why are Americans freaking out about how to watch the Olympics?

There was a time in history when Americans mocked the rest of the world for being ‘backward’. Now look at us- restricted, nay- STRANGLED from a live world event that auspiciously brings the entire world together, especially now in the time of twitter. If ever there was an opportunity for a worldwide live tweet, the Olympics are it.

While the rest of the world live tweets with the Olympics on their televisions and live streams, us Americans get a 9 hour delay according to this article that my Kaspersky stopped a trojan from TWICE, so I’ll just share part of it here to save you the hassle. Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 TV Schedule 

NBC will make every event in the 2014 Winter Games available to view online via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app available for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony will take place on February 7, 2014, and coverage will be provided by NBC’s Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira starting at 7:30p.m. ET until 11:30 p.m.

NBC won’t be streaming the opening ceremony live on real-time. The Opening Ceremony will take place live beginning at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT on Feb. 7, 2014, but viewers in America can only watch the 9-hour tape-delay version of the event when it airs at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group said: “We want to put context to it, with the full pageantry it deserves.” NBC executives believe that a simple live stream of the event without a description does not make sense. He also said, “We are looking to maximize the viewing experience for our audience.”

So I did a little digging. I mean, I live streamed from the BBC before, surely I can see this LIVE, right? Wrong. A regional lock is being put on live streaming to keep U.S. Americans OUT, as per NBC *contract*.

BBC to Stream 650 Hours of Winter Olympics for Free in UK

The BBC has combined all its offerings — live video streams, Radio 5 live coverage, statistics and digital journalism — into one place, allowing viewers to choose content without switching between platforms, sites or apps. 

Unfortunately for viewers in the United States, BBC streaming is only available to residents of the UK. NBC, which owns the digital streaming rights in the U.S., will be streaming 1,000 hours of coverage of the Olympics at NBC OlympicsHowever, a cable subscription is necessary to access all of NBC’s streaming content.

So I went to NBC Olympics and they have a special page redirecting to their live coverage apps NBC Olympics viewers guide

most Winter Olympic coverage ever on a cable network. 

NBCSN’s 2014 Sochi Games coverage highlights include:

-The most comprehensive live coverage of the Sochi competition day;

-The network serving as the cable home for Team USA; 

-Starting Saturday, Feb. 8, when NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins, the network will feature complete, live coverage of figure skating; 

-In addition to its extensive figure skating coverage, the network will feature live coverage of 10 more sports, including speed skating, bobsled, ski jumping, Nordic combined, and more. 

-Team USA vs. Russia in men’s hockey on Saturday, Feb. 15 

NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 a.m. ET/Midnight PT, when Team USA faces Finland in women’s hockey, and concludes Sunday, Feb. 23, the final day of the Sochi Games. NBCSN will air at least one gold medal final live each day through its 16 days of coverage. Most days, live coverage on NBCSN will begin at 3 a.m. ET and continue for 12 hours.

NBCSN will complement the Olympic programming airing on NBC, the details of which will be released shortly.

Full details of NBCSN’s Sochi Olympics coverage

So I clicked THAT link (I’m looking for how much this live stream from NBC will cost, right?) and got this.

It was previously announced that NBCOlympics.com will live stream all competition from Sochi in addition to TV coverage on NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC and MSNBC.

NBCSN will also air live coverage of one of the most anticipated group-play hockey games in Olympic history — the U.S. against Russia on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 a.m. ET. In total, NBCSN will air 16 live hockey games through the men’s bronze-medal game, including the quarterfinals and semifinals.

The network will air live coverage of at least nine more sports, including speed skating, bobsled, ski jumping and Nordic combined.

And right after that you get a complete live viewing schedule of the events, which starts on Feb 8, but I’m getting exasperated at how many clicks it’s taking to get to what this will cost. I finally find the Live Stream Extra page. You can see this gets pretty complicated, and definitely funnels you into purchasing a TV subscription. (jump below for next comment)

*What is NBC Sports Live Extra?
NBC Sports Live Extra is a service offered through participating cable, satellite and telco TV providers that allows you access to watch NBC Sports coverage of live events from NBC and NBCSports Network across NBCSports.com/LiveExtra and through NBCSports Live Extra Applications available for IOS and select Android devices.

*What is the cost of this service?
This is a free service. For NBC Sports Network programming it’s an added value to your regular cable, satellite and telco TV subscription through participating television providers. At this time NBCSports broadcasts on NBC do not require a cable subscription.

*Is NBC Sports Live Extra available internationally?
Due to broadcasting regulations, NBC is only allowed to show NBC Sports content on the internet in the United States and U.S. Territories. Users outside of these locations will still be able to access an extensive set of non-event video content on NBCSports.com. 

*How do I verify my TV provider account?
When prompted, select your cable, satellite, or telco TV provider. You will then be asked to enter your username and password for your provider ; similar to when you pay your bill online. Don’t forget to check “remember me” so you don’t have to log in again. If you don’t have an online account with your TV provider or can’t remember your username and password, please contact your TV provider to learn more. If you already have a username and password from your TV provider, you will not need to create a new account. If you have not previously registered an account with your TV provider, you will need to do so with a valid email address. Please contact your TV provider to learn more.

*Why isn’t my TV provider listed?
We are actively working to add additional TV providers to this service. Don’t see your provider? Contact your provider to express your interest in receiving this service. Check back regularly to see if your provider has been included.

One thing other articles quickly point out is that the rest of the world has to pay to see the Olympics, too, since BBC viewers pay annual subscription just to see TV in the first place, etc. Click this next one, very good at explaining succinctly *why* Americans are locked out of live streaming.

I’m an American and I want to watch the Olympics. What do I do? <–(click this)

During a rough winter of propane shortages and power fails, after we’ve spent our money on Christmas and now we’re getting our tax notices, and especially after watching Atlanta mimic a scene from the Walking Dead, there is so much confusion about where Americans can see the Olympics, the stress on twitter is palpable.

Winter Olympics: NBC Adds Streaming, More Cable, New Talent | Variety <–(click)

I get NBCSP with my sports package from Dish, so I’m good. But it’s rough watching my friends scramble for information and tech support when we’ve been trained for years to expect the general viewing public to be included in this kind of stuff without question. It looks like NBC is scrambling to get more last minute coverage available to the American public. We’ll see what happens.

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