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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

Cheryl Wulf July 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
1 Horrible A waste of time. I went to bed!!!
sam patel July 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM
very mediocre - probably the worst opening ceremony i have seen went on and on - did not know what the heck was going on - only the british would have liked this - had themes that had nothing to do with olympics a total waste - why did the boring british get to stage it for the 3rd time and ruin the olympics ?!!!
Brian Logan July 28, 2012 at 07:53 PM
What did all those drummers in the Opening Ceremony in China have to do with the Olympics or the athletes??
Jamie White (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
4 My favorite was the 80s music dance-athon ; )
Syma Kazeminy July 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I thought it was a fantastic and lovely story! It did get a bit long near the end. It was historic, poetic, funny and highly creative!!!! The Brits have contributed so much to this world, it was fitting to see their most poignant accomplishments proudly displayed.
Ramy Ramos July 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
not even a 1 sorry waste of 4 hours NBC should have just shown highlight would have been much better.
Moi Figone July 29, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I watched the whole thing, it was different and I liked it: but, where was Sir Elton John?
Bob Sanchez July 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
we got to watch it the courthouse square as soon as the concert was done every one stayed intill late in the evening it was a great show
Forbo July 29, 2012 at 05:38 AM
British over indulgence, but it was fantastic.Loved Rowan Atkinson
Brian Logan July 29, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Again, people, what did the first part of the opening ceremonies in Beijing have to do with the Olympics? NOTHING It is customary for the first part to be given over to tales of the hosting country. Good grief!
Brian Logan July 29, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I'm beginning to suspect a tremendous amount of Anglophilia here.
Jon Gane July 29, 2012 at 08:28 AM
3+ - I'm British so could see why it was just too bizarre for some but that's what I liked about it.
Sir Isaac Newton July 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM
It was a 5+. A nod to why the Brits are the worlds most prolific inventors.
jeff adams July 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
As telecast: 1 If Beavis and Butthead were the commentators: 5
Ann Gilmor July 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM
2+ The host country's culture should be a part of the Olympics, but the topics were so odd: terrifying children with nightmares? kids stuck in a hospital? then crazy partying in a Tim Burtonesque house? The Chinese drumming was so much better because the drumming is not only part of the culture, but also an actual competitive sport in the country. Parts of it were too dark. The ceremony should generally be uplifting, not disturbing.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
5 for the content, 1 for the NBC announcers. You probably have to have some understanding of British history, government and literature over the past 150 years to appreciate what they put together for the ceremony. Obviously the announcers were passing notes when they were in that class and missed it all.
Moris Kori July 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
ditto Lou Covey, 5 and 1
Z July 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Yuck - if I wanted to see a British/American music "80s music dance-athon," I would have watched......a British/American 80s music dance-athon! NOT the Olympic opening ceremony....! What did that have to do with all the world's cultures coming together to celebrate its greatest athletes?
Z July 29, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Really? I'd say Americans are the most prolific inventors - Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, etc, etc
Brian Logan July 29, 2012 at 06:48 PM
ROFLOL That was to be Anglophobia.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Um, The steam engine, the world wide web (different from the Internet) The anemometer, disk brakes, tin cans, corkscrews, portland cement, scuba gear, EKGs, electric motors, electromagnets, gas masks, fax machines, the internal combustion engine, jet engines, trains, light bulbs (Edison just perfected them, seismographs, steel production, television, toilet paper... how long would you like me to go?
Michael Williams July 30, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Way too much British history... way too little of the spirit and meaning of the Olympics. Way too overproduced. And way, way too long.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
But that's the point of every opening ceremony. It is supposed to be about the culture of the host country. Always is. And it is always way over produced. The closing ceremony is about the Olympic spirit.
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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