NBC is broadcasting some events live for the Eastern and Central time zones, but waiting three hours to show the tape-delayed coverage to those in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Imagine people who live in Seattle — live less than two hours from Vancouver — to not see all the coverage as it is happening.
Watching any Olympic coverage online is equally frustrating. You have to prove to NBC that you have paid for a cable subscription to access any live streams from Vancouver.
But NBC doesn’t stop there; they negotiated the right to control what foreign Web sites Americans are allowed to access. If you have an American IP address — the unique number that identifies the location of your computer on the Internet — you are prevented from going to the CTV Web site (the Canadian network) and watching any live-streaming video. So we watch Eurosports in Italian or Hungarian.
Remember the old days when Americans could brag about their freedom, and particularly about the free press? Think about it! One corporation is controlling how Americans get to experience the Olympics and is also controlling what is available on the Internet — the perceived final bastion of media democracy. It makes me realize how important it is to prevent the monopolization of the media. I feel betrayed by a corporate media giant that has taken away what we feared only government could deny us.
(nomination for politics and hot topics?)
Like I said: It's like allowing Liberty College to pay for "exclusive rights" to the Bible.