wam wrote:Also whilst I don't live in london the impression I get is that everything seems to be working transport wise. It makes a nice change for me as train services are actually running on Sundays around here!
I live outside London, and I've only been to a couple of events inside the M25, but was pleasantly surprised that the trains (if somewhat packed) managed to cope. Someone throwing themselves in front of a train at Surbiton last night didn't help my return from Wembley though...
wam wrote:Apart from their obsession with working Ben Ainsle into every event.
Yes the Ben Ainslie obsession was annoying, especially as Percy & Simpson looked the better bet for a sailing gold on the day both boats had their medal races.
dubsola wrote:Yeah, the BBC has been absolutely killing it. Free to air digital, and online with the iPlayer (which worked fine during the men's 100m), coverage of just about everything as far as I can tell, and it's all free. If this is a socialist utopia, sign me up.
The BBC is showing every single sport - it should be possible to find the right red button channel or online stream for whatever you want to watch (as long as you're watching in the UK, that is). The only contention might be where there are multiple events in the same sport going on at once. On the main channels, they've tended to cover what people are most likely to want to watch - so mostly the more popular sports and events where British athletes are competing. That said, though they showed the Team GB mens football exit on BBC3, I think most people were watching Farah, Ennis and Rutherford winning golds in the athletics on BBC1 - I was trying to watch both at once.
One of my friends has a photo of themselves watching handball live in the stadium, whilst simultaneously watching Murray v Fererer in the final of the tennis on a BBC stream on their mobile phone. That blew my mind, as I would've thought the contention for mobile data bandwidth in the stadium would be horrific.
We have a friend who is out in Hong Kong for 6 months, and he's been complaining a lot that the local coverage has shunned what he wanted to watch e.g. no sign of the road cycling or rowing when Team GB were winning their first golds. I bet there was a lot of coverage of the badminton, where half the results were pre-determined by the team management... (one of my bosses is a badminton fan who has been ranting about this).
Adacore wrote:Also, because multiple networks are showing the games, it's not uncommon to have two or even three of the four channels showing the same event simultaneously, even when there are half a dozen other events going on at the same time.
We get this in the UK during the later rounds of the football World Cup / European Championship. The two main terrestrial channels share coverage of the World Cup, so they'll show different group games and knockout matches to begin with. But when it gets to the semi-finals and final (especially if England are involved), both channels will show the same match.
bigglesworth wrote:I don't see why we can't charge the rest of the world ludicrous sums to experience what we do.
It certainly works for selling Eastenders, Top Gear, Dr Who etc...