The following is an excerpt from Heather Kelly | July 27, 2012 | CNN.com |
(CNN) — It would take you almost five solid months — without sleeping or bathroom breaks — to watch every sporting event at this year’s Summer Olympics. More than 3,500 hours of competition from London will be crammed into just 17 days.
In the past, people had to settle for watching the delayed, edited bits broadcast on TV or websites, but technology and viewing habits have changed. This year, 40% of people plan to follow the games on more than one device, with 35% checking in on their tablets and 27% using their smartphone, according to a new study by Harris Interactive.
So what are the best ways for today’s mobile, multiple-screen owning, Twitter-loving generation to follow the Olympics à la carte? We offer these five:
Live streaming, with a catch
First, the good news: It’s finally possible to stream any Olympic event live online, on a tablet or from your smartphone. After years of tape-delayed broadcasts and online video, NBC has caught on that viewers want to follow the Olympics on multiple devices in real time, and is offering the live options in addition to its regular television programming.
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