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NBC live stream buffers in the middle of Bolt’s 100-meter race

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It's one thing for NBC to delay showing Usain Bolt's amazing victory in the men's 100-meter race on TV until prime time. Showing events five, six hours late on TV is kind of its thing.

We don't know if it's NBC's fault the live event failed on the Internet, but we know who is getting the blame. Probably due to too many people jumping on at once, the live stream began buffering in the middle of the historic race.

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As always, hundreds of people took to Twitter to gripe (though be careful not to go overboard or NBC will have Twitter suspend your account). A sample:

@ZackMast: Usain Bolt outruns the NBC live stream's buffer!

@bshelley24: Thanks, NBC. Who wanted a working stream for Usain Bolt anyway?

@GentryEstes247: A buffering live stream doesn't mix w/ 100 meters. Basically missed the race. Thanks NBC. You could have shown it live, but this was better.

@jscheine82: @usainbolt's 100m time 9.63 seconds = the average time between freezing and or commercials on @Nbc youtube live

@whitenetinvt: NBC live stream completely failed to keep up with the men's 100M. Usain Bolt is faster than the internet.

Ah well. They can always catch up in a few hours when NBC shows it on TV.

NBC has yet to comment on the buffering fiasco. The company has had it's share of online streaming problems during these Games and has received a ton of backlash. So what else is new?

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