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Thursday, August 07, 2008

2008 Olympics Viewing Prep

The 2008 Beijing Olympics Games begin tomorrow and perosnally I plan on getting all the games I can get. Thanks to the internet video age that is easier then ever but some slight preprep is needed mostly to know when to watch and where.

Engadget has a prep guide that covers equipment but I am thinking more about what US channels are showing the games and what websites to go to for live streaming.

The games are about 12 hours ahead of Eastern standard time so expect much tape delay action but during the late night programming I expect much will be live.

Network Chronological Times:
CNBC: Midnight - 4:30 a.m.
USA: 2 a.m. - 12 p.m.
MSNBC: 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.
NBC: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CNBC: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
OXYGEN: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
NBC: 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
NBC: Midnight - 1:30 a.m. (late night show)

Event Schedules:
NBC's Olympics - an basic shedule of what the US channels will cover and when.
Google - The site has added a "onebox" to the standard search so if you are looking for particular event times, just type the event name + olympics. It doesn't tell you when TV will air the event.

Streaming Video Sites:
NBCOlympics.com - Planning something like 3000 hours of video available online, no charge to my knowledge.
itsGameTime Stream - a stream in Flash
TV Tonic
CCTVOlympics - coverage for China and Macau. Probably good for a different perspective assuming you can figure out how to navigate the site.
BBC Sports - For the UK, focuses on daily highlights and athlete interviews.
CBC Olympics - Canada's coverage.

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