Timow’s Take: The 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony broadcast

MIXED. That’s one word of how I describe my reaction on the broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics earlier today (local time). The three-hour spectacular show of contributions and history of Russia and the city of Sochi is well performed in the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

The Win Parts

In the technical broadcast, TV5’s proceeding is the live broadcast with no representing commentators save from the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) there. Take that NBC! The United States’ NBC, just like the 2012 London Olympics, will need to butcher the tape first before showing off to the screens “tailored for American audience.” This is defined as: ethnocentric broadcast.

In the performance, I appreciated the contributions of Russians by their alphabet (the 33-letter Cyrillic alphabet), ballet music and the floor projections.

The Fail Parts

When I turned on to AksyonTV, I was surprised that AksyonTV, a much clearer frequency than TV5 in my home province of Pampanga, signed off at midnight as the coverage begins on the main station. They promised to cover the opening ceremonies like the latter, but probably, on a later time because it falls on the graveyard shift.

During the opening performance, they projected a sole EPIC FAIL on the Olympic Rings, failing to open the very right side of it. However, the error is compensated at the end of the opening ceremony after the Olympic flame is lit outside of the stadium.

The most disappointing among the other parts of the Olympics is the cutting the commercial breaks during the Parade of Nations. I counted five commercial breaks during the parade and here the nations that was omitted: Azerbaijan, Albania, Hong Kong (emphasis mine), Georgia, Denmark, Dominica, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and Chile.  On the said emphasis, the Hong Kong delegation was cut by the second commercial break and I know most of you will be disappointed at Manny V. Pangilinan’s face as if it is an implied, intentional and political act.

Overall decision

I just can’t say so much words as I watched the three-hour show on an ill timing. But this is just the beginning of the Games and the next 16 days will be a big challenge for the competing athletes in their disciplines of their events. It’s up to their strength to win and to play fair.

Greetings and condolences

Timow’s Blog joins in condolence with the friends of Arvin “Tado” Jimenez, who recently passed away by the bus accident in Mountain Province. Also, the blog wishes President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III a wonderful and a hopeful 54th birthday.


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