POLL: What Do You Think of Olympics TV Coverage?

NBC faces some criticism about using tape delay to show major Olympic events on television.

Social media plays a big role in the coverage of the Summer Olympics as athletes, reporters and fans post in real time. This is causing some controversy for the television audience since they don't get to view events as they happen and may not want to know the outcome before they get the chance to watch.

Yahoo featured an AP report that said NBC is facing all sorts of critics on Twitter for not showing many events live on television. Although there was Twitter four years ago for the last Olympic Games, it wasn't such a big part of mainstream culture. Twitter users have even created the their own hashtag to express their displeasure with how the network is handling the coverage: #nbcfail.

NBC said they wait until prime time to air the big events because that is when the largest number of people are available to watch the Olympic Games. It is also when the network makes the bulk of its advertising revenue.

Although you can watch events live, streaming on the Internet, many say it's not the same.

In this age of Twitter, Facebook and instant news at your fingertips—does a tape-delay strategy on television still work, or is it an old fashioned approach to covering the Olympics?

What do you think of NBC’s Olympic coverage? Vote in our poll and tell us why in the comments.

D. Frank Smith August 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It would be great to see these games live. Seeing them televised just isn't the same, especially when most of the big results dominate the headlines hours before the games air. I also have the added pressure of covering the results of local Olympians Centrowitz and Hall, so I'm FORCED to spoil myself. Arghh!
Kevin Brennan August 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
NBCOlympics.com has an amazing guide as well as rebroadcast of many of the events in full HD or SD
Tommy Warshaw III August 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'm more of a fan of the winter Olympics, so I haven't paid any attention to the coverage.
Loren Hagemeister August 02, 2012 at 02:22 AM
NBC's coverage is terrible. I am able to view their streaming of live events. I gave it a try and the video quality was terrible. Maybe I'm just too old, but I can remember when the olympics were on for all to view live. Maybe they should give ESPN the coverage. They seem to know how to broadcast sports.
Liz August 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I don't understand why most if the coverage has been focused on diving, volleyball of all types and swimming. There are a ton of sports that the athletes train for 4 years to showcase and I've hardly seen any of it due to this coverage on NBC. I'm so over days and days of the same ol same ol and not seeing more of all of the events in the Olympics. Very sad that NBC doesn't honor more athletes by showing their sport too!


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