All Olympic Events Will Be Streamed Online – But Only for Pay TV Subscribers

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Tower Bridge adorned with the Olympic Rings is seen on late July 25, 2012 two days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Archery, badminton, equestrian, judo, sailing, tae kwon do, and table tennis are among the many events that’ll take place during the London 2012 Summer Olympics, but that are very unlikely to be featured for more than a few seconds during NBC‘s presentation of the Games. This year, though, fans will be able to watch even the most obscure Olympic events live—that is, if they’re subscribers to cable or satellite TV.

All rounds of all 32 sports in the London 2012 Olympics, medal ceremonies included, will be streamed live at NBCOlympics.com, the website set up by NBC Universal, which has exclusive U.S. rights to broadcast the Games.

There’s just one caveat, though: To stream events, you must be a subscriber to a pay TV package that includes MSNBC and CNBC. Most services from providers such as Comcast, DirectTV, Dish Network, and Time Warner Cable qualify.

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The “Live Extra” streaming service, as it’s called, can be accessed at the above link. If you don’t have them already, you’ll have to verify your account info and get a username and password—again, the above link will clue you in as to how to get them. The process can take place at any time before or during the Games, and it’ll probably help to have a recent bill (or at least your account number) handy. The same username and password will work on any device of your choosing, including desktops, laptops, and tablets, and an NBC Olympics Live Extra app is available for smartphones. For subscribers with a qualifying pay TV package, there is no charge for these services.

As for non-subscribers, well, this is one of those instances when the downsides of “cord cutting” seem quite apparent. As a very helpful PBS Guide to cutting the cord puts it plainly:

For many people, the biggest barrier to canceling cable is the loss of live sports.

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This doesn’t mean that cord cutters can’t watch the Olympics. The main NBC channel, available even if you’re not a cable subscriber, will broadcast more than 270 hours of programming, though the broadcasts will lean heavily on the usual Olympics fare: popular sports (sometimes tape-delayed), as well as prepackaged features focusing on marquee matchups and tear-jerker back stories about athletes.

It’s also possible for non-subscribers to view quite a bit of the Olympics online, though the events won’t be live, and the options will be limited. NBC’s Olympic website explains:

You will NOT need to verify your TV subscription to view the extensive collection of competition highlights, interviews, athlete profiles, etc., available on NBCOlympics.com.

Certain sports leagues and channels have made it possible in the past for consumers to pay extra for live sports content. The Turner channels, for instance, charged non-subscribers $4 to watch March Madness games during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. MLB.com, meanwhile, sells various packages that allow fans to live stream any and every baseball game of their choosing. People who don’t subscribe to a pay TV package don’t have the option of paying extra to stream the Olympics live, however.

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Folks who are looking to get around the subscriber requirement may be tempted into trying alternative websites. But be warned: The London 2012 Olympics is sure to be a magnet not just for fans, but for hackers and scammers as well. MarketWatch noted that there were 12 million cyberattacks reported per day during the Beijing 2008 Olympics, and London police have already put 30 websites on a “watch list” due to suspicions they’re scams.

Brad Tuttle is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @bradrtuttle. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

The Bank of England left its monetary policy unchanged on Thursday,

judging that its July decision to expand its buying of government bonds is

enough stimuli for now despite signs of growing economic weakness. Since the BoE's Monetary Policy

Committee met last month, official data has shown that Britain's economy shrank

much more than expected in the second quarter of 2012, and a survey showed that

factory activity fell by the most in three years in July. But after a two-day meeting

that ended earlier on Thursday, the MPC made no change to its current programme

to buy 50 billion pounds of British government bonds, which will take its total

purchases to 375 billion pounds by early November. The central bank also left its

interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent, in line with a poll (I have no idea, no

clue how the polls delude us away from reality of economists,) who overwhelmingly

said they did not expect any change to interest rates or to the BoE's gilt

purchases. Investors'

attention will now shift rapidly to Frankfurt, where European Central

Bank President Mario Draghiis under pressure to deliver on his pledge last

week to do whatever it takes to save the euro. Most economists do expect the

BoE to approve further government bond purchases, but only later this year, and

they also think the BoE could possibly even cut interest rates further --

something it has steadfastly resisted since its last rate cut in March 2009. At July's meeting, MPC members

said they may reconsider a rate cut in a few months time once they have

assessed the impact of a new BoE and finance ministry scheme to offer cheap

credit to banks that lend to businesses and home-buyers. This Funding for Lending Scheme

was also a major reason why two MPC members, Ben Broadbent and Spencer Dale,

opposed further gilt purchases in July, as they wanted to assess its impact

before loosening policy further. The

BoE made no statement alongside its August policy decision, as usual when there

is no change. A much

clearer insight into its outlook will come on Aug. 8, when BoE Governor Mervyn

King presents the central bank's quarterly forecast update. Downward revisions are likely

to both the growth and inflation forecasts. As well as weak growth, inflation

has fallen much faster than the BoE predicted in May to hit a 2-1/2 year low of2.4

percent in June, close to the central bank's 2 percent target.. All the comments

are coming all to go away from the UK. Is that my understanding? I thank you

Firozali A.Mulla DBA

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Well I guess the time has come for all to learn the QWERTY. The postal

service has reported multi-billion dollar losses in part due to the current

economic climate and a decrease in mail. Congress is sitting idly by

Wednesday as the U.S. Postal Service prepares to default on $5.5 billion in

retiree health care payments. The postal service confirmed in a statement

Monday that it would default on its payment to the U.S. Treasury due at

midnight on Wednesday. It is also prepared to default on a $5.6 billion tab due

Sept. 30 to pre-pay retiree health benefits "absent legislation enacted by

Congress." The postal service stressed that the defaults would "have

no material effect on the operations of the Postal Service," which would

continue to be fully funded, as would services. But this first-ever default

marks the decline of the postal service, illuminating just how precarious its

financial position remains without congressional intervention. Some lawmakers

believe that such postal poverty threatens Congress' reputation as well as the

future of the mail service and the nation's economic health. "The

country's looking for the Congress to get things done, the president to get

things done, especially get things done that actually save jobs and creates

jobs. And there's some 7 or 8 million jobs that currently depend on the postal

service," Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) Congress' lead Democratic voice on

postal reform, told Yahoo News Wednesday. The default, Carper argued, "Simply

undermines confidence in those who use the post office services, especially the

larger mailers," potentially hurting business and much-needed holiday

sales. And the Bscs, MBAs will walk to look for ant job Santiago Oviedo, a lanky 24-year-old from Madrid, is on track to get his master's in physics in

October — a crucial milestone in his dream of becoming a researcher probing the

origins of the universe. Spain won't benefit from his big brain. Because of

education spending cuts and Spain's downward economic spiral, Oviedo is planning to emigrate to Britain,

France, the Netherlands or Germany to get his Ph.D. or work at a company

that lets him do research. He's afraid he may never work or raise a family in

his country. If he had graduated two years ago, Oviedo would have stood a good

chance of landing a government-funded scholarship and grant for four years of

doctoral study and research. That has evaporated in an austerity drive that has

brought slashed budgets for scientific research and waves of layoffs at

companies large and small. With Spain's unemployment rate for people under 25

at an astonishing 53 percent, young Spaniards are leaving the country in droves

to carve out a brighter future. Most seek jobs, but some, like Oviedo, are

leaving because the government is struggling to afford to develop their minds. Since

2009, when Europe's financial crisis hit full-bore, the number of Spaniards in

their late teens, 20s and early 30s leaving the country has increased 52

percent — from about 12,500 to nearly 20,000 according to the government

statistics agency. Young and talented Europeans from other hurting eurozone

nations — Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal — are also abandoning home not

only for stronger European countries but surging former European colonies in

Africa, Asia and the Americas. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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