Like many Chinese who live here, I'm deeply disappointed that the US media does not broadcast the Olympics opening ceremony live. Not being a sports lover, the opening and closing ceremonies are what I'm most interested in. I just don't understand why NBC can't broadcast it live then replay it during prime time.
A few days ago, a smart guy named qiaka, who apparently has been watching China's sports programs for quite some time, posted a set of methods to see live broadcast on-line. The number one recommended method is using TV Ants. I installed TV Ants two days ago and it worked fine. However when I tried to watch CCTV5 this morning, there was no signal. Fortunately CCTV1 is still working, but the signal is very halting, perhaps from too many people trying to watch.
Despite all the problems, I'm watching the opening ceremony right now at 9 am EST. The performance is simply amazing. Because of the poor signal, I will have to watch it again tonight for a more satisfactory effect, but the glimpses of the live show I am getting are quite something.
Added: apparently many readers of NY Times shared my frustration with NBC - see comments under "Live-Blogging the Opening Ceremony."