Tape Delay

There is something infuriating about the fact that in this day and age NBC continues to tape delay the Olympics.  I get it, they need to have something the fill those prime time hours.  But, why couldn’t they show the big events twice on weekdays?  They run Olympic coverage from 10AM to 5PM, so why not show the event once and then show it again in prime time?  After all, it’s not as if a huge portion of the audience already know the result when they watch.

Another thing that bothers me about the tape delays is that when they actually show the coverage they pretend first that it is live and second they chop it up into tiny bits between numerous commercials and inane feature stories.  You’ve made us wait to see this so just show the darn event!

But the biggest pet peeve of mine is the fact that they tape delay events on the weekends.  I would bet almost anything that more people watch TV on Saturday in the late afternoon/early evening than in prime time.  Yet, tomorrow we will have tape delayed coverage of the marquee events.

Yet despite my complaints, the ratings for the Olympics are enormous.  Shows you what I know!

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  • blmeanie  On August 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I didn’t realize they weren’t showing them twice each day. I do agree with the amount of commercials being too much and also the best of the best they show around 11:00 at night. My girls, who do gymnastics, would love to watch it with us as a family. Not at that time, thank goodness for DVRs.

    • nysportsfanatic  On August 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Yup, they don’t repeat any of it so you either have to avoid all mention of the results (good luck) or watch them “live” starting at 8pm.

      Thank goodness for DVR’s indeed. The sad part is that I find I can watch four hours of Olympic coverage in about an hour and a half once I fast forward through all the filler and commercials.

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