Numbers are beginning to leak out showing heavy usage.
The summer Olympics in London is currently enjoying a lot of attention. It is showing up on the evening news on every channel. But, for watching the Olympics on NBC and the associated channels, you are not getting to see the complete events as they are compacting as much viewing of events as possible into the limited time that they have. As a result. the only way that you are going to see everything that you want is via the Internet Streaming which is being provided. With that, you can either watch the events live rather than waiting for prime time or watch events after they have been completed.
It seems that recent numbers being released show success for streaming 75 million videos, live or post event. Those kinds of numbers would tend to show that the whole concept of streaming the Olympics over the Internet has proven to be a success. The infrastructure has proven that it can handle the load and connections around the world for moving all that video. They have clearly demonstrated the ability to provide the necessary bandwidth. And with that success, we can expect to see an equal number of videos being streamed during the second week of the Olympics. Even after the Olympics are over, there will continue to be streams of people watching full events that they were not able to watch during the Olympics.
While NBC has worked in partnership with Comcast to provide free live streaming for Comcast customers, there are those who have been finding ways around that restriction. The goal is to have non-Comcast customers either sign up for Comcast or pay for the video feed during the Olympics. But, if you happen to live in the UK, they are broadcasting all events for free. And a number of people are reporting ways to watch for free, or close to free.
There are a number of sites reporting various methods of getting the Internet streaming of the Olympics, such as Redmond Pie or Life Hacker. There are any more than this, so if you are not a Comcast customer and want to watch the Internet streaming of the Olympics, you can find information on how to accomplish that.
With the success of this, we can expect to see even more of it for the coming 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics. As the number of mobile devices increase between now and then, those who watch in the future are going to increase as well. It appears that the move to provide streaming of the Olympics in multiple methods will have to increase to keep up with technology. It has been proven that the technology exists to move the streaming of videos around the world. The question now remains as to whether they will provide more of it for free or do as NBC and Comcast have done. Trying to force people to pay for the streaming videos in the future is going to become far more difficult.