One of the greatest sporting events in the history of mankind, the 2012 London Olympic Games, officially begins tonight in London. With all the excitement surrounding this year’s Summer Games, there remains one problem. How can one possibly find time to watch all of the action? With 32 sports and over 3,500 hours of live coverage on display, it’s nearly impossible to watch the London Games in its entirety; or at least it used to be.
Lucky for us NBC understands the plight of being and Olympic fan, and in turn has released the NBC Olympics Live Extra app now available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices. The app and streaming service look to provide full coverage of the Games, showcasing all 32 sports and 302 events, including long-form events like gymnastics and swimming. Full event replays will also be available for those who miss their favorite events. While the Olympics don’t begin until tonight, you can currently see videos of the Olympic Trials, along with other videos aimed at helping you learn more about athletes and prepping for this year’s games.
The app and streaming service is free. However, to opt for the service users must have a preexisting cable, telco., or satellite account with a subscription that includes CNBC, MSNBC, and NBC networks (which is typical with most programming tiers above basic network TV).
NBC Olympics Live Extra can also provide users with additional information while they watch from another device (i.e. television or computer). This second screen will provide relevant information about the sport, athletes, and more. In addition, if you have an iPhone 4, or 4S, or iPad 2, or 3 its also possible to use the Live Extra app in conjunction with Apple TV.
Limited coverage is also available for those who do not have a cable, telco., or satellite service. The coverage will be limited to live events that air on the NBC live network, including full event replays, highlights, features and event encores.
Unfortunately this service is only available for U.S. residents, but BBC also provides its own Olympic app for both iOS (4.0 and above) and Android (2.2 and newer) devices. BBC was also planning on releasing an international version of the app, but due to time constraints it decided to refrain from that project.