NBC Slammed for Olympics Coverage

    A spectator waves a flag of Great Britain as pyrotechnics light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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    While Britons and Europeans enjoyed Danny Boyle's eclectic opening spectacular live last night, thousands Americans were left waiting in frustration. NBC, which has exclusive rights to screen the 2012 London Olympics, waived its right to live-broadcast the ceremony on television or online, choosing instead to show the festivities later, during primetime. But as news from the live event leaked out on Twitter and elsewhere, many American fans were angry. One user posted, "NBC showing complete contempt for its audience." An NBC spokesman told the Wall Street Journal, “They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context."

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