One of the biggest criticisms of this year’s Olympics coverage is the significant delay between the time major events finish and the time they are broadcast on television. London is 6 hours ahead of the east coast of the United States, so it’s only natural that NBC would want to put together a package of events to broadcast in prime time viewing hours, but to hold events for hours rather than broadcast them live and then rebroadcast them has landed NBC in the critical eye of the Twitterverse. NBC has been offering live streaming of events, but even NBC’s live stream isn’t that live. As it turns out, NBC’s live stream coverage has a significant delay.
The worst part of it all is that NBC has been spoiling its own coverage. On the live streaming app, event results are pinged to the app during or before the events even start. On the television front, a promo for The Today Show spoiled the results of Missy Franklin’s gold medal backstroke race minutes before the race started. If you’re not going to give me events live as they happen, at least try not to spoil them for me when I’m watching your very programming!