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2012 Olympics

Postby smartTpants » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:48 am

Can somebody tell me what the expected options are for streaming the Olympics this summer? I've read that NBC will stream every event live; will there be an option for streaming via Roku? Will there be options for viewing the regular televised productions, perhaps via a paid channel? I'd like to get this figured out ahead of time in case I need to resubscribe to cable TV. Thanks.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby FX4 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:56 am

Maybe you can get a developer to create a channel for universal sports. They have gone to some kind of pay for play model that I don't think will work because the prices are too high but maybe its worth looking into.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby DaBronx » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:11 am

All the events will be streamed for free @ http://www.nbcolympics.com/ if there is a way for maybe Nowhere TV to set up a channel.

NBC has partnered with youtube but the live feeds will all be on the above site.

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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby smartTpants » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:31 am

How about the normal programming? Will it be available streaming? I imagine they'll put more production into that, and show the best highlights in case I miss it live.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby bth686 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:56 pm

It looks as if you will have to be a verified subscriber of a cable or satellite provider to be able to watch online Olympic coverage. Don't know how this would work with the Roku.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/b ... games.html
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby FX4 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:25 pm

The live events are PPV.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby mikebdoss » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:35 pm

If any sort of authorization is involved, the content provider has to make the channel. Knowing the Olympics and NBC, it's unlikely you'll see it anywhere but their website.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby stratcat96 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:13 pm

It’s all FREE and available to everyone who completes a quick and easy one-time process confirming they subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco service.


hate to be the glass half-full guy but seriously, what a joke. NBC, an ad-sponsored television network that is free to view over-the-air wants you to confirm you're a pay television subscriber before you can watch their online stream. I'm sure they've got some clever reason for it though ($$$$)
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby DerekHelps » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:34 pm

stratcat96 wrote:
It’s all FREE and available to everyone who completes a quick and easy one-time process confirming they subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco service.


hate to be the glass half-full guy but seriously, what a joke. NBC, an ad-sponsored television network that is free to view over-the-air wants you to confirm you're a pay television subscriber before you can watch their online stream. I'm sure they've got some clever reason for it though ($$$$)


If its anything like it was in 08, a number of the events will be aired on NBCs cable offerings as well (MSNBC, CNBC, etc)

I remember being glued to MSNBC for a lot of the Olympics in 08
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby DerekHelps » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:42 pm

and upon further research, this year a good deal of the olympics will be aired on the NBC Sports Network station (not an OTA channel)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Sports_Network
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby DaBronx » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:33 am

Looks like a painless process, just have to confirm that you have paid sat or cable service. Sure I can find a friend to authorize me as I have neither.

Link @ http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/index.html

With about an 8 hour time difference between London and Los Angeles I will probably want to watch online live plus with the choice of all the events it won't be just the American athletes I can watch. One of my biggest issues with network coverage of the Olympics the past few decades is the focus on only American athletes and only the events the USA does well in. But hey, I'm old enough to remember when the Olympics were for amateurs unless you were from a communist country.

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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby FX4 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:00 am

I think if you look around for English speaking International countries you can probably get it for free. I love the Olympics but I'm sure not willing to pay for it. We'll see what NBC offers OTA, then I'm going to go hunting abroad.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby FX4 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:02 am

BTW, guys I signed up for an account, you can stream the events from NBC universal as PPV. I'm not guessing about this. I created an account.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby FX4 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:04 am

DaBronx wrote:Looks like a painless process, just have to confirm that you have paid sat or cable service. Sure I can find a friend to authorize me as I have neither.

Link @ http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/index.html

With about an 8 hour time difference between London and Los Angeles I will probably want to watch online live plus with the choice of all the events it won't be just the American athletes I can watch. One of my biggest issues with network coverage of the Olympics the past few decades is the focus on only American athletes and only the events the USA does well in. But hey, I'm old enough to remember when the Olympics were for amateurs unless you were from a communist country.

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I was thinking the same thing, It used to be a matter of national pride and amateur athletes and now it's about money and the best. Too bad.
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Re: 2012 Olympics

Postby greno » Tue May 29, 2012 7:04 am

I'm very interested in getting this to work with the channel and companion Android app I developed (Juice for Roku). Right now, I have the ability to playback audio and video podcasts on the Roku. If anyone can find an RSS feed pointing to live or recorded video of the Olympics, it should work without modification as long as it doesn't require authentication.

The BBC said that they will be streaming every event, but it isn't clear to me if you will need a proprietary BBC app or view it through their web site. I think this may be a better option than going through NBC since it looks like you will need to go through an NBC player to get to the video.

Even if the BBC doesn't provide an RSS feed but does provide individual URLs that work, I could create the RSS feeds and host them on my web site.

So if anyone comes across video stream URLs that will work without authentication, let me know and I'll make sure it works with my channel. Unfortunately though, this would only work if you had an Android device. If there is enough interest, I could probably create a new private channel that wouldn't require a phone app. But the key is finding the right URLs to stream the content.

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