How to watch the Winter Olympics
There's a nine-hour time delay and some hysterical and horrfying tweets coming from journalists arriving in half-finished hotels in Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics in Russia. The Games get under way Thursday and bombastic Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast on Friday, so this Olympic run is definitely must-see television.
Our friends on the sports staff have this comprehensive website of the Olympics, from news stories to TV coverage. This handy schedule shows you what will be televised, but you can also follow along on livestreaming here.
Opening Ceremonies: The details have been slim, but word is the Russians want to dazzle us with ballerinas, circus performers, a 1,000-voice childrens choir on three stages featuring heroes of Russian stories, the Russian troika from Gogol’s Dead Souls and Peter I commanding five ships. The Opening Ceremonies take place at Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday at 11 a.m. but NBC won't livestream it. Instead, the network will broadcast its opening ceremony coverage, hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, at 7:30 p.m. This delayed coverage caused a firestorm on Twitter at the last Olympics, so this will be a good test to see if viewers are willing to wait for a network to hand-feed them coverage instead of finding it themselves online.
Appetizer: You can get a jump start with prime-time coverage Thursday of snowboarding and team figure skating. These, of course, will be streamed live on NBC’s site.
Online: You can watch hundreds of hours of competition on NBC's Olympics website or smartphone app. But you have to prove you're a cable or satellite TV subscriber to watch most of the online streams.
What's new: Check out these 12 new Olympic competitions making their debut in these Games. Two words: Luge relay!!
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