Sunday, August 12, 2012

Olympics closing ceremonies

Finished watching the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics a little bit ago and I'm very impressed.
One of the best things I did this year, since I don't have cable or satellite, was to sign up with a VPN service and watched the Olympics on BBC. What a difference from the usual NBC coverage! Like night and day.
Wanna know the two best things about the closing ceremonies that NBC will never be brave enough to do was:
  • No commercials. Not a single one. Saw whole ceremonies from beginning to end.
  • No stupid commentary from people telling me what is going on when I can see it with my own eyes! There was literally no comments from anyone except for the comments that the crowd heard in the stadium from the announcer and the performers.
I can remember vividly the Sydney opening ceremonies and seeing the bands that were going to play but NBC interrupted every few moments with stupid commentary so you never actually enjoyed the ceremonies. No wonder most people I talk to dislike the ceremonies, it probably because they can't actually watch them in the raw. I wonder how much better NBC's ratings would be if they'd quit interrupting the ceremonies with inane yacking.
All I can say is well done Britain, well done BBC! And shame on you NBC. Next Olympics I plan to do the same.

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