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I could avoid the stupid Silverlight player, the self-setting streams that look like crap and the constant commercials all over the player by watch the Olympics on an overseas network online. Two years ago when NBC had their Olympics "TV Everywhere" wall up, you could watch the Olympics live without an issue through that, but it looked terrible, you had constant ads on the screen away from the actual streamed video itself, and of course, you had the dreaded issues with video quality, Silverlight blowing itself up (chewing memory), and other limitations. Overall, not good.
While I pay for TV that I never use and others in the house do, I really do not want to have to authenticate myself to some streaming app to prove that I actually pay. As far as I'm concerned the Olympics is already sponsored shoulder deep since it is a worldwide event. They already air it Over The Air with the same commercials the streams had from their last stream, and OTA just looks and works a lot better.
What I find ironic is, due to the scope of the event there are tons of other media networks out their airing essentially the same rounds at the same time. A quick search will find sites that have not been bombed into the search results that actually belong to these out-of-country networks that are the equivalent of NBC, who actually stream the HD Feed with hardly an advertisement to those who simply visit the URL. No Pay Wall, and sure, while the servers might go down for a half an hour at times (weekends), there's just no nonsense to put up with for those times where I cannot sit back and enjoy a sporting event in front of a TV. Maybe the language was something I'd understand only half of, but it's the same content.
As far as I'm concerned though when it comes to cost, if you're sponsoring an event and you've opted to air it at the same time, you've already lost money. No sense trying to regain it back if you are going to air it for free to anyone who can receive OTA television, yet charge for Cable TV and Internet streams. I'll gladly take consideration of authenticating to a stream if it looked like this or better: »seansite.dyndns.org/blog/wp-cont···lym4.png