NBC to stream 2012 Olympics closing ceremony live online

- August 12th, 2012

london2012

Probably much to everyone’s surprise, some of you will be able to watch the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics streamed live over the Internet. According to a post on Mashable, the chairman of NBC Sports acknowledged that their less than spectacular handling of the opening ceremonies led to the change of heart.

The post also noted, that according to the press release, the streaming would take place beginning at 4PM ET (1PM PT) at NBCOlympics.com as well as via the NBC Olympics Live Extra App.  Apparently, only customers, I assume, U.S., who verify their subscriptions to their cable or satellite accounts, etc., will have access.

While the exact final lineup has not been fully unveiled, it looks like we’ll see performances of the reunited Spice Girls, the reunited Wham as well as One Direction as well as possible performance by Madness and The Who amongst many others. Interestingly enough, according to The Guardian, who felt that NBC bowed under pressure which lead to the announcement of the live streaming of the final event, says live (NBC TV) viewers will be out of luck as the ceremony, including these performances will not be available to them. They will of course be able to see them, as the report says, “in a more lucrative prime-time slot”.  That slot will be 7PM ET.

The Washington Times reported that the event will be uniquely British, have about 20 artists involved who are household names and will features about 30 pieces of music.

Perhaps NBC is trying to gain back some of the brownie points they lost as the whole gong show unraveled beginning with the opening ceremony, which they refused to show live and ended up showing it tape-delayed. Of course it continued by announcers releasing results and outcomes before the races were even seen by their viewers. Of course, this lead to incredible chatter across many social media channels including the Twittersphere which spawned the hashtag #NBCFail. In fact, it got so wild, one journalist, Guy Adams, ended up losing his Twitter account for publicly criticizing NBC over their coverage.

In any event, it looks like the masses will benefit giving that many more people the opportunity to take in an Olympic Closing Ceremony in its entirety live as it happens.

 logoCTV

Here in Canada, it looks like, according to CTV’s schedule, they will cover the Olympic Farewell and the Closing Ceremony live starting at 2PM ET. No news as to whether live Internet streams will be available here to Canadians, so you might as well be prepared to stick to your boob tube, relax and enjoy the show.

==================================================

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

Follow me on Twitter @gadgetgreg or Empire Avenue (e)GADGET1.

==================================================

 

Subscribe to the post

8 comments

  1. matt | August 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I’m glad they changed their tune and decided to stream live, unlike the opening ceremonies. I still don’t want to see anything “Spice Girls” though, so I’ll be DVR’ing it rather than watching the stream. I work crazy hours anyway, and if I didn’t have my DVR I’d probably be extremely frustrated with NBC right now. A Dish coworker convinced me to get the Hopper HD DVR, and since it has 2,000 hours of recording space I’ve just been setting my DVR to catch all the Olympic action. I have 2,000 hours recording space, so scheduling conflicts are no problem, and when the Spice Girls (or rhythmic gymnastics) come on, I just skip past it. It’s the perfect solution!

  2. Phil | August 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Oh no … I hear the Spice Girls are in bits. I hope they can still perform.

  3. Mike | August 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    As a British expat living in the USA I thought the lack of live coverage on tv by NBC was unforgiveable. Even BBC America didn’t show the opening ceremony so I was left to watch a mangled show with far too many advertisements to be properly watchable. I spent more time in the kitchen away from the tv than I did watching it in comfort! This closing ceremony live online is a poor substitution for proper, decent, tv coverage but goes some way to perhaps calming some critics. Hopefully, if its actually live, we might be spared the inane adverts and constant interruption.

  4. Joey | August 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kriWgOH96qM

    Congrats on Londons Olympics!!! xoxo

  5. Em | August 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    You still will not be happy. Some of the video shot chices were interesting. Some of the audio fiddling was unforgivable. Some soloists needed tone correction to be near to the same key and the Welsh choir should not have been masked by the steadily increasing volume of the Accompanying orchestra!

  6. marlio | August 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Bahh, I cant watch the olympics live as they are occurring in Londong. I guess the Committee of 300 tells NBC what to do, when to do it, where to do it and HOW to do it!!! It should be on television RIGHT NOW!!! You cant watch it live on the internet unless you can sign in with your provider which I cant. I plan to view CBS even less than I have all year, and that is RARELY!!!! This is not viewer friendly policies but alienating ones!!

  7. marlio | August 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Im referring to the 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies as that is about all I am interested in viewing and NOT DELAYED!!!

  8. Greg Gazin | August 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    It should be interesting to see if there will be any fall out from this with respect to NBC. I thought CTV/TSN did a great job here!

Leave a comment

 characters available