What Did You Think of the Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The Associated Press reported Friday that NBC was criticized for failing to stream the opening ceremonies online.

While the rest of the world was watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Americans were left in the dark.

The Associated Press reported Friday that NBC was criticized for failing to stream the opening ceremonies online.

NBC Universal announced it would stream live every athletic competition from this year's games but had never intended to show the opening and closing ceremonies except on tape delay.

Viewers on the West Coast were not allowed to watch the ceremonies until long after the day ended in London.

AP quoted NBC Sports spokesman Christopher McCloskey as saying the ceremonies "are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them."

Twitter was aflutter with complaints regarding the situation and provided links for the BBC live broadcast of the event.

Piers Morgan, a popular host on CNN, tweeted details about the ceremony, including this tweet: "Laughable that America is yet to start watching the Olympic ceremony on TV. Seriously."

In 2008, NBC also waited to broadcast the opening ceremonies in Beijing amid complaints, although the buzz from China helped create a television audience of 34.9 million people, the largest opening ceremony audience in 12 years.The countdown to the start of the Ceremony was marked by 96 children standing around the Stadium with popping balloons, followed by the Olympic Bell ringing in the official start of the Opening Ceremony.

The highly anticipated Opening Ceremony began with an imagined trip along London's iconic river, the Thames, from its source in Gloucestershire to the Olympic Stadium in east London.

Also during the Ceremony, the Olympic Flame made its way along the Thames in a boat piloted by David Beckham.

At the heart of the Opening Ceremony is the Athletes' Parade where teams enter the Stadium in alphabetical order, with Team GB concluding the Parade.

Click here for full coverage of the Opening Ceremony.

What did you think of the ceremony? Were you bothered by the tape delay?

Rate the Olympics Opening Ceremony in the comments section below on a scale of 1-5.

1 = Terrible

2 = Mediocre

3 = Somewhat enjoyable

4 = Pretty cool

5 = Amazing

tom merle July 29, 2012 at 07:25 AM
The ceremony was largely an ideological statement using a huge budget. Why did they pick a director with an agenda? Why not someone without an ax to grind. Inappropriate whether left or right, Someone like Cameron Mackintosh should have handled the show with performers like Sarah Brightman.
dominique denardo July 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I thought it was awful! Disjointed, ethnocentric, boring. What the heck with the giant frankenbaby? And "Danny boy" is an Irish song thanks very much. Let's face it. Nothing can top Beijing.
Ian Arnold July 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
It was a very British ceremony. It was eccentric and much of it was tongue-in-cheek. Those of us who remember The Sex Pistols and particularly the lyrics of the once-banned "God Save The Queen" were a little surprised to hear a snippet of that particular song played at an event with the Queen in attendance. It was interesting that the Scottish kids sang "Flower of Scotland" with such attitude. It is, after all, a song that celebrates a fight against the English and calls for Scots to rise up again.
Bil Paul July 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Parts of the opening ceremony were great, but I didn't begin to enjoy it until after the chimneys went up. The early parts with the dozen or so guys in suits and stovepipe hats were boring. Too much detail early on. They were trying to show too much.
Ann Popovic July 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Wow...Yeah. Danny Boy's an IRISH song because those were IRISH kids singing the song IN Ireland. Apparently, some of y'all DID need the crack NBC team to explain it to you 'cause ye' totally missed about half of it. I loved it all except Kenneth Brannagh, I'm sick to death of him and let's face it: nobody EVAH did The Bard prouder than Richard E. Grant, and frankly, Hamlet's monlogue would've been a better fit...and the giggle-factor would've been perfect. In fact, I bet he's kicking himself right about now for not thinking of it. And I heard some Clash in there, too...but what I DIDN'T hear was Duran Duran...and when the rest of the world thinks English Music and 80s...come ON! Simon or Andy or Nick?


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