We've been watching a lot of Olympics the last two weeks, and I must say, I have really enjoyed it a lot more than in years past, for two major reasons: online streaming coverage & Tivo.
The one sport I really wanted to watch this summer Olympics was archery. As you might know, I've been taking archery for about a year now, and have really been getting into it. I've been saving up for my own bow, but have been borrowing one in the mean time, and practicing several times a week. So I really wanted to watch the Olympic matches. But, on the NBC TV coverage exactly one match was shown. The women's team gold medal match. That's all, a whole 15 min or so. BUT because NBC was showing a lot of live streaming coverage of online, we actually got to watch 2 or 3 hours of archery each night the first week of the Olympics. It was really awesome to see all the different styles & equipment used by all the Olympic archery athletes & it made it so much more exciting to watch something that I was actually doing on a regular basis.
This week, since archery has been over, we've been trying to watch more of the prime time Olympic coverage. But instead of staying up late, we've been recording 4 hours or so on the Tivo and watching it the next night. Which has been PERFECT because we can fast forward through all the commercials and fluff pieces and long games that we don't really want to watch all of, so that our 4 hours of Olympics end up as about 2.5 hours. Which is pretty perfect. Sure, some of those Olympic athlete puff pieces are pretty interesting, but more than often they're really annoying and seriously, one night they even had a piece on pandas (PANDAS!) during prime time for like 20 min! I told Chip, I'll watching a piece on pandas in prime time during the Olympics when there is a panda competing in shotput.
So in a nutshell 2 things to make your Olympic experience perfect: a laptop plugged into your TV to watch streaming online coverage, and a Tivo to record & fast forward through the parts you have no interest in. Now that we have the perfect formula down, I can't wait for the Winter Olympics in 2010!