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NBC Sports' Live Streaming Capability To Be Tested As Sochi Games, EPL Overlap
Published February 7, 2014
WORKING OUT THE KINKS: The AP's Anick Jesdanun reviewed NBC's streaming coverage Thursday for the first day of action at the Games and wrote NBC "comes close to gold in delivering" the Sochi Games. Coverage has "improved considerably," but it is "unfortunate that NBC doesn’t allow me to watch from the beginning." Jesdanun: "I have to catch the live stream in progress, the way television worked before digital video recorders came along. I also cannot rewind and pause video on the website, while capabilities vary on the apps." There was "a lot of down time watching events on opening day." Jesdanun: "I had to wait more than an hour between the two groups of skiers in women’s slopestyle." The live video "continued, but it was mostly a distant shot of the slope." NBC also "isn’t making replays available" until about 3:30pm ET each day. In addition, fans are "able to watch just one video at a time" (AP, 2/6). In L.A., Tom Hoffarth notes his first use of NBCOlympics.com was "navigating through buffering issues and a repetitive cycle of 15-second ads randomly jumping into the coverage of the already wacky concept of team figure skating competition" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 2/7).