This year Olympic Games receive record ratings because some viewers have complained that NBC made them too difficult to watch.
At Twitter, complaints abound that NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock blocked certain sports behind a pay wall or showed certain events an entire day after they happened.
“NBC and Peacock suck for making #USA #Basketball a Premium Peacock option,” one user lamented.
“Olympic coverage is a bit bad if you don’t have cable,” wrote another. “You either have to wait to watch it the next day on Peacock or pay for the NBC sports app.”
Others have encountered simple TV reception problems.
“It’s still not the #Olympics… but I guess it’s better than the test model,” wrote another, posting a photo of a typed message on her TV: “The station normally seen on this cable channel is experiencing technical difficulties. “
On television, this year’s Olympics can be seen on NBC and its affiliates. Online, viewers can watch the games through a number of streaming services, including Hulu, fuboTV, and NBC peacock – all of which offer a one-week free trial. Then there is SlingTV, which offers a month of streaming for $ 10.
If the show’s ratings are any indication, there appears to be a problem. According to NBC data, only 16.7 million Americans watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics on television – its smallest audience in 33 years.
Even with all of NBC’s streaming apps and stations included, only 17 million people watched the event, NBCUniversal told the New York Post.
This is the smallest audience since 1988, when just 22.7 million people watched the Olympic Games in Seoul.
The ratings of the Olympics have steadily declined in recent years, possibly due to the shift in preferences of viewers from television to online content. Since the 2012 games in London to the 2016 games in Rio, the number of people who watched the opening ceremony rose from 40.7 million to 26.5 million.
However, some of the viewers who didn’t tune in this year seem like they really wanted to watch, but found it impossible.
The independent contacted NBC for comment.
“Kudos to NBC for making it so incredibly difficult to watch the Olympics that I’m giving up,” tweeted a frustrated fan. “Maybe it will take the next four years to find a way not to suck.”