Every Olympic event will be available for live-viewing for the first time ever this year, according to USA Today. NBCUniversal plans to use nine TV channels, a website and a tablet-smartphone app in order to stream every event, including the less popular ones like fencing and trampoline. Viewers will have to be able to prove that they subscribe to cable service by providing their username and password, obtained from their cable provider, in order to view the games on their tablet or online.
Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics, said that the opening and closing ceremonies will not be available for live-streaming. Zenkel explained to USA Today that the ceremonies are “complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context.”