Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympics

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London yesterday. However, if I had relied on my own country's broadcast company (NBC) I wouldn't have seen it.
A few months back NBC had announced they were going to stream all there content on-line. Well I was excited as I don't have cable or satellite and I also don't get over-the-air broadcasts. Then my looking forward to streaming the Olympics via the internet were then dashed as NBC later announced that, no it won't be for everyone, but only for those that actually have cable or satellite that subscribe to one of their channels! Well so much for my hopes of enjoying the Olympics.
I thought, ok, I'll check out BBC to see what they might have in the way of streaming, and nope, blocked for United States. So then I decided to fork over some money and get a VPN service ($10/month) that has servers in England. So I signed up and that is what I'm using, the VPN, then BBC's streaming.
It was so refreshing to watch the opening ceremonies without commercials every few minutes, and the constant pointless chatter by the commentators that have to hear themselves talk. I will miss the focus on American athletes but I'm enjoying BBC's coverage. Right now watching the bike road race.
It's unfortunate that NBC doesn't have the guts to embrace the internet. They could be a leader where maybe others would follow, but they fell flat.
You know what, I would have been happy to watch their streaming broadcast, filled with commercials, their inane commentary, but being a citizen of the US I'm not able to do that unless I fork out a bunch of money to them.
So for this Olympics I'll be watching the BBC and cheering on the US Team!

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