Less Than 24 Hours Into The Olympics And NBC Has Already Ticked People Off

When NBC first announced it would offer free live streaming to all of the London 2012 Olympic Games, a lot of people were delighted that they would finally not be stuck having to wait until the network’s oft-derided prime-time broadcast coverage just to see the results of events that were already spoiled to most folks with an Internet connection. And yet, even with the live feeds, NBC has managed to piss off an awful lot of viewers.

It began at the beginning. NBColympics.com touts live streaming of “All 32 sports. All 302 events.” But this apparently didn’t include Friday’s Opening Ceremony. Not only was this not made available on the live feeds, NBC kicked a hornet’s nest of hate when it opted to break up the event, editing out a touching tribute to victims of terror attacks in favor of a heart-to-heart between apparent swimming enthusiast Ryan Seacrest and Subway shill Michael Phelps.

Speaking of Phelps, he’s at the heart of NBC’s second huge goof. For weeks, one of the main stories leading up to the games has been the inevitable standoff between the gold medalist and his U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte in the 400m medley. Well, that showdown happened in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday perfect timing for audiences on both coasts to watch live on TV and online.

Except NBC opted not to air any of Saturday’s swimming medal events — or subsequent medals ceremonies — live on TV, opting instead for live coverage of events like volleyball. And if you missed the live stream, you can’t stream the medal races until after they air on prime time TV.

The same goes for gymnastics. None of the archives of the men’s qualifying rounds from earlier Saturday are available for streaming, even though we are far from the medal events in this sport.

While we can sort of understand NBC’s desire to air the swimming and gymnastics in the more lucrative prime time hours, we also think that NBC is deluding itself into thinking that most people will come to tonight’s broadcast not knowing how the events ended — especially since the network is live-Tweeting results and posting huge spoiler headlines on NBColympics.com.

Beyond all the questions of programming, many people are complaining about NBC’s live streams. The most common hiccup — and one that we at Consumerist HQ have experienced on several different browsers and operating systems — is the YouTube-based live feeds (which randomly go to ads in the middle of an event) freezing up after between 20-30 minutes of streaming.

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  1. valen says:

    NBC’s Olympic “coverage” earned my contempt back when they interrupted the Vancouver closing ceremonies for the failed series “The Marriage Ref.” I really wish BBC’s live coverage of the Olympics wasn’t geographically restricted to UK residents. I think it is really sad that an event that focuses on international cooperation has some of the most egregious geographical content availability restrictions.

    • shufflemoomin says:

      Come on, the license payer is footing the bill for the BBC coverage. Why should anyone else get it for free?

      • RvLeshrac says:

        Because the Olympics are an international event. Neither the Games nor the broadcasts in the Host Country should be restricted in any way.

        • Cerne says:

          What?

          Lots of things are international events and have restricted broadcasts.

          • Sneeje says:

            Perhaps, but I think you could agree, the Olympics are supposed to be different. They exist to bridge divides between countries and are not supposed to be a profit-first (or second) enterprise. You can’t be surprised that people view it differently than the World Cup or NFL.

      • valen says:

        I would gladly pay 20 USD/mo (about 13 GBP/mo) to access BBC’s television service online. Unfortunately, access to the site is restricted to UK residents.

        • kathygnome says:

          There’s dozens of sites that will sell you a UK proxy to do just that.

        • 180CS says:

          I’d use a VPN instead. It encrypts your traffic (so you can literally use it to get around any content filter at work, or any IP blackouts, selectively throttling traffic as Comcast was caught doing, etc).

          I’m not going to go advertising anyone in particular, but you can easily get a decent VPN for about 5 bucks a month.

    • nopirates says:

      use expatshield and you can watch EVERYTHING on the BBC

    • Weekilter says:

      Blame it on the corrupt IOC.

    • Beauzeaux says:

      You can download various programs (Hide-the-IP, and so forth) that will allow you to connect showing a different IP. For example, you connect to an English server through which you can connect to the BBC.
      I watched the opening ceremonies streaming live from London.

    • 180CS says:

      This, my good sir, is why you need a VPN. I have 27 countries to choose from. Content blocked because I’m in America? Just a sec while I change my IP to one in London…

  2. Kestris says:

    WooHoo comments are back!

    I was disappointed that even though it said Equestrian and Archery would be on TV, instead there were things like Table Tennis, Volleyball, Handball and yes, Soccer instead.

    Every time I look at Facebook, another person is complaining about the so-called ‘coverage’ or lack thereof. Same with Twitter.

    NBC is failing miserably. Again.

  3. cris3429 says:

    Glad I’m not the only one that has been having freezing issues

    • stellapurdy says:

      Me too, browser crashed about 15 minutes into the session. And here I thought the NBC was doing a solid by having live video of all of the events. Then I soon found out that they would interrupt my viewing pleasure for 6 or 7 fifteen second commercials in a row, RIGHT AT THE MOST CRUCIAL POINT OF THE COMPETITION! NBC fails

      • nXt says:

        I use Chrome with ‘AdBlock’ extension and I didn’t see a single video advertisement when watching the live feed. Not a single one. I opened up Internet Explorer 9 to do some testing and geez soo many ads.

  4. Lisse24 says:

    I wouldn’t know anything about the streaming, because being one of those people out there without cable or satellite I’m not allowed to stream NBC’s coverage.

    • LoFiDave says:

      I have cable but it is the “Basic Cable”. When I try to log in, my cable company tells me I need to upgrade my service to see the live streams. :-(

      • mtarget says:

        My wifes job pays our Comcast Business Internet. We have Comcast cable. We can’t get the stream to the computer or devices because we dont pay for the internet. We’re paying over $100 and get dissed because of this.

      • Mark says:

        A little late to chime in but, I never heard of limiting live streams. Curious, what is your city and provider?

  5. nXt says:

    May/Walsh USA Beach Volleyball just finished vs. Australia.
    Can’t watch the replay since they’ll be playing it in Primetime.
    I’m glad I was able to use the NBC Extra LIVE app on my Nexus 7 to stream it while driving home from the car dealership to get my oil change. Then I finished up watching it live at home via my Verizon FiOS TV/Internet online in 1080p.

    • Rexy does not like the new system says:

      Not sure if spam or not…

      • nXt says:

        Why would it be spam? I’m just saying I was happily enjoying the Olympics.

        • Rexy does not like the new system says:

          The various product references raised a flag for me. Sounded like advertising.

          • consumer says:

            Well that is what nbc/universal branded it as… “NBC Olympics Live Extras”… it’s the app (both ios and android) and the website branding. I’ve been pretty happy with it myself… the live events are very cool because you hear the court announcers, it’s sorta like being there.

            Youtube seems to be keeping up with the demand well my only complaint is that they are sending it IPV4 only :D

            If I am lucky I will be able to avoid watching it on the tv at all this time :D

          • MaxH42 needs an edit button says:

            I think it definitely helps to know what worked for other commenters in case we want to try to replicate that experience ourselves. It’s not like he was on USA Networks and said “Then I used the in-dash GPS navigation system in my Ford Focus to effortlessly guide me home!” All of the brands were relevant, IMO.

    • thomas_callahan says:

      So you watched it live streaming while driving?

  6. jp7570-1 says:

    The opening ceremony was marred by the generally moronic comments by Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer. They treated it as if it were the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Sometimes less is more, NBC, and there should have been FEWER narrative comments – especially those that were unnecessarily snarky by Viera and Lauer.

    • shufflemoomin says:

      You’ve got to battle the embarrassingly short attention span of the average American somehow.

    • Jesse says:

      As one tweet I saw stated, the opening ceremonies were worse than all the Superbowl halftime shows combined.

    • icerabbit says:

      I am glad I wasn’t the only one peeved at how the covered the ceremony.

      Watched a few events and wouldn’t you know it, more chatter, events cut short for interviews, …

    • xiziye says:

      100% Agree, I cant stand the usa commentary. I stopped watching the beijing opening ceremony and downloaded it from the BBC I think and it was 98% improved. Frankly I could do without any commentary.

    • AzCatz07 says:

      Beyond this, they seemed intent on saying something negative about every country that wasn’t the USA or Great Britain. And to explain the decision not to stream the opening ceremony by saying that we wouldn’t have understood the ceremony without their expert analysis of it is just insulting.

      I would threaten a boycott on NBC, but I can’t think of a single show that airs on that network that I watch, anyway.

    • daemonaquila says:

      Alas, the only answer for those who can’t stand moronic NBC decisions, and who don’t pay for cable/dish, is to download bootleg video from BBC. I’m not sure I see a down side to this.

    • qwill says:

      +1
      While I didn’t expect them to let us watch in peace, I didn’t expect the level of inanity either.

    • Emily says:

      Amen to that. The apex was during the Arctic Monkeys segment. A musical performance is going on, and you’re talking over it to tell me the history of the invention of the bicycle

      They’re just not in their right minds… it’s like, the Olympics is sports, so we must have Bob Costas speaking every single second. Even during what is essentially an arts event. For that matter, the commentators also spoil a lot of the legitimate sports parts by talking over them.

  7. rdclark says:

    $1.8 billion. That’s what NBC paid for the US broadcast rights to the XXX summer games.

    And people are whining that they are doing what they can to keep advertising revenues high by restricting the most popular content to their primetime broadcasts.

    Grow up. Get a clue. If you want to talk about putting the Olympics on public TV, be my guest (but don’t raise my taxes!).

    • Virga says:

      With access to so much media now, the average Olympics watcher is permitted to “whine” about the 70 year old business model that makes up domestic US Olympic coverage. I suppose you are content drooling in front of the TV, clapping at whatever NBC throws at you, presumably taking notes on the ads so that you may purchase the products later. But I’m wondering:
      -Other countries’ broadcasters have to pay through the nose for rights, why do they have better coverage?
      -Why doesn’t NBC make an app that allows for payment to watch live events? No one said people weren’t willing to pay for better coverage.
      -Why the bizarrely complex tie-in to cable or satellite subscriptions?
      -Why does opening ceremony coverage have to “break-away” for anything when it is tape-delayed?
      and so on…

      • fatediesel says:

        No other country pays near what NBC does for the Olympics. The European Broadcast Union, which represents 56 countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Spain, paid a total of $746 million for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics. CTV-Rogers only paid $153 million for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics.

        In addition, you can criticize NBC for tape delaying certain events but it clearly works from a ratings standpoint. Saturday night’s events received ratings that were 8% higher than the 2008 games, when Phelps won his first gold medal live. It also received the highest opening night ratings ever for an Olympics held outside the US. I don’t like that NBC is tape delaying certain events but I can understand it from a business standpoint.

  8. Telekinesis123 says:

    “..editing out a touching tribute to victims of terror attacks”

    I’m tired of the Olympics being used for hysteria garnering and a political tool anyways.

    • momoftwokids says:

      So you don’t realize/care that this is the 40th anniversary of the terror attack at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich that left 11 Israeli athletes and coaches dead.

      I wouldn’t consider that hysteria garnering and political tooling. I would consider that a reasonable remembrance of Olympic history just like the video clips they showed of athletes competing at previous games.

      • lvdave says:

        Damn… had forgotten.. I was in the US Army stationed in Germany in 1972, and the Olympic committee gave the US Army/Europe a large block of tickets to various events. I managed to snag one, which came with a 3-day pass. I arrived in Munich, got a room at a hostel, and headed out to the Olympic grounds via U-Bahn. When I arrived at the Olympic stop, all hell had broken loose. Since I wasn’t big on crowds that looked like they were about ready to turn into a riot, I quickly got on a train going BACK to town. It wasn’t until I got back into downtown, and got back up on the streets, did I find out exactly what had happened… Needless to say the event I had a ticket for, which was scheduled for the next morning, was postponed. Fortuantly, the event was rescheduled for the next day at the same time, so I was able to catch the event, and still catch a late train back to the base prior to the 3-day pass expiring. Hard to believe it was 40 years ago….

      • PunditGuy says:

        That wasn’t what the tribute was for. It was for the victims of the 7/7 attacks in London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings). If the games were in the U.S. and the BBC decided to cut away for a meaningless interview with a British athlete just as a 9/11 tribute was airing, I’d bet there would be some Americans scratching their heads.

    • Weekilter says:

      Only when it’s your goat being gored.

  9. umbriago says:

    The thing I always liked about living near the Canadian border was the CBC, they used to do things right with the Olympics. ABC, and now NBC, are way too “America-centric,” for lack of a better term. Too much flag waving, not enough coverage of THE REST OF THE WORLD who just happen to be in our way as minor obstacles to U.S. glory.

    I do believe I have made the choice to just not watch this year’s games. I’m just not interested. And I do like sports.

    • eccsame says:

      I guess it’s so America centric because the majority of Americans care about watching the American athletes. I’m sure coverage of the curling competition at the winter Olympics is pretty Canada-centric on the CBC.

  10. Blueskylaw says:

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    • nXt says:

      Actually they do live stream everything online, even what this article says. Only the major competitions when finished you can’t replay watch it online, have to wait until it’s broadcasted on primetime. The other not so major events that finished, you can watch replay right away.

  11. AngryK9 says:

    I’m glad I don’t get into all of that stuff. Apathy is less stressful. :P

  12. STrRedWolf says:

    Talk about your epic user experience fail. You can’t even complain to them, the “Contact Us” page refuses to work.

    The regular iOS app “NBC Olympics” just pile on the problems for NBC. It’s dog slow… actually, more like snail slow. I can’t stream stuff on it because it doesn’t want to do anything but say “NOPE! You gotta watch this first!” Makes me want to punch a hole in my iPad 2.

    At this time it’s easier to ditch that app and go with the iOS “Live Extras” app, which is working very well. Why can’t they make the other app like the “Live Extras” app?

    • nXt says:

      The Live Extra app is the app you use to watch the live online streams.
      The NBC Olympics app is a general Olympics info app.

  13. DuckNCover says:

    I watched some stuff live this afternoon on TV but it wasn’t worth watching the prime time coverage tonight. I already knew how everything would end up. Even if I avoided ESPN (which had front page the results of the men’s swimming final), I had several friends on Facebook post about the results of events. All of them live either in the UK or Canada.

  14. PupJet says:

    I can safely say that I dislike NBC botching this. I know this morning I was watching Cycling, and then all day it was Volleyball (the one I saw was USA v S. Korea) and then went to Men’s Beach Volleyball (USA v. RSA or some such team). Never got to see ANY Swimming or anything else.

    This is NOT cool with me because I wanted to watch at LEAST the swimming. Makes me wonder if we’ll get to view the Gymnastics now!

  15. Rexy does not like the new system says:

    The opening ceremonies would’ve been better if it wasn’t for NBC’s twins yakking away the entire damn time. I was also pissed at their decision to not air it live. Air it live first, then show it later for the people who couldn’t watch it.

  16. CrackedLCD says:

    The live coverage has been a clusterfuck for me on multiple fronts… although my cableco carries NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo (the requirement to watch online), because it’s a small utility company that doesn’t offer internet service of its own, I can’t log in to legally watch what should be available. And it’s just as well, since my primary browser (Opera 12) doesn’t work with the NBCOlympics Live video in the first place. WTH? It’s just YouTube, and that plays fine from its own site.

    I tried getting the BBC Android app but it’s restricted to the UK (sideloading it works but without video. The news is millions of times better than NBC’s shameful tripe.)

    I’m not much of a sports fan so in the end this is no huge loss, but the hoops NBC makes us jump through to watch sporting events that otherwise wouldn’t get the time of day on US television is very disappointing.

    • consumer says:

      This I agree with. This whole cable tie in to try to save a dead business model is the only part of the whole thing I didn’t like.

      I also have a small cable provider and can’t get HBO Go even though I pay them more than they deserve. I was shocked when I found I could get a login for the nbc/youtube streams… I was expecting to be in the boat you are in.

      Check their website they have the schedule pretty well listed out for ‘what is on’ and ‘when it’s on’ the multiple universal channels.

  17. NorthAlabama says:

    they have already lost wimbledon for just such practices…how many more sporting events will they lose before they get the message or go out of business???

  18. MedicallyNeedy says:

    I watched the Opening Ceremony LIVE on my Roku box through BBC1 on the “NowhereTV” channel. Without Bob Castas’s inane commentary!

  19. tindog says:

    I can’t even get the live streaming to work. I can get sound but no picture. Same result with Chrome, Firefox, and IE9. Of course the ads work, just not the actual events. I can watch them on my iPhone with the Live Extra app, but that seems ridiculous when I’m right in front of a TV and computer. Grr…

  20. Foot_Note says:

    no suprise, they butchered the winter games…

  21. Rick Sphinx says:

    Cermemony Sucked! I was very dissappointed, and thought is was very lame and boring. China had nothing to worry about here. Plus Matt Lauer and Meredith kept talking over the whole thing like there were hosting the Rose Parade. At one point the screen had text “JK Rowling” then they butted in again, “That was JK Rowling” duh! NBC must think were too inept to understand anything. I was expecting a very european artsy type event. The producer of Glee would have done a better job. I always look forward to the opening ceremony, it has always been excellent, until now! I’ve read comments that the Queen was stone-faced, she was probably bored also; in her early years, she could have said “off with their heads” for such an awful production.

  22. Klay says:

    From incipid drivel commentary of the opening night (*please* don’t sing, Meridith) to the scheduling and streaming messes–remember–this is not NBC. Its Comcast!

  23. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    Here’s to being Canadian. At least up here, our Olympic coverage comes live, is on many channels, does not need verification that you subscribe to a certain cable/satellite package to receive live streams from CTVolympics.ca (yes, they will check to see if your IP address is in Canada, but that’s it. Sorry, Americans. Time to find a proxy server.) No Bob Costas, either. Though we do have a Brian Williams (not the one who anchors the NBC Nightly News…or did? I dunno. But it’s not that one.) Who can wax poetic for an inane period of time. But at least they won’t keep you from watching a live event so they can “save it for prime time.” And yes, 100% of the opening ceremonies were aired live Friday afternoon up here–save for the odd commercial break through the ever-long parade of nations, though they cut for commercial only when a few small countries came in, and yes, they caught up afterwards.

    • zonacal says:

      A Howard Stern reference? About time!!

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        Then you should follow me on Twitter and see my avatar–I think I did a pretty good Mii of the man whose name I kinda sorta stole. Yes it’s @fafaflunkie there too. But keep in mind I don’t do much tweeting–the novelty kind of wore off many moons ago.

    • RavPadfoot says:

      Living near Canada in Washington, we have always been able to watch CBC coverage of the Games and we’d gleefully watch the Games live on CBC. Unfortunately, right before the Vancouver games CTV won broadcasting rights. So, even though the Games were literally hours away and in our time zone, we’d have to wait and watch NBC. I soooo miss CBC coverage. I’ve heard rumors that CBC got the rights for the next games. Do you know if this is so?

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        You’ll get it back in 2014 and 2016–CBC won the Canadian broadcast rights to both of those Olympics. For how much? That’s being kept secret. Yeah, screw the taxpayers who’re ultimately paying for this; we don’t deserve to have transparency in government.

    • OthelloAndreus says:

      Yeah, but the downside is you have to listen endless renditions of Nikki Yanofsky’s Vancouver 2010 musical theme song “I Believe.” Fuck, I was so over that song during the 2010 games and now I have to listen to it again while watching the London games coverage.

      At least my satellite TV provider, Bell, offers three HD channels of live, commercial free, commentary free coverage of the Olympic events. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to the coverage on these channels; it’s just a shit mix of the Olympics.

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        You know there is an app for that right? The CTVolympics app (for iOS and Android) lets you live stream whatever event you want to see, without commentary, commercials (well, there is a pre-roll, but it’s 15 seconds–get over it) and no “I Believe” either.

  24. sparc says:

    Really nothing new here. People have been complaining about NBC olympics coverage for years.

    The reality is that NBC paid a lot of money to air the olympics. They’re making certain parts of the Olympics into an event by aggregating the audience at primetime hours where they make a lot of money via advertising.

    Advertising money helps pay for all of this. Streaming online pays very little. Nothing will ever change as long as everything is based on advertising.

    They had a record audience for the opening ceremonies, so they’re obviously doing something right.

    • OriginalFiveO says:

      Yeah, but the numbers are abit skewed given it’s based on a model where it’s assumed that a test household represents a significant portion of the American populace. Given technology nowadays, it would be easier to track user behavior patterns thru the box and mine that data (like how TiVo claimed that the most rewatched event was Janet Jackson’s nipple slip via box data).

      Also, how do we know the viewers viewed in to see how bad NBC would mangle the broadcast vs. genuine first time viewers?

  25. Rockfish says:

    “The most common hiccup … is the YouTube-based live feeds … freezing up after between 20-30 minutes of streaming.”

    This is exactly what I’m experiencing on my Comcast connection … every event, every stream, every quality setting. NBC & Comcast … the same damn company … need to get their shit together.

  26. deadandy says:

    Here are two ways to watch the BBC’s excellent coverage, streaming online:

    1) Install the free app Expat Shield which assigns you a UK IP address: http://www.expatshield.com/
    2) If you don’t want to install anything, use Tunlr. It’s an alternate set of DNS servers you can use that make you look like you’re coming from the UK when you go to the BBS web site: http://tunlr.net/

    Then go to the BBC site and stream away. I encourage you to disable any ad blockers you might have as a way of supporting the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/2012/

  27. RandomHookup says:

    Since I only subscribe to Verizon DSL, not Verizon FIOS, I don’t qualify for free streaming. I got a 4 hour free pass that lasted all of 3 hours.

    The weird part was the US women’s soccer game had no announcers online. Okay to some extent, but made it tougher to figure out what happened in a couple of instances. I can understand they might not have announcers for the non-marquee matchups, but it seemed surreal.

  28. SavijMuhdrox says:

    anybody else enjoy sitting thru the opening ceremony and getting psyched for the Olympics only to be hit with the “NBC has FOOTBALL 2 months from now!” commercial…

    ahh, yes.. stay classy NBC..

    • Friendly Curmudgeon says:

      I agree, that was obnoxious, and it mostly reminded me that NBC doesn’t have much else going for them right now, ratings-wise, besides the Olympics and football.

  29. DaveInBillsburg says:

    Well the tape delay didn’t hurt NBC for either the opening ceremonies or the 4×100 medley medal event last night, but had the highest non-US olympics overnight ratings for the network. Last night’s coverage was up 2% over Beijing. Even with many people knowing the event they still watched it on delay. Saw Darren Rovell report that NBC’s median age for viewers of the Summer Olympics in 2008 was 45, the 2010 Winter Olympics was 47, I’m figuring this year will be 49.

  30. DaveInBillsburg says:

    I watched BBC’s coverage on Saturday morning through a proxy, (I watched the Red Sox-Yankees game Friday night), from the highlights I saw of NBC’s coverage, the commentary wasn’t much different on BBC.

  31. yzerman says:

    Whenever I heard NBC and Olympics in the same sentence I just roll my eyes. They are idiots.

  32. Mark says:

    I think the OLYMPICS and the IOC are idiots. I think the OLYMPICS are sports real men would never watch but somehow ever 4 years during the summer, these non-real sport masquerade as actual “SPORTS,” with more commercials and people who also never watch ANY sports but kind of pretend they do every FOUR years.

    I get annoyed of commercials, and happy feel good stories; so I avoid NBC as much as possible.

  33. jumbojeepman says:

    Some are sports, some are games, some are athletic skill competitions. People watch because it’s an international competition and we want the most medals. What annoys me the most are people who complain that not enough USA basketball is shown, even though there is a dedicated channel for Olympic basketball. You can see the same players play basketball for about 60% of each year, and watching them pound some lesser team in the early rounds isn’t very exciting at all. The other choice is to show a sport that isn’t on TV very often, and thus is novel and generally more exciting due to the closeness of the competition.

  34. smeuchel1 says:

    for those who didnt get to see it, heres a good working link, http://peekyoutoo.com/2012/07/london-olympics-2012-opening-ceremony-part-2/
    its out of Canada, and starts a little bit into the opening ceremony but you can change the 2 to the 1 for the first hour of coverage

  35. Emily says:

    The thing that’s really irritating me (and I think is new to this Olympics) is that whenever a U.S. athlete is on the podium during a medal ceremony, NBC sticks to insanely tight close-ups of the American athlete and completely crops out the other two winners… And by tight I mean that you get a five-second shot of the athlete’s bracelet on the wrist, which is next to the medal, then a shot on the face so tight that you can see acne but barely the athlete’s ears.

    God forbid you should cover this as though it were a news event and the audience might want to see all three winners. As if some people in America might be immigrants who want to see the winners from their home country… or, I don’t know, have any interest in the existence of non-U.S. athletes.

    Fortunately the U.S. winners lean over to shake the hands of their unimportant non-American peers, so you sometimes get a fleeting glimpse of the side of a foreign athlete’s head.

  36. dush says:

    NBC doesn’t even do the web streaming. You have to be paying some television provider and put in your access credential. Except the credential page doesn’t work right.

  37. ClownBaby says:

    I know someone working at NBC and she’s essentially on call until after the Olympics are over. She’s only on the IT side of things, but if you pass on your complaints, I will probably not send them to her because I avoid talking to her unless I have to. That being said, some parts of NBC are trying hard to make people happy. Others are sitting around swimming around in all that Sheinhardt Wig money.

  38. iesika says:

    I just want to know why NBC, which, last I checked, is a broadcast network, wants my cable provider information before I can view the videos on their website.

    I’ll turn off adblock if you ask me, but I don’t have cable.

    All I even wanted to see was the opening and gymnastics. Because I can’t watch them legitimately, I’ve been streaming BBC through a proxy, and NBC isn’t getting my ad revenue or pageviews.

    • Felix says:

      Yes i know what you mean. I live in England and i do not have a TV now because the BBC put a load of crap on except on these occasion`s Olympics,World Cup,Wimbledon,Cricket,and so on.
      What get`s me is you have to have the BBC licence evan if you have Sky,or Virgin media,and they charge extra for their packages. It`s all about Money again.
      I am glad you can stream BBC through a proxy. Good luck to you.

  39. Felix says:

    I live in England,and i can`t watch it either?
    It gives you five sites,but there is a catch to each one mainly you have to have a BBC licence to watch live TV has it happen`s.
    I do not have a TV licence because of all the crap they put on.
    When it comes to special event`s like the Olympics or the World Cup that`s where they have got you. It costs £142-50p for the licence(It`s gone up since then) Thats around $228 and you get no extra channels for it.