Good commentary is welcome (and rare). I have enjoyed Tim Hutchings commentary on some of the Diamond League broadcasts (hope I'm getting his name right). But -- following conor's point -- having endured decades of t&f broadcasts in the USA and the abysmal quality of almost all of that commentary, the live feed w/o any commentary has been a welcome relief. And, as one who knows he will never be in an OG stadium for any session of athletics, the live feed with the crowd responses is as close as I'm ever going to get to that experience. So, the live feed with the expert commentary I get on these boards (not being sarcastic ) is a great combination. Case in point -- the analysis of the multis. Watching the live feed and reading that is outstanding.
Master Po wrote:Good commentary is welcome (and rare). I have enjoyed Tim Hutchings commentary on some of the Diamond League broadcasts (hope I'm getting his name right).
Excellent commentary, like Hutchings, Peter Matthews or Stones in the field events, is an added bonus. But for the most part American TV sports announcers are just a huge irritation. Just constant babble that I can do without. With two exceptions and that is soccer and ice hockey. And I watch the Chicago Bears games by muting the sound and turning on the local radio station.
Conor Dary wrote:Who needs announcers, except the blind or brain dead.
lol Touche Conor Dary.
Well this morning for instance, I didn't miss Ato Boldin one bit! Not ONE BIT! Hammonds either.
But there were a few instances where I did catch myself wishing that there was some commentator there, a good one like the Diamond League guy someone just mentioned, to fill me in on a little detail or two.
For instance I saw a runner named Cornel Fredericks. And yes, although it was not critical to my enjoyment of the events this morning, I would have enjoyed a commentator telling me if this was the son, of the great Frankie Fredericks. (This Cornel was South African too I believe. A clear resemblance to Frankie too imo.)
So little things like that, I do miss. Same when runners are being introduced in the blocks.
Now I'm not asking for long, drawn out, weepy music filled NBC features on all the athletes. That kind of thing is ridiculous in my opinion. But a little detail here and there does help me enjoy televised meets a little.
Oh yeah, and athlete interviews. I would like to hear from the athletes after they compete sometimes. Particularly if it looked like the athlete may have injured him/herself. Or something else out of the ordinary occured in the race.
So while I share in the "who needs commentators?" sentiment to a large degree. At the same time, I do acknowledge certain limitations to that. Things that I as a fan miss out on, when there is absolutely no commentary at all.
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Nada on NBC stream - cannot get past the screen where I am supposed to tell them who my provider is. It is seeded with the correct provider but I can click on the thing a million times and nothing happens. Also picked the provider from the drop-down list, but that did not work either. Both IE and firefox.
Normally watching track in the U.S. is like going hiking but being required to do so with a rock in my shoe. I must endure and ignore in order to gain the enjoyment I seek.
Listening to these British guys announce, especially the field events, is a dream. They not only know the events, they are able to communicate that knowledge without cliche. It's genuine, unlike the crew we are subjected to here, and that includes Stones, who long ago chose his NBC overlords over the sport he claims to love.
Good news. Looks like NBC listened after all. Apparently, the Olympic stadium has several streams one of which was the “raw feed”. The stream titled “Main feed” however did have commentary with the BBC commentators and they were very good in setting up the heats of the womens 100m.
"For some of the big name events, I read that the archive will be delayed until after the regular NBC broadcast. But I have not tested this."
I can't get the Replays, either of SP or 400m H up, but it may be a function of my local connection. Live Hammer Qual. came across fine (I was up too late to catch SP). NBC TV is already showing fulltime coverage of Morning and Afternoon, but that entails switching between selected Heats (Americans or Favs) and the likes of Beach Volleyball.
I've got it running through the laptop to a 42" HD TV with only minimal freezing, and another feed on my iPad, which has an app that is easier to use than anything on their website. I've got excellent internet in my area, though.
Took about an hour to get the main feed to work but now running quite well on Firefox with no glitches. Damn, those Brit announcers are really good. Watched on Lemon until it crashed and then when I tried NBC all was well. Hope they've resolved earlier issues.
One thing that makes a BIG difference is the video resolution setting. The busier the site gets, the less recommended a 720 or 1080 quality setting will be to avoid buffering. While I spent all morning at 1080HD with no problem, the highest I could set the evening session was 480