When NBC first announced it would offer free live streaming to all of the London 2012 Olympic Games, a lot of people were delighted that they would finally not be stuck having to wait until the network’s oft-derided prime-time broadcast coverage just to see the results of events that were already spoiled to most folks with an Internet connection. And yet, even with the live feeds, NBC has managed to piss off an awful lot of viewers.
It began at the beginning. NBColympics.com touts live streaming of “All 32 sports. All 302 events.” But this apparently didn’t include Friday’s Opening Ceremony. Not only was this not made available on the live feeds, NBC kicked a hornet’s nest of hate when it opted to break up the event, editing out a touching tribute to victims of terror attacks in favor of a heart-to-heart between apparent swimming enthusiast Ryan Seacrest and Subway shill Michael Phelps. [read]