Lifestyle

Illegal streams enable early US ceremony viewing

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's decision not to stream a feed of the Winter Olympic opening ceremony live in the United States didn't mean that video couldn't be found.

Links to the ceremony from other sources popped up online Friday on social media sites like Twitter, sometimes accompanied by complaints about NBC's decision. NBC has rights to Olympic video in the United States, but there are other rights holders outside the country that aired the ceremony live.

NBC said Friday that a "very small number of users" watched online instead of waiting for the network's prime-time coverage. During the London Olympics in 2012, NBC estimated that less than 2 percent of Olympics video viewed in the United States was not from NBC's official feed.

The network would not discuss anti-piracy efforts taken in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee. The ceremony over, NBC is showing all of the competition live online or on cable TV. No decision has been announced on the closing ceremony, although NBC streamed that online. There is a nine-hour time difference between the eastern United States and Sochi.

Related Headlines

  • Bob Costas

    Costas returns to Olympic coverage

    Bob Costas returned as host for NBC's prime-time Olympic coverage Monday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues ... 

  • NBC says thousands of illegal video stopped

    NBC said it worked with Olympic officials to stop some 45,000 instances of illegally posted video or pirate streams that surfaced to show competition during the Sochi games. 

  • Olympic Viewing: Dutch rule, straight shooting

    Highlights from television coverage of the Sochi Olympics: GOING DUTCH: Speedskating analyst Dan Jansen rightly put the focus where it belonged, away from the underperforming ... 

  • Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

    Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games ... 

Find your future job here