NBC Sports Gets Real (Time); Streams French Open Live Coast To Coast


Credit: Staci D. Kramer

Two years ago I ranted here about the need for NBC (NSDQ: CMCSA) Sports to get a grip or lose its grip on Wimbledon after it time shifted streams for a match it wouldn’t televise live. As I type, though, NBC Universal is live streaming the French Open men’s semis in freaking real time.

I don’t know if this reflects the Comcast era or a generally more mature approach to streaming live sports in a broadband-Twitter world but it’s welcome either way.

NBC Sports is streaming Rafael Nadal v. Andy Murray to be followed by what could be an epic match between Novak Djokovic, whose 41-match streak is at stake, and Roger Federer.

I won’t be able to watch most of it but at least I know what I do see is being shown at the same time coast-to-coast instead of being offered up like a slo-mo version of a stadium wave.

Both finals will be streamed live, too.

Update: Oh, the irony. NBC still time shifted the TV broadcast so the only time I could catch it live on the big screen, it had yet to start on the West Coast. In its place: the Today show. Next request for NBC — real time on TV, too.


morgan culliton

Why does Nadal keep picking at his bottom — has anyone ever told him how dis-tastful that is

Joan N

Is there no way that John, Mary and Ted can stop babbling long enough to give the SCORE.  Is the ball in or out, long or wide??  The chair announces the score but it is in French. Please call the game they are watching–Dick Enberg and Bill Macatee et al do a wonderful job.  Now that NBC has Winbledon, please  ask them to help viewers keep up with the game.  Believe it or not we can’t tell from watching where the ball landed.  Your help would be most appreciated.  Many thanks!

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