Are Olympics live -- or Memorex?

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Conway Hill, a track-and-field fan who’s based in Northern California, wants to watch Beijing Games action live on his big-screen television. Easier said than done when it comes to, say, the 100-meter semis and final on Saturday.

Here’s an excerpt from what he has to say at

Unfortunately I will not be able to WATCH the race LIVE on my modern High Definition, wide screen, television set!That’s because instead of presenting the modern ‘Text Message’ version of the Olympic Games that we all crave and have been promised, NBC continues to present the ‘Pony Express’ version of the Games hours later! A 1960’s version where we are all supposed to pretend not only that the Internet does not exist, but that the 24 hour news networks that became so popular in the 1990’s also do not exist - you know, ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, Fox, and NBC’s own MSNBC! Then, to add insult to injury, we devout fans here on the West Coast get to wait an additional three hours after the first showing on the East Coast before we actually get to see the race in OUR Prime Time! Therefore we get NOTHING live. Is it live or is it Memorex?