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

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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7 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

foot in the way though

2. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 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....

6. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

4. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 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.

5. azafirster

Posts: 44; Member since: May 01, 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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