Like so many other reviewers, I too am a cable cutter, and someone who has watched the Olympics ever since I was also that little 4 year old performing camel spins on the ice rink her dad built on the back patio every winter with dreams of Peggy Fleming, the 7 year old blazing down the mountains dreaming of Jean Claude Killi, the high school student cheering on Mark Spitz because one of his swim teammates attended my own school, and so on. The Olympics belongs to EVERYONE, not just cable subscribers! This app claims to give you full access...but does NOT tell you it's for a supposed 30 minute free trial per day, that's broadcasting 12 minutes of commercials. NBC bought the rights years ago - and standard broadcasts deliver content with the endless commercials to pay for the licensing. I'd put up with the commercials gladly, if I got to watch an entire curling match start to finish, a whole hockey game, a complete qualifying series for luge and skeleton and bobsled, the entire race for all the alpine skiers from gold medal to last place finishers - which is EXACTLY what those cable subscribers get. The enhanced coverage is very well done - but the teaser time limited amount is INFURIATING!!! My very cheapskate self would consent to paying for the app, if it actually allowed me to watch even the standard coverage,nor the full live streams and replays. I plan to delete this thing as soon as the Olympics are over...infuriating!
DirecTV Now is a thing... 1/5
C’mon NBC. It’s time to admit DirecTV Now is a thing and add it to your list of providers on your iOS app. I watch it on Apple TV just fine so not sure why you gimp your mobile app (it’s called “attention to detail”). It’s a service I pay for so...how about you finally fix it?!
Endless advertisements make content impossible to watch 1/5
By El_guid Messenger review
Endless advertisements make content impossible to watch
The worst all day long spoiler 1/5
NBC get your S together.
Ruins the Olympics.
All day long this thing notifies you spoilers.
As a cord cutter it’s useless.
I watch NBC over the air and on YouTube TV. So it only allows 5 min a day...
Just disappointed 1/5
They provide horrible coverage of the Olympics and show the same shows on both channels. You can watch but only for 19 mins. What a shake down.
The only thing that doesn’t glitch in this app is commercials.
Oh, and I forgot. You pay an atrociously high price to watch the olympics but still get a lot of ads. Nbc, what have you become?...
Unreliable streaming 1/5
I have a 100 Megabit connection and I can barely watch 5 minutes of the olympics enjoyably.
Keeps crashing 1/5
By PK Chicago
Missed Lindsey Vonn. Missed Ladies Figure Skating. Crash. Crash. Crash.
Issues with Playback Quality, Ad Timing 2/5
Watching Olympics coverage on this app using Fire Stick, there is a lot of buffering that I attribute to the app (not the Internet connection), and the playback sometimes gets scrambled, speeds up and then reverses and replays, but the picture and voiceovers don’t line up. Also, ads are inserted literally in the middle of the ice skating performances, which makes for a horrible viewing experience. We can’t skip the ads, so why not just place them between the performances and let us enjoy the competition? If regular network TV was showing replays of the best footage, I would opt for that, but they are only showing live coverage and many of the results aren’t shown until almost midnight, so I never get to see it, unless I use the app.
Local sports team streaming. 1/5
I can’t stream my local sports team. I keep getting an error message saying I need to re-authenticate even though I’m signed in with my tv provider.
Total frustration 1/5
Don’t waste your time downloading this app if you’re hoping to see any worthwhile content like actual figure skating programs.
Overpromise and underdeliver. 1/5
Oops something went wrong...seems to be all I can get on this app.
By Texas Teasipper
NBC/MSNBC = Greed, poor reporting
TV coverage has been horrible. Replaying the same thing from the previous day, and not what is currently happening. App is buggy, freezes and crashes regularly. You would think all that money NBC paid to be the sole carrier of the Olympics they could spare a little to make a decent app that works.
Doesn’t work 1/5
By Big Jags
This app doesn’t work. It loads, but does nothing. It might as well not even be on the App Store.
Why would I ever or anyone ever pay money to watch athletes and sports we don’t care about for 4 years. Quit being greedy and just show the games.
Apple TV is horrible 1/5
The Apple TV is horrible. Did anyone on their team test how to fast forward? It’s terrible. App crashes half the time and becomes unresponsive the other half of the time.
Fix Your App!!! 1/5
I enjoy this app because I am able to watch some of my favorites on here BUT MOST OF THE CLIPS WILL NOT LET ME CLICK ON THEM!!! I am trying to watch interviews & things of my favorites and it WILL NOT let me!! REALLY ANNOYING!! PLEASE FIX THIS ASAP!!!! Really disappointed in this app for that reason. PLEASE FIX THIS!!!!!!!
Annoying Notifications 1/5
All notifications are turned off, but the app still forces them through.
Playback and navigation are terrible. I can't jump to the already aired section of coverage like I should be able to. Just another disappointment in the Olympics coverage from NBC.
Joke of an app. Gives you nothing without a subscription. Comcast is a joke, NBC is a joke. Continue to not support these crooks.
Constantly asking for login credentials to use app 1/5
I get it you want us to pay for the programs... but why do you keep asking DirecTV customers to login every day for authentication. This is 2018 and shouldn’t ask for login every day. I will update review if it’s ever fixed.
App good; network programming stinks 4/5
Finding what to watch and viewing it on the app is good to very good. However, this leaves you to watch on a device or stream to TV. Network programming for TV stinks.
Only option (and it shows) 1/5
Complex programming guide, slow video load, disgustingly repetitive Ad experience. Had issues connecting to Chromecast but as soon as stream loads it’s rock solid HD
Unbelievably bad 1/5
By Bfinny 987654
For such a giant company and all the money this is bad. Information and schedules are unavailable. Things are mislabeled. I thought it would help enjoy the Olympics on a whole new level, it was just too frustrating and limited that it wasn’t even worth using.
Would give 0 stars!!!!! 1/5
(Written during Rio Olympics) Has my cable company on the list, but won't let me sign in! It's a valid account that I've used for NBC Sports on my Kindle Fire TV, so obviously it's this app! So frustrating!
Update: Haven’t touched the app since Rio Olympics. I figured I’d try it for the PyongChang Olympics, because, surely, it’d be fixed by now. Lo and behold, it still won’t connect.
Live now means in 2 hours 1/5
For me, the problem is more with the content than the app itself. They start events way too early so all you see is the event upcoming. This is ok if you include when it is coming on within the main screen and the event itself. Better yet, leave it in the upcoming events until it is actually live. They also leave the live event too long after the event has concluded. Ads are not too bad but do not particular like them when they are still playing and it comes back and big things have changed. However, I do understand someone has to get paid. Red bull needs to take over Olympics. They run the best sporting event viewing as they show all the action.
Also needs more than a few commercials.
NBC has not given us the real feeling of being there 2/5
The BBC's coverage is more complete without gaps, like NBC. I was able to watch the opening ceremony of both the NBCs version and the BBCs version. The need to fit commercials by NBC took meaning out of what parts of the show was about. And if you don't have cable you are out of luck, all the ice skating events are being shown on NBCS.
We also have missed significant competitors due to commercial breaks. Grrrr.
I am ready to give up on NBC all together and watch all the events on my husbands computer via the BBC.
Don't ask me how he was able to avoid NBCs block on the BBC broadcast.
I am ready to send a letter to the head of NBC or at least the person in Bihar géo for coverage decisions.
Figure skating?? 1/5
By sallys ipod
NBC’s coverage is pathetic...hello dumb hicks,doesn’t understand ski racing and they have ruined Bode, please make nbc stop the torture, Katy the blimp looks and sounds like Killarney, sad bad ...
Where are the Olympics? 1/5
By Creek Mama
I get NBC notification of stuff to watch but then when I use the links, nothing is available to watch.
Fails on two levels 1/5
Too much attention to curling, skating and skiing events. Enough already. And no hockey game coverage on prime time hI don’t subscribe to and never will subscribe to cable TV)
Finally, the app lacks a schedule by event copy by country, buy anything you can’t find anything other than live clips and replay.
Another Olympic flub 1/5
Constant ads, app repeatedly asks to turn on location services, why? Olympic viewing shouldn’t require a cable subscription. Not even mentioning the horrible coverage and airing decisions...NBC has dropped the ball again, just like the last several olympics...
By Nine Thirty Five
Just want to watch the olympics on my phone. App will do it, sometimes. Other times it tells me that something happened and I should restart the app.
Then ensues restarting, reinstalling, cursing, denial, pity, and eventually after clicking play 351 times I can watch the olympics....after 3 commercials and then another screen that says commercial break in progress that lasted for 3-5 minutes.
Love it! 5/5
So great to have everything I want to watch from the Olympics at my fingertips! There were several sports that were on while I was still at work. This handy app let me watch while working! I love it! Thanks NBC!
So painful to use 1/5
When is NBC going to realize cable is dead. The waiting...waiting...waiting while commercials play somewhere in the world is THE most annoying user experience.
Tried several times to use it, impossible to set it up with my cable provider, NBC junk
Family vs technology 5/5
I think that technology has interfered with family time. There is a loss in the family when no one sits down together. Together and discusses shows. Views them together. Old fashioned family time.
Technology is a great thing. It needs to be monitored so that children are not deprived of basic family values.
Shut off the electronics and be a family.
Worst Ever 1/5
By Old Watcher
I've been watching Olympics coverage since it began. If there has ever been worse coverage, I can't remember it.
An example, watching Men's XC Relay - only saw the leaders, period.
Women's XC Relay -- U.S. team came from 11th to 5th in last two legs - was not even mentioned.
And, what, pray tell does ice skaters musical bents have to do with - - - oh, never mind
Hope you like padding NBCs bottom line with all the ads 1/5
Never fails to load ads. Won’t tell you event coverage has concluded until after you’ve watched an ad. And better hope the video you’re watching doesn’t freeze, because you’ll have to watch another ad when you try to restart the video. Garbage.
NBC sports is not customer friendly! ?????????????????????????????????????,????????????$”
App works pretty well, but having to watch the same 3 commercials over and over again gets OLD. Really really old. Can. Can't. Can. Can't. Can. Can't. Can. Can't. STOP IT ALREADY.
AppleTV controls are a nightmare! 1/5
Whoever came up with the controls for the AppleTV version seems to have never used an AppleTV before. They are atrocious! Every other media app on the ATV seems to get it, and imitates the native play/pause/scrub behavior. This app has an arcane approach that requires you to pause first, then scrub or skip. If you accidentally “skip 10 secs” it will do it from the last pause point, so often you are bounced way back in time. Unless you have a mental model of what time you were at in your feed, you now have a miserable time trying to find your spot again. It is ridiculously frustrating and can ruin the whole experience.
I’ve literally watched less than 1 minute of the olympics and had to sit through 10 minutes of ads. You’d be better off to just sit around and imagine the sport you want to see than trying to watch it on this app.
Jumped on the App for the first time tonight to catch some content we missed today. Selecting anything from today launches nothing but what’s currently live. I’m done. Deleting the App now
Cannot Watch full screen 1/5
Every option says “full screen available” but no matter what you do- it will not full screen. The help says to hit the button on the bottom right. There is no full screen button. Only cc and headphones. Too much crap on enhanced version so the total screen showing the video is about 1 inch by 2 inches. Totally worthless.
How can I watch Olympics w/o cable? 1/5
By starts with j
I’d pay to watch the Olympics, but I’ve no interest in subscribing to anything else.
Commercials overload 1/5
Thought I would watch figure skating but watched commercial after commercial instead. NBC was brutal to skating fans, not putting it on regular TV until after 10 pm EST. I thought the app was the answer. Instead, I am turned off to the whole thing.
Your streaming coverage is shameful. Too many commercials, and the same five commercials over and over... the streaming freezes during the events, never during commercials. Showing the same few seconds of an event multiple times. Cutting off in the middle of an event, jumping to the middle of a commercial, then back and forth multiple times. Simply disgusting. You should lose your rights to the Olympics and let someone do it who has a clue how to deal with the technology.
Waste of time 1/5
By Puzzler lover 1965
I wasted data downloading the app. I can’t use it because I don’t have a tv provider. I get tv from the air. App stinks and their coverage of the olympics stinks.
Zero stars if that were an option. A black screen with the word Loading and sometimes a yellow bar.