NBC has made it through the first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics without #NBCFail becoming a national phenomenon. In that regard, the peacock's coverage is an improvement over the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. More events are being shown live on television (including the full figure skating events that have drawn rave reviews for the work of Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir) and the online buffering issues that plagued online coverage 2 years ago have been minimized.
But there have been occasions in Sochi when NBC's primetime packaging and tape delay strategy are still worthy of condemnation. The most glaring example is the withdrawal from the men's figure skating competition of Russian icon Evgeni Plushenko and NBC's willingness to play dumb for their primetime audience.no comments