Winter Olympics

I have had a lot on over the last few weeks and didn’t manage to find a single moment to watch any of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

I did catch this clip last night from the Curling, which, along with Lawn Bowls at the Commonwealth Games, are some of my favourite sports during these tournaments.

While we bask in our southern hemisphere summer, the north is a frozen landscape.  It’s a perfect environment for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia which begin on the 6th of February.

This is a pretty cool promo, aimed specifically at the mothers who control the house hold shopping purchases…

2014-2016-OLYMPICSWhile Sky has an outrageous monopoly on Sport and it’s high time we had some anti-siphoning laws in New Zealand, I’m ok with the broadcast rights for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil going to Sky and Prime.

The ability to provide multiple channels delivers a far more comprehensive lineup than any free to air broadcaster could hope to offer and with Prime’s historic coverage being quite extensive, those who don’t want to watch everything can still enjoy the big events that New Zealanders will be competing in.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the rights to SKY to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

SKY Sport will provide extensive coverage of Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, as well as news and daily highlights across its platforms, partnering with Prime television to offer comprehensive free-to-air coverage for New Zealand viewers.    Continue reading »

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has not upheld the complaint it received regarding a 3 News item featuring the crash footage of a Georgian luger at the Winter Olympics earlier this year.

A complaint was submitted to the BSA following a 3 News item which contained footage of the fatal crash of Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Vancouver games.

The complaint said the footage broke broadcasting standards in showing a slow motion replay of the luger coming off his sled and pausing just before he made contact with a metal pole.

But the BSA has concluded that the sequence was not in breach of any standards as it covered a newsworthy story at the time, especially as it came following the concerns prior to the games over the safety of the luge track.

The BSA also noted that TV3 gave a sufficient warning of the content prior to screening it, giving viewers the chance to avoid watching if they didn’t want to see it.

“In our view, while the footage of the crash was distressing, it was handled with adequate care and sensitivity by the broadcaster.”

Why do we have to be subjected to idiots masked as sports presenters who think they’re so funny when all we want is some proper expert analysis/commentary on sport? I’m mainly talking about The Crowd Goes Wild. Why can’t they just give us a proper sports show? Are Sky TV really that mean-spirited that they want us to endure this lame show rather than give us a decent half hour review of recent sports games/competitions?

As part of Prime TV’s coverage of Winter Olympics they’ve also brought along some guy with black, thick-rimmed glasses to ask for their opinion. I have no idea who he is but from what is coming out of his mouth I’m guessing he thinks he’s funny.

Crowd Goes Wild and that guy have been the only blip on what has been decent coverage of the Winter Olympics by Prime.