Poll: Should NBC Hold Back Live Coverage Of The Olympics To Broadcast Results In Primetime?

NBC's broadcast of the Olympics has, at times, been preempted by technology.


NBC's Olympics broadcast was the most watched Olympics ever through its first three days, the Washington Post reported.

The network has garnered some criticism for its decision to hold the broadcast of popular events until primetime, the newspaper reported. The tape delay decision has at times caused conflict between the media reporting results when they happen and those who want to wait for the Olympics broadcast to find out who won.

Patch, for example, sent out a breaking news email alert when in the 100-meter backstroke and set an Olympic record. Patch received complaints from some readers that the alert ruined the upcoming Olympics broadcast.

The Patch sites in the north Chicago suburbs decided to still send out breaking news alerts, but to do so with spoiler alert type headlines. However, even with the media providing spoiler free headlines, the news still travels fast via Twitter and Facebook.

NBC itself offers live streaming of almost every event, the Washington Post reported. If NBC were to broadcast all events live, many would take place between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. East Coast time.

Unfortunately, NBC has been accused of going a bit further than simply creating convienant times to watch the Olympics. For example, NBC left out the key fall of Russian gymnast Ksenia Afanaseva, the Daily Mail reported.

Essentially, the U.S. women's gymnastics team ran away with the gold medal, yet some accused NBC of trying to manufacture suspense, the newspaper reported. The fall also was a dramatic moment U.S. viewers did not get to see and sealed the Russian team's fate, the Daily Mail reported.

NBC itself spoiled the gold medal win of Missy Franklin – the network ran a Today show promotion that featured Franklin holding her gold medal before the race had actually been aired, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Rebecca Ward August 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Perhaps you should, that way you can see with your own eyes the world does not stop at the shores of the United States.
jim August 06, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Did that when I was in the service. So you can sit and WHINE
Rebecca Ward August 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM
You were in London while enlisted?!?! World War II Vet?!?! Thank you for your service so I can sit and use my first amendment right of free speech to discuss how terrible NBCs coverage is of the Olympics. I appreciate it ;) (and as an FYI just because a woman disagrees with your way of thinking, that doesnt make it whining - but again not shocking)
Nathaniel August 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I agree with Richard because NBC did pay a lot of money to broadcast this year’s Summer Olympics’, and they should be able to broadcast it however they fell. Now I've been watching this year’s Olympics since the opening ceremony, and I fell like they have done an awesome job showing up to date coverage of what’s going on. I even got the Hopper to make sure that I catch the prime time events that come on NBC everyday! My Dish coworker told me that the Hoppers PrimeTime Anytime feature would automatically record all my prime time shows that come on CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC everyday in HD.
Niles Historical Museum August 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I may have not seen it during the "actual time" but that did not stop internet news from reporting it when it happened.


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