The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
NBC Makes Web Olympics Viewing Tough for Mac Users

NBC Makes Web Olympics Viewing Tough for Mac Users

by , 3:50 PM EDT, August 11th, 2008

Macs users who have a PowerPC Mac are out of luck if they want to watch the Beijing Olympics at For those who do have an Intel Mac, they'll have to download Microsoft's Silverlight, still in beta.

PowerPC Mac users will get this message if they try to watch video at the NBC Universal site.

However, if you have an Intel Mac, the challenge isn't over. In addition to Adobe's Flash, which most Mac users have installed, Silverlight, still in beta, is also required, along with its corresponding Microsoft license agreement.


Apple and NBC have had their differences in the past. That schism along with competing standards for the delivery of Internet video is making life difficult for Mac users who want to enjoy watching the Beijing Olympics at

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated October 23rd

Fri, 10:59 PM
Apple Pay Used to Buy $1M Aston Martin DB5 Luxury Car
Fri, 10:23 PM
Perpetrator of Friday's Internet Outage Comes Clean
Fri, 9:35 PM
macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled It
Fri, 6:26 PM
Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery
Fri, 5:59 PM
Apple and IBM Partnership: Macs, iOS and Watson Are The Glue
Fri, 5:05 PM
Teens Steal $13,000 in iPhones from Natick Collection Apple Store
Fri, 1:41 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire, Microsoft Surface on the Rise
Fri, 11:22 AM
iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire
Fri, 9:00 AM
HYFY Pro 1-Year Plan: $25
Fri, 8:00 AM
King of the Hill Intro in Pixel Art
Thu, 8:19 PM
Eddy Cue Dampens Expectations for Original Apple TV Programming
Thu, 7:33 PM
Mad Max Available on Mac App Store and Steam
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!