Watching the Summer Olympics on just a TV? Oh, that is so 2008! Olympics fans in the past needed simply to learn which major U.S. network got the monopoly on broadcasting, then remain glued to this channel for the duration.
This season it’s considerably more complicated. And better. Here’s the reason why.
For the first time, all 302 events will be broadcast live online in the United States. No longer want you rely on Bob Costas exclusively to spoon-feed you tightly packaged snippets of Olympic glory. No, the burden will be on you. You have got to know the schedule. You have got to decide which of live events to watch. You have got to prepare!
Here is how.
What you want to know about this year’s Olympics. The 2012 London Olympic Games officially begin Friday, July 27, 2012. NBC gets the exclusive rights to broadcast both on TV and online within the United States and U.S. territories. The data in this guide is intended for U.S. viewers.
Outside the U.S., the International Olympic Committee itself will stream events reside to dozens of nations on its official Olympics YouTube page, and TV coverage is dependent upon neighborhood, country-specific networks. NBC also has promised to reveal 3-D policy of the Olympics, generally 1 day after events occur. These high-definition, 3-D broadcasts will be available to subscribers of Armstrong, AT&T, Blue Ridge, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Insight, Mediacom, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizo, along with WideOpen West.
To turn your house into the ultimate portable Olympics viewing platform, begin with this online NBC schedule.
Make sure you choose My Time in the upper-left corner of the page. Click on the big blue Get Ready button. As soon as you do that, you’ll see a button for selecting your TV provider, then a second button for entering the user name and password that you use with that provider. (If you don’t know or have a password, you’ll need to contact your TV provider to receive one.)
It is a good idea to invest some quality time with the schedule and click on Alert Me for events that you truly do not want to overlook. The site will send you an email reminder about a half-hour before each event starts.
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The first-ever mobile program Olympics. Sure, you’ll still need to tune into NBC’s regular TV policy to watch the Olympics. But lovers with a cable or satellite TV subscription may also want to watch on their tablets and mobile phones. Mobile means you can see them everywhere and everywhere: in the kitchen, in the bedroom, outside on the deck — anyplace.
NBC delivers mobile programs, including one for viewing the live coverage. However, these come in just iOS (Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) and flavors. So if your telephone and tablet computers aren’t iOS or Android, make sure you recycle them responsibly and go buy new ones. Here is!
The typical NBC site for Olympic policy will reveal you a mobile-phone-optimized version if you go to on almost any mobile device capable of browsing the web. However, the best experience, along with the streaming live policy, will be on iOS and Android telephones and tablet computers.
NBC includes two mobile programs each for both programs. 1 program is called the NBC Olympics Program, which provides you TV listings, medal counts and roundups of previous coverage. The second program is the really good one. It is called the NBC Olympics Live Extra program, and it’s your best source for live movie of each Olympic event. It won’t just reveal live streams of events since they’re happening, but will allow you to watch replays of events once they’ve happened, in some instances from several angles.
If you have the hardware, then download both telephone and tablet programs, and both the NBC Olympics along with NBC Olympics Live Extra programs.
Watch mobile-app streaming content on TV too. There’s no substitute for watching Olympic policy on a giant screen. Sure, you’ll still need to watch the Olympics on TV the old-fashioned way. But this year, you can also use the mobile programs to change back and forth — in your TV set — involving live TV coverage and live mobile-app streaming policy.
Do it by setting up “mirroring,” or some other procedure for showing mobile content in your TV.
The advantage is that you can use the mobile live program as a digital video recorder (DVR), which records each and every occasion without any attempt on your part. And if you are not interesting in anything event happens to be revealed through regular programming, you can change over to the live policy.
If you’ve Apple TV, you’ll be able to use Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring feature to watch mobile content on your big TV. AirPlay Mirroring only plays on your TV whatever’s in your Mac or iOS apparatus. Here are Apple’s instructions for using it.
People with Android mobile devices have a universe of options for playing mobile articles on TVs. For example, some Android gadgets arrive with HDMI interfaces, which means you can just plug in the telephone or tablet and play right, as if it were a DVR. In general, the connectivity choices on Android devices depend on the device itself, so consult your hardware manufacturer to find out how better to do this.
If you’ve both Apple TV and Android mobile devices, you can use them together with a program on the Google Play store called AppleTV AirPlay Media Player.
The new online choices for watching the Olympics potentially mean hundreds of hours of additional stuff to watch. Recall: Watching the Olympics this season is a marathon, not a rush. So remain hydrated, remain elastic and go for the gold.
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