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Super Bowl MVPs Aaron Rodgers, Hines Ward To Join NBC's SB Pregame Show
Published February 1, 2012
ONLINE STREAMING: The AP's Anick Jesdanun noted he had the chance to test NBC's live online streaming of games and wrote, "I have found the experience decent so far, but no substitute for the big screen." The video quality was "adequate over a cellular connection." Some of the players "looked more like video game characters than real people." Video on the phone "lagged the TV broadcast by about 30 seconds," and online video "lagged the TV broadcast by a full minute." Jesdanun noted Verizon will "block the video in and around the stadium to avoid overrunning its network" (AP, 1/31).
PIONEER DAYS: NFL Network’s Rich Eisen appeared on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly” last night, and Eisen said, “I was here from day one and it was an honor then, just as it is now. The league has gotten bigger and bigger, and thank goodness we're in more homes, and more and more scrutiny is upon us.” Eisen said of the Super Bowl ratings growing every year, “In this world of reality television, there's no greater reality than live sports. And there's no greater live sport right now than the NFL. It's a perfect convergence of the gladiator nature that everybody in America loves to see on display" (“Last Call With Carson Daly,” NBC, 2/1).