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Watch Olympics Online: Opening Ceremony Won't Be Streamed, NBC Tape-Delay Only Option

First things first: Olympic coverage will be much, much better this time around. Every event should have the option of being streamed online live, which means you'll be able to watch every Olympic event. This breaks from the standard Olympic tradition of tape-delay, which seemed to always be a clear and present issue going into every Olympics. Basically, you'll have options: You can watch the events live, or you can watch them on tape-delay on NBC, or you can do both! Whatever floats your boat!

Unfortunately for all of us, no options exist when it comes to one of the seminal events of the two weeks, i.e. the Olympic opening ceremony. Ryan Hudson of SB Nation managed to let us know about this series of events.

"We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports and 302 medals. It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony," said the NBC spokesperson when reached for comment.

"They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large primetime audiences that gather together to watch them. We will be providing clips and highlights of each ceremony online so viewers know what to look forward to in primetime on NBC."

Well, I guess it was too much to hope that we'd get everything we wanted, but it's still silly to see that we're going to be behind the rest of the world in our coverage of a master Olympic event. This seems like an NBC policy that treats the Opening Ceremony like an event rather than a sporting spectacle.

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