Officials estimate that 20,000 videos of Olympic competition were kept off YouTube, either through filtering technology that prevents them from being posted in the first place or locates and takes them down shortly after they are added. Another 20,000 were stopped from distribution on similar video-sharing sites popular elsewhere in the world, like Dailymotion in Europe or VK.com in Russia, NBC said.
NBC delivered more than 1,500 hours of Olympics coverage from Sochi — the most ever for a Winter Olympics and more than the coverage of the previous two Winter Olympics from Vancouver (835 hours) and Torino (419) combined (1,254). Once again, overseeing the monumental technical and engineering effort behind the scenes is Dave Mazza, SVP-CTO, NBC Olympics. He talks about the Sochi Games, the future — and past — of NBC Olympics, and the technology that has allowed the Peacock Network to deliver the Games to U.S. viewers like never before.
NBC hasn’t entirely ignored the non-athletic events and issues surrounding these Olympics, from the widely reported concerns about terrorism to cost overruns, corruption, worker exploitation, shabby hotels, problematic weather, suppression of political dissent and other bummer topics. But for the most part, the network has largely pushed the controversial issues to the margins, usually out of primetime and into late-night hours, where the audience is smaller and the downer talk doesn’t distract from the glossy main event.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Olympic organizers laughed off the prank by a U.S. luger involving a wolf supposedly prowling the athletes’ village, and they said Friday that no disciplinary action is being taken. American talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel said Thursday he cooperated with luger Kate Hansen to post a fake video of a wolf wandering […]
Today averaged 6.22 million viewers for the first full week of competition in Sochi, with ABC’s Good Morning America at 6.01 million, Nielsen said Tuesday. NBC has a lot riding on the competition. With the network owning the Olympic broadcasting rights, Today transported its team led by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to Sochi and brought in a parade of Olympic athletes for interviews each morning.
NBC’s Bob Costas joked at the show’s opening that he was “sitting in” for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, who had subbed for him while he was out with an eye infection. He thanked the two, and viewers for expressing concern. “My apologies to everyone for the unavoidable but uncomfortable circumstance of a broadcaster’s ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a moment, from what we all came here for,” Costas said.
The sportscaster who has led the network’s primetime Olympics coverage since 1998, will return to the chair for Monday night’s telecast on NBC. Costas has been sidelined for six nights after suffering an eye infection. Today co-host Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieria, a former Today co-host who is an NBC News contributor have filled in for Costas over the last several nights.
The Winter Olympics again saw virtually no broadcast competition on Sunday night, giving NBC easy victories among total viewers and adults 18-49. Sunday’s Sochi games averaged a 4.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.1 million viewers during primetime. Both figures mark more dips from the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Compared to the same night in 2010, the games were down nearly 20 percent in the key demographic.
The Olympics are almost as much of a news event as they are a sporting event so it’s not surprising that NBC-related news properties are out in force during the games. And this year the NBC Owned Stations, the NBC News Channel, and NBC network news are working more closely together than ever.
Olympics history will be made tonight — when Meredith Vieira becomes the first woman to ever anchor NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage. Vieira is taking over for Matt Lauer, who has filled in for the last three days as Bob Costas continues to deal with the effects of an eye infection.
More than 100 million Americans have watched at least some of the Sochi Winter Games on the networks of NBCUniversal, according to Nielsen. NBC executives said Wednesday the ratings for the 2014 Sochi Olympics — the most viewed Winter Olympics ever — have been “beyond expectations,” adding that the bigger story is success beyond primetime.
An eye infection will keep Bob Costas off NBC’s primetime Olympic broadcast for a second straight night. Costas said on a “Today” show phone call Wednesday that his eyes are so sensitive that they are tearing up even in dim light. Matt Lauer will again replace him. Costas began the Olympics with a viral infection […]
With both eyes reddened by an infection, NBC’s Bob Costas said he will sit out the network’s prime-time Olympics coverage on Tuesday. Taking his place in Sochi will be “Today” anchor Matt Lauer. Costas has been wearing glasses since the start of the Sochi Olympics because of an infection in his left eye. On Monday’s […]
NBC has responded to media reports questioning edits to IOC President Thomas Bach’s speech during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, in which Bach urged everyone not to discriminate against people from other countries. “The IOC president’s comments were edited for time, as were other speeches, but his message got across very clearly to viewers,” an NBC spokesperson said.
Despite the lengthy U.S. broadcast delay from the Russian event, NBC’s coverage nears 32 million in primetime — a shade below the last Winter Games.
Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years — and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online “video” meant still images grabbed from NBC’s video feeds.
Local spots are still available as the Winter Games begin, with worries about Russia hampering sales as that country’s controversial anti-gay policies spark protests.
The team — representing each of the 10 markets served by the NBC-owned stations — is charged with bringing viewers distinctively local stories during the 18-day event, which starts Thursday, Feb. 6.
Adobe will use Microsoft’s Windows Azure Media Services to power all of the encoding and streaming for NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage. NBC will employ Adobe’s Primetime platform for video and video ad delivery on the NBC Sports website and the NBC Sports Live Extra App for iOS and Android.
Jim Bell’s first job at NBC at one point involved carrying an injured network executive around Barcelona during preparations for the 1992 Olympics. As demanding as that assignment was, it was light compared with the weight Bell will carry during this month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The network said Monday it will give subscribers a 30-minute “free pass” to Olympics video before they are asked to verify that they are paying customers. On subsequent days, the access will be limited to five minutes before verification.
The Winter Olympics will lift the network to a February win, after fall’s November victory. The Super Bowl will push Fox to second ahead of CBS. ABC will lag in fourth.
NBC, for years a ratings laggard, is ahead in a key contest among broadcasters even before it attracts millions of viewers this month to its marquee event, the Winter Olympics. The Blacklist and the second-year drama Chicago Fire have pushed NBC into the lead among viewers 18 to 49, the group most prized by advertisers. NBC will begin its Olympics telecast on Feb. 6, boosting ratings and giving the network its biggest opportunity this season to promote its regular primetime lineup.
At the upcoming Winter Games, Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers who use Comcas’s latest-generation X1 video set-top box will be able to access content that had once been “digital only.” That includes use of the NBC Sports Live Extra app on big-screen TVs. Live streaming of events and other coverage from Sochi, Russia, will also be available on the TV through the X1 box. All told, NBC is streaming more than 1,000 hours of live event coverage online.
NBC executives said Thursday that they feel comfortable with Russian security efforts for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
NBCUniversal forked over some $775 million for the media rights to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but if history is any guide, the network is all but certain to recoup the cost of its original investment. According to a new report from Kantar Media, NBCU could be on track to rake in around $1.05 billion in overall ad sales revenue, an estimate arrived at by multiplying the average cost of a 30-second spot in the 2002-10 Games ($95,500) by Kantar’s prediction that as many as 11,000 30-second units were carved out of the Sochi coverage.
Instead of competing over Olympic coverage, Yahoo and NBC Universal are teaming up next year to offer live streaming and digital video highlights of the Sochi Games. Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports will also jointly provide news and analysis for digital segments to be promoted to both NBCOlympics.com and Yahoo users.
Delayed telecasts are likely to continue, despite the outcry on Twitter during the London Games.