questionsam i the only one who has grown weary of the nbc…


The problem is that there are people that do want to see what happens. They like to feel the total excitement of the event and not have it ruined by knowing who will win in the end. The true problem is that it is not just NBC but all media outlets that want to be the first to break the story.


I didn't even know it was an issue until I read your question and Googled it. I guess I could see how it might be a problem for some viewers, but I can also see how easy it is just to deal with it. The way I see it is the die-hard fans are going to be keeping up with it live online, and the rest of the 90% of the viewers are just watching it for prime-time entertainment. Even if they cut the tape-delay, most the fans wouldn't be able to watch the events due to work/life conflicts. So I'd say that leaves a small minority of actual fans who would want to see it live, and who are available to watch it live. So not enough to make it worthwhile for NBC to stop the tape-delay.


considering the importance of the Olympics to sports fans around the world, yes I can see it's importance. My dad would always try to watch these events live if possible, no matter what the time difference was. Spoilers on the news would drive him nuts if his only option was to watch it via tape-delay. It probably depends on how much of a sports fan you are.


The issue is that NBC did it to themselves. Everybody (by now) knows that nearly everything that NBC shows is tape delayed, so if you really want to find out the results of [fill in the blank event] just head on over to Mr. Google and he will hook you up.

In this case NBC told people who were watching the [generally lame in any event] prime time coverage, people who were probably being willfully ignorant of the results of an event so they could watch it unfold, the results of that event.

NBC once again shows that, despite having done this for like 20 years, that they still can screw up by the numbers. Nimrods.


After the first event was spoiled for me, I just stopped looking at any Olympic coverage online and the news. I agree that it is problematic, but perhaps overblown. With all the options to show the events I think they are somewhat handcuffed in making everyone happy.


@wilfbrim: And they continue to do it! I was watching the primetime coverage of the men's gymnastics last evening, and the commentators were constantly giving little "hints" about what was going to happen in a few moments, whether it was a bobble or something fantastical. It was pretty much the suck. Let me be ignorant and watch it as it happens.. happened.. is happening, at least on my TV.


@wilfbrim: Actually Olympics coverage this year has broken ratings records and ratings are what sell advertising and in TV advertising is what makes the money. So from a financial standpoint they're doing it right.


I didn't know of any "controversy" until I read this thread.

First world problems, lol


I also knew of no controversy. What happened?


I think the low point was when NBC actually ran a commercial saying "watch an interview with gold medalist Missy Franklin tomorrow!"...during Olympics coverage, 5 minutes before they showed the race where she won gold.