questionswhy is there no olympic video anywhere?

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I've wondered that myself. When Abby Wambach got "punched" I wanted to see a video of it just out of curiosity. I wasn't able to find an official video at least last week, the only videos I could find were from people who had filmed their TV screen with a cellphone camera. I doubt NBC's restrictions affect it that much, since I'm sure other nations also provide video of the events and would have different rules. Maybe it's something the Olympics control? It'd be interesting to find out, good question!

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Yep, NBC does have a stranglehold on all Olympic video. I guess when you pay the "big bucks", you've got that right. Our local TV station made the decision not to do their nightly online streaming of their newscast, during the Olympics, for fear that they might inadvertently stream Olympic events.

NBC carries a big stick and they are not afraid to use it.

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The IOC (International Olympic Committee) and whatever the local committee (probably London Committee for the Olympic Games) is very protective of just about everything related to the Olympics. There were all sorts of issues with student organizations at Georgia Tech (where the Olympic Village was) before and during the Games in 1996. I still usually refer to it as "The Games" rather than "The Olympics"...actually we took to calling it the Centennial Censored Games (CCG) because even the use of the word "olympics" was so highly regulated and ACOG and the IOC were not shy about issuing cease and desists letters threatening lawsuits. I would not be surprised if that's a part of the issue, in addition to the stranglehold that NBC has on the video.

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@barnabee: it was what, over a billion right? (for the rights of the coverage)

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NBC does, as well as the IOC. Their power spreads far and wide when it comes to protecting their property.

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@raremonkey: 1.18 for London and 4.38 billion for the four Olympics from 2014-2020.

That's a pretty good chunk of change.

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NBC paid for the rights to the videos, and they will eventually charge you to watch them. Welcome to Big Money.

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@gt0163c: Oh those were the days. I am assuming by your username you are a Ramblin Wreck. SWMBO and I both graduated/escaped from there.

As for the video feeds, the only thing we have found is the NBC live app for mobile devices. It offers access to some live feeds and some recorded videos. But only if your cable/sat provider is on the approved list.

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I've got your Olympic sailing fix right here:

http://www.thatvideosite.com/v/5852

(The commentator uses a couple bad words, so use headphones if you are around children.)

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NBC and the olympics are also going after filesharing sites that offer torrents of olympic events. With the ridiculous amount they paid for the broadcast rights, I understand why they are so hardcore about it.

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@bkarlan: Yep. I got out of Tech in '98. Ran away from Atlanta during the actual Games but was back on campus for summer quarter '96. I actually came back a few days before classes started and had to talk my way around the road blocks to get to where I was living that quarter. Living with the build-up and tear down of the Games for over a year led to an overdose of Olympics. I still don't watch a lot of them even today.

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Yes indeed, I was hoping for some coverage on youtube, because I travel a lot. And online coverage would be really great. But
I'm not willing to spend big bucks for it...

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It took me quite a bit to find the Rowan Atkinson opening ceremony video.

I still have yet to find the Daniel Craig and the queen one.

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@joshobra: Mr Bean was available for a few days after the opening. I tried to find the video yesterday, and couldn't. Just the music and photos.
I didin't realize all of the video was gone.
How do they keep all the cell phone video off you tube?

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@bingo969: So I know the Olympics are over now, but I read this today and it made me think of this question.

The relevant excerpt is: "The rights to Olympic video are restricted, more so than almost any other sporting event. Of the hours and hours of amazing video every day, NBC released only the bare-bones highlights. Much of that video was for TV only. No amount of money can change this, said Mike Leber, ESPN senior coordinating producer for news coverage. NBC had the American rights to the Olympics and dictated what video was available to other broadcasters.

NBC also dictated when the video was available and for how long. Video wasn't available until 3 a.m. or later, when NBC's Olympics programming was off the air on the West Coast, and there were no digital highlights available for the Web."