The 2010 Winter Olympic Games begin in a few weeks, and this year there will be more than 800 hours of coverage. If you have DIRECTV, or are thinking about ordering satellite TV service, here is a brief review of where and when you will find your favorite Olympic competition.
DIRECTV’s 2010 Winter Olympic coverage will come from NBC, and will not only be found on the flagship network but also on several secondary cable channels. This year’s games are taking place in Vancouver Canada, which means many of main events will take place in primetime viewing hours in the United States. All events will be broadcast in HD as well, another advantage for customers of DIRECTV and Dish Networkwhere plenty of channels are delivered in high definition.
The Winter Games kick off with the Opening Ceremonies on February 12th, which will be carried on your local NBC affiliate. A nice resource for finding all of the 2010 Olympic games on DIRECTV, Dish Network, Comcast, or any other provider can be found at the NBC Olympics site. Here you can find full schedules for all of the upcoming Olympic events.
In addition to more than 200 hours of coverage on NBC, DIRECTV customers will be able to see 2010 Olympic action on 5 additional channels. USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Universal HD, and Universal Sports will cover different sports from start to finish. Here is a brief rundown on what you can find on each.
Your local NBC station will carry the big events like Figure Skating, Speed Skating, and Skiiing. Nightly primetime coverage will feature the top events, and late night coverage will interrupt the current Tonight Show controversy between Jay Leno and Conan O’brien. NBC will also broadcast several events during daytime hours on both weekdays and weekends.
The USA Network is found on DIRECTV channel 242, and will be the home of the U.S. Olympic Team. More than 40 hours of Winter Olympic coverage will be on USA, and the featured events will be Ice Hockey and Curling. All Team USA Hockey games will be on USA, and most of them will be live broadcasts.
MSNBC is on DIRECTV channel 356, and will feature about 100 hours of the 2010 Olympic Games. Again, Ice Hockey competition and Curling will be the main events here. In addition, figure skating and speed skating competition will be found on MSNBC. Late round hockey and the US-Canada hockey game will also be found here.
CNBC, normally the 24 hour business channel is on DIRECTV channel 355. About 100 hours of coverage will be on CNBC, including both the men’s and women’s Curling gold medal matchups.
Universal HD is not widely available yet, but it is available through DIRECTV on channel 259. This channel is not in any of the regular DIRECTV packages, you have to subscribe to the HD Extra Pack, which runs $4.99 a month. Olympic coverage here consists of highlights only, broadcast in HD of course.
As mentioned earlier, all of the combined coverage totals more than 800 hours. NBC is certainly betting that the 2010 Olympic games will bring them millions in advertising revenue and a big win in the February sweeps period. If you are with the other satellite TV company, here is a rundown of DISH Network’s 2010 Olympic coverage.