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Opening Ceremony and report from the (under)ground

Original post made by David Vinokur, a former resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 5, 2012

A chance sighting of Christine Lagarde and impromptu interview by NBC were mere accents to the greatest show on British soil. A week after the Opening Ceremony, we are still buzzing about that amazing night.

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Posted by Brit
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm


Thank you for your comments.

Perhaps you would like to inform us how good the tv coverage by the BBC is as well as online. I understand that there are 25 channels of tv broadcast live every day as well as the BBC iplayer. There is no registration required and for most people they are able to enjoy all the coverage without any problems or charges.

Unfortunately, NBC is not doing as good a job and we are suffering from knowing the results before the event is aired even when the event is happening in times which could be broadcast live here even on weekends.

It would be interesting to see your comments on how the games are being viewed by the average couch potato in Britain.

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Posted by DJV
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

Thank you, Brit. I've noticed your seperate posting re: U.S. TV coverage. It indeed sounds very different from UK coverage. The Beeb is streaming all competitions live or on-demand after the fact via their website, with up to four channels at one time on the tellie.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

Thanks so much for your report from the front. I loved the opening ceremony, but was very disappointed that NBC chose to cut the memorial for 7/7 and various other bits for airing in the U.S. Also, viewers have commented that they much preferred the Beijing opening, but this was very British--whimsical, eccentric, imaginative, etc., and I say well done! Hats off to all involved in such a magnificent feat.

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Posted by Brit
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Here's an article explaining what BBC is doing Web Link

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Posted by John C
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Love the profile of the O.C and the feeling of getting swept along with a great event, thanks for the commentary Dave. Not to drag your reporting into tabloid territory, but how's The City holding up with surely the copious medal celebrations? Keep it coming!