"On Sunday, Usain Bolt upheld his record as the world’s fastest man in front of a worldwide television audience of 2 billion people. Alas, none of them were watching it in America.” —Tim Stanley at Britain’s The Telegraph.
NBC’s hoary tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics has provoked an assault of complaints, particularly in the Twitterverse, where the network has become synonymous with the hashtag #NBCfail. And compared to the BBC, Britain’s state-funded broadcaster, which offers its audience as many as 24 separate live feeds on a variety of media platforms, NBC looks especially old-fashioned. The BBC’s goal is to air every second of every event as it happens, giving its audience “a more contemporary — even futuristic — TV Games,” says Eric Pfanner at The New York Times.
How the BBC crushed NBC and brought Olympics coverage into the future