It was never going to be pretty: an Olympic opening ceremony with no GIFs, hours of commercials, a massive delay and overbearing anchors.

Welcome to NBC’s 2016 Rio Olympic coverage. The network filled its primetime coverage of the opening ceremony on Friday night with thousands and thousands of commercials. Because when you pay $1.2 billion for the digital and broadcast rights, you wanna get that hard cold cash back somehow and the people will always tune in.

Here’s a tip for Americans frustrated with NBC’s coverage: Get a VPN and watch Australia’s Channel 7 or the UK’s BBC coverage live with your friends around the world. You’ll also save yourself from dying in a filthy swamp of ads. Read more…

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The NBC Olympics coverage is a total, commercial-filled nightmare