International Olympic Commitee Broadcasts Confusing?

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It all seems confusing?

Shouldn't all the limited run, two week, nightly and daily, 200 hour plus network broadcasts of the Olympics be classified as mini-series, like the rest of network Olympic broadcasts? These titles are classified otherwise.
Mini-Series misclassified
Lillehammer 1994: XVII Olympic Winter Games 1994 | TV Series
Albertville 1992: XVI Olympic Winter Games 1992 | TV Series
Lake Placid 1980: XIII Olympic Winter Games 1980 | TV Movie
Innsbruck 1976: XII Olympic Winter Games  1976 | TV Series
Los Angeles 1984: Games of the XXIII Olympiad  1984 | TV Series
XII Olympic Games at Innsbruck" (1976)  1976 | TV Series

 Duplicates
1994 Olympic Winter Games (1994) (TV Series) seems to be a
duplicate of Lillehammer 1994: XVII Olympic Winter Games (1994) (TV Mini-Series)

The 18th Olympic Winter Games (1998) (TV Series)  seems to be a
duplicate of Nagano 1998: XVIII Olympic Winter Games (1998) (TV Mini-Series)

XV Winter Olympic Games (1988) (TV Movie) seems to be a
duplicate of Calgary 1988: XV Olympic Winter Games (1988) (TV Mini-Series)

Rio 2016: Games of the XXXI Olympiad (I) (2016) (TV Mini-Series)  seems to be a
duplicate of Rio 2016: Games of the XXXI Olympiad (II) (2016) (TV Mini-Series)

Similar IOC Titles
Does each country's broadcaster get its own version of the title for their show or is there one consolidated title for all the countries broadcasts? There are over a hundred different partner broadcasters licensed by the IOC. (ie Sky Italia (presents) Vancouver Winter Olympic Games (2010) (TV Series) and NBC (presents)
Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games)

Also, the official the IOC documentaries for each Olympics seem to be similarly titled with adds another layer of confusion? (ie.  IX Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1964 (1964)).

Missing IOC Broadcast Titles
Sarajevo 1984: XIV Olympic Winter Games (1984) (TV Mini-Series)
Innsbruck 1964: IX Olympic Winter Games (1964) (TV Mini-Series) (documentary only listed)
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956: VII Olympic Winter Games (1956) (TV Mini-Series)
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Hi urbanemovies -

Thanks for reporting these title listings, I have filed a ticket for our title editors to take a look and as soon as there is a status I will let you know here.
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Thanks, I also submitted a title request change for 10th Winter Olympic Games" (1968) as all Olympic Game titles use roman numerals, but I don't think it was approved.

The games were known as 1968 Winter Olympics, officially known as the X Olympic Winter Games. But, the most commonly used variation specifies the location and year with Olympic edition subtitled, Grenoble 1968: X Olympic Winter Games

correction
Rio 2016: XXXI Olympic Summer Games (2016) (TV Mini-Series)  seems to be a
duplicate of Rio 2016: Games of the XXXI Olympiad (II) (2016) (TV Mini-Series)


PS note: If you go to Plot Keywords and 1) delete "tv-series" and 2) add "tv-mini-series", the classification should change.
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timely 1 month bump
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Hey urbanemovies,

Thanks for your post and helping keep IMDb uptodate and accurate.

Our system isn't deisnged particularily well to list events such as the Olympic coverage, ideally these should be listed as a TV Series with each day reflected as a separate episode.

For example:

BBC: XVI Olympic Winter Games (TV Series)
  • Day 1 (Ep 1)
  • Day 2 (Ep 2)
  • Day 3 (Ep 3)
NBC: XVI Olympic Winter Games Coverage (TV Series)
  • Day 1 (Ep 1)
  • Day 2 (Ep 2)
  • Day 3 (Ep 3)
Fox: Olympic Winter Games XVI (TV Series)
  • Day 1 (Ep 1)
  • Day 2 (Ep 2)
  • Day 3 (Ep 3)
However, as we list our titles based on the name reflected on screen - the listings may be a little more confusing and less reflective of the channel name the coverage was from, for example:

1994 Olympic Winter Games (TV Series)
  • Day 1 (Ep 1)
  • Day 2 (Ep 2)
  • Day 3 (Ep 3)
Lillehammer 1994: XVII Olympic Winter Games (TV Series)
  • Day 1 (Ep 1)
  • Day 2 (Ep 2)
  • Day 3 (Ep 3)
These may both be valid as they might be coverage from different content providers of the same days events, ideally users should also include the production or distribution company (FOX, BBC, ITV, etc) and crew involved to provide further specificity to the source.

A good example how these should be displayed can be seen on the BBC's coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This is a TV Series with each episode relating to a particular game and the production company has been added as the BBC to differentiate this from other distributors.

Similarly, you can see the 2014 FIFA World Cup page works in the same way - although the production company here is HBS instead of BBC.

Due to the differences in sporting types, I recommend for the Olympics each episode relate to a day as opposed to an individual sport.

I'll shortly be updating our guides to reflect this. If you know any further information relating to the existing titles, we'd really appreciate if you were able to submit these updates for an editor to review.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Joel
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I would think mini-series would be more appropriate due to the limited run nature of each event. Regardless, it should be consistent for all the Olympic events not erratic. Thanks, for the update, as you point out the guides aren't particularly clear.
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Hey,

Thanks for the response.

My mistake, I meant to include they should be added as mini-series (either at the point of submission or by the keyword addition), this will be included in the guide updates when they go live.

Joel