What Did You Think of the Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The Associated Press reported Friday that NBC was criticized for failing to stream the opening ceremonies online.

While the rest of the world was watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Americans were left in the dark.

The Associated Press reported Friday that NBC was criticized for failing to stream the opening ceremonies online.

NBC Universal announced it would stream live every athletic competition from this year's games but had never intended to show the opening and closing ceremonies except on tape delay.

Viewers on the west coast were not allowed to watch the ceremonies until long after the day ended in London.

AP quoted NBC Sports spokesman Christopher McCloskey as saying the ceremonies "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 prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them."

Twitter was aflutter with complaints regarding the situation and provided links for the BBC live broadcast of the event.

Piers Morgan, a popular host on CNN, tweeted details about the ceremony, including this tweet: "Laughable that America is yet to start watching the Olympic ceremony on TV. Seriously."

In 2008, NBC also waited to broadcast the opening ceremonies in Beijing amid complaints, although the buzz from China helped create a television audience of 34.9 million people, the largest opening ceremony audience in 12 years.The countdown to the start of the Ceremony was marked by 96 children standing around the Stadium with popping balloons, followed by the Olympic Bell ringing in the official start of the Opening Ceremony.

The highly anticipated Opening Ceremony began with an imagined trip along London's iconic river, the Thames, from its source in Gloucestershire to the Olympic Stadium in east London.

Also during the Ceremony, the Olympic Flame made its way along the Thames in a boat piloted by David Beckham.

At the heart of the Opening Ceremony is the Athletes' Parade where teams enter the Stadium in alphabetical order, with Team GB concluding the Parade.

Click here for full coverage of the Opening Ceremony.

What did you think of it? Were you bothered by the tape delay?

Rate the Olympics Opening Ceremony in the comments section below on a scale of 1-5.

1 = Terrible

2 = Mediocre

3 = Somewhat enjoyable

4 = Pretty cool

5 = Amazing

Stacey July 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
It was quite rightly a celebration of British culture, history, literature, the NHS, 100 years of amazing music, inclusivity (did you see the lesbian kiss) I think it is disrespectful of other countries to criticize us when we are being proud of our wonderful country. Danny Boyle = GENIUS.
Stacey July 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Whats wrong with being British?
Stacey July 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It wasn't British / American, just British music which was why it was so amazing
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
It's not politically correct to be white. ;)
Jon Platt August 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
An amazing opening ceremony that celebrated British, culture, history and society. I feel some of the negative comments on here reflect the ignorance of a large number of my fellow US citizens.


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