On Tuesday afternoon, CNN took a look at the fallout from NBC’s tape-delayed coverage of the London Olympics, including the network’s [spoilering] up of the women’s [spoiler] race and it’s 6+ hour delay in showing American viewers swimmer Michael Phelps’ surprising [spoiler].
BuzzMachine’s Jeff Jarvis weighed in on Alina Cho‘s report, saying he understands the “old-time business rationale” behind holding off on footage until primetime in the U.S., but stresses that, in the age of the internet, it’s just that — old.
CNN Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz also offered his two cents from his home inside a tiny television, saying that NBC “gets hammered over this every four years,” adding that the networks pays “billions of dollars for the right to carry the Olympics, and yet it only makes money if it puts the most popular sporting events on in primetime, which means tape delay.”
“I do think some of the people who are carping and complaining on Twitter maybe have a little too much time on their hands,” he added.
Plus? he added, You’re basic.
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