The breakdown of NBCUniversal's Winter Olympics coverage
NBCUniversal will present more than 1,539 hours of coverage from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 6-23, the media conglomerate announced Thursday.
The 1,539 hours is the most ever televised in a Winter Olympics.
I have blogged about some of the network's plans already, and I will remind you of it again. Here is the coverage breakdown:
-- The six NBCUniversal platforms -– NBC (185 hours), NBCSN (230), CNBC (36), MSNBC (45), USA Network (43) and NBCOlympics.com (1,000-plus) -– will offer the most in-depth coverage in Winter Olympics history. The 1,539-plus hours is more than Vancouver (835) and Torino (419) combined (1,254).
-- NBCUniversal’s 539 hours of television coverage is the most ever for a Winter Olympics, eclipsing Vancouver (436) in 2010.
-- Over the 18 days of the Sochi Games, NBCUniversal’s coverage will average over 85 hours per day –- nearly double the entire coverage of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics (43.5) on ABC.
-- NBCUniversal is presenting its 14th Olympic Games and eighth consecutive, both the most by any U.S. media company. ABC is second with 10 and four (twice), respectively.
-- Bob Costas will host primetime and late night for NBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics Coverage, becoming U.S. television's first 10-time Olympic primetime host.
-- Sochi marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony. The prime-time broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 6, is scheduled to include competition in the Olympic debuts of snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), in which two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White may compete, and team figure skating, where the U.S. is expected to contend for a medal, as well as women’s freestyle moguls, where defending U.S. Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney is scheduled to compete.
-- NBCSN, the NBC Sports Group’s cable sports network, will present more than 230 hours of coverage, including live figure skating for the first time, and serve as the home for Team USA.;
-- MSNBC, NBCUniversal’s cable news channel, will telecast live hockey coverage on 11 of its 12 days, including medal round games.
-- USA Network will present medal round coverage of hockey and curling and three men’s hockey games featuring Team Canada.
-- CNBC, NBCUniversal’s cable business channel, will serve as the home for curling during the 2014 Sochi Games, and present a daily curling program beginning on Feb. 10.
-- NBCOlympics.com will serve as the preeminent digital destination for Olympic content and the exclusive home of Olympic video coverage, featuring, for the first time, live streaming of all Winter Games competition, plus event rewinds and extensive video highlights.
As far as what you can expect to see on NBC, here is that breakdown:
-- NBC will begin its prime-time coverage Feb. 6, one night before the broadcast network provides its traditional prime-time coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7.
-- Prime-time coverage will include figure skating, short track, speed skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding/freestyle, and more.
-- Daytime coverage will include gold medal finals in 11 of the 15 Winter Olympic sports, including speed skating, short track, snowboarding and hockey.
-- All 12 new Olympic events, including disciplines in freeskiing, snowboarding and figure skating, will air on NBC.
-- Coverage of the men’s and women’s ice hockey gold medal games live across all time zones. The women’s gold medal game airs on Feb. 20 at noon. The men’s gold medal game airs on Feb. 23, with coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m.
-- Coverage of the Sochi Games concludes with the Closing Ceremony, preceded by Sochi Gold, on Feb. 23, beginning at 7 p.m.