I was just watching a news article on C|Net News about the Olympics coverage coming up next month. One comment made by the ultra-young-looking Sr. Analyst was about the streaming media made available at the Sydney Olympics by Quokka Sports (now defunct, so no link). He said there was a concern about the online media canabalizing the televised coverage. What a crock!
I watched those streams at work, with a full T1 at my disposal, and the experience was terrible. I sincerely can not imagine streaming media canabalizing televised content. For the Salt Lake Games, MSFT will be assisting NBC in the online coverage, which is a good thing in my opinion.
The hope I had for the Sydney Olympics would be coverage that was robust, up to minute and complete. I lived up to my part of the bargain by staying up to 3am one night to watch the meagre 15 minutes of whitewater kayaking coverage, which was a complete let down.
This year, I'm buying a Tivo for the explicit purpose of recording as much Olympic coverage as the hard drive will allow. I thinking of hacking the one I buy to boost the storage capacity. What I really need is for NBC/MSNBC/CNBC to cover everything and run the content over night so I can record it. It would be perfect if they did this without interleaving the event coverage so I could record full events without being forced to watch events like Figure Skating.