The Daily Show last week did a great spot about how the US newsmedia is handling the games. It was rather funny.
In brief, the way I understand it, NBC bought exclusive rights to the games in the US. They have chosen to air the games as if they are live, but during primetime. The other networks acknowledge this, but are trapped in a conundrum: they need to recognize NBC's right to show the games, and that most Americans have not yet seen a given event, but also have an obligation to report the news. So they've started using "Spoiler Alerts." Not a bad technique, but they haven't been successful at it. They'd say "If you don't want to hear the results of Michael Phelps's race, hit mute now." And then they'd show on the screen "PHELPS: GOLD". That mute didn't help at all!
And apparently NBC does a bit of cutting. In that they cut away from a really moving tribute to victims of terrorism in the UK (or do I have that wrong?) because it didn't matter to the US. And, less offensively, removed long waiting periods (like where an athlete is getting rid of the lactic acid in his muscles for 30 minutes, but they cut away 20 minutes of the wait).
I know I don't watch the games, but I'm glad that in Canada there are numerous networks showing the games. Out of curiosity, do people in the Northern US get any Canadian channels, and therefore watch the games on our channels too?
-Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars
"Who cares what evil lurks in the hearts of men!"
"Unless evil's carrying the Martini tray, darling."
-Frank and Sadie Doyle