Illegal streams enable early ceremony viewing

Associated Press
The 2014 Winter Olympic games official mascots, the Leopard, the Polar Bear, and the Hare, perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure, Pool)
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NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's decision not to stream a feed of the Winter Olympic opening ceremony live in the United States didn't mean that video couldn't be found.

Links to the ceremony from other sources popped up online Friday on social media sites like Twitter, sometimes accompanied by complaints about NBC's decision. NBC has rights to Olympic video in the United States, but there are other rights holders outside the country that aired the ceremony live.

NBC said Friday that a "very small number of users" watched online instead of waiting for the network's prime-time coverage. The network would not discuss anti-piracy efforts taken in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee.

The ceremony over, NBC is showing virtually all of the competition live online or on cable TV.

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