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Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Olympics coverage upsets some HDTV viewers


NBC's high-definition TV coverage of the Olympics has literally and figuratively struck some owners of the fancy sets as a day late and a dollar short.

HDTV sports fans are disappointed that there's a limited menu of Olympic sports that can be seen in high-definition and that many of the events are shown 24 hours or more later than they are on NBC, said Phillip Swann, who runs a technology-oriented Web site, TVPredictions.com.

About 2 million Americans have sets with the capacity to watch in high-definition, a technology that offers a remarkably sharper picture than conventional TV.

NBC, which said only in June that it would televise some events in HDTV, said it was limited by technology made available by Olympic organizers. Only some of the main Olympic venues ? for track and field, swimming, gymnastics and basketball ? were wired for HDTV pictures.

Its effort struck a sour note from opening night.

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