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Olympics organizers tell spectators to minimize tweeting and texting as they botch the live TV feed

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Olympics organizers tell spectators to minimize tweeting and texting as they botch the live TV feed
We were wondering why exactly the organizers of the London Olympic games that are in full swing right now, didn't allow to use your phone as a wireless hotspot while on the stadium, and could only suspect something connected with bandwidth.

Turns out that's precisely the case, as the organizers are now advising spectators now to minimize tweeting, Facebooking and texting whenever possible, in order to save those precious bits and bytes for the live TV feeds, where we already have some real troubles.

Not the people's fault that NBC and the rest decided to stream everything live over the Internet this time, hoping that it will work out, yet the organizers apparently are convinced that everyone has to restrain their sharing obsession for the common good.

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posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:39 7

1. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Tweeting aside I'm really liking the picture chosen to represent this article!!

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 21:12

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


foot in the way though

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:27 2

2. Fallout09 (Posts: 419; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


That’s funny... this doesn’t make any sense.... just this morning I saw on the news that they are resorting to giving away free tickets to events to active military and teachers to fill up the stands with some people. So looks like the 5 people tweeting from the event is stealing all the juice free from NBC. Seems like this Olympiad is not doing so hot....

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 04:57

6. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Technically, most of the seats being filled were already paid for, but the people did not show up. The Olympics are pretty much sold out even for table tennis.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:59

3. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Surprise,surprise. Turns out that if they can't make money on it, they don't want you doing it. I'm completely disgusted with what the Olympics have become. Nothing but a giant money orgy to push products and stuff the pockets of corporations. And the amateur athletes??? Now they are most multi millionaires professional athletes like the spoiled Kobe who sees himself as a God.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 19:14

4. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


I was thinking it was to prevent spoilers. Here in the US the night time showing of the Olympics on NBC shows recorded events of that day.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 19:41

5. azafirster (Posts: 43; Member since: 01 May 2012)


Gives the meaning of "Hogging the limelight" a literal meaning huh. NBC Broadcast vs Podcast vs FB Videopost vs Tweetdecking.

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