Remember way back in 2010 when you hated watching the Olympics on tape delay and you couldn't figure out why NBC wasn't streaming everything online as it happened? Consider your prayers answered. Everything is going to be streamed this year.
NBC faced plenty of criticism for its decision to tape delay most of the 2010 Olympics, but now NBCUniversal is under new ownership, and longtime producer Dick Ebersol won't be around for the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. So, the Olympics are coming to the Internet:
Every event will be shown live, online, at nbcolympics.com. Live events will also be seen on the NBC Sports Network, CNBC, MSNBC and NBC in the mornings and afternoons. But in prime time, NBC’s broadcasts will be on tape, focused, as usual, on swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field, and beach volleyball. And features, shorter and less tearful over the years, will retain their part of the mix.
Unfortunately, the Olympics won't be freely available to everyone. The Games will only be available to "verified cable, satellite and telephone company customers," which means you'll have to enter in your subscription information, similar to how ESPN's iPad app works, before you can access a stream. International viewers are usually left out in the cold in these situations, too. And you still can't opt for a Canadian alternative as some have preferred in the past.