August 14, 2016 |
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
August 13, 2016 |
When the word went out Wednesday that NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus was to hold a conference call with reporters about Olympics TV viewership, observers of NBC and Comcast suspected he had something to say. He sure did. "This will be our most economically successful Games in history," Lazarus proclaimed. He announced that NBC had sold $30 million of additional advertising since the Olympics began - on top of the already record-breaking $1.2 billion total before the flame was lit in Rio de Janeiro.
August 6, 2016 |
NBC Sports' Olympic ad sales for Rio are 20 percent more than for the London Summer Games, at $1.2 billion with the games about to open officially Friday, a top executive said on Thursday. Seth Winter, executive vice president of advertising sales for Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports, said that the media company was "pretty much sold out of premium inventory" - which means prime-time spots on the NBC broadcast network - and that he was "exceptionally bullish on the games. " Ironically, Winter said, issues related to the games in Brazil - such as polluted water for swimmers and the Zika virus - have heightened the public's awareness of the Olympics and could lead to the bigger audience that advertisers are looking for with commercials.
August 1, 2016 |
Hi, everyone. My name is Jon, and I'm a Summer Olympics addict. Morning, noon and night, you'll find me tube tied and chowing down with the NBC-hosted biennial. This summer's Aug. 5 to 21 marathon (plus two preview nights) will make for an even greater "staycation" with buddy Bob Costas as lead tour guide, taking in the sights, hearing dramatic backstories and cheering for all the Young Americans as "we" bring home the medals. TV travelers won't even have a body clock adjustment to worry about, as Rio sets its collective watch just an hour ahead of our East Coast daylight saving time.
July 29, 2016 |
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter revenues rose a slim 2.8 percent and the company reported a modest drop in profits as its slate of Hollywood movies - rocket-fueled in 2015 by the release of Furious 7 and Jurassic World - failed to repeat that success. Otherwise the cable and entertainment conglomerate had a solid quarter as its cable-TV business continued to heal - video subscriber losses were a negligible 4,000 compared with 69,000 in the year-ago quarter - and NBC broadcast-TV revenue rose 17 percent on more licensing and retransmission fees.
July 22, 2016 |
How big a deal is next month's 2016 Rio Olympics? "Countries at war are saying they'll stop their battles to focus on the games," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in a media event at JFK Boulevard headquarters Wednesday. The Summer Games also promise content and customizable technology as never seen in TV land before, Roberts said, as well as an audience for Comcast's NBCUniversal properties that is "more than three times bigger than ABC, CBS, and Fox ratings combined" over the Rio games' 17-day run, plus two preview nights.
March 25, 2016 |
Three men walked into a closet. If that sounds like the setup to a joke, it isn't. Instead, it's the odd beginning to a central moment in one of the most serious episodes in NCAA basketball tournament history. When, on March 30, 1981, Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt huddled in a Spectrum closet with the coaches from that night's national championship game - Indiana's Bob Knight and North Carolina's Dean Smith - they were hoping, amid the mops and brooms, to help the NCAA avoid a public relations mess.
January 16, 2016 |
After a slow period last year, TV ad sales for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are going "extraordinarily well" and could break records, a top NBC Sports official said on Thursday. Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal expects at least $1 billion in revenue and ad sales, which are eclipsing the pace of the London games in 2012, NBC Sports sales chief Seth Winter said in a conference call. NBC needs to get to $1.2 billion to break even, because that's what it agreed to pay for the games when it won the TV rights in 2011.
October 30, 2015 |
Maine at Villanova 7:30 p.m. Saturday Villanova Stadium TV: NBC Sports. Radio: WTEL (610 AM) Records: Maine 3-4, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova 3-4, 2-2 History: Series tied, 9-9. Villanova won last year at Maine, 41-20. Maine has won last two here. About Maine: Beat Stony Brook last week at home, 23-10 . . . Has not won two straight . . . Is 1-3 on road . . . Has been outscored on season, 165-126 . . . Lost at home to Yale two weeks ago, 21-10 . . . Nigel Beckford has rushed for 365 yards (4.0 avg.)
October 23, 2015
Yale at Penn Friday, 7 p.m., Franklin Field TV: NBC Sports. Radio: WNTP (990-AM) Records: Yale 4-1, 1-1 Ivy; Penn 2-3, 1-1 History: Yale leads, 47-34-1. Bulldogs won last year at home, 43-21. Penn has won 10 of the last 11 here. About Yale: Won at Maine last week, 21-10 . . . Won, 27-12, at Lehigh, where Penn lost, 42-21 . . . Deshawn Salter is second in the Ivies in rushing at 93.6 yards a game . . . Morgan Roberts is third in league in passing, averaging 265.8 per. He has seven TDs and six picks . . . Victor Egu is second in Ivies in tackles (8.75)