NBC’s Tape Delay Of Olympic Events Draws Ire, Prompts Twitter Parody Account
By Billie Rama, CBSNewYork.com
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork.com) – If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you’ve no doubt noticed that NBC has been tape-delaying major sporting events.
Although NBC is live-streaming all sporting events online, that hasn’t done much to quell criticism from viewers who are unhappy with the delays.
Delays are about ratings for networks, but many argue that since most major sporting events are broadcast live, the Olympics shouldn’t be an exception.
Unhappy viewers have taken to Twitter to voice their discontent. #NBCFail was created, presumably, to bash the network and the practice of delaying major events. Some of the tweets are as follows:
Tape delays are nothing new, but in the world of social media that we live in, it is near impossible to avoid spoilers, and live results. This is likely adding fuel to viewers’ fire.
According to an article in the New York Times, NBC’s Chief Digital Officer, Vivian Schiller, responded to the Twitter criticism with the following tweet: “The medal for most Olympic whining goes to everyone complaining about what happens every 4 yrs., tape delay.”
Not all tweets regarding the tape delays were negative. In fact, some are downright funny. A parody account, NBC Delayed
@NBCDelayedwas created on Twitter for “News and Sports brought to tape delayed for your viewing pleasure by NBC.”
The account already has more than 17,000 followers. Here are some of the tweets:
Have you been watching the Olympics? If so, are you frustrated by tape delays, or enjoying the games regardless? Let us know below.