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NBC faces social media criticism for Olympics tape delay, but is it working?

If you’re an avid user of popular social media sites, there’s a decent chance you’ve been exposed to the significant criticism that’s been leveled at NBC over its tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics.

While the media giant is live streaming events online, NBC’s rationale for airing the biggest events on a broadcast tape delay is simple: it can earn far more advertising dollars by capturing prime time eyeballs. That’s important given that NBC isn’t guaranteed to make a profit from the Olympics given the costs associated with airing them.

NBC to broadcast every event for 2012 London Olympics

London’s 2012 Olympic Games are fast approaching, and NBC, which has television rights to the Olympics through 2020, is doing everything it can to recoup its substantial investment.

That’s good news for viewers in the United States this year because NBC’s strategy will make the 2012 Games coverage the most extensive yet.

What is social TV? Not Google TV or YouTube says NBC rep

Social TV is going to change the way we interact with everything. If you don’t think it’s coming, you’re going to be in for a bumpy ride.

Contrary to popular opinion, NBC’s Senior VP of Digital Jesse Redniss stated “GoogleTV is not social TV.” He put YouTube in the same category as in his opinion they are mostly ways to highlight videos and consume content.

So what is social TV?

2012 Super Bowl to be streamed online and via mobile

The NFL and US broadcaster NBC have announced that the 2012 Super Bowl will be streamed live online and to mobile devices.

Along with the annual showpiece, wild card Saturday and the Pro Bowl will also be available online and from Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.

The stream will include additional camera angles, highlights and live stats.

This isn’t the first time that the NFL has ventured into the world of streaming – viewers have been able to access live games via NFL.com for several years while NBC shows its ‘Sunday Night Football’ broadcasts online and to Verizon phones.