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Thank goodness for Canada coverage

I really like to watch/listen to the Winter Olympic coverage while I do some coding or pay bills (things I did yesterday), cut invoices (this morning’s task). I find it hard to believe the NBC coverage here in the States does not have anything to broadcast live. Fortunately our neighbors to the south (yes, Windsor, Ontario is south of Detroit) have CBC doing some excellent coverage of the live events. In fact, I prefer watching the Canadian coverage because they show us all the excellent athletes from all around the world, not just snippets of the Americans and the other winners.

The impressive feats so far are the Canadian women hockey teams complete dominance of their competition, the ski jumper who fell on the landing and returned later for a second attempt, Zhao Hongbo (Chinese Pairs Figure Skater) who is doing jumps and throws with his partner after a serious injury to his left Achilles tendon six months ago, and anyone who can speedskate for 5000 Meters.

I guess I should be thankful for NBC and their various networks because I know I can watch replays later this evening if I get too intense in my coding and miss something important.

4 Responses to “Thank goodness for Canada coverage”

  1. February 12th, 2006 at 15:56 | #1

    … and you’re probably only seeing only the half of it. The Canadian French network has about as much coverage again. I think it’s amazing that NBC pays far more than CBC/Radio Canada, and Americans mostly just get taped delay highlights.

  2. February 12th, 2006 at 19:50 | #2

    I agree. I’ve been leaving CBC on all day, and not bothering with NBC’s coverage. I love living far enough north to manage this. :-)

  3. February 13th, 2006 at 11:02 | #3

    The womens hockey games Saturday and Sunday morning on CNBC and USA were live…and many more games than just the US.

    But in the end, it’s all about money. Time shifting things to prime time pulls in more viewers and NBC charges more for the ads there.

    I was going to say something about the time difference between here and Torino, but then I remembered that NBC did lots of time shifting four years ago here in Salt Lake City.

  4. February 16th, 2006 at 15:48 | #4

    Former Toledoan
    Gretchen Bleiler
    stopped by to visit Lightning for good luck before she left for Torino.

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