If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the Olympics to begin……….but you sure as heck won’t bother to get up at 1:45 in the morning to do so. The unofficial curtain raiser is group play in women’s soccer, with the US taking on Norway and Canada facing Argentina. Chances are, you aren’t going to get up that early to watch it, but if you’re interested, the special NBC Olympic Soccer Channel will save you with their endless replays, provided you have the correct cable service.
A few weeks ago, Comcast specifically stated they would have the special Olympic networks NBC put up free of charge. According to Laurie from Worldcupblog, she got something different:
I’ve heard from people from coast to coast who have contacted their Comcast cable reps. Without exception, the Comcast folks have known absolutely nothing about the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel. I contacted my own rep in the Seattle area and he was similarly clueless. (Nice guy, but completely uninformed.) He said he’d get back to me that day, but never did. I’ve heard similar stories from others across the US.
So I contacted the online help area of Comcast. That rep also knew nothing, but said there was a chance the channel might be available for subscribers to the sports package. (In other words, for pay. Maybe. If we’re lucky.) And he linked me to this page, which also tells us basically nothing.
If you go to Laurie’s post (which I’ll link to at the bottom of this post), she chats with with a Comcast rep about this situation, provides a link showing evidence that Comcast does provide the Olympic channels (it has since been changed but I read that one before and it is true). The rep on the other hand says it would most likely subscribe to the sports entertainment package (in other words, fork over more money or buzz off).
This is so typical of Comcast. If you want something, you have to pay for it. It was just last year that they forced most fans to subscribe to the sports package if they wanted the NFL Network, which was moved of the original digital tier. It’s been made clear by many customers (Mookie’s residence included) that Comcast is a……rather interesting company to work with. I’d say more, but I don’t want to wake up tomorrow not having TV or internet service.
Comcast Doesn’t Care Whether You Can Watch Olympic Soccer Or Not (World Cup Blog)