I’m not a full on Olympics nerd like some, but this year I am really excited to watch – its a breakout year for streaming tv. NBC is turning the 2016 Olympics into a springboard for the masses to adopt the streaming tv. Its a taste of what we all want – more action from all the sports. Its streaming sports we want to see it – when we want to see it. NBC is streaming most events – and allowing us to go back and watch them when we want or as many times as we want. The onset of set top streaming boxes makes it happen.
History – 2012 Olympics Event Streaming
In 2012, it was hard to get this to work. You had to get a TV connected to your laptop. Do you have an HDMI cable on your TV? Do you have an HDMI out on your laptop? Oh wait – that’s not HDMI, its a display port. What’s a display port? Can I get a converter for that? Do I have a long enough HDMI cable? How much is a 25′ HDMI cable? Grab a kitchen stool and set it up between you and the TV, set the laptop on that. Now hope it doesn’t fall.
It really was painful – every time you wanted to change the sport, you had to go use the mouse or the track pad. The sound was crap, if you could get any sound to work at all and then you’d sit back down in the chair to watch and the live stream would hangup. It was magical…but at the time, it worked – and everyone thought you were the cool.
What did it look like in 2012?
The interface looked good for time, we would laugh at it now – but it worked. It was streaming TV – the sports we wanted to watch.
You could watch most all sports – anytime. Most people gave up trying to really watch it on the TV and just went into the den and watched from there. It worked. It wasn’t perfect – but it seemed high tech at the time.
The interface allowed you to keep track of the metal count, you could see the events – kind of carnival style and it still looked like a website.
How bad is internet in Australia?
Side note: the Olympics video streaming technically started at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which is kind of funny really – Australia has been known for its slow internet speeds and in 2000 it was worse.
Other Side Note: There were some things rumbling back in 2008 for streaming “regular” TV. But none has sports yet.
But it wasn’t what we all wanted. We want all the bells and whistles of the NBC live Olympics show – but the ability to watch the sport we want, when we want to watch it.
2016 Olympics Event Streaming
Hello Roku. (It works on many streaming players…but I am in love with my Roku 4.)
Note: You’ll need to download the NBC Sports app or go to the NBC website to view it there.
The coverage is amazing. It could be the breakout year for streaming TV, I mean – you can see what has been on, what is on and what is coming up. Its what TV can be when you break the mold and try some new things. Its not perfect – but its really, really good.
I just got done watching women’s table tennis, recapped the 10m air rifle (which I had no idea was even an Olympic sport before now), women’s handball and a whole bunch of swimming events.
Oh, and also – I can still catch-up on the NBC website too. While researching this article – I found out the 112th ranked Zambian Judo dude beat the 6th ranked dude.
I also learned what the “Haka” is and that I already knew what it was because of some silly rugby movie I watched 3 years ago, (It was Forever Strong or Invictus) but I didn’t realize the dance had a real name – hey, I’m ignorant.
I didn’t learn this, it was more of an expectation…the USA Basketball team was dunking all over china. And I mean MONSTER dunks…not those other remedial dunks.
Breakout Year for Streaming TV – Thank you Olympics and NBC
The coverage is Amazong. I have almost watched more Olympics this year than any year ever – and its day 3. I have been exposed to more sports than ever and I am excited about some of the other, different sports I have an opportunity to see this year. Its the Olympics my way, on my schedule.
It shows the future of streaming – its the way TV should be. We don’t need to have Bob Costas tell us everything (but I will say – the informational piece he did with the CDC dude on why the zika virus is not a huge issue to you in Brazil unless your pregnant (if you are pregnant…stay the hell out of Brazil) – but if you are not and are in any water…it probably has poo in it.)
So if you give me what I want…what I really, really want
Compelling, streaming content. I hope other providers, networks and media types are taking notes. This is how I want my TV. The sooner – the better! I don’t want to mount a dish to my roof, I don’t want to put a TV antenna in my window, I don’t want to pay you $200 a month for the privilege of you spamming the crap out of me and giving me 130 channels I don’t want, so I can get the 7 I do.
Oh, and sports networks. (Big 10, ACC, SEC, NBA, NFL, MLB (you’ve been trying) – and ahem, ESPN) – this live streaming of TV works great. LIVE sports is the last mile – its what we all want people.
And, Monday Night Football – what if I could watch any camera feed I WANT. How about that? I can still hear the commentary, if I WANT. Rewind the things I want…but I don’t want to see your repetitive shot. Why does every football play have to be wide angle croud shot, cut to sideline coach calling in the play on the headset, cut to QB ISO, cut to rear view…make it stop. Maybe all I want to see if the linemen. I like watching the ground game – the trenches…let me see that please.
Let me know when this goes down…in the mean time, I’ll be watching the Olympics. I hear that badminton and modern pentathlon are coming up. And I need to watch that dude crash into the wall on the bike again. What the heck…it didn’t even look like he tried to turn at all. And why didn’t dude in the green shirt take a picture of that?