Help Me Watch the Olympics
August 17, 2008 8:14 AM Subscribe
I really want to watch the olympics. Here's why I can't:
posted by jimmyjimjim to Technology (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
1. My tv's digital, so can't pick up broadcast...and I don't have cable. I tried a digital antenna, to pick up digital broadcasts, but the signals are faint and there are no NBC affiliates broadcasting digital near me anyway.
2. I can't watch online because I have a PPC mac, and NBC's online video requires an Intel Mac (i tried spoofing the user agent, but the hangup is that they require silverlight 2.0, which only runs on Intel).
3. I can't watch in a bar because the sound's down, and I'm too dumb about sports to really understand everything without the commentary.
4. I can't watch in a friend's house, because I don't have any friends close enough to spend 4 hours on their couch every night for the next week.
So.......I thought of buying an intel mac and returning it in two weeks, but that's sleazy (plus there'd be restocking fees). I thought of buying cable for a week and then returning it, but it'd take 2 weeks for the cable guy to come hook me up.
So the only solution I can think of is to buy a cheap non-digital tv and antenna and watch broadcast NBC. It's still not SO cheap, unfortunately...unless I buy one in, like, a pawnshop. OTOH I'm not sure you can buy one in a store at this point anyway. Any other ideas?