We're under 50 days until the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the networks of NBC Universal are doing their due diligence to prepare for them. They announced on Thursday that they'll be providing 539 hours of television coverage across five networks, in addition to over 1,000 live streaming hours for the games, which begin on Thursday, February 6. One of the most interesting facts is that NBC's networks will average 85 hours of coverage per day in Sochi, nearly double the amount of coverage ABC gave to the entire 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.
NBC will, as you'd expect, home base for the biggest events, including the Opening and Closing Ceremony. The Peacock network will air in primetime starting on February 6, one day before the Opening Ceremony. They'll feature mostly figure skating, speed skating, skiing and snowboarding in primetime. NBC will also air the men's and women's Gold Medal matches in hockey, with the men's game happening on the final day of coverage at 6:30 a.m. ET. There's your "Olympics as a chance to grow the NHL" argument, hockey fans!
NBCSN will be hugely utilized during the games, with 230 hours of coverage including all of Team USA's men's and women's hockey qualifying round games, including the U.S. men's team's showdown with host Russia on Saturday, February 15. 16 games from the men's tournament and seven from the women's tournament will air on the cable home of the NHL. They'll also have gold medal events in bobsled, cross-country skiing, speed skating and ski jumping.
CNBC returns to its rightful place as the home of Olympic curling. For 12 days, the network will have three hours of coverage from the sport, starting Feb. 10 and ending Feb. 21. The only curling to air outside CNBC will be MSNBC's coverage of the semifinals on Feb. 19.
Speaking of MSNBC, they'll carry most of the hockey that NBCSN can't carry. They'll have live hockey on 11 of their 12 days of broadcasting, including men's and women's semifinals. Canada-Switzerland in the women's tournament will begin their coverage on Feb. 8.
USA Network will also... you guessed it, air live hockey and curling. They will be the home for all three of Team Canada's qualifying round men's hockey games. So, Team Canada is on USA, and Team USA is NOT on USA. Got it? Good.
There will also be a ton of stuff on NBC's Olympic website and live streaming apps, but most of the good stuff will be live and on television somewhere, while NBC's main network will cull together the best of everything for the primetime broadcast at 8 p.m.