You can watch EVERY Olympics event

Are you psyched up about the Olympics, which starts this weekend, with the opening ceremonies getting underway tonight?  They sort of snuck up on me.  I get more and more interested as the games go on.  This year the television and online coverage will be unprecedented.  In fact, it will be total.

Oklahoma sports columnist Mel Bracht reports that NBC and its affiliates will broadcast 5,535 hours of coverage.  Compare that to 161 hours in the 1992 Barcelona games.  The Olympics will be on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, MSNBC, and Bravo. (Check the link below for what each network will concentrate on.)

But most impressive will be NBCOlympics.com.  This site, for the first time ever, will livestream EVERY Olympics event.  And if you get your internet service bundled with a cable or satellite TV service, this access will be FREE.

NBC Universal to offer record 5,535 hours of Olympics coverage | NewsOK.com.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Matt

    I find it unfortunate that most people equate the opening ceremonies with the begining of the Olympic games. The games actually began two days ago, and anyone caught offgaurd has already missed a great USA moment, with the USA women’s soccer team starting off by giving France a shock 2 goal lead, only to come roaring back to win 4-2. Logistically, I think it’s necessary for the soccer games to begin early due to the rest days that have to be scheduled and the short 2(ish) week nature of the games. I guess people who don’t care too much about men’s or women’s soccer haven’t missed much, but for those who value every moment of the Olympic games which do, after all, only come around every 4 years, they’ve already missed 12% of the games!

  • Matt

    I find it unfortunate that most people equate the opening ceremonies with the begining of the Olympic games. The games actually began two days ago, and anyone caught offgaurd has already missed a great USA moment, with the USA women’s soccer team starting off by giving France a shock 2 goal lead, only to come roaring back to win 4-2. Logistically, I think it’s necessary for the soccer games to begin early due to the rest days that have to be scheduled and the short 2(ish) week nature of the games. I guess people who don’t care too much about men’s or women’s soccer haven’t missed much, but for those who value every moment of the Olympic games which do, after all, only come around every 4 years, they’ve already missed 12% of the games!

  • Dan Kempin

    This is probably the best informed group I know, so can anyone tell me: Who gets all of the revenue that is charged for broadcast coverage of the Olympic games? The exorbitant amounts paid are reported every time, (hundreds of millions), but I have never heard a report on who gets the money.

  • Dan Kempin

    This is probably the best informed group I know, so can anyone tell me: Who gets all of the revenue that is charged for broadcast coverage of the Olympic games? The exorbitant amounts paid are reported every time, (hundreds of millions), but I have never heard a report on who gets the money.

  • http://abitibibob.hubpages.com/ Bob Hunter

    Not having cable, I was looking forward to watching it live on the internet — until I found out one had to have cable first to watch.

  • http://abitibibob.hubpages.com/ Bob Hunter

    Not having cable, I was looking forward to watching it live on the internet — until I found out one had to have cable first to watch.

  • Cincinnatus

    Matt,

    Probably because a) Americans don’t really care about soccer in general and b) in the soccer world, the World Cup (both for men and women) is far, far more significant than the Olympics.

  • Cincinnatus

    Matt,

    Probably because a) Americans don’t really care about soccer in general and b) in the soccer world, the World Cup (both for men and women) is far, far more significant than the Olympics.

  • Cincinnatus

    As for me, I find myself enjoying the Olympics every time–in the most basely nationalistic fashion–even though the IOC has got to be one of the more corrupt organizations on the face of the planet. And even though, frankly, there is something deeply wrong with some of these athletes who literally stunt their growth (e.g., gymnasts) in pursuit of a game.

  • Cincinnatus

    As for me, I find myself enjoying the Olympics every time–in the most basely nationalistic fashion–even though the IOC has got to be one of the more corrupt organizations on the face of the planet. And even though, frankly, there is something deeply wrong with some of these athletes who literally stunt their growth (e.g., gymnasts) in pursuit of a game.

  • Carl Vehse

    Well, now that Voula Papachristou won’t be competing in the triple jump, what’s the interest? ;-)

  • Carl Vehse

    Well, now that Voula Papachristou won’t be competing in the triple jump, what’s the interest? ;-)

  • Basset Horn

    All the money they are making sure isn’t going to musicians, they are being expected by the London Olympic committee to play for “exposure” and not pay them to play at Olympic events. I plan to watch none of it as a result.

    http://www.theleadingevents.com/?p=6538

  • Basset Horn

    All the money they are making sure isn’t going to musicians, they are being expected by the London Olympic committee to play for “exposure” and not pay them to play at Olympic events. I plan to watch none of it as a result.

    http://www.theleadingevents.com/?p=6538

  • SKPeterson

    Is the official chant USA! USA! USA! or U! … S! … A!. I also have to admire the cheek of the zenglish in getting so upset with Romney’s statement; what he said was only about 1% of the vitriol and invective issuing forth from Parliament over the past several weeks.

  • SKPeterson

    Is the official chant USA! USA! USA! or U! … S! … A!. I also have to admire the cheek of the zenglish in getting so upset with Romney’s statement; what he said was only about 1% of the vitriol and invective issuing forth from Parliament over the past several weeks.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe the British are still miffed about another (alleged?) American, Barry Soetoro, in 2009, giving Prime Minister Brown, not known as a movie buff, a gift of 25 DVDs of American movies, which may have been in a format not compatible with British DVD players.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe the British are still miffed about another (alleged?) American, Barry Soetoro, in 2009, giving Prime Minister Brown, not known as a movie buff, a gift of 25 DVDs of American movies, which may have been in a format not compatible with British DVD players.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    See, I’m not a big fan of the Olympics. I think it’s because most of the sports are non-contact. Gimme olympic football (American) or Rugby, then we’ll talk.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    See, I’m not a big fan of the Olympics. I think it’s because most of the sports are non-contact. Gimme olympic football (American) or Rugby, then we’ll talk.

  • Matt

    One media related thing that might be of note, is that when I tried to digitally recored a soccer game yesterday, I was forced to recored the entire 6am – 5pm Olympic block of coverage on that channel taking up much more of my Tivo space than I would have liked. I’m not sure their is any way around that (maybe a tech wizard here knows?), but you have thought NBC would have tried to tailor these games for those who are used to recording tv shows rather than watching them live – especially with the time difference.

  • Matt

    One media related thing that might be of note, is that when I tried to digitally recored a soccer game yesterday, I was forced to recored the entire 6am – 5pm Olympic block of coverage on that channel taking up much more of my Tivo space than I would have liked. I’m not sure their is any way around that (maybe a tech wizard here knows?), but you have thought NBC would have tried to tailor these games for those who are used to recording tv shows rather than watching them live – especially with the time difference.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    It Canada, CTV ( a major network here) offers everything Olympic. Already enjoyed the opening ceremonies.

    J Dean, what about wrestling and the martial arts? And Hungarian water polo, especially when the play Russia.. :)

    Carl at #9, you really are an imbecilic piece of work, aren’t you? Using any given subject under the sun to get to you favourite moronic mantra.

    Idiot.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    It Canada, CTV ( a major network here) offers everything Olympic. Already enjoyed the opening ceremonies.

    J Dean, what about wrestling and the martial arts? And Hungarian water polo, especially when the play Russia.. :)

    Carl at #9, you really are an imbecilic piece of work, aren’t you? Using any given subject under the sun to get to you favourite moronic mantra.

    Idiot.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    Commercialism wrapped in a flag. I don’t care for the Olympics, myself.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    Commercialism wrapped in a flag. I don’t care for the Olympics, myself.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    KK, I did catch some of the boxing during lunch yesterday. Was pretty good.

    I guess if there was more stuff like that I’d be a little more excited.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    KK, I did catch some of the boxing during lunch yesterday. Was pretty good.

    I guess if there was more stuff like that I’d be a little more excited.


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