Texts and tweets tangle with Olympic TV

By Steven Hawthorn on 30/07/12

TV coverage of the Olympics has hit an unusual snag, as those attending the games are apparently overloading data networks through the sheer volume of texts and mobile tweets.

Saturday’s commentators were unable to give viewers accurate live statistics regarding the leading distance in the men’s cycling, because the data could not get through from the GPS system.

British viewers were watching to support Mark Cavendish in his search for Britain’s first medal.

An Olympic Committee spokesperson confirmed that the number of texts and tweets sent in the vicinity was directly responsible, saturating the network and slowing it down.

He added: "Of course, if you want to send something, we are not going to say 'Don't, you can't do it', and we would certainly never prevent people," he said. "It's just - if it's not an urgent, urgent one, please kind of take it easy.”
 

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