fbenario wrote: Maat wrote:
I just had to express my disgust at f@*#ing NBC's monopoly of all
Olympic coverage in the US — they've always sucked but now they're worse, with no
live broadcasts at all!
What are you talking about? They're showing 5,000 hours of live coverage, every single event shown live
, including the bullshit non-sports like gymnastics and diving (and in the winter olympics, figure-skating; blechh!). Gotta have an objective winner to be a real competition, which means no judges voting on who wins.
We only get time-delayed
coverage on TV from NBC unless you pay
some premium for live, or fiddle with website work-arounds for live event streams (from BBC) on the computer. Canadians (or those close enough to the border to get their TV channels) have no problem. Just Google it to see I'm not alone.
► "NBC Is Tape-Delaying The Olympics Because They Are Smart And You Are Dumb, Says NBC" 07.31.12
NBC’s decision to tape-delay the Olympics has been vilified almost unanimously, for good reason. Especially on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, they’ve been receiving a steady stream of hate from Day 1, when they decided to make the Opening Ceremony unavailable on both television and their website until they could air it hours later in primetime. Since then they’ve continued this policy by delaying marquee events like swimming and gymnastics until the big money hours, showing them via web stream, but not as part of the television package.
NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus recently sat down with Sports Business Daily to defend this policy, and I have helpfully pulled out some of his most ridiculous quotes in case any of you needed a good excuse to go blind with rage and huck your laptop into a wall like a discus. Enjoy. ...
See also: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-fans-ways-circumvent-nbcs-online-control-010417267--oly.html
NBC, which spent $1.18 billion for the rights to broadcast the Olympics on the Internet and on television in the United States, has made it impossible for people without a pricey cable or satellite subscription to watch the Olympics live in the United States. Viewers can receive a complimentary four hours of live content with a temporary pass.
Only those customers who are first "authenticated" as paying cable or satellite subscribers have access to live streaming of every Olympic event, a move that has led to a explosion of anger at the network on Twitter under the unofficial "#NBCfail" hashtag.
Other complaints included NBC streaming that didn't work and the network bombarded viewers had too much advertising.
For its regular network coverage, NBC, which is owned by cable giant Comcast Corp, has tape-delayed some of the most popular sports for the U.S. prime-time audience, meaning they air nearly five to six hours after they have happened.
This helps NBC maximize its return-on-investment by saving the top events for the largest audience and thereby the biggest advertising pay-off. But it has also led to event spoilers and criticism that the network was putting the interests of its business over those of its viewers. ...
As for what is or isn't a "non-sport" that's purely subjective; I don't care about competition or "winners" but I do
want to see the best of beautiful human skills in gymnastics, diving etc., not just speed
I'm not interested in the team events, but my husband was pissed off with their time-delays on the soccer matches too.