Apple News Introduces Coverage Portal of 2018 Winter Olympics in Partnership With NBC

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    Apple News will be a go-to source for coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which officially begin with Friday's opening ceremony, although some competition is already underway.

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    A new section devoted to the Winter Olympics is now available within the "For You" tab of Apple News in the United States, and it will feature articles, videos, and other coverage of the games over the next two weeks.

    Apple has partnered with NBC for the new section, but coverage will be provided from a variety of sources, according to Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch. Live streams and full replays of specific events will link directly to the NBC Sports app, while clips from events will be viewable within Apple News itself.

    The portal will also feature a planner for viewers to figure out when specific events are scheduled, and it will allow users to add events they want to watch to their calendars. There will also be a medal tracker and daily roundups given a 14-hour-plus time difference between South Korea and the United States.

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    I saw this a couple days ago
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    It's there in the TV app
     
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    Yup. Still not avail in Canada.

    I'm starting to think it might be because of the two official languages - unlike US, UK and Australia whose lone official language is English.
     
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    Thanks. I'll look for it. Just set up my new 4K ATV on Tuesday and am still getting used to the new layout.
     
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    Nope, it's because CBC has the broadcast rights in Canada (shared with TSN and SportsNet), so the NBC-provded content would be in violation of that. We're not a large enough market for Apple to make local changes.
     
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    saw this in Apple news this morning. How do I turn it off?
     
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    Live streams from NBC? I’ll believe it when I see it.
     
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    No I'm talking about the Apple News app - It's only available in the US, UK and Australia. Not in Canada.
     
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    If previous NBC Olympics are any indication, both TV and streaming coverage will be 1/3 commercials, 1/3 talking heads narrating emotional pieces on featured athletes, and 1/3 actual footage. Have fun watching 20 minutes of mindnumbing fluff to get to 10 mins of the good stuff.

    The only palatable way to watch events these days is to DVR.
     
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    Unless it’s a Canadian requirement that both English and French are required I doubt that’s the case. It’s probably something a lot more mundane: NBC doesn’t have broadcast rights in Canada.
     
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    Maybe it should be noted in the article that Apple News merely is nowhere available besides U.S., UK, and Australia...
     
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    Guys, I'm talking about the Apple News app - regardless of Olympics coverage or not. The app was released in 2015 - still not available in Canada.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_(Apple)
     
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    All broadcast TV follows the 1/3 ad to content formula, e.g., 20 minutes of ads for every hour you watch. That's why once you "cut the cord," it's mind numbing to go back to cable TV, etc.. When I travel and turn on the tv in a hotel room, it is sickening and reminds me of how bad that model is.
     
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    You can just change region from Settings .
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    Do not use the app.
     
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    I remember when I used to watch the Olympics. Nowadays I forget they are even around.
     
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    Not on the NewsApp but on the NBCSports app we watched Curling last night. Saw the Olympic trials here in Omaha last November and was curious how the US mixed doubles team, the Hamilton’s, would do. They are either brother/sister or married. Technically the Olympics hadn’t started yet, but some events were on last night (Wednesday).

    Not a lot of commercials but I imagine there wasn’t a huge audience either. Wouldn’t want to watch it once a week on a regular basis but I enjoyed it last November and still did last night so I’ll probably try to catch a few more matches.

    Not NBC’s fault but low res sucks for streaming.
     
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    Sports, even the olympics is a profit oriented endeavor. While many of the athletes and civic minded volunteers don't make money, everyone else wants to make a LOT of MONEY. That money comes from commercials.
     
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    Oh, ya, that one is odd. Even more so because the News lockscreen widget is available and has Canadian news sources.
     
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    I can, but that ****s up my dates, currency and other stuff that is region dependent.
     
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    Fixed that for ya. We don't actually have an official language.
    /back to your regularly scheduled programming.
     
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    I like the app. I do not like a particular story forced on me. I can turn every other topic on or off but not the Olympics? That’s ridiculous.
     

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