Thanks to my brother Alex for passing this along, from the Web site The Consumerist. It tells of irate fans who are angry with NBC for not airing Sunday's big USA-Canada showdown on the main network, instead relegating it to MSNBC, for which many don't get an HD signal.
Apparently, as this link shows, trying to watch the game online was even worse: http://consumerist.com/2010/02/nbc-continues-to-anger-olympics-viewers-this-time-over-hockey.html
Whatever happens for the rest of these games, the overall broadcast isn't going to go down as a great moment for NBC Sports. It started with the controversy over showing footage of a Georgian luger's deadly accident on the track, and has continued with people knowing the outcomes of medals before they have a chance to watch the event on tape delay.
To some extent, it's not NBC's fault that people find out the results before they have a chance to watch them, since the network can't control what other Web sites post in terms of who won. It'd be nice if these Web sites would be aware of potential spoilers and just give a generic sort of headline like "Ohno competes for gold" or something. That would allow the reader to either click on the article and find out who won, or skip over the article to watch it on TV.
NBC pushed aside the hockey game in favor of ice dancing on the main network. On the one hand, ice skating is usually among the most highly rated events at the Winter Olympics, drawing in a large female audience. And the hockey game wasn't for a medal -- it was still in the preliminaries.
However, NBC and other networks hyped up the game against powerhouse Canada, and NBC missed the boat on what could have been a huge audience. And apparently, the online coverage has been terrible, if the above link is true.
With the Olympics in Canada this year -- not on the other side of the world which would necessitate tape delay -- NBC ought to consider showing more stuff live and use a little common sense when it does broadcast.
MAGA WRAP-UP: I hope Middle Georgians made it out to the Macon Film Festival this year. If so, they were treated to some great events, including Illeana Douglas hosting her online series "Easy To Assemble," and "30 Rock" star Jack McBrayer hosting his movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
For many, the McBrayer session was the highlight of the festival since he's as self-deprecating and genuine in real life as he seems to be with the characters he plays. Both the movie and McBrayer's Q&A session afterwards had the packed Cox Capitol Theatre audience in stitches.
(Side note: Jack's brother Pete and I were on the University of Georgia's college bowl team together many years ago).
Kudos to the MAGA staff for another great festival.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: With the Olympics still going on, there's not too much new stuff. "The Bachelor" (ABC, 8 p.m.) is new, as is "24" (Fox, 9 p.m.) The CW has new episodes of "One Tree Hill" and "Life Unexpected."
On cable, "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) is new as Patty (Glenn Close) interviews a replacement for Ellen. ABC Family's lineup is all new as well.
Showtime has a new "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" at 10 p.m., followed by "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union."
Finally, "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 10 p.m.) wraps up its first season tonight as all three characters' crises come to a head. This has been a fun little show and it's good to see it renewed for a second season.