Quick App: NBC Olympics Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch

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The 2010 Winter Olympics officially began yesterday and if you want to keep up with your country to see how well they are performing, the NBC Olympics Mobile app [iTunes Link - Free] for iPhone and iPod touch is a great companion piece that offers a ton of great features.

  • News, results and medal counts are all updated live.
  • Video on-demand: Those of you in the U.S. can watch NBC Olympics video clips and highlights. Sorry Canada!
  • Favorites: Save athletes, sports and nations as favorites
  • Push Notifications: Have results for your favorite sports pushed directly to your iPhone.
  • TV Coverage Schedule: View NBC's TV and online coverage schedule and set program reminders.
  • Athlete Bios and Sports Information: You can read up on all of the sports rules and get the full details about nations and teams.
  • Social networking: Share Olympic Games content with your friends directly on your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.

Why Canadian users would be omitted from viewing video is beyond us, especially since they are hosting all of the events. Surely some sort of deal could have been made for those of you in Canada? Now if you throw that major fail aside, you have a great app to give you your daily dose of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Screenshots after the break!

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Jeremy

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

TX Mike says:

"Why Canadian users would be omitted from viewing video is beyond us,..."
This may be because NBC paid 100s of Millions of $ for exclusive coverage rights in the US, but not in Canada.

Jeremy says:

*It should also be noted that the app is only available in the US and Canada.

Jeremy says:

@Mike, but like the next line says: "Surely some sort of deal could have been made for those of you in Canada?" ;)

JROMO says:

It's B-Cuz Us Americans own all the stuff the world uses...USA USA USA....America is the greatest place on earth

TX Mike says:

@Jeremy,
Why wouldn't Canadians use their own CTVOlympics.ca app free from the App store?

Mahony says:

There is an official Olympics app btw. No Video, no push messages but with a very useful schedule for your favourite events. And it automatically uses your own timezone.

Maniacfive says:

Its available in the UK as well.

Director says:

For you Canadians, check out the CTV Olympic app.
(I think CTV has the braodcast rights in Canada, but their app doesn't have video for whatever reason. Hey, write them a letter!)

neil brimelow says:

Funny that Canada is banned from using this app. Even funnier is that NBC paid $2 BILLION dollars for the rights. That's enough dough for 1,000 hours of normal quality t.v. programming.

James says:

Does anyone know of an app or website we could watch live coverage on our iPhones. I really want to watch the hockey games. I live in Toronto BTW.

Dev says:

How is Canada not aloud to view live video of the Olympics held in CANADA what the heck!!!!!