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.
“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?