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NBC brings the Summer Olympics to Android and iOS with live streaming of all events

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NBC brings the Summer Olympics to Android and iOS with live streaming of all events
During the last Summer Olympics in 2008, the mobile landscape wasn't close to being where it is now. With smartphones and tablets ruling the world, and with these handheld devices loaded with powerful technology, the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London is really the first to fully take advantage of mobile devices. We've already told you about an app that will give results and medal counts, but now NBC has introduced two apps for both Android and iOS that take the Olympics with you wherever you go.

Screenshots from NBC's Olympics apps
Screenshots from NBC's Olympics apps

Screenshots from NBC's Olympics apps

NBC Olympics is the app to turn to for news, medal counts, athlete bios, highlights, event and television schedules. But the coup de grace is NBC Summer Olympics Live Extra.. This app will offer streaming video of every medal event. Let us repeat that. This app will offer streaming video of 302 events. That works out to over 3,5000 hours of competition, 32 sports and is available thanks to a partnership between Adobe and NBC which got together in a Flash to put this all together. You even become the director as NBC Olympics Live Extra will provide multiple streams dedicated to a specific sport. For example, for Track and Field you can decide to watch one stream as the athletes move from event to event, or you could decide just to watch the javelin or the long jump. This is available on select sports such as gymnastics (each apparatus), track and field (each event), and tennis (up to five courts).

The streaming video will be available to those who are verified cable, satellite or telco subscribers. You will need to download the app, tap on "Touch Here and Get Ready," enter the cable, satellite or telecom firm you use, enter the user name and password associated with the account and that's it! You will be taking the 2012 Summer Olympics with you wherever you go.
"NBC Olympics Live Extra puts the London Olympic Games into the hands of America’s tablet and smartphone user, enabling us to once again use advances in technology to provide the broadest possible access to the thousands of hours of Olympic competition. The NBC Olympics app will be the definitive and most up to date source of information from the London Games, and the exclusive mobile source in the U.S. for London Olympic video highlights. It will also feature live results, dynamically served TV and online listings, and - during NBC primetime - a second screen for enhanced viewing and social interaction for when America again gathers each night for 17 nights to share in the incredible stories from London."-Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics
The streaming video and all of the apps themselves are free and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store. NBC Olympics (iOS), (Android); NBC Olympics Live Extra (iOS), (Android).

source: NBC via MacRumors
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posted on 12 Jul 2012, 17:34

1. clevelandiskindacool (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Much appreciated NBC, the only question I have is will these and future apps allow TV companies to increase viewership with or without a bump in the ratings?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 18:39

2. cfprelude (Posts: 118; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Not compatible with sg3 according to Google play store. :(

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 18:59

3. meth3man (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Is there a list of compatible devices?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 21:19

5. clevelandiskindacool (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


From NBC's website...."select Android handheld and tablet devices running on an operating system of 2.2 and above."

So basically they made a broad generalization then added the word select in there without telling us what that word means, great

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 21:12

4. Johnabis (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


also not compatible with evo3d. what phone IS this compatible for?

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 06:07

6. Pittspgh (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


3 Phones I have in my list for the playstore. Not compatible with my Hero(Sprint), EVO3D, or even my new EVOLTE :((
Useless app I guess.

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