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GCRicker

New Member
NBC will be covering the Olympics, but I can't find anything on the Laser competition coverage. Does anyone know if NBC will cover this on a regular TV network, or if I have to order some special Internet site to watch all the Laser events?
 

torrid

Just sailing
Don't know about the upcoming games, but NBC had very limited coverage four years ago. It was still more than they have ever done before. There was a nightly re-cap on at 2:30 in the morning showing about five minutes of sailing action. On the Bravo channel. I suspect they'll do something similar.
 

Rob B

Well-Known Member
Don't know about the upcoming games, but NBC had very limited coverage four years ago. It was still more than they have ever done before. There was a nightly re-cap on at 2:30 in the morning showing about five minutes of sailing action. On the Bravo channel. I suspect they'll do something similar.
Yep. that was it last go around.
 

GCRicker

New Member
From the schedules I've seen, all Olympic sailing events will be online in the middle of the night (Eastern Time). Does anyone know if there is a way to record these online events so they can be watched during the day?
 

dcookiefilled

New Member
Hey I checked today to watch the sailing videos and the player said that NBC online videos were restricted to viewers within the US. What's up with that??
 

sorosz

Member
My guess is it has something to do with exclusive rights. Probably whoever has the rights in your region required it. There was a recent news piece about how NBC was scrambling to get Youtube and foreign sites to take down video or prevent US viewers from seeing it to protect their "exclusive" rights to broadcast. But, according to the article, it seemed like people were often one step ahead and coming up with new links as fas as they could shut down the old ones.

Hey I checked today to watch the sailing videos and the player said that NBC online videos were restricted to viewers within the US. What's up with that??
 

LooserLu

LooserLu
Hi,
if one lives at Europe andf is able to receive "digital"-TV via "Astra"-Satellite, it is not a bad idea to view the German free digital channels "zdf-infokanal", "zdf-dokukanal" or "eins-plus" or "eins-festival".

One has to look !!DAILY!! at the so called "electronical programm guide" EPG at the "TV/Sat.receiver" at each of that TV-channels, to find out when they transmit sailing there. The informations at their homepages are not trustful, in relation when they plan to transmit sailing.
Yesterday they didn't transmit sailing (Finn/Yingling), unfortunately, although they announced they would do, grrr. Today they did transmitt about 1 hour(!!!!!) of 49er races in the best quality I have ever seen (except: AC at Valencia, of course). The have "onboard cams" at bigger Dinghies (unfortunately not at Laser, I guess).
One may get the opinion, to sit with them on their boats or at the RC boat in direct neighborhood of the racers, sometimes....., whow....

I pray for that they transmit Laserraces, beginning from next tuesday (12.8.).

Cheers
LooserLu
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!GO FOR GOLD! - Petra Niemann
 
Just tried viewing vids using the "rewind" option and got a technical problem message, something about NBC's been notified of the prob and is working on it. Hopefully the glitch wll be fixed soon.
 

fat-n-old

Member
Coverage is excellent in the UK. I've just watched the Laser 1st and 2nd race live followed by the radials all with good commentary by Shirley Robertson. Available online on the BBC website as well as digital TV. Same again tomorrow, starts at 6:00 BST.:)
 

Murphs

New Member
Coverage is excellent in the UK. I've just watched the Laser 1st and 2nd race live followed by the radials all with good commentary by Shirley Robertson. Available online on the BBC website as well as digital TV. Same again tomorrow, starts at 6:00 BST.:)
I mean this in the nicest way possible, but i hate you

I had to 'watch' the laser sailing on the sailing.org website which only showed positions at mark roundings
 

Wavedancer

Upside down?
Staff member
USA: I think that one (or two?) of Tuesday's Laser races (don't know which one(s)) was live on-line on www.nbcolympics.com, between 1 and 3 am (8/12). But I haven't found a way to watch it at a more 'reasonable' time :(

Anyway, Anna is in first place and Andrew in the mid-teens.
Winds were light (no surprise). Trapezoid courses.

PS: Tom Slingsby seems to not like it at all in Qingdao. From a sailing perspective, he is not the only one....
 

GCRicker

New Member
For some unknown reason, NBCOlympics.com has no "rewind" feature for any of the Day 4 sailing events. Bad luck for us Laser fans.
 

LsmithIII

New Member
Yep, the link I posted above works, it will bring you to a web page, click on the green arrow, and then wait for your video player to load, then there will be an advertisement, after that coverage begins. I fast forwarded through the first twenty minutes or so as the start was delayed due to lack of wind.
 

Murphs

New Member
Yep, the link I posted above works, it will bring you to a web page, click on the green arrow, and then wait for your video player to load, then there will be an advertisement, after that coverage begins. I fast forwarded through the first twenty minutes or so as the start was delayed due to lack of wind.
Still no good for those of us in Australia
 

seawardone

New Member
What's up folks?

While it certainly is a bit disappointing that we don't enjoy TV coverage, I've been most pleased with the online coverage. From the quality of the video to the complete coverage (pre-race to the last finisher), I feel very fortunate for what we do have. I particularly like the glidecam (I presume?!) which floats above the piers at the Quingdao sailing center.

I recommend the following link. I've bookmarked this puppy and use it to catch the key races. The site allows you to watch rewinds (including Day 4 I'm pretty sure!) as well as live coverage. Additionally, you can set up alerts to notify you 30 mins prior to start.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing/resultsandschedules/index.html

NOTE: The above URL seems to be butchered a bit according to the Preview Post. Please be sure it reads 'resultsandschedules' in between sailing/ and /index.html

Again, this one-stop-shop link is strictly for sailing coverage. You can also get the results.

According to an article on Scuttlebutt, Gary Jobson will begin to add his live commentary to the video feed starting with Wed races (i.e. 1:00am Eastern; 10:00pm Pacific).

Cheers!
 

reshp1

New Member
Did they actually show laser racing last night? All the rewind links now seem to show men's and women's 470 racing.
 

GCRicker

New Member
I don't see any Laser Racing for last night either Reshp1. However, there are results listed, so they must have raced.
 

fat-n-old

Member
What i can gather from the BBC coverage is that only one of the courses is fully televised live and available for networks worldwide. Yesterday it was the Lasers, today it was the 470's i think tomorrow will be the Finn and Yingling races.
 

torrid

Just sailing
Not that I like staying up 'til 2 AM, but I finally saw wire-to-wire coverage of an Olympic sailboat race. It took me forever to find the appropriate link on the NBC website, and I then had to install some Microsoft spyware to get the video running.

Once the video was going, I actually was quite impressed. Even with my crappy ~2 Mbps Clearwire connection, I had good quality video that wasn't jerky. Best I can tell there is only one "sailing" channel, so you can't select between different classes. I tuned in just as the Men's 470 class was coming out of a general recall, so I decided to stick with that race regardless.

A couple of times the video did go dark on me. I had to close the window and re-launch the video feed, forcing me to watch the same GE commercial (parent company of NBC) repeatedly. This always seemed to happen as the lead boats were approaching the mark.

I'm a little disappointed about with some of the shots they chose. It looked like Ireland and Brazil were duking it out pretty good going downwind, but they chose to stay with Russia and Turkey fighting it out for last place at the reaching mark. In the end, IRL pulled out a pretty good win.

Looks like I won't be sleeping too much tonight either.
 

seawardone

New Member
Hey Gang,

I have to agree with a statement made earlier that the user interface is not terribly intuitive. Let me see if I can help you (and others) locate the laser sailing.

If you visit the URL I posted earlier, you "should" see the following list:

Day 1 Saturday, August 9
Day 2 Sunday, August 10
Day 3 Monday, August 11
Day 4 Tuesday, August 12
etc.
etc.

In order to locate the rewinds for a particular day, you first need to 'expand' each day to see the individual races. To expand the view, look for and click on the double-down-arrows located to the right of the words "Photogallery" which appear to the far right of each Day (e.g. Day 1 Saturday, August 9).

To see a laser race, expand Day 4 Tuesday, August 12.

Once you do, locate the following:

08/12 1:00pm Men's Laser - Race 01

Click on the word "rewind" and you should be golden.

Good Luck!
 

Deimos

Member
I don’t know what it is like in the rest of the world but coverage in the UK is somewhat “poor”. It is getting coverage – around an hour a day. However, the quality is very poor. I suspect the underlying problem would also affect everywhere else.

The UK commentators are experienced and knowledgeable but are just not getting enough information and assistance from China. We get pics from all sorts of different angles. Nice pics of boats sailing along plus some overhead shots. But never anything superimposed over the pics such as wind lines, laylines, lines across the wind, etc. All the pics from above just show boats – no identifications superimposed to show who is where – even in classes when they have on board live video !! – and this is all despite the fact that the TV broadcast is over 6 hours after the event took place (plenty of time to add some useful information). Commentators repeatedly comment that we “cannot tell until the arrive at the next mark”.

Yesterday was a classic example. The commentators thought boats were over the line at the start but did not see anybody go back. After over half an hour, they still had no idea is anybody was over the line, is anybody was due to be DSQ’d, etc. – no info al all from the organising authority.

When I’ve seen (quite a bit) of sailing on TV in the past you get loads of tactical overlays, decent info from the Race Committee, etc. – things that really enhance the broadcasts. This 2008 is a big event and they just cannot be bothered. Reflects badly on the organisers IMHO.

Ian
 

drwatershed

Member
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Once you do, locate the following:

08/12 1:00pm Men's Laser - Race 01

Click on the word "rewind" and you should be golden.

Good Luck!
No matter which race I click on the rewind video is the same. They seem only to compile one video a day. Usually it has two races on it. Today you can watch three hours of video of the pier since the racing was cancelled. It would have been nice to store some video of other races rather than three hours of the pier.... Coverage sucks IMHO..... Hopefully they will hav ethe final races covered in all events. There has been some great racing out there but we may never see most of it....
 
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