I'm a grumpy old sod, no doubt about it, and I usually find myself laughing at/deriding all the idiocy and failure in the UK. I was fully prepared to see the Olympics become a shambles. I expected it. And I wasn't disappointed when the preliminary numbskullery emerged with G4S and so on.
But I went to Beach Volleyball last Saturday and had a spiffing time. It was well organised, security was a breeze, the atmosphere was fabulous and the matches exciting. Yes yes I was there to perv of course but in all honesty the cheerleaders were far finer than any of the contestants from where I was sitting, which was with the press. Highlights were mens SA vs USA because SA (who I support, natch) did far better than we expected, and womens USA vs Australia which was pretty epic. The US fans were damn right unsporting though, booing the opposition once or twice, and deserved a dashed good birching imho. Overall it was good entertainment though.
So I've been watching some events on internet TV via the BBC website and can I just say; fornicate me sidewards with a china teapot Jenkins, that is one cracking good site.
It's just so... well thought out and executed. I was watching some swimming (Ye Shiwen owning the pool in the 200m medley) and just what its how the who where the shit did this thing COME from? The site and the video player I mean, not the Chinese swimmer.
Round of applause for the BBC, what. Welcome to the future and all that.
I'm (almost) speechless.
That OP was so British it caused physical pain.
In all seriousness, my favorite is by far water polo. Fun to play and fun to watch!
Does anyone know how to get a live stream in the U.S.? They want us to have a cable subscription (which I don't want) complete with installation fee to be able to stream it through NBC. I'm checking out some torrents but it's a pain in the ass.
You are wanting to watch it live when it is on Dave? You can try, UStream.TV and Justin.TV
I just wish the sodomizing NBC network would get off the medal counting. Bunch of jingoistic atavistic nonsense. Cheer for the beauty of the best in the world striving to do their personal bests. Groan when they fall short. But who cares where they are from? That's just an accident of history. The work they put in to get to the Olympics was no accident. They all deserve praise and recognition.
Agreed (well, apart from the "sodomizing" bit). To even take part in the Olympics is a huge achievement and shiny medals for the first three in each event is an additional reward but all those that qualify deserve some recognition.
All the streams I've tried don't allow it in SE Asia.
Maybe either there's a Thai site that does it (not sure I want all Thai commentary even if it did), I have to use a proxy(?), I have to find an unsanctioned stream (and how long will that stay up?), or just download pirated videos (which are like a gig apiece, take a few hours I don't have online to download, and only for a few events)...
For heaven's sake, what does one have to do to legitimately watch the effing Olympics of all things and not feel like a criminal. It's supposed to be about the fraternity of humanity and all that mumbo jumbo, and then it's next to impossible to actually watch it unless you have a t.v. and are in the right country....
Wait, I thought we hated sports culture?
Bring me up to speed here, someone
Since when do recursive division archery and 200 m breast stroke have a popular culture?
And congratulations to Phelps - so pleased for him.
I haven't been that interested myself, but my grandmother had the swimming on yesterday evening. The gushing over Phelps gets quite annoying and repetitive.
"Did I mention he has 19 gold medals?"
"Oh shall I just repeat he's the greatest Olympian of all time, I think you might have missed it the last few times I said it"
I can appreciate that he leaves everyone else behind by a fair margin, but I think we all know that he's one of those people who were apparently made for a particular sport... It's almost like worshipping an eagle for being so good at flying. Well, why not? Eagles are quite remarkable.
There are of course ways for non-UK residents to get around the region locking. Its the kind of thing that Lifehacker covers. Ahem.
And afaik YouTube is streaming to a range of countries: http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-to-l...channel/166482
dema - Thailand is on this list.
It may be on the list but ...
I'll look into this Lifehacker or some such.
The BBC is an arse that way. I'm afraid Blighty is befuddled by multiple personalities - one part hardcore euro socialists that think nothing of an NHS or BBC, the other part capitalist profiteers, penny pinchers and misers.
When you consider how accessible US public broadcasting is (PBS for example) - it's shameful.
Hell, even if you're in the UK auntie Beeb will squirrel the content away after a couple of weeks and never let anyone see it again.
jay - I don't think the BBC is being an arse. For one thing I pay the TV License and the rest of the world doesn't.
However, I'm a futurist or something and think everyone should have access to everything in every country which is why I'm not that fussed if people find a work around. But in the UK we seem to vastly underestimate the amount of net traffic (perhaps we can't pay for it all) but after working for the NHS for years and EVERY year finding that the job application systems are overwhelmed, plus the Olympic ticket site having the same thing earlier this year I just don't know if they have the capacity to stream to everyone.
Just use tunnelbear, non?
The BBC hasn't been perfect though. After cutting to yet another pointless montage in favour of live coverage, they went back to the BBC commentator announcing, without the merest hint of irony: "You've just missed the biggest cheer of the night as Jessica Ennis was introduced to the crowd". No BBC, you missed it.
That said, it couldn't take the shine off the greatest night in British Olympic history
Yes I saw that. It was... inconsequential. But a shame nevertheless. Overall I still give it 10/10. So far. I still can't believe they've got it so right.
In other news; this medal haul is unreal. It can't continue though.
It's still kind of deluded, but differently so.
Anyway, I've hardly watched much, but channel 9 here have been so fucking annoying. It's partly because I know the good stuff is out there on the net and being stuck in front of the TV sucks. But you really would not know it was past 1992 the way they are doing it: Nothing but the same old same old "prestige events"; filling time with gymnastics because it's visual; only showing sports Australians are in and they think have a chance at winning; highlights and reruns of things over and over while other events are going on we could be watching; even cutting away from actual events to show more reruns and gymnastics; spend more time telling you a mens 100m heat is coming up than watching actual stuff right now.
Knowing what the cable companies and the BBC etc are doing (and what the ABC would have done if the fucking bastards didn't have the whole thing locked down) makes this completely infuriating. They have 4 individual digital channels, for god's sake. What do they do with them? Play the same shit four times.
A complete disgrace.
Anyway, good to see "fat" Ennis win. And our ladies dunking on the Russians is pretty cool.