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Mickey Richaud
07-27-2012, 07:07 PM
Congratulations to London for hosting the Olympics. It's a tremendous undertaking, and we all look forward to the 30th Olympiad! This with Queen Elizabeth's 75th anniversary - quite a year!

Watching the opening ceremonies now.

coldplugs
07-27-2012, 07:24 PM
One of those times when I wish we had a television.

aerog
07-27-2012, 08:33 PM
I have one. Thank goodness for Netflix!

Basil
07-27-2012, 09:01 PM
I have one. Thank goodness for Netflix!

Buzz kill!

aeronca65t
07-27-2012, 09:01 PM
Fabulous show. Really enjoying the nation-parade.

The deaf kids signing/singing the British national anthem were wonderful.

Pretty sure you can watch it streaming on the internet here:

https://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/

JodyFKerr
07-27-2012, 09:55 PM
We are loving all the literary references, and I'm a huge Mr. Bean fan

Guest
07-27-2012, 10:33 PM
One of those times when I wish we had a television.

Seriously? ( not meant sacastically but as a real question.)

We have one, it's on now but I hardly ever watch it. Kelly like her cop "law and order" type shows.

AngliaGT
07-28-2012, 01:00 AM
I had a ball watching Lilly,our 7year old Granddaughter
dance & make comments on the opening ceremony.
When they showed the Beatles singing Yeah,Yeah,Yeah,she
said "I know that song!".It was hard trying to explain the last
50 years or so of music that was shown.
I HAVE to share this video of her in her debut....

- Doug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH9AC7pj26A&Feature=yo

JPSmit
07-28-2012, 09:19 AM
first video this morning - "My oh My what a wonderful day!" cute!

aerog
07-28-2012, 09:55 AM
Fabulous show. Really enjoying the nation-parade.


The first half was good. The second half sucked.

Whether TV people did it or the original producers of the show did, the cutaways from the <span style="font-style: italic">live show</span> to video was just annoying. During the whole pre-industrial age show they kept showing old videos of people running or other things presumably from old olympic games. The videos were totally unrelated to the live show and caused us to <span style="font-style: italic">not see</span> what was happening on-stage. It was like trying to watch a concert with someone constantly flipping back to ESPN.

The announcers couldn't seem to just shut up either. I finally made a comment during "Jerusalem" that "any second now they're going to talk <span style="font-style: italic">over the song</span> and tell us about it". Sure enough that's what they did. This isn't a football game or the Rose Parade and doesn't require a running dialog; people tuned in to watch the show, they're not so stupid that they need a constantly running explanation of what they're watching.

Still, the whole first half was really enjoyable but the second half reminded me of a '80s MTV video and just as bad.

The parade of nations (I guess that's what it's called) was ok. I liked the Canadian uniforms the best. There was no doubt about where they were from, with "Canada" proudly emblazoned across the front. Ours had a Ralph Lauren logo dominating the left side and a small US Olympic Team patch on the other. I'm not sure whether they were from the Nation of Polo Ponies or the USA. Let's not forget the Berets too: Rusty Griswold, we found your hat (https://youtu.be/MedHanoUnoY?t=48s)!

I far prefer the winter games and have little interest in the summer. Hopefully though, they'll show the handful of events I want to see (they're stream-casting a lot of it so I'm optimistic). The rest of it though...well, there's Netflix :smile:

PC
07-28-2012, 11:49 AM
Doesn't matter how good/bad the rest was, Her Majesty's entrance made it all worthwhile.


pc

JPSmit
07-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Doesn't matter how good/bad the rest was, Her Majesty's entrance made it all worthwhile.


pc

Was just reading what a closely guarded secret it was. And that the Sun newspaper did report it - on April 1 so people thought it was an April Fool's day story.

aerog
07-28-2012, 12:41 PM
It was less of a secret in North America anyway. Pictures and videos of the whole thing were online before it was broadcast on the east coast, and I understand they did an additional 3-hour delay for west coast viewers.

FWIW I've been watching a little on my Motorola tablet. Just finished the Archery event. Quality was outstanding with absolutely no "play by play" garbage. They are running commercials though - which I don't mind, but after a couple of ads with basketball players and subway it gets old.

They appear to have full-coverage on-demand replays too. I wanted to see a shooting event, punched it up, and it started playing as if it was live.

Access is apparently available on the net (https://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help/index.html) without a tablet too. You apparently need to have a cable/satellite subscription to see it (the tablet app will give free access in 4-hour block from what I can tell).

This <span style="font-style: italic">seems</span> like a far better situation than what I've seen in the past. During the winter olympics I'd tune in to see the the Biathlon then after showing a few minutes they'd switch to figure skating or snowboarding for 20 minutes. Or so it seemed.

Basil
07-28-2012, 01:15 PM
Did anyone catch the opening tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terrorism? It was lovely.

coldplugs
07-28-2012, 03:23 PM
One of those times when I wish we had a television.

Seriously? ( not meant sacastically but as a real question.)
...

Seriously. But we do watch DVD's on a laptop computer, mostly from Netflix. But TV would be nice to have once in a while.

NutmegCT
07-28-2012, 05:42 PM
Interesting to compare this year's Olympics posts with four years ago.

https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcforum/ubbthreads.php/topics/487900/1

T.

aerog
07-29-2012, 08:18 AM
Update on my last comment: the online viewing is excellent. Absolutely no voice-overs on what I've watched but the coverage of everything has been every bit as good as what they'd so on TV (multiple cameras, scoring, etc).

So far this morning sailing and skeet shooting, actually one on each monitor :smile:

Basil
07-29-2012, 08:30 AM
I watched a bit of it last night. Men's Gymnastics. I was surprised at all the empty seats.

PC
07-29-2012, 11:22 AM
So were the people who couldn't get tickets because they were "sold-out."

https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-f...20331--oly.html (https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/empty-seats-olympic-venues-prompt-investigation-224320331--oly.html)

Basil
07-29-2012, 12:53 PM
So were the people who couldn't get tickets because they were "sold-out."

https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-f...20331--oly.html (https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/empty-seats-olympic-venues-prompt-investigation-224320331--oly.html)

As Onslow would say: "Oh Nice!"

aerog
07-30-2012, 10:46 AM
I watched a bit of it last night. Men's Gymnastics. I was surprised at all the empty seats.

There's been a lot of talk about that. Seems like there were quite a few open in the Rowing competition (hard to tell), but the Archery venue at Lord's Cricket Ground has been packed.

Brooklands
07-30-2012, 11:01 AM
It has been fun watching our nearly 4 year old grandson getting into the Olympics. He has been watching bicycling, volleyball, water polo, swimming, soccer, table tennis, and much more. He roots for the USA if they are in the event, or just picks a team to root for, and he quickly seems to understand the basics of each new sport he has watched. Our daughter said that he got up this morning and said "I want to watch the Olympics" and tuned in via iPad.