Olympic Dreams

We’ve passed the half-way mark (I think) in the 2018 Olympic Games. It all seems a little unreal to me.

As a usually proud Canadian I want our athletes to do well. However, it has been difficult for me to cheer for them in real time. The CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, has the Olympic broadcast rights – but they don’t want me to watch, even though my taxes are paying for the broadcasts.

It isn’t personal, I understand that, though it still frustrates me. CBC has Canadian broadcast rights, and I am a Canadian living in Germany. When I try to watch a live sports broadcast on the CBC website, I am informed the material I wish to view is not available in my area.

There probably isn’t any way around that. (And yes, tech wizards, I tried using my Canadian employer’s VPN, but it didn’t work.) Maybe I should send an email of complaint to the CBC, but I’m not sure what good that would do. Rules are rules after all. I can’t even download the mobile app. I could contact my Member of Parliament I suppose, but he has a track record being non-responsive.

We don’t have a television, so what I am left with is the German broadcaster’s website. They naturally feature German athletes, though oi have been able to catch some of Canada’s curlers in action. The accompanying commentary is, of course, in German –  which presents a linguistic challenge for me. I keep telling myself it is good practice.

I guess I’m just going to have to accept it. It’s not like I have any choice in the matter. I suppose it is possible that there are area bars with an English-language satellite feed, but I have no idea where they are. Certainly there are none in this town. Even if there were, except for weekends the time difference between here and Korea means the stuff I most want to watch is on when I am at work or school. I guess I should be content with reading about the Games after the events have taken place.

Who “wins” the Olympics is a question that has been debated in Canada in recent years. Is the winner the country that wins the most medals overall, or the most gold medals? Officially I think it is gold that determines the rankings. At the moment it doesn’t seem to make a difference – Norway leads in both categories. However, Canada and Germany are battling closely for second place. Canada will pick up a couple of more medals in hockey, possibly a pair of golds, and that would put us ahead of the Germans both in gold medals and total medals.

I’m not sure how seriously they take such things here, but maybe it would be better if I don’t make too much of a big deal about it. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone.

Go Canada Go!

One comment

  1. I remember the first time I traveled with a laptop computer in the states and was naive enough to think I would watch The National online as I did at home. Really frustrating experience.

    As to, “even though my taxes are paying for the broadcasts;” we live an hour east of Toronto and don’t have satellite or cable. The two “local” CBC stations (Kingston and Peterborough) were converted to CTV several years ago, though the Peterborough one frequently plays Global News just to confuse things.There is a CBC station in Toronto, but because digital signals are all-or-nothing, we only get it 50% of the time, something that never happens with American signals.

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