NZ has four free to air tv stations, two state owned and two privately owned. One of the state stations has the rights to the Olympics, so they are showing all the live stuff. One of the private stations just does highlights.
I think the coverage has been pretty good. My major gripe is that most of the live stuff is in the middle of the night but that has nothing to do with TVNZ (Greece should move closer :D).
Every morning and early evening they do a round up of what the Kiwis have been up to that day but we seem to be getting a wide range of sports and seeing many countries represented. Of course we haven’t won a bloody thing yet so it makes it easier to focus attention elsewhere
They do seem to be showing less medal ceromonies then past years which annoys me a bit (those are my favourite bits).
When Kiwis do semi-well they will sing their praises. NZ beat Serbia (world champs) in basketball yesterday and their was much joy from the commentators, but it hasn’t got annoying.
I think the commentators are, for the most part, very good. They must have done all their homework before they left for Greece. Everyday I have picked up some interesting snippet about another country or sport. They describe what’s going on well too. (except for Anthony Moss…someone shoot him!!! grrrrr…sorry random Kiwi whinging moment).
We don’t seem to have the “historical/sentimental/nationalistic/boring montages” that you talk about.
TV ads have gone nuts though and every damn ad is insisting I be waving my little Kiwi flag all day long.
All in all I am happy with the coverage…all beats are off when we actually win something (hopefully in the rowing today!!! GO KIWIS) at that point I expect TVNZ to go nuts. So if you want better covearge stop winning every bloody thing