Online Olympics Viewing Shatters Records

But TV's still tops, NBC says
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2008 6:28 AM CDT
The screen shot taken Sunday, August 10, 2008 from shows NBC's quad-screen "control room" feature, where users can choose to view up to four live or on-demand feeds.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Internet played an unprecedented role in Olympics viewing this year, with and Yahoo leading the online-coverage pack, the New York Times reports. With 1.2 billion page hits and 72 million video streams, NBC more than doubled its Web traffic from the past two Olympics combined. The Internet lets viewers “create their own broader Olympics experience,” said a ratings analyst.

NBC, which scored the rights to the Beijing Olympics in 1995, was the only place for streaming video and garnered 4.3 million unique visitors a day, say analysts; Yahoo, offering photos and articles, managed 4.7 million. But despite the Games’ online popularity, NBC says the tube is still the most popular Olympic medium, notching 93% of viewing.