Watching the Olympics in China

The Olympics are broadcast in China on CCTV5, one of the national broadcast stations that carries mostly sports (including NBA basketball). The voice track, of course, is all in Chinese but the titles on the picture (e.g. the signage) are in English. Thus, there will be somebody commenting on the race that just happened in Chinese but the results when displayed will be in English (such as “Womens Downhill”). I think what happens is some company (probably NBC since it looks a lot like the visuals in the states) has the global contract on the visuals of the Olympics while the individual nations do their own voice overs. It works out really well for me since I can still enjoy the Olympics while I’m here.

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