NBC is touting the fact that it will offer 1,400 hours of Olympic coverage on its various networks, including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, and Telemundo. It also will have 24/7 live and repeat HD coverage on Universal HD. If you want to check out what networks are available to you on your cable or satellite service, just enter your ZIP Code and service at http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv_and_online_listings/zone=ET/day=1/index.html to see what’s available.
But if you have a broadband Internet connection, you can also get free access to another 2,000 hours of coverage. You can got to www.nbcolympics.com to view live and repeat coverage of just about every sport in the Summer Games. As a result, you don’t have to settle for the watered-down network coverage of your favorite sport — such as sailing — just because the marquee sports like swimming and gymnastics get all the prime time coverage. You may have to watch at some odd hours, but you’ll find the coverage online. And if you install Microsoft’s new Silverlight software, you’ll be able to watch multiple sports at once, use picture-in-picture, and other features.
What you want to watch, when you want to watch it, where you want to watch it; that’s the promise of television on the Internet. And the Olympics are shaping up to be an excellent example of what this can mean to sports fans everywhere.