Most of the opening ceremony and closing ceremony seems to be there but there was probably a bit of editing, and it has the NBC commentary throughout. I didn't like the BBC commentary on the UK broadcast so I have downloaded the Worldwide feed (no commentary yay!) to watch it how I think it was intended.
Broadcasters always have to stick their own commentators on, yapping over everything, it's really annoying! BBC as well as NBC!
Yes, I think this is a fantastic event. It is such a wonderful thing to see how these athletes have overcome their disabilities. The triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It is a very inspiring thing to see. Shame on the US TV companies for not giving it maximum coverage. I would say the same about the BBC and ITV here of course, you have to go to Channel 4.
I agree that it's sad there is no proper coverage on US TV, some of these Paralympics events are very exciting, I've been dipping in and out for a few days now.
The only reason there is no coverage outside News bulletins on ITV or BBC in the UK is that Channel 4 bought the exclusive rights, but as everyone can receive Channel 4 for free, that's fine. They have even added three extra dedicated channels, in addition to their main two channels, so their coverage is splendid and is getting large viewing audiences. BBC Radio Five Live have the radio rights in the UK, so there is a lot of coverage on there too.
They say the crowds at the Olympic Stadium are making more noise than in the actual Olympics, and it's also full to capacity every day. GB is up to 2nd in the medals table behind China now, however you measure it. NZ and Ireland are 12th and 13th with 4 Golds each www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/19083815 which is astonishing for such small populations!!!
For all that I loved the real Olympics, I think that the Paralympics best reflects the true Olympic spirit. Even though I marvel at how the different levels of disability are worked out. That must be a nightmare.
"Another brick in the wall" is purely metaphorical, and relates to my earlier posts in the Olympics thread; which I criticized NBC's decision to heavily edit the opening and closing ceremonies. Another brick (as in, being walled in and imprisoned) is the ignorance of the American media to the Paralympic Games. But I won't dwell on it. I follow the Games on the BBC website....