mikebdoss wrote:The Olympics is a business, nothing more. It exists to make money via the exploitation of amateur athletes. It has sold the rights to broadcast the games to various networks in various countries, and those contracts are typically exclusive (meaning you can't just watch the games anywhere else).
Regardless of how much you've paid Time Warner Cable or how many commercials you've watched, you don't have the legal right to watch television in other ways (under current laws). Right or wrong, that's how the system is set up. Especially since TWC has absolutely nothing to do with NBC (in the US) and its Olympic coverage.
I think you summed it up quite well.
NBC paid over $1.1 billion dollars for the rights to telecast the games (in the US only). The network took in around $1 billion dollars in advertising, selling out all available commercials and sponsorships. NBC has a lot invested and over a billion reasons why they want you to watch on one of their channels.
On the positive side, all the Olympic events are being streamed live on http://www.nbcolympics.com and all that is needed to view is a cable or sat account that gets the nbc channel packages. I don't have cable or sat but several friends have given me log-in info for access to the games so just ask a friend or family member. Just have to hook a lap top up to the tv and can watch.
From the nbcolympics.com site:
With a cable, satellite or telco TV subscription that includes MSNBC and CNBC, you will have access to live streams of EVERY Olympic event.
I am not a fan of US network coverage anyway as they tend to focus just on American athletes and events that the US does well in so am looking forward to live coverage on the web.