Quote: Originally Posted by fseal
Well that sucks but uh... who ever said the Olympics were "free"? And who is paying for all that streaming equipment and bandwidth if it's all free for everyone?
Seems most likely that there is a more local media outlet to you for the streaming so the BBC is bowing out because you are supposed to use someone else instead. These are private enterprises, not governments that are streaming and rebroadcasting this stuff.
It's a thin ledge to stand on claiming "GREED" on someone else's behalf when you are demanding something for free :/
the Cable system actually transmits BBC1/2/3/4 here anyway so there isn't a problem with delivering content -- it's just that why do they then block the Internet streams -- it's simple enough to determine if content is being delivered to the country in question then they should allow it on the Internet as well.
It's this sort of B/S that keeps the pirates alive.
I'm not demanding "Free access" although in Europe the Olympic Games have been declared as one of those events that have to be made available to FTA (Free to Air) TV services which include BBC1 and BBC 2.
It just seems nonsensical when I can get this legally via Cable TV in my area I can't get the same thing on the Internet without a bit of fiddling around with external VPN's.
We all want to enjoy the Olympic games from whatever country you come from -- surely nothing wrong with that.