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 Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 17:27

Have you been disappointed with the BBC`s coverage of the Olympics?
Here`s why :-

The BBC has faced a series of complaints about the lack of live Tokyo Olympics coverage on its channels, after viewers failed to realise the International Olympic Committee has sold the majority of UK television rights to pay-TV company Discovery.

During the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics the BBC was able to offer dozens of free livestreams of different sports, revolutionising how British viewers watched the games and providing much-needed publicity to niche events that would not normally have enjoyed their moment in the public eye.

This is no longer possible, however, after Olympics organisers decided to sell the European television rights for the games to the US company Discovery in a £920m deal. Discovery has in turn put the vast majority of the coverage behind a paywall, accessible only through their Eurosport channels or on the new £6.99-a-month streaming service Discovery+.

Although the deal with the BBC was announced in 2016, this is the first summer Olympics where it has come into effect, meaning much of the British public was not aware of the changes until now.

Under the deal with the International Olympic Committee, Discovery is still required to make some of the coverage available on a free-to-air channel. Discovery decided to stick with the BBC for this element in the UK, in part to avoid a public relations disaster, allowing the national broadcaster to buy a limited amount of coverage.

As part of this sub-licensing arrangement the BBC can show a maximum of two live events at one time, through one television channel and a second feed provided through the red button service and online. Everything else requires viewers to switch to Eurosport or Discovery+, meaning many sports are simply not being covered live by the BBC.

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: allparone  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 17:54

Eurosport is free if you have sky. Obviously a sky subscription is required but no separate subscription is required to view the Eurosport and Eurosport Olympic channels.
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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 18:03

So it`s free if you pay!

I thought the Olympics were one of the sporting `crown jewels` which were guaranteed free coverage on terrestrial TV?

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: allparone  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 18:12

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wee eck, Sun 25 Jul 18:03

So it`s free if you pay!

I thought the Olympics were one of the sporting `crown jewels` which were guaranteed free coverage on terrestrial TV?


You need to pay for the BBC channels as well.
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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 18:33

Fair enough but it was you who used the term `free`. I see the BBC licence fee as a form of taxation rather than a lifestyle choice. What will go next - the World Cup, the Euros?

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: P  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 21:21

The Olympics are massively expensive endeavours serving the egos of governing hosts while leaving enormously expensive white elephants behind and little legacy benefit.

Imagine such a self serving exercise trying to recoup some of its costs through selling tv rights via capital forces to the highest bidder

Hugely expensive things need to be paid for somehow.


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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sun 25 Jul 22:01

The same could be said for the World Cup.

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Mon 26 Jul 08:40

Anyone can sign up for 3 months free Discovery+ which shows everything

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Mon 26 Jul 10:09

Doesn't matter what side we are watching it's been a Great start for GB today

Alex yee silver in triathlon

Adam Peaty gold 100m breaststroke

Tom Daley and Matty Lee gold 10m synchronised diving

Tom Pidcock gold cross Country Mountain bike.

Up to 4th in medal table

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 27 Jul 09:30

Alloa resident (and Wasps fan) wins Silver in the 200M freestyle swimming.

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Tue 27 Jul 18:42

I didn't realise Duncan Scott was from Alloa Vet.
Great swim this morning

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 09:22

The alloa boy adds a gold to his collection in the 4x200 relay, only 3/100 of a second from world record

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: parsfan  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 12:50

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MDCCCLXXXV, Tue 27 Jul 18:42

I didn't realise Duncan Scott was from Alloa Vet.
Great swim this morning


Well, you wouldn't have done by watching Eurosport coverage yesterday: "Two British lads in the final - Tom Dean from Bath and Duncan Scott from Scotland".

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 13:34

Duncan Scott has a touch of class about him. I remember him keeping his cool and his dignity when being taunted by that Chinese drug cheat at a medal ceremony. Was that at the last Olympics?

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: alwaysaPar  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 14:50

Quote:

wee eck, Wed 28 Jul 13:34

Duncan Scott has a touch of class about him. I remember him keeping his cool and his dignity when being taunted by that Chinese drug cheat at a medal ceremony. Was that at the last Olympics?


No wee eck, that was the World Champs....
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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 15:11

Just found my new favourite national anthem.

Fiji getting their gold medal awarded is superb viewing

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 15:50

That`s a relief, alwaysaPar! Time flies but I`m glad that wasn`t 5 years ago!

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 Re: Olympics TV coverage
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Wed 28 Jul 19:02

Love this


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