"NBC blasted for not showing Opening Ceremony live"
As the Olympic cauldron was being lit in London, American viewers of the Opening Ceremony were watching a segment featuring Bob Costas and Tom Brokaw discussing security measures at the Games. While millions on Twitter read about the queen parachuting into Olympic Stadium, NBC stations on the East Coast were showing local news. Most insulting, NBC's Twitter feed was discussing the Opening Ceremony while its network was blacking out viewers. The peacock network has proudly promoted the fact that the 2012 Olympics will be streamed live in their entirety on the network's website, but chose to hold the Opening Ceremony for tape delay on both television and the Internet. It was a decision that enraged Olympic fans nationwide and sent many seeking illegal feeds of the live BBC broadcast. The BBC did have one huge advantage over its American counterparts: No commercials.
^ I watched the Opening ceremony this morning. I figured since NBC was showing them taped last night - which I think they should have shown Live - it didn't matter when I watched it. I was very disappointed in the show. I knew it wouldn't be like it was in Beijing (where if someone messed up their would probably end up on a re-education camp or worse) but it is the 3rd time London has held the Games and it was just plain boring. The dancers were all off throughout the different pieces. It was weird that they went from Agrarian Society to the Industrial Revolution and then their Health Care System. It didn't flow well. I didn't care for the cheap Bond trick with the "queen" parachuting out of a helicopter (did anyone else notice that when the helicopter flew over the city is was bright and sunny and then when it got to the Olympic Dome it was pitch-black?) There's a picture going around Facebook with a bored-looking Queen Elizabeth 2 and a caption underneath saying "Look at all those countries I used to own." It was pretty funny. Then during the Parade of Nations I thought the Canadian team had ok outfits (although did they really need to have "Canada" on them - would they forget where they were from without it? The Great Britain team's (don't know why they are the UK team since GB excludes Northern Ireland) outfits were bad. The German team looked like a bunch of little middle schoolers trying to act like grown-ups. The worst was the US team's outfits. I don't know why they were wearing berets - they weren't from France - and their suits didn't look good (which is beside the point that they were made in China and not the US.) I did like the children singing and the deaf group singing/signing "Good Save the Queen." That was probably the best thing out of the whole, long show. Like I already said, London has hosted the Games 3 times now and I so far this one is the worst. I saw the 1948 Opening Ceremony online and it was pretty good (considering it was a few years after World War 2 and there were many bombed buildings as well as rationing on everything.) One thing that was just plain disgusting leave out in the Ceremony was marking the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympic Massacre. It shows that the IOC has no real respect for the Games or the athletes. I think that during every milestone anniversary the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Bombing should be remembered. Now that the Olympics are going on I can sit back and count how many medals we get - I don't watch any of the events. ^