Have technical innovations changed the way you’re watching the Olympics?

For the first time, viewers can watch any Olympics event live online over mobile devices. One recent study found that 40 percent of Olympics viewers were planning to watch the games on more than one type of screen. Today’s Question: Have technical innovations changed the way you’re watching the Olympics?

  • John

    No, still watching on the Zionist controlled television. I put my filter hat on.

  • Dianne

    Our cable company added two channels one dedicated to Olympic basketball and the other to Olympic football (soccer). I am also watching some events live online. That means I can see some sports that are not covered in NBC’s line-up. It is great!

  • Gary F

    Why no shooting sports? We have US Olympian Kim Rhode winning a gold metal in 5 consecutive Olympics and barely a peep of media coverage, but they have time to show us handball with Lichtenstein vs. Senegal.

    That’s why I don’t watch.

  • Jim G

    We don’t live-stream on the computer, but we’re aware of the 5-6 channels that NBC is sharing with their other channel outlets. I don’t need to watch Men’s badminton or women’s beach volleyball for hours on end, so I like alternative choices. In addition, I can always participate in my own bicycle road race (imaginary- I always win); use the DVR, get the exercise I need, and enjoy the event I want at my own convenience.

  • James

    I think I am becoming an old man. The coverage choices seem to be beyond my willingness to figure them out.

    I’m guessing there are 5+ channels with Olymipic coverage on some schedule that presumably I could know in advance.

    And there are a million ways to see events on the Internet and a million ways to inadvertently learn the results before you see the event.

    And then then there is good old NBC with its 4-4-2 formula (4 minutes of ads, 4 minutes of chatter and 2 minutes of sports.)

    And then there is the issue that the weather in MN is awesome currently, and there are a lot of great things to do besides watch TV.

    I haven’t caught the Olympic bug yet, and may not. We’ll see.

  • Karen

    From all of my research, you cannot stream the Olympics unless you can enter your subscription information for a TV service. I am unable watch the Olympics at all. I am very disappointed in NBC for that decision.

  • Dana

    Like Karen, I am so disappointed that I cannot watch any of the Olympics because I do not own a television or subscribe to a cable service. NBC does not allow any streaming of events unless you enter a password from your cable or satellite provider. I could understand limiting access to live events, but we can’t even watch replays. It is ridiculous.

  • Deb T.

    Yesterday, I watched live events on my events using the NBC Live Extra app (yes, I subscribe to cable TV). It was fabulous to watching events live and without having to listen to jingoism by commentators. The swimming and diving events had British analysts who provided good background for the athletes. Many of the other events, just showed the action with comment, i.e. field hockey. It was almost like being there live in the stadium but with closer views.

  • GregX

    Yes, I avoid anyone standing there staring at their mobile device. I’ve gotten tired of conversations entirely devoid of thought and derived from the preivous 10 mninutes of blankly staring at a piece of glass in their hand. I wish people would read data about traffic crashes, global markets and cultural problems they way they obsess over the details of sports. They can keep sports – just add the other more tangible concern with things that will actually impact your life.

  • Lawrence

    Technical innovations have not changed the way I watch the Olympics. But I’m biased against too much technical innovation. I really don’t want people tweeting or texting me from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. I don’t really want to watch TV 24 hours a day, 7 days a week either. That’s how one gets fat and lazy, and misses out on experiencing every day life. I enjoy reading and analyzing events because authors and columnists tend to describe something in such wonderful prose that it makes me stop and think critically about issues and to respond to them in an intelligent manner. After I read a story about the Olympics, I feel like I don’t want to watch them—I want to be AT them. I just don’t get that same feeling watching the Olympics through a variety of techo gadgets.

  • Gary F

    Jim McKay is up in heaven frowning and slowly shaking his head.

  • bsimon

    Nope. Like in years past, I remember the Olympics are on & sit down to see what they’re showing. Like in years past, its gymnastics & I turn it off after 10 minutes.

  • rose

    Not technical innovations. I stopped watching the Olympics becuase the US reporters and Networks only focus on US players and sports where the US has participants.

    The Networks (collectively) missed the opportunity to broaden the US populace knowldge and sensitivity with a world focus. It is just another way the US has isolated itself through ignorance.

    This year, I don’t like the way NBC by winning the televised rights bought the way the Olympic story is shared.

    I get my news through various sources both within and outside US media sources. I support the US participants and hope that the US wins lots of medals.

  • John

    You might say that technical innovations have changed the way I’m watching the Olympics, in that since I’m among the many people who no longer have traditional TV or cable service, I can’t watch the Olympics. Ah well, no great loss.

  • Steve the Cynic

    I’d rather do fun things than watch other people do fun things.

  • Andrew

    Yes, we go to the Lake Harriet Bandshell (kindly sponsored by KARE TV) every evening this week to watch and cheer with friends from our community.

  • Ann

    I often watch the 10pm news. Unfortunately, the Olympics are on at that time. I don’t have cable TV. So I only have a few channel choices. I’m not impressed with the current TV technology.Put sports on the sports channels.