NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games was nothing more than awful! I watched CTV/SNP/TSN coverage of the games first and it was amazing. The director of the opening ceremonies used not only the stage, but the entire crowd as part of his huge canvas. The entire building was the show. CTV's coverage was like being in the stands and I really felt like we got to watch it as it was meant to be seen; as a cultural spectacle. NBC's coverage was terrible. They did a close up of a dancer with an ear piece taped to her ear. They kept showing the crowd when I want to see what the crowd is looking at! They did close ups for most of the ceremonies. I didn't even get to see the entire stage for over 60% of the time. My belief is that NBC doesn't want to show the beauty that was put on before us, to the millions of American viewers watching at home. Not only that, they also aired it 1.5 hours after it started! They cut out a good chunk of the show as well. The camera work was awful. I feel bad for the Americans that didn't get to enjoy the beauty we displayed, but i'm pissed off because some of them are too arrogant and self loving to actually show it for what it was. Shame on us for allowing NON olympic camera work into the building for the show after the atheletes walk in. If we were smart, we would have said that the Americans had to use our cameramen/women. And Shame on the Americans for thier lack of professionalism.