There have already been games played at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but the Olympics' official start comes with each Olympiad's Opening Ceremony, and that is yet to come. But for Britons and attendees, there isn't that long to wait: "The Isles of Wonder," as the 2012 Opening Ceremony has been dubbed, will begin on Friday at 9 p.m. local time in London at the Olympic Stadium.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle heads the creative team for the Opening Ceremony, which will celebrate Britain's history and feature chickens, sheep, mosh pits, a rain-producing cloud, the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world, the music of A.R. Rahman and a model of the hill known as the Glastonbury Tor, which many consider to be the place where King Arthur's Avalon sat. Boyle told The Guardian he hopes the Opening Ceremony will reveal "how peculiar and contrary we are." Given all those details, it's hard to imagine it won't, one way or another.
Unfortunately for Americans, NBC isn't broadcasting the Opening Ceremony live, but rather on tape delay as part of its primetime Olympic coverage, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. And then NBC is tape-delaying that again for the West Coast, where it will begin its broadcast at 7:30 p.m. PT -- 6 1/2 hours after the Opening Ceremony began.
One might think that would lead NBC to also offer an Opening Ceremony online stream, but that won't be happening, either.
It's really too bad that there's absolutely no way to get broadcast footage to the Internet between the original broadcast in the United Kingdom and the broadcast to the East Coast, isn't it?
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