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What Did You Think of the Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Vote in our poll, read what others say, and check out the gallery of the opening ceremony - even if you couldn't see it live.

 

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 coverage of the Opening Ceremony on official website.
  • Be sure to vote in our Poll, below, and leave a comment if you choose.
  • Click through our gallery of images from the event.

But while the rest of the world was watching the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games, many Americans were left in the dark. Viewers on the West Coast were not allowed to watch the ceremonies until long after the day ended in London.

The Associated Press reported Friday that NBC was criticized, once again this year, 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.

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.

Bee Ben July 29, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The ceremony was fine. Proof of that was watching it live on the BBC (which we in the USA are not supposed to be able to do). But NBC butchered it. That butchering continues in their coverage of the actual Games themselves. For example, a thrilling, highly competitive women's beach volleyball match was shown only for its last few points. The gripping, prolonged intensity of the competition was lost by NBC's showing only a little snippet at the end. What NBC is doing in covering the 2012 Olympics rivals their big goof from 1968, the infamous NBC "Heidi Bowl" fiasco.
Doug Strickland July 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
You can always watch full start to finish coverage of every event online. NBC thankfully edits this down to its more enjoyable moments for a broader audience. Wrt the opening, it was already over 5 hours long on TV. Given the attention span of most viewers Id imagine out of this was skipped by those with dvr's. C'mon, the parade of nations itself was over 90 minutes. Aside from their parents and families, who wants to see every single punim?!
Pat Comstock July 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Take time to find full coverage online. NBC selected and delayed coverage is lame, when compared with watching almost all events live on BBC, EuroSports, Canadian, and other online international feeds. Watched the entire opening ceremonies live on BBC. Certainly beats the few spoon-fed portions aired to please NBC and its ad revenue stream. .
Marie Cushen July 30, 2012 at 01:09 AM
In my honest opinion, it was the worse production I have ever seen.

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