NBC and its related networks have covered the Olympics for years, with the major constant complaint about the networks’ coverage being that it doesn’t show enough in the way of live sports. NBC has responded to this complaint by saying that this Summer Games will feature the most live coverage of any Olympics that has ever happened, with 6,755 hours over many channels, most of them on cable TV. Here’s how it breaks down:
- NBC – Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Beach Volleyball, Diving, Gymnastics, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Games
- NBCSN – Team USA Soccer, Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games, Track & Field, Archery, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Field Hockey, Judo, Open Water Swimming, Rugby, Shooting, Soccer, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling
- Bravo – Tennis
- CNBC – Basketball, Volleyball, Archery, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Rugby, Water Polo, Wrestling
- Golf Channel – Golf
- MSNBC – Men’s Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo
- USA Network – Women’s Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Men’s Basketball, Rowing, Synchronized Swimming, Volleyball, Water Polo
- NBC Universo/Telemundo – Mexican National Team Soccer and Various Sports with Spanish Language Coverage
- Specialized Channels – There will be specialized channels for basketball and soccer
Enjoy the games, and thanks to Awful Announcing for the information.
According to a press release from the company, NBCUniversal will surpass previous Olympic coverage by more than two thousand hours, providing 5,535 hours of coverage for the Summer Olympics in London across the company’s network and cable TV channels, as well as online. An increase in daytime coverage will put the hours on NBC, the flagship network channel, at 272.5, the most ever for an Olympic broadcast network, with the remainder of the coverage occurring on NBCOlympics.com as well as the entire NBCUniversal lineup of channels, including NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and Bravo.
Here are the channels that will be featuring Olympic coverage, along with what they will be covering:
- NBC – 272.5 hours of coverage, nearly 50 hours more than the coverage the network had in Beijing. Many major events will air on NBC live, as well as on taped delay in primetime.
- NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus/OLN) – 292.5 hours of total coverage, averaging 14 hours per day, covering United States team sports, including Team USA basketball, US women’s soccer, and field hockey.
- MSNBC – 155.5 hours of a variety of long-form Olympic programming, including badminton, basketball, soccer and wrestling.
- CNBC – Olympic boxing, including the debut of women’s boxing, comprising 73 hours of boxing coverage.
- Bravo – 56 hours of Olympic tennis.
- Telemundo – 173 hours of Spanish language Olympic coverage.
- Specialty channels for basketball and soccer covering 770 hours will be available on cable television, satellite television, and telco providers.
In addition to the television coverage, NBCOlympics.com will stream every event live for the first time ever for more than 3,500 total programming hours, including awards ceremonies for all 302 separate medals. These events will only be available to those who have subscribed to a cable or satellite provider that carries the channels airing the events.
Sports fans should check back often for updates as more becomes available about specifics of Olympic TV coverage.