NBC’s Opening Ceremony Broadcast Edited Out 23 Minutes Of The Event. One part NBC didn’t skimp on? The introduction of the U.S. delegation, which in real life took 62 seconds but Took more than 7 minutes as network looped portions of their entrance.

NBC’s Opening Ceremony Broadcast Edited Out 23 Minutes Of The Event. One part NBC didn’t skimp on? The introduction of the U.S. delegation, which in real life took 62 seconds but Took more than 7 minutes as network looped portions of their entrance.

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21 thoughts on “NBC’s Opening Ceremony Broadcast Edited Out 23 Minutes Of The Event. One part NBC didn’t skimp on? The introduction of the U.S. delegation, which in real life took 62 seconds but Took more than 7 minutes as network looped portions of their entrance.

  1. Zoelotron February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    NBCs olympics coverage has always been overproduced, and as a consequence never feels like you’re actually watching sports so much as a documentary about a sporting event that happened in the past.

  2. emawema February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I remember when they chose to air a piece on Michael Phelps instead of the London 7/7 Bombing tribute in London 2012 during the opening ceremony.

  3. Jack_Pudding February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    And they talked over the entire fucking thing. At one point even saying “listen to this beautiful song” while continuing to talk over the whole goddamn thing. I almost had to turn it off. Seriously, how hard is it to shut your fucking mouth and let us watch and listen?

  4. bigsteve03 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    It blew my mind that they stopped in the middle of the ceremony to show a premade promotional video featuring the US athletes. Did I really need to know who the shortest athlete and who the tallest one are right at that moment? Especially since they had the gall to say they didn’t have time to show the entire ceremony because of time constraints.

  5. krncnr February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I watched the opening ceremonies in a bar with subtitles/closed captioning turned on, so I got to read the commentary rather than listen to it. The president of South Korea was introduced and while he spoke the subtitles just read [Speaking in Foreign Language]

  6. cdjaco February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Not surprised: *everyone who has seen previous NBC Olympic coverage.*

  7. proboardslolv5 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    NBC also said that Korea looks to Japan as a model for economic growth and leadership, which seriously pissed Koreans off

  8. M1st3rYuk February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    There was also 30 minutes of useless fluff pieces at the start… I’m tired of every athlete proclaiming they suffered through adversity or life struggles. EVERYONE overcomes challenges and struggles in life, that’s called living.

  9. Armand28 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    NBCs coverage was terrible. They talked over the whole thing, like we tuned in to hear Katie Couric read Wikipedia notes on Korea instead of to watch the fucking opening ceremony. I couldn’t make it very far, got pissed and deleted from my DVR about 10 minutes in to the ceremony. What a fucking waste.

  10. TooShiftyForYou February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Stretching it out to focus on Team USA for the American audience makes sense but it looks like they cut out some genuinely cool stuff.

  11. 14taylor2 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    For whatever reason, I watched the BBC broadcast this year and was shocked. Not a single commercial, and about 98% of the commentary was related to the event. I have just grown so used to 30% commercials and 80% political commentary in the U.S.

  12. OoLaLana February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I love watching the Olympics on CBC because I learn so much.

    I learn about other athletes, the local Korean culture, the topography of the area and its venues, the coaches, the volunteers,… oh yeah, and our own Canadian athletes.

    It’s wonderful to get one overall snapshot of the whole experience.

    Thank you CBC for sharing the limelight with everyone in mind!

  13. crossmirage February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Didn’t realize that they looped it. Now I get why Gangnam Style sounded so long.

  14. Spacedude50 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    If you rely on NBC coverage they will ruin the entire event for you. Literally any other source is better – and yes I am using the word literally correctly. RT is at least entertaining in it’s abysmal broadcasting efforts. NBC’s “coverage” just keeps getting worse and more blatant in it’s attempt to wring every cent out of our experience. I can see why and am glad their network is suffering but they never seem to learn and are just not worth supporting imo

    They go harder with the commercialism because they have to make up for the money they lose with people going around them to different media sources instead of just doing a better job

  15. upvoteguy6 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    American companies love showing Americans.

  16. mtf250 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    NBC Olympic coverage always sucks ass. Katie Couric weird surgery and botox gave me a scary dream last night.

  17. tomado23 February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Well, NBC has always treated the Olympics as less an international sporting event and more a jingoistic primetime soap opera, so nothing surprises me.

  18. lobeliablue February 13, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I’ve lived for long periods in the UK and Canada, who have multiple commercial free cable channels of coverage without inane chatter.

    Why people accept the blight of NBC and empty headed narration is beyond me.

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