Showbiz Sandbox 156: Olympic Telecasts Turn Everyone Into A Sports Expert

July 31, 2012


The 2012 Summer Olympics got off to an auspicious start last week with coverage of the opening ceremonies earning record ratings. With broadcasters presenting events live on multiple channels, as well as streaming online, it’s never been easier to keep up with the games. We review how broadcasters are covering the Summer Olympics, not to mention explain why there always seem to be empty seats at sold-out events.

Meanwhile, the aftershock of the “Dark Knight Rises” theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado continue to ripple through Hollywood. Box office grosses were down significantly over the past weekend, though it is hard to know if moviegoers are staying away out of fear, or if something else is deterring them from theatres … like coverage of the Olympics.

Maybe cinema patrons are simply staying home to watch Netflix. Despite turning a profit and increasing their subscriber base, the company’s stock price declined. This didn’t stop Netflix from announcing they would soon be launching their movie rental service in Western Europe.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including a third “Hobbit” movie, what caused Warner Bros. to sue Amazon users and why the FCC fined Comcast.


‘Dark Knight Rises’ Commands No. 1 Slot Overseas

More Moviegoers Return to Multiplex, But Snub ‘The Watch,’ ‘Step Up 4’

Warner Bros. Moving ‘Gangster Squad’ To Jan. 11

Harvey Weinstein Calls for Filmmaker Summit on Violence in Movies After Colorado Shooting

NBC Nets Highest Rated Summer Olympics Opener In History

London 2012: NBC On Record Ratings Pace

London 2012 Olympics ’empty seats’ row: Q&A

‘Modern Family’ Cast Reaches Deal To End Salary Standoff

‘Modern Family’ Kid Actors Now Seeking Salary Raises

Spotify Releases U.S. Figures, Sees More Than 13 Billion Streams

Matisyahu Creates Unique Fan Experience Utilizing Spotify’s New ‘Artist Apps’

Major Labels Admit They’re Not Sharing Any Pirate Bay Award Money With Artists

The RIAA Knew SOPA and PIPA Were Useless, Yet Supported Them Anyway,0

Netflix Shares Tumble as Subscriber Additions Underwhelm

Netflix Is Already A Huge Threat To Amazon’s Lovefilm

Netflix To Investors: “We’re Taking Our Profits To Europe!”

CNN Head Jim Walton Out At Year’s End

GameStop: We’re Interested in Selling Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

Warner Bros. Files Mass Litigation Against Amazon Resellers

Comedy Central Extends Contracts With Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert

Peter Jackson’s Third ‘Hobbit’ Film: What Hath Warners Wrought?,0,5367915.story

FCC Hands Match To Tennis Channel In Dispute With Comcast

New York Review Books Does E Only With NYRB Lit

‘Knight Rider’ Producer Survives Round One In Universal Fraud Lawsuit

Nielsen Sued For Billions Over Allegedly Manipulated TV Ratings