How are you watching the Olympics?

Look it's men's volleyball on the big TV, which we on't paticularly care about, and live swimming on the 14-inch computer that we do care about. Something is wrong there!

Look! It's men's volleyball on the big TV, which we don't particularly care about, and live swimming buffering on the 14-inch computer that we do care about. Something is wrong there!

Are you watching the Olympics live on your computer or avoiding all social media and tuning in at night to watch the tape-delay version? Are members of your family watching live while others are waiting?

Our family is having a very hard time with how NBC is broadcasting the games. We want to watch the events live as they happen and participate in the social media discussions, but it stinks to watch the events buffering on a 14-inch monitor of a computer or on the iPad.

The first day Michael was the only one that watched live on the computer, and I told him not to ruin it for us. I avoided social media and didn’t look at my Olympics app on my phone.

By the second day the whole family was crowded around a 14-inch monitor on the computer and the iPad to watch swimming live with the 42-inch TV looming overhead showing events nobody cared about!  I’m so glad dressage was broadcast on the big TV!

(We could hook up the Mac to the big TV to watch that way but A. I was working on the Mac and B. it buffers. And C. I shouldn’t have to work that hard to watch TV!)

We’re not alone in our frustration.

From Reuters:

“NBC on Sunday announced more record audiences for its prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics, even as the Twitterverse erupted in complaints about the U.S. network’s online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions.”

“Contributions to the Twitter hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks surged on Sunday, with many posters complaining about the quality of NBCUniversal’s online platform, which promised to show every sporting contest live for those unwilling to wait hours for the network’s main primetime coverage of the day’s events….”

“… NBC Olympics producer Jim Bell took to Twitter to respond briefly to some of the gripes early on Sunday.

“Coverage on both net & cables a mix of tape and live events. Yesterday nearly 40 hours of live Oly sports on television btw,” Bell tweeted.

Despite all the complaints, NBC’s viewership is soaring:

“Despite the grumbling, NBC said on Sunday that a record 28.7 million U.S. viewers watched its primetime coverage on Saturday’s first day of competition, when popular swimmer Michael Phelps was shut out of the medals for the first time in years.”

NBC said Saturday’s evening audience was 2 million more than watched the first day of competition during the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. An average 12.3 million U.S. viewers watched the Olympics on television on Saturday morning – a 56 percent increase over the Saturday daytime audience for Beijing in 2008, the network said.”

I don’t know why NBC doesn’t handle it like ESPN handled the World Cup and the European soccer championship.Everything was shown in real time but they had a nightly recap showing the highlights.

They can broadcast the events live and then still have their storytelling event with the best of the best at night. And people will still tune in! It’s relaxing to sit as a family and watch. (In truth, we’re DVRing the four-hour stretch and watching season 2 of “Downton Abbey” and then skipping through to see the stuff we want to watch in full with the kids.)

So how is your family watching the Olympics?

Are you watching the live stream on your computer?

Are you following online results?

Are you using an app on your phone to follow along?

If you could watch everything in real time during the day would you still tune of the Bob Costas recap event at night?

49 comments Add your comment

Hoo-ha fan

July 29th, 2012
11:22 pm

On the ipad with hoohas all around….must confess that buffering is no fun…but thats what all the hooha hoopla is all about

Atlanta Mom

July 30th, 2012
12:21 am

Ummmm, you can buy a cord and connect your computer/iPad to your TV.

Atlanta Mom

July 30th, 2012
12:22 am

And it’s not hard. This Luddite can do it.

Paul

July 30th, 2012
12:25 am

Not watching it at all. Waste of time

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Peter

July 30th, 2012
2:21 am

I think NBC is doing a great job.
It is the first time I can see complete Handball and Badmington matches, as well as Tennis. In previous Games, this was simply not possible. Also, I can see them live or on demand.
Of course, there is no perfect system and some people (the minority) are going to complain no matter what, but the truth is that it is really amazing and I am sure many people are enjoying it. Congratulations NBC.

motherjanegoose

July 30th, 2012
7:27 am

I loved the opening ceremonies. It is fascinating to see the different people/cultures and watch their enthusiasm. We are watching on and off here.

Life= everyone is not going to be happy about the same thing at the same time. Shoot…I am unhappy about being caught at a red light and the others are sailing through. I just have to go with it.

At church yesterday, someone was talking about praying that it will not rain on BIG venue they have planned. My husband piped in…”O.K. we just had sod put in and I have been praying for rain but I will ease up.” We laughed.

Again….life.

Tom

July 30th, 2012
7:53 am

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July 30th, 2012
8:00 am

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cobb mom

July 30th, 2012
8:06 am

We DVR all the broadcasts. We watch what we want to see and fast forward over the events that aren’t as interesting to us.

Voice of Reason

July 30th, 2012
8:15 am

Meh, honestly, I don’t find the Olympics very thrilling. Especially since they removed Baseball from being an Olympic sport.

Did enjoy watching the Men’s Cycling and that one dude wiping out against the wall and promptly taking out about 5-6 other riders behind him on Saturday morning.

Fred

July 30th, 2012
8:21 am

I would like to see some other teams compete. This is a world wide event after all, and some of the best competitors are not fom team USA. Other than that, I am enjoying the coverage.

FCM

July 30th, 2012
8:56 am

Watching on TV, checking counts on my phone…we have the HD satellite package too. Love the games.

zzzz

July 30th, 2012
9:05 am

Not watching at all. Zero interest.

Mongomania

July 30th, 2012
9:21 am

How am I watching the Olympics?

How is you are still married? Just what sort of man is Michael that tolerates your childish antics?

Patrick

July 30th, 2012
9:21 am

I’m with zzzz. My interest in the Olympics extends only to the Opening Ceremonies, and maybe, just maybe, the Closing Ceremonies. Other than that, I could care less for the games themselves.

I’m not that fussed over the hoopla about how NBC cut to some interview while there was that moment of silence for the fallen victims. Yes, I’m a bit ticked over it, but I’ve let it go. They’ve cut to commercial in many instances when I would have preferred to see more of the ceremonies.

Tim Sanchez

July 30th, 2012
9:30 am

I can’t get enough of the Olympics; I downloaded several apps to keep track of the medal count and the latest news coming out of London. We’ve been using our TV, laptop and iPad to keep tabs on the events, but we haven’t been home much so far. When we are out and about we have been using the Dish Remote App for my iPad to watch the less popular events live, and save the recorded marquee showdowns for my morning commutes. My coworkers at Dish will be talking about last night’s missteps from Team USA; we still should be happy our athletes are bringing back a medal, right?

southpaw

July 30th, 2012
10:01 am

If I want to see current results, I’ll look them up online. For the most part, I’ve been content to watch NBC’s coverage during the evening. If a cable network offers coverage of a sport I especially want to see, I’ll tune to it, but that hasn’t happened yet. “But you’re not seeing it live. This happened several hours ago.” BIG DEAL!! I can wait.

catlady

July 30th, 2012
10:02 am

I’m watching it on the TV occasionally, when there is something I am interested in. I enjoyed the opening ceremonies but don’t understand why Sir Paul chose the song he did. Did he not have the rights to Imagine or Let it Be or Give Peace a Chance?

Me

July 30th, 2012
10:11 am

We are not having any issues with buffering but we are watching mostly on the laptop and/or iPad.

Augusta

July 30th, 2012
10:23 am

We watch the old fashioned way…..the family around the only tv in the house……and that’s just fine with us. If you don’t like the sporting event that is on, you can do something else….But we like to pop some corn and sit down and watch at night.

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Patrick

July 30th, 2012
10:28 am

@catlady: Those songs you listed were all by John Lennon, so I don’t think Paul had rights to those. He did have rights to Hey Jude, which he wrote to begin with. That was probably one of the best parts of the entire Opening Ceremonies: The entire stadium harmonizing on the “na-na-na-na”s. A thing of beauty…

zzzz

July 30th, 2012
10:34 am

catlady

Paul had conveyed to MJ that the real money was in music publishing and MJ should look to invest in them to relieve some of the debt MJ had. Right after Ebony and Ivory, the rights to the Beatles catalog we up for purchase, MJ outbid Paul and Yoko for rights, so no, he doesn’t have them. The theiving Jackson family does. Way to payback a friend, huh?

Augusta

July 30th, 2012
11:00 am

The Opening ceremonies were HORRIBLE!!!! Worse ones ever….they looked very unorganized. We were at a party and just about every one was complaning about them….only one woman seemed to really enjoy them…

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DB

July 30th, 2012
11:02 am

Honestly, I’m not really paying much attention. I watched a little gymnastics last night while I was working, but otherwise, while it’s interesting, it’s just not that absorbing for me. There’s nothing I am going to make an effort to see — in fact, we’re doing a lot of traveling over the next 10 days, so I’ll probably miss most of it. Athletes win, lose, make mistakes, make dramatic efforts — etc., etc. I found the ad wondering if Michael Phelps could repeat his “magical” accomplishment again this year ironic, since he’s already finished out of the gold in two events already. But I loved, loved, loved the ad for the teenager who was coming back from swim practice, hair wet, watching the Olympics on his phone, seeing a new world record, and then running to his whiteboard and carefully printing the new world record time under his own personal “Goal Time” goals. I think the advertisers exactly hit the level of inspiration that athletes evoke.

What I did find interesting was the amount of transparency the athletes are offering this year on their Olympic experience via Twitter, etc. TMI, sometimes, I think — maybe that’s why I’m just news-weary.

Hey, Patrick...

July 30th, 2012
11:15 am

…try to keep up – catlady asked “Did he not have the rights to Imagine or Let it Be or Give Peace a Chance?” – so she KNEW that those songs were by John Lennon, hence, her question. And, I really don’t think you could call 70,000 people “harmonizing”…

Did you go to UGA with Theresa and Michael? That may explain your inability to understand written English…? But, GO DAWGS…

Class of 1990

July 30th, 2012
12:27 pm

Nice wall with all the exposed wires!

catmom

July 30th, 2012
12:27 pm

Once again, TWG making things ten times more difficult than they need to be. Pretty sad that you have to have three monitors set up to watch the Olympics. Just calm down already and watch them on TV. NBC has plenty of coverage.

jmb

July 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

I actually loved the opening ceremonies. The rings were awesome and the smokestacks coming up out of ground were very neat too. As for the events themself, we just catch the highlights for most. Not interested in watching any of them non-stop.

Becky

July 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

We are watching them on the TV in the living room..Not going crazy over any of them..Besides, I don’t have to watch them, I have a coworker that can tell me step by step what happened, so I never miss a thing..

Betty

July 30th, 2012
2:21 pm

I loved the Opening Ceremonies–thought they were great! I can’t say I thought the crowd involvement in Hey Jude was great though. Maybe it was just me, but I thought Sir Paul was kind of losing the audience there. Maybe it was because the cameras kept going to athletes who were posing for pictures and not singing along. I’m watching coverage at night when I have time. Not too concerned with minute by minute coverage.

Scooby

July 30th, 2012
3:05 pm

Opening Ceremonies sort of lost me with the 10 minute homage to the National Health Service.

Augusta

July 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

We couldn’t figure out if they were saluting Peter Pan, Florence Nitengale or what…..all those beds and children and nurses…WTF????

Very chaotic if you ask me….total turn off. I wonder how the closing ceremonies will go…..patients lined up in halls on all those beds for 3-4 days?????

Melaine

July 30th, 2012
3:23 pm

Tuned in to watch the opening ceremony and it wasn’t on. We did not know that they would be delay broadcast and haven’t watched any at all since. The results are on the news sites so I can see how they are going.

JOD

July 30th, 2012
3:37 pm

I’m traveling, so I missed a good bit of the stuff I like so far…but I can catch up on demand, so I’m not worried. We’ve been watching swimming, gymnastics, and will watch diving, too. I will be looking for the Paralympics on TV, too (or online) – those athletes impress the heck out of me!

I enjoyed the first part of the opening ceremonies – dubbed in our house as the Lord of the Rings (the agrarian Shire followed by the industrialized Sauroman’s tower and the forging of the one ring) :o) I didn’t get the Mary Poppins/Voldemort/80s parts, but overall I thought they did a nice job.

Not sure what is creating such an issue – we watch on TV or online depending on what we want to see. If I miss it, I can find it. We also don’t have issues with buffering online, so maybe TWG should check with her cable provider.

catmom

July 30th, 2012
3:56 pm

Loved the Opening Ceremony–with the exception of part with the kids in the hospital beds. What was that about? Were they trying to depict the NHS as a good thing? Because nobody from countries with government healthcare travels to the U.S. for care? Because Britain is known for their superior dentistry?

@Betty: I also noticed the weak “sing-a-long” with Paul McCartney. My thought is that most of the athletes are so young they may not be familiar enough with the Beatles to know the song’s lyrics. Or they’re from parts of the world where the Beatles aren’t popular/well-known. Shrug.

angelina

July 30th, 2012
4:11 pm

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Scooby

July 30th, 2012
4:37 pm

What was the giant, creepy baby they wheeled out at the end of the National Health Services portion? That whole segment made absolutely no sense.

Scooby

July 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

Now that I think of it, didn’t really care for the 45 minutes long lost cell phone portion either. Best torch ever though.

Slim Junction Pedalmaster

July 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

Riding horses is an Olympic event? So what’s next?> Poker?

Fan of this blog

July 31st, 2012
6:55 am

WHere is today’s blog? Is everything OK?

JOD

July 31st, 2012
9:20 am

@Scooby – Agree. The lighting of the torch was amazing!

Fairweather

July 31st, 2012
9:30 am

Perhaps this is cynical or not in the spirit of the Olympics, but I don’t understand why we all flock to sports that we only care about every 4 years. Has anyone on this board watched any other swimming event since the 2008 Olympics? The media seems to create a frenzy around these sports to get us to watch that we otherwise simply do not care about. Is anyone going to watch rowing this fall when college football is on?

catlady

July 31st, 2012
9:44 am

Theresa, your headline reminds me of a visit I made to the doctor. He had prescribed a medicine for me three months earlier, and he asked me, “How are you taking it?” My face must have shown my horror as I said, “By mouth?” Meanwhile my mind was racing–was I supposed to insert the pill somewhere?? He had a good laugh out of it.

NBC Sucks

July 31st, 2012
8:43 pm

Sadly, on Comcast On Demand. NBC should be permanently banned from Olympic coverage. It gets worse and worse every time. You have a woman who not only set a world record for her score, but an Olympic record for most times in an Olympics in the sport, and all NBC could show was her receiving the gold medal and the damn national anthem. HEY, I might actually want to see her compete. Did you ever think of that NBC??? I guess because it was in shooting, the Obama administration and the global gun grabbing crowd probably told NBC (wow, that is redundant – they ARE that group) to not show a woman having a great time shooting a gun.

The only way you will ever see decent coverage of a variety of sports will be somewhere other than NBC. Unfortunately on Comcast all you get to see (at least of what I have watched so far) are US athletes, and not a variety of countries competing. Jingoism is clearly the true american pastime.

NBC Sucks

July 31st, 2012
8:46 pm

And no offense NBC, but the Olympics are 6 hours ahead of us. There is no need to wait until 7pm to show your worthless telecast (except to insure tons of advertising dollars – while giving us crappy coverage).