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Old 02-09-2018, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Winter Olympics 2018

Every time they roll around, I think, this time I'm not going to pay attention. With all the doping, and how it's more about money and politics, etc.

Then I get sucked in by the human stories and general rah-rah-rah.

So, I'm gonna go ahead and make a thread.

Photos of the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - The Atlantic

Olympic opening ceremony recap: Photos and highlights from the show in Pyeongchang | National Post
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Watch the parade of nations right now, cuz NBC. But anyways.

Is it just the lighting setup? It just seems like the stadium is mostly empty from some of the floor-level camera angles. I know it can't be, but it looks like it.
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A combo of angle, lighting system, seats reserved for the athletes to sit down.

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Also the lighting rigs are on posts attached to each seat so their brightness and height mask the people sitting under them.
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Liked that OC. Lots of energy and excitement, and also fire and explosions.

The North Korean and South Korean athletes carrying the torch up to the cauldron together was pretty ace.
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Okay - got all my Olympics streaming apps set up. NBC's broadcast TV coverage can be lacking and the primetime coverage especially is edited and they only cover certain things, but if you have a cable TV sub in the US you can watch basically everything streamed. You need to use the NBC Sports app (they got 'em for phone, tablet, and W10 PC), and you just sign into your cable provider through the app. The apps stream every single event (actually) live, even ones that NBC isn't showing on TV, and that's pretty awesome.

I thought I wouldn't be able to use the streaming apps this year, because last year I switched my cable service to just very basic cable (seriously, it's not even HD), and I was under the impression you needed a cable plan that had all those extra NBC cable channels in order to be eligible for the internet streaming. I think I have CNBC, but I don't think the NBC sports channel comes with the basic package I have. But, nope, signed right in with no problem. Maybe I lucked out and the cable company just forgot to change my account status or something.
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The flag bearer from Tonga is freaking insane! And hawt!
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Okay - got all my Olympics streaming apps set up. NBC's broadcast TV coverage can be lacking and the primetime coverage especially is edited and they only cover certain things, but if you have a cable TV sub in the US you can watch basically everything streamed. You need to use the NBC Sports app (they got 'em for phone, tablet, and W10 PC), and you just sign into your cable provider through the app. The apps stream every single event (actually) live, even ones that NBC isn't showing on TV, and that's pretty awesome.

I thought I wouldn't be able to use the streaming apps this year, because last year I switched my cable service to just very basic cable (seriously, it's not even HD), and I was under the impression you needed a cable plan that had all those extra NBC cable channels in order to be eligible for the internet streaming. I think I have CNBC, but I don't think the NBC sports channel comes with the basic package I have. But, nope, signed right in with no problem. Maybe I lucked out and the cable company just forgot to change my account status or something.
Yeah, I was complaining all though their coverage and then they mentioned the app/website with no commentary or cutting things out. I had paused it too much to switch over at that point but at least they have learned things from the London games. I was among the flood of people looking for a proxy server to watch the BBC coverage once they started doing things like cutting away from something important in the ceremonies to do an interview (cue the 7/7 bit of it), doing canned commentary, and coming back from an ad break in the parade of nations to sat what countries you missed. At least this time when you came back they picked up the parade where they left off.

Frustratingly I found out Finland is almost at the end in the Korean alphabet. By which time all their chat was about the joint Korean delegation. The NBC coverage still sucks donkey eggs though, there is a US/Finland game I hoped to see at 2:40 AM EST on Sunday but we are showing the NHL at that time and when Olympic coverage picks up it is not in the list of covered things. What will NBC skip next? US/Canada?
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The downhill and GS skiers might have some thoughts on that .... nekkid curling should work fine, though. I know for a fact it is possible to drink while nude.

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But away from the spotlight, the two unwanted guests were escorted away as men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the U.S. president — two individuals unlikely to enjoy such close companionship in reality — were led from the premises.
I thought the Olympics was all about bringing people together. SAD!
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At Olympics opening ceremony, Pence refuses to stand for any country except the U.S.

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lol. Metaphor there.
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