Mike Becky

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On the NBC Olympics Streaming App ➝

Jason Snell, writing on Six Colors:

However, there are some rough spots, too. As Todd Vaziri noted, the top-level heading on the NBC Apple TV app for almost every item is “Olympic Sports.” This makes it nearly impossible to tell if you’re going to see tennis, or handball, or table tennis, or rugby, until you click and then sit through a 15- or 30-second preroll ad.

So close… and yet so far. It’s not as if the app doesn’t understand what all those sports are—there’s a Filter feature that will show you just the video for the sport you select—but it makes it impossible to browse through a menu of live streams and see which event strikes your fancy.

Snell doesn’t even mention the atrocious playback controls, which is the most infuriating part of the app. For whatever reason, NBC decided to roll their own media playback system and its a pain in the ass to use. Want to skip back a few seconds to rewatch a tumbling pass? Good luck. Before you know it, you’ve rewound 30 minutes and have no idea how to get back where you started.

NBC’s SeeSo Starts Free Beta Preview on December 3 ➝

I’m not sure if I need another streaming service in my life, but I’ll at least give SeeSo a shot during the free beta period.

How to Watch NBC’s Super Bowl Live Stream ➝

I’m not much of a sports guy. But if I end up watching some of the Super Bowl this year, this is how I’m going to do it.

NBC Unlikely to Join Apple 99-cent Rentals ➝

Jeff Zucker speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference, as reported by Reuters:

We do not think 99 cents is the right price point for our content. … We thought it would devalue our content.

It’s funny that renting episodes for 99-cents each devalues content but streaming as many episodes as you’d like from Netflix for $8.99 a month doesn’t devalue the same content.