Sudha Krishna, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
NBC Olympics: Live Olympics TV Coverage & Schedule - Twitter Rage
NBC's Olympics Coverage and Schedule, both Live TV and Taped, of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games is being slammed despite great ratings for the Peacock Network, and judging by the Twitter rage the critique of NBC is only starting.
The network which has paid about $2 Billion for the right to host Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 relies heavily on pre-taping and not showing many events Live on TV . Choosing to forgo the Live coverage in favor of taping events so that can be shown tape delayed in Prime Time has created a firestorm on sites like Twitter and Facebook
The Facebook page demands NBC provide more Live TV Coverage of the Olympics in its TV Schedule.
Viewers living on the west coast are particularly hit hard because Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone events are long over, medals handed out by the time NBC chooses to broadcast those events in Prime Time. NBC says it is losing money perhaps $200 million on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Now it seems NBC is losing Olympic fans who are more interested in following the Olympics as the Games unfold instead of searching the internet using terms like NBC Olympic Coverage, or NBC TV Schedule, or NBC Live Coverage just find out when to catch their favorite event live on television. From Olympic viewers to industry observers like Henry Blodget the rage seems universal
...like every other connected sports fan on the planet these days, we know exactly when the Olympics is taking place and what's happening there--in real time.
So, right now, for us, NBC isn't the network that brings us the Olympics. It's the network that prevents us from watching the Olympics. And we hate NBC for that.
There is some good news for NBC and its Olympic Coverage: the ratings
Monday's primetime portion of the Vancouver Games on NBC averaged a 7.2 rating/18 share in adults 18-49 and 25.5 million viewers overall.
">Variety reports the overall primetime audience for Monday's Olympics coverage matched the combined numbers of ABC, CBS, Fox and CW...
For those angry at NBC and its Olympic coverage check out this post from blogger in Washington State made this observation.
To protest NBC's lackluster and poor coverage, I plan to stay away from my television during the Games. Instead, I'll watch on the Internet, using proxy servers to tune into live streams offered by broadcasters in other countries. I'm taking matters into my own hands because I refuse to allow big corporations like NBC to decide what I get to see and when I get to see it.
Still want to vent at NBC for its Olympics Coverage - well, the everyone is re-tweeting the email address for Dick Ebersol, head honcho for NBC Olympics - His email address is Dick (dot) Ebersol (at) nbcuni (dot) com
Follow the NBC Olympics Twitter Rage below