WARNING: LONG RANT BELOW!!
Okay, this might have already been posted somewhere here on Tumblr, but I need to address this (and I attempted to make a response twice on the actual site, and it hasn’t posted. >n< So my post is going here.)
Watch every event live on NBCOlympics.com
Posted by Mike Florio on July 29, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT
Forget the opening ceremonies. The Olympics officially have begun only when folks who know squat about the television business start pissing and/or moaning about the fact that many key events are shown via tape delay in prime time.
They rail about the fact that it’s a new world, unconstrained by the normal viewing windows.
Meanwhile, these tech-savvy complainers don’t realize that every event is being streamed live at NBCOlympics.com.
That’s right. Every event.
So instead of logging on to Twitter to piss and/or moan, why not log on to NBCOlympics.com and watch the events live?
After all, it’s a new world, unconstrained by the normal viewing windows.
No. This is not okay. This is not how you react to complaints against the coverage of the Olympics. I honestly don’t know what Florio’s position is in NBC’s company, but he seriously needs to take some classes in how to properly post a reaction to complaints (or if he even has a position with the company. For all I know, he’s just a blogger NBC allows to post to the site.) But calling NBC’s viewer complaints “pissy” isn’t right (even if in some cases that description fits.)
And his comment to log on to NBCOlympics.com? Yeah, that doesn’t quite work.
Sure, you can stream full replays of the events and specific matches for free through YouTube…provided they happened the day before yesterday. And for some events you don’t get even that. If you want to see the what happened the day before yesterday/yesterday/today, you have to stream through your cable/satellite provider. And if you aren’t paying for specific packages through said provider, I guess you’re just shit outta luck (note that we have Comcast, and we only have basic cable - no Xfinity or whatever the hell they want us to subscribe to. I can’t say exactly what the other providers are doing…maybe Comcast is just being a whiny bitch about us not paying for their extended services - I don’t know.)
Also, some events don’t show that they’re recorded, and you have to go through a few pages to even find the “Full Replay” links. There are also events that don’t have any video recording listed, and clicking on the specific event details pulls up nothing. So either they weren’t recorded, or haven’t been uploaded yet (maybe they’re transferring the cable provider streaming into YouTube versions? Trying to give them the benefit of the doubt here.)
It is worth noting that the highlights are streamed through YouTube, no matter what the day is…but there aren’t many listed, and they only showcase a very, very tiny portion of what can be extremely long events.
I can maybe understand not streaming today’s events for free, that I think is reasonable. But I don’t think it’s fair to the viewers who don’t have those extended services to be forced to wait to watch the videos for the previous days, or be forced to upgrade their services in order to stream them.
I did go through every singe sport on the site, sampling from each of the daily listings of full replays from the “Results and Schedules” (mainly on the first and last “broadcast” times from each day - if there was a long list for the day, I would sample a couple from the middle of the list.) If there was a “Highlight” piece listed, I would check it to see if it would stream.
If there wasn’t a piece listed immediately on the page, I would click on the event in question to see if I could find any video buried in the site (and those seemed to also follow what I mentioned up top, with a few variances here and there.) There were a few broken links to the “Full Replay” videos, but I’m gonna give them the benefit of the doubt on those and chalk it up to server and link errors.
Thankfully, we don’t really have much interest in the Summer Olympics, but since the service that we used during the last Winter Olympics is no longer provided by Comcast (we used Universal Sports, and it covered quite a few events the normal NBC channel didn’t), we’re going to have to figure something else out.