Oh man, the Olympics are coming up, so I bet everyone’s super excited, right! And how awesome is it that NBC has released two free apps to stream content to your iPad? Awesome! Except, wait, you have to have cable for them to work? Oh, crud.
NBC has just unveiled two shiny new Olympics apps. There’s NBC Olympics Live Extra and NBC Olympics. The latter is pretty pedestrian, with schedules, news, results, and the like. But the real fun is with Live Extra. This app’s neat in that it’ll provide second screen information when you’re tuning into the games, by giving you extra information, alternate angles, and more. Most importantly, you’ll be able to watch the entire games from it:
* Live Events: watch every event of the London Olympics LIVE!
* Full Event Replays: relive all the great moments of the Summer Games with full event replays
* Channels: watch simulcasts of Olympic programming on NBC Universal television cable channels
* Gold Zone: check out the Gold Zone Live Streaming Channel featuring every gold medal event LIVE!
* Alternate Camera Views: view multiple camera angles for sports such as gymnastics and track & field
* Push Notifications: receive reminder alerts for upcoming events
* DVR: most live streams and all full event replays will have DVR capabilities
Which is incredibly awesome for a free app — except you need a cable login to access it (satellite or telco TV also works). If you’re like me, and one a legion of people who have divorced themselves from cable companies, then you’re out of luck. This is part of the TV Everywhere initiative, which the cable providers are in on.
Seriously, is there no way I could just pay for the Olympics content?