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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 03:52 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 02:55 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: So if a person doesn't own a television, they aren't required to obtain a TV license.

Incorrect. Live internet streams also require you to have a license if you're watching stuff on sites like the BBC, whether it be on computer or mobile phone etc.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 03:53 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 03:52 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 02:55 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: So if a person doesn't own a television, they aren't required to obtain a TV license.
Incorrect. Live internet streams also require you to have a license if you're watching stuff on sites like the BBC, whether it be on computer or mobile phone etc.

Rephrase: If you're planning on receiving BBC broadcasts in some form, you have to get a TV license, otherwise no. Point remains.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 03:56 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 03:53 PM, yurgenburgen wrote:
At 8/9/12 03:52 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 02:55 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: So if a person doesn't own a television, they aren't required to obtain a TV license.
Incorrect. Live internet streams also require you to have a license if you're watching stuff on sites like the BBC, whether it be on computer or mobile phone etc.
Rephrase: If you're planning on receiving BBC broadcasts in some form, you have to get a TV license, otherwise no. Point remains.

"You need to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record TV as it's being broadcast."

The BBC is not the only UK TV station to be broadcasting live, whether that be online or whatever.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 04:09 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 02:55 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: So if a person doesn't own a television, they aren't required to obtain a TV license.

Same here. In fact, the german fee model was build after the british fee model. I just phrased it badly. So, I have to pay a fee if I might be able to recieve a public program in my own home.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 04:25 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 01:28 PM, ZJ wrote:
At 8/9/12 01:02 PM, Otto wrote:
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I'm so jealous. I'm tired of damn McDonald's ads telling us Americans to cheer for our athletes so we can get free burgers.

The worst part is that the promotion won't let us choose, otherwise many would have chosen Phelps for easy wins.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:41 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 03:19 PM, HollowedPumkinz wrote: But it's cool, we get pretty decent coverage of where most Americans are doing well at and some others too, like Sync Swimming, Equestrian, etc. I haven't seen any boxing action or weight lifting, or ping pong or other smaller sports.

They're covering those sports on MSNBC, CNBC, and NBCSP throughout the morning and/or afternoon depending on the channel. Boxing has been on like everyday for the past week, week and a half maybe. I even watched a little taekwondo earlier today.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:45 PM Reply

I don't really care about the Olympics, but the English hockeyplayers just got their asses RAPED!


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:49 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:45 PM, Syztm wrote: I don't really care about the Olympics, but the English hockeyplayers just got their asses RAPED!

There isn't an England team competing.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:50 PM Reply

America in the lead again in gold and Medal count 89 medals to chinas 80 and 1 more gold than china.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:50 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:41 PM, chiefindomer wrote:
At 8/9/12 03:19 PM, HollowedPumkinz wrote: But it's cool, we get pretty decent coverage of where most Americans are doing well at and some others too, like Sync Swimming, Equestrian, etc. I haven't seen any boxing action or weight lifting, or ping pong or other smaller sports.
They're covering those sports on MSNBC, CNBC, and NBCSP throughout the morning and/or afternoon depending on the channel. Boxing has been on like everyday for the past week, week and a half maybe. I even watched a little taekwondo earlier today.

I keep forgetting about the time difference as to when these are shown. Did you guys at least see some of the BMX quarter finals? The guy from the US did really well (qualified first) and all of that was pretty entertaining to watch.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:54 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:51 PM, Ejit wrote: Tonight there were finals for the 200m, 800m, triple jump, decathlon, taekwondo and women's football

Aside from the football, which I have no interest in, I watched all of that in the background while I was working.

And you're talking about license fees and advertising

And?

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:54 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:51 PM, Ejit wrote: That Rudisha seems like a lovely guy too, n what a run.

Better than the 200m race imo. Well the 200m has the Bolt factor of course and what a legend Bolt already is, but that 800m final was superb. Rudisha seemed to just pull all the other runners with him even while I completely dominated them at the same time. Says a lot about the sheer quality of that man that his World Record performance also boosted the performances of each other runner. Didn't they all, bar one or two make new personal bests? And the ones who didn't made still made seasonal bests. What a runner he is.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:56 PM Reply

I don't know why I said I.

Also Jade Jones, how awesome. The women seem to doing remarkable well for GB. The men aren't too shabby either.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:56 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:49 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:45 PM, Syztm wrote: I don't really care about the Olympics, but the English hockeyplayers just got their asses RAPED!
There isn't an England team competing.

Err yes there is?


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:57 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:54 PM, Gagsy wrote: Didn't they all, bar one or two make new personal bests? And the ones who didn't made still made seasonal bests. What a runner he is.

The last guy to cross the line (Osagie, British guy) finished in a time that would have got him gold in the last three Olympics. And yes, it was his personal best.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 05:59 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:56 PM, Syztm wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:49 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:45 PM, Syztm wrote: I don't really care about the Olympics, but the English hockeyplayers just got their asses RAPED!
There isn't an England team competing.
Err yes there is?

Err no, there isn't.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 06:00 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:56 PM, Syztm wrote:
Err yes there is?

Lucky you Dutch are better at sports than geography.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 06:12 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 05:59 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:56 PM, Syztm wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:49 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:45 PM, Syztm wrote: I don't really care about the Olympics, but the English hockeyplayers just got their asses RAPED!
There isn't an England team competing.
Err yes there is?
Err no, there isn't.

Meh, I tend to call it England incorrectly most of the time, sorry about that :P you catch my drift, though.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 06:16 PM Reply

America will win the Olympics like they always have.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 06:21 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 06:16 PM, hateyou1 wrote: America will win the Olympics like they always have.

Like they did in Beijing? Okay.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 06:24 PM Reply

At 8/9/12 06:12 PM, Syztm wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:59 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:56 PM, Syztm wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:49 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 05:45 PM, Syztm wrote: I don't really care about the Olympics, but the English hockeyplayers just got their asses RAPED!
There isn't an England team competing.
Err yes there is?
Err no, there isn't.
Meh, I tend to call it England incorrectly most of the time, sorry about that :P you catch my drift, though.

Isn't that like most people calling the Netherlands "Holland", by mistake? I mean, England is a part of Britain, though it is a country in its own right, though Holland is just a region of the Netherlands, not a country on its own, correct?


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 08:33 PM Reply

Good to see US women's soccer beating Japan this time, the japs got lucky last year. Abby Wambach and Hope Solo are yet to win a WC title though.

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 9th, 2012 @ 08:35 PM Reply

Anyone else upset about Hysen Pulaku not making it in the olympics?


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 09:27 AM Reply

At 8/9/12 07:11 PM, Ejit wrote:
More importantly though

Words/phrases I am sick of hearing on the BBC's coverage:

You've forgotten the best one!

Any commentary by Andy Jameson.

He will not go one minute without using the phrases "Goodness me" and "Very close/fast/slow/dangerous indeed".

I love it.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 10:09 AM Reply

At 8/9/12 08:33 PM, VGmasters wrote: Good to see US women's soccer beating Japan this time, the japs got lucky last year. Abby Wambach and Hope Solo are yet to win a WC title though.

Yes because it was their fault that they didn't win a WC title.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 11:50 AM Reply

At 8/9/12 06:21 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 06:16 PM, hateyou1 wrote: America will win the Olympics like they always have.
Like they did in Beijing? Okay.

Too be fair, when your biggest threat has the host country advantage shit can happen. But China is doing very well, and GB is doing WAYYY better than the first few days indicated they would.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 11:53 AM Reply

America is 2 golds and 10 medals ahead of china!! wooot!

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 11:56 AM Reply

they should have David tennant dressed as the Doctor for the closing ceremony

who could deny that face?

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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 12:07 PM Reply

At 8/10/12 11:56 AM, Otto wrote:
At 8/10/12 11:50 AM, Cootie wrote:
At 8/9/12 06:21 PM, liljim wrote:
At 8/9/12 06:16 PM, hateyou1 wrote: America will win the Olympics like they always have.
Like they did in Beijing? Okay.
Too be fair, when your biggest threat has the host country advantage shit can happen. But China is doing very well, and GB is doing WAYYY better than the first few days indicated they would.
I thought the point was there is no host-country advantage? Please prove it if you believe otherwise. GB got disqualified from winning a cycling gold over a minor error.

Host-country advantage doesn't mean the judges are on your side, they're on no one's side, it means the same thing as any home court advantage in any sport really. I mean, where would you rather play, in your home town, or thousands of miles away, with no one backing you but your team mates as well as not having a clue about your surroundings?

The Point is, GB feels more at home, which A. Relaxes them and B. Aren't distracted by tourist traps because they live there. Granted, it's not a huge advantage, and it shouldn't be, but the Advantage of being closer to home with your whole country thinking your an awesome athlete is indeed advantageous and still significant. It's also somewhat advantageous for America as well, being in a country of which you have close relations to, and speaks your language is much easier to get use to than say, China.


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Response to 2012 Olympics Discussion Thread Aug. 10th, 2012 @ 04:39 PM Reply

Of course a home advantage exists. I'll be honest, I don't think Jessica Ennis would have ran as fast as she did for the 100m hurdles if it wasn't for her being on home turf and pushing herself further for the cword. Also works in reverse though with the pressure getting to be too much for the home team and they falter.

At 8/10/12 03:02 PM, Ejit wrote:
Also, for fuck's sake BBC we don't need to see the replay of a changeover fuckup 20 times.

They don't actually control the camera. Pretty sure its a neutral company that beams the images worldwide. At least its what I've heard the commentary team say several times when the camera has chosen not to focus on something British.


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