VIDEO: Women's Ski Jumping to Make Debut at SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS
Women's ski jumping will make its debut at the SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS. NBC will air live coverage of the games beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. ET, one night before the network's traditional coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7. Check out this morning's story on the sport's debut below!
The biggest Winter Olympics in history, set to take place in the biggest country in the world, will receive the most U.S. coverage in Winter Games history. NBCUniversal will present more than 1,539 hours of coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network and NBCOlympics.com. The 1,539+ hours are the most ever for a Winter Olympics and more than the coverage of the previous two Winter Olympics combined.
NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games begins in primetime on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. ET, one night before the network's traditional coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7, and continues until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 23. NBC's schedule is divided into three dayparts – daytime, primetime and late night – for a total of 185 hours over 18 days.
Following is a breakdown of NBCUniversal's coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games:
The six NBCUniversal platforms – NBC (185 hours), NBCSN (230), CNBC (36), MSNBC (45), USA Network (43) and NBCOlympics.com (1,000+) – will offer the most in-depth coverage in Winter Olympics history. The 1,539+ 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 (Feb. 6 – 23), 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. Clickhttp://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/shows/2014-sochi-olympics/ for additional commentator announcements;
Sochi marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony. The primetime 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 Emmy Award-winning 24/7 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 24/7 cable news channel that is fully distributed in roughly 100 million homes, will telecast live hockey coverage on 11 of its 12 days, including medal round games;
USA Network, the #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years and seen in more than 100 million U.S. homes, will present medal round coverage of hockey and curling and three men's hockey games featuring Team Canada;
CNBC, NBCUniversal's fully distributed 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.