventh season of American Idol) was used for a segment introducing women's gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics; the segment rejuvenated interest in the song, causing it to re-enter the Billboard Hot 100, and eventually peak at #9 (marking the first time a song had ever made two separate top 10 runs on the Hot 100 in a single calendar year). Through its use of the Syncom 3 satellite, a daily highlights package could be seen a few hours after the events took place; otherwise, videotape canisters were flown across the Pacific Ocean and were broadcast to American viewers the following day.[10]. NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said: It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. To help offset the increasing costs of broadcast rights, NBC turned to cable and satellite services to help provide additional coverage. NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus explained that the delay was so they could "put context to it, with the full pageantry it deserves". In the end, what had been 150 hours of scheduled coverage, had substantially decreased to just a few hours. NBC Olympics welcomes six new reporters to its coverage from Rio: NBC News correspondents Anne Thompson, Craig Melvin, Gadi Schwartz, and Jill Martin, along with NBC Sports Group's Rutledge Wood [145], Ignoring past criticisms, NBC again tape-delayed the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and refused to broadcast it live on any platform. [21] NBC won seven Emmy Awards for their Olympic coverage.[22]. The 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans across … These two stories, Lin Dan leaving Rio without a medal, Great Britain's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge winning the bronze in men's doubles, and the success of the Danish in the tournament, are all memories that can be taken away from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. [106] This especially held true for viewers in the Pacific, Mountain, Hawaii and Alaska Time Zones, where events were delayed even further by three to six hours or more. [70][71][72][73] Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics, NBC released a promotional video with Olympics highlights set to Katy Perry's recently released single "Rise". Senior creative producer Mark Levy felt that the works that Edelman had scored, as with John Williams, shared the "proportion and emotion" of the Olympics. Consequently, everyone worked off monitors. Given the magnitude of this event, we want to provide viewers with as many ways to connect to it as possible, live or in primetime. It led to confusion and dismay for some viewers as Larissa and Liliane are both female and are a same-sex couple. [97], On the other hand, under NBC's influence, some marquee events have been deliberately scheduled to allow live broadcasts in U.S. primetime, regardless of the local time where the Games are actually held. Toward the end of the second hour of coverage, NBC had an exclusive as the network's Atlanta affiliate, WXIA-TV, was in the process of interviewing Janet Evans during the bombing. ET, but was delayed to 8:00 p.m. ET/PT for the U.S. audience, resulting in the ceremony airing on an hour delay on the east coast, and a four-hour delay on the west. Other ideas Weisman introduced for the Olympics included miniature “point of view cameras” for specific events such as the pole vault and gymnastics; the “Olympic Chronicles,” profiles which highlighted athletes and moments from Olympics past; and an Olympic soundtrack which included an original Whitney Houston song, “One Moment in Time”. British news media lambasted NBC's decision to cut a tribute to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings. 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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 1988, 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 1996),[61] and "Call of the Champions" (which was written for the 2002 Winter Olympics). [130][144], In addition, the ceremony was preempted before The Who's performance, in order to air a sneak preview of the sitcom Animal Practice and late local newscasts. [128], 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.[133]. [5], NBC's coverage of the Olympics has been criticized for the tape delaying of events, spoiling the results of events prior to their own tape-delayed broadcast of those events, editing of its broadcasts to resemble an emotionally-appealing program meant to entertain rather than a straight live sports event,[6][7] as well as avoiding controversial subjects such as material critical of Russia at the 2014 Olympics. [76], While every respective country's broadcast is biased towards the home athletes to a certain extent, NBC has faced scrutiny for allegedly focusing more on American athletes and less on other athletes from other countries, especially during the network's tape delayed primetime coverage. A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. [67][68] During the 2008 Summer Olympics, NBC briefly revived "Roundball Rock", the John Tesh-composed theme music of the former NBA on NBC, as theme music during coverage of the basketball tournaments. Following the failure of the Triplecast pay-per-view experiment, NBC leaned on its growing slate of cable channels (particularly following then-parent General Electric's 2004 acquisition of Vivendi Universal to form NBC Universal) to provide supplementary coverage of Olympic events. [16] One of those employees was future NBC Entertainment and CNN President Jeff Zucker, who Weisman hired as a researcher. We are clearly rooting for the American team, but we're not going to whitewash anything." NBC had won the U.S. broadcast rights for the 1980 Summer Olympics,[12] but when the United States Olympic Committee kept U.S. athletes home to honor the boycott announced by President Jimmy Carter, the telecasts were greatly scaled back. Later on, Trautwig tweeted that Ron and Nellie were actually her parents, to which fans on Twitter started the hashtag, #FireTrautwig. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. Many affiliates, however, refused to show the Olympic highlights on their local news or clear airtime for the few hours of coverage NBC did present. NBC continued its Summer Games coverage into the next decade, with both the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics. [182], As Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú won a gold medal and broke a world record during the 400-meter individual medley, Dan Hicks credited a man as responsible for breaking the world record and winning the gold medal. It's got a very flowing melody, it's triumphant, and it has a certain warmth. Although NBC did not use it during the Games, the song was later picked up by its golf telecasts, and used for its coverage of USGA tournaments (such as the U.S. Open) until 2015, and The Open Championship since 2016. The story behind one of sports' greatest theme songs", "Yanni's "In Celebration of Man" is back -- and it's as glorious as ever", "Here's a John Tesh Song You've Heard Hundreds of Times", "Carly Rae Jepsen Claims Longest Hot 100 No. NBC Expects Big Profit From Rio Olympics . NBCUniversal acts as the exclusive Olympic broadcaster for the United States including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Tokyo Olympics will take place July 23 – Aug. 8, 2021. Simone Biles officially concluded her first Olympic experience, which brought her four gold medals and a bronze, with a balance beam routine in the gymnastics gala. A young sportscaster making his network television debut at Sapporo was a 26-year-old Al Michaels, who did hockey play-by-play during the games. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them. Although NBC bought the TV rights from the Sapporo Olympics group, they didn't know that they had to make a deal with NHK for broadcast booths at each venue. Event sessions in figure skating were deliberately scheduled with morning sessions so that they could air during primetime in the Americas (and in turn, NBC's coverage; due to the substantial fees NBC has paid for rights to the Olympics, the IOC has allowed NBC to have influence on event scheduling to maximize U.S. television ratings when possible; NBC agreed to a $7.75 billion contract extension on May 7, 2014, to air the Olympics through the 2032 games,[38] is also one of the major sources of revenue for the IOC). However, promotional logos may reflect the more common location-and-year name format, such as "Beijing 2008". NBC first televised the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. [168] Stay on top of the 2016 Rio Games by following NBC Olympics. [99][7] Some events at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were scheduled as late as 11:00 p.m. or midnight Brasília Time (which is an hour ahead of Eastern time), to accommodate both NBC and Rede Globo—the main Brazilian rightsholder. [62][63][64][65], Since 1996, NBC has also used the Randy Edelman-composed theme song from the short-lived Fox series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. during its coverage. NBCUniversal's parent company Comcast has a partnership between the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee becoming the committee’s exclusive telecommunications partner. For coverage of the popular figure skating events, there were two sets of commentators: Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir announced NBCSN's live broadcast; and Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic anchored the tape-delayed coverage on NBC. Gymnastics news, videos, live streams, schedule, results, medals, photos and more from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. [127], Despite these issues, the Nielsen ratings for the coverage set a record for an Olympics held outside of the United States. 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. "[18] Weisman assembled the "Seoul Searchers," a group of specialized sports reporters tasked with following breaking news during the Games. [131], During the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, NBC went into an intermission of coverage at the end of the cultural section at 10:30 p.m. If they don't we'll go somewhere else," he said. The 2012 Summer Olympics also saw Universal HD removed from the company's cable/satellite coverage. [164] Co-host Katie Couric was also ridiculed in the Netherlands, after erroneously claiming that the Dutch succeed in speed skating because residents skate on the canals in Amsterdam when they freeze over. As a result, almost none of the popular alpine events were shown live. [183] Hicks later said "It is impossible to tell Katinka's story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane, and that's what I was trying to do." [1] NBC then agreed to a $7.75 billion contract extension on May 7, 2014, to air the Olympics through the 2032 games. Eight years later, he would call the famous 1980 "Miracle On Ice" at that year's Winter Games in Lake Placid for ABC Sports. NBC Announces 4K Plans for Rio Olympics. [17] 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. [1][30][31] NBCSN became the highlighted cable network for coverage, replacing both USA Network, which would maintain their regular entertainment schedule during the games. The service consisted of red, white, and blue channels that allowed the viewer to watch anything they wanted even before it aired in the network's primetime telecast. 1 Run of 2012", "Ask Billboard: Phillip Phillips Goes 'Home' To Hot 100's Top 10", "Phillip Phillips' 'Home' Sales Surge Thanks to Olympic Gymnasts", "How Phillip Phillips' song 'Home' was chosen for the Olympics", "Watch Katy Perry's Inspirational 'Rise' Rio Olympics Video", "Katy Perry Releases Teaser Video for Olympics Anthem 'Rise, "NBC to Use Keala Settle's 'This Is Me' to Spark Attention for Winter Olympics", "Russian state broadcasters commit to PyeongChang coverage", "NBC criticised for 'worst ever' Olympic coverage in America", "NBC Goes Digital for Olympics, but Tape Will Still Roll in Prime Time", "Olympics Will Be Shown Without Live TV, NBC Says", "In Terms of TV Ratings, Olympics Are a Real Turn Off", "Reality or "Reality"? 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. [119][120], 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 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, barring a short portion focusing on the vault and uneven bars events at the top of the primetime broadcast, in favor of the swimming competitions of the night. Indeed, early numbers showed Sydney to be one of the lowest-rated Olympics in the United States since Mexico City in 1968, and 21% lower than 1988—the next most recent games to have been held in late-September rather than July and August. Network officials convinced the organizers in Seoul to stage most of its gold-medal finals in the afternoon, which corresponded to prime time of the previous night in the United States (due to both South Korea being located near the western border of the International Date Line, in addition to the differences in time zones). Due to the scheduling, the Games also had to compete with a busy period for domestic sports, including the start of the NFL and college football seasons (a Monday Night Football game was only barely beaten by Olympics coverage one night), and the final weeks of the Major League Baseball regular season. The Olympic Games represent a rare opportunity to create one of the most compelling visual and thrilling experiences on the web. "[177], Matt Lauer, who had been filling in for Bob Costas while the latter was ill, had engaged in inappropriate and unwanted sexual behavior with subordinates during the Games. 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. 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.S. Eastern Time. Get the full coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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. [163] NBC issued an apology. The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. [109], In the past, American viewers who lived close to the Canada–US border were able to get around waiting for NBC to air an event by watching Olympic coverage on CBC Television. More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they're less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) to provide video contribution and distribution solutions for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 - August 21, 2016. Like ABC's 1972 Munich coverage, the main primetime host did not cover the bombing. NBC's focus on U.S. athletes has been the subject of a series of studies which have shown NBC places a heavier emphasis on U.S. athletes during the Summer Games than during the Winter Games. The statement received immediate backlash in South Korea for being insensitive and ignorant to the host nation's ongoing disputes with Japan. However, rights to the 2010 games in Canada moved over to CTV, which was not available on many cable systems in the northern U.S. due to programming redundancies during primetime between CTV and the American broadcast networks.[110]. As with Arledge in Munich, Ebersol had to deal with breaking news during the Atlanta Games. However, the service was a dismal failure losing $100 million and had only 200,000 subscribers. Events contested earlier in the day were able to be shown live on one of the NBCUniversal-owned cable networks. The entire package was worth $4.38 billion, making it the most expensive television rights deal in Olympic history. As a result, these practices spurred outrage from viewers and media analysts voicing their opinions on the internet and even raising concerns from politicians. 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