I love watching the Olympics. I even enjoy
watching events that I really don't care about. I love the passion
and determination of the athletes. I love reading and watching
stories about how they got there; the physical and financial anguish
that they endured; the support of friends, families and sponsors.
It's all just some pretty inspirational shit. Especially the shotput
guys who have to work three jobs to finance their training. Odds are
you won't see any of them on the front of a Wheaties box.
But, mostly I love watching boxing and basketball. And for the first
week and a half, you don't see too much of those sports unless you
watch the secondary channels in non-primetime.
So, I decided that I'd download the
NBC Olympic app which gives you the opportunity (allegedly) to
watch live broadcasts of whatever the hell is happening at the very
moment it's happening as well as giving you the ability to pick any
day, click on the specific event and watch what happened when it
happened, even if you happened to be sleeping when it happened. Can
you really watch the Olympics on your Android, iPhone or, tablet or
other Smartphone device? Sounds too cool to be true.
So, I went to the Google Play Store (formerly the Market) and
searched for the NBC Olympic app. There it is.
The first thing you notice is the rating score for the app: 2 and a
half stars. Uh oh. This is gonna suck.
Reading through the reviews I found a dozen or so bitter, hating
comments out of the first twenty. Bitching about the developers,
hating NBC for not hiring better developers, screen is black, app
won't open, force closes and so on. Then, a review stating that they
don't get why so many people are complaining, because it works
perfect for them. Five stars.
Then, eight more crappy comments followed by a couple more four and
five stars talking about how cool the app works.
Okay, maybe NBC should employ a better developer, OR perhaps the
phone manufacturers need to produce phones that can handle the apps
that are being developed. If I were in the market for an app that
could deliver big-time, grown-up video content I would look into
whoever made the apps for HBO Go and Crackle.
Anyhow, I download the app, load it on my HTC Thunderbolt 4G phone,
and it works exactly as claimed. I found myself able to pick a day,
pick an event and watch it. Or, I could click on a live event and
immediately was taken to the live feed with almost no issues.
Today, after finding the USA vs. Australia basketball game, I needed
to get some work done and took my laptop out on my deck. Not wanting
to miss the rest of the game, I opened the NBC Olympic app, clicked
on the live game and watched it on my phone as I worked.
So...bottom line is,
download the app, give it a try and if it doesn't work very well
for you then either get a new phone or suck it up and forget it.
Maybe it will be better for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Note: this is an app that lets you watch the actual Olympics, not an
game that lets you play.