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So where are these journalists, that are finding themselves without a place to stay, staying in the meantime, until "issues that always happen just before the Games" (according to Bach) get resolved. Are the staying with Putin until then, playing footsie.

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So where are these journalists, that are finding themselves without a place to stay, staying in the meantime, until "issues that always happen just before the Games" (according to Bach) get resolved. Are the staying with Putin until then, playing footsie.

The journalist in the mountains that found the stray dog had to go back to Sochi.

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I don't get that. If the rooms "aren't ready" TBW, how was that journalists let in (or anyone else for that matter) to find a stray in his room.

I'd have to find the link, but from what I remember he was booked into a room in one of the unfinished hotels. The first was dirty, the second had construction workers sleeping in there (that should've been working on construction), and the third had a stray dog. So the journalist left the mountains and went back to find a place in Sochi.

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Wow, that sounds so messed up. Wake up call, IOC. Maybe next time you won't fall for the 'grand promises' that everything that needs to be built from scratch will be ready in 6-7 years time. All of those rooms should've been ready by now. Guess the Russians sure ain't the Chinese.

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TVB picks up Sochi 2014 rights in Hong Kong

Free-to-air and pay-television broadcaster TVB has acquired rights in Hong Kong for the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The exclusive rights cover all media platforms.

The deal was brokered by the Dentsu advertising agency on behalf of the International Olympic Committee.

TVB’s channels, Jade and Pearl, will show live coverage and highlights of the event.

TVB agreed a similarly late rights deal, in partnership with commercial broadcaster ATV, for the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, UK. The winter Olympics will begin this Friday.

http://www.sportbusiness.com/tv-sports-markets/tvb-picks-sochi-2014-rights-hong-kong

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I don't see why there wouldn't be a web simulcast of the BBC2 coverage- it's standard. Also, the BBC have started to give more details of this week's Sochi programming, as follows:

All coverage is available online (unless specified otherwise), and all video is on selected Connected TVs. Programming on Red Button and Connected TVs is subject to change, so broadcast end times are not listed.

(All times GMT)

Winter Olympics

Monday, 3 February

Sochi preview, 20:30 BBC Red Button

Tuesday, 4 February

Sochi preview, 19:30 BBC Red Button

Wednesday, 5 February

Sochi preview, 19:30 BBC Red Button

Thursday, 6 February

Snowboarding: Slopestyle qualification, 06:00 BBC Red Button

Freestyle Ski: Moguls qualification, 14:00 BBC Red Button

Figure skating: Men's short & pairs short, 15:30 BBC Red Button

Sochi preview, 19:30-20:30 BBC Radio 5 live

Friday, 7 February

Sochi Opening Ceremony, 15:30 BBC Two

Sochi Opening Ceremony replay, 21:30 BBC Red Button

[that OC replay is presumably in addition to the no-commentary live Red Button coverage indicated in Radio Times. They also state:]

From midweek, this page will also display the schedule for the first weekend of live action across the BBC on television, on radio and online.

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France Télévisions does have online simulcast.

Thank you for that table, it's nice to be able to compare coverage in different countries. :)

I don't see why there wouldn't be a web simulcast of the BBC2 coverage- it's standard. Also, the BBC have started to give more details of this week's Sochi programming, as follows:

All coverage is available online (unless specified otherwise), and all video is on selected Connected TVs. Programming on Red Button and Connected TVs is subject to change, so broadcast end times are not listed.

(All times GMT)

Winter Olympics

Monday, 3 February

Sochi preview, 20:30 BBC Red Button

Tuesday, 4 February

Sochi preview, 19:30 BBC Red Button

Wednesday, 5 February

Sochi preview, 19:30 BBC Red Button

Thursday, 6 February

Snowboarding: Slopestyle qualification, 06:00 BBC Red Button

Freestyle Ski: Moguls qualification, 14:00 BBC Red Button

Figure skating: Men's short & pairs short, 15:30 BBC Red Button

Sochi preview, 19:30-20:30 BBC Radio 5 live

Friday, 7 February

Sochi Opening Ceremony, 15:30 BBC Two

Sochi Opening Ceremony replay, 21:30 BBC Red Button

[that OC replay is presumably in addition to the no-commentary live Red Button coverage indicated in Radio Times. They also state:]

From midweek, this page will also display the schedule for the first weekend of live action across the BBC on television, on radio and online.

Thanks for the details. I changed the table for simulcasts and did a bit more research.

France 2 and France 3 simulcasts are available without authentication.

BBC / BBC2 simulcasts are available with a proper TV license (just like NBC).

The live coverage dates in the table refer to primary TV channels. Sports on Day 0 are mostly available through red-button or online streaming only, but as far as I know, they won't be shown on BBC TV. CBC is the only broadcast I'm aware of with live TV coverage on February 6th.

Also, anyone living in Germany - is there an app to watch the Olympics from either ZDF or ARD ?

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The live coverage dates in the table refer to primary TV channels. Sports on Day 0 are mostly available through red-button or online streaming only, but as far as I know, they won't be shown on BBC TV. CBC is the only broadcast I'm aware of with live TV coverage on February 6th.

BBC Red Button functions, in this context, as a TV channel. For the Sochi Preview this evening, for example, I just pressed the Red Button on my TV remote and selected "Sport Extra Video" from the menu, then up popped Torvill and Dean (and many other memorable moments from past Winter Olympics). So on 6 February, if I want to watch Sochi snowboarding at breakfast time, I should be able to press the Red Button at 6am, and I'll be offered that option on the menu.

BBC / BBC2 simulcasts are available with a proper TV license (just like NBC).

Not sure why it's "just like NBC". The BBC live coverage is only supposed to be available within the UK, and every viewer of live TV in the UK is required by law to have a TV licence (the world's most primitive subscription TV system, which pays for the BBC; luckily pretty much every viewer actually does watch the BBC from time to time).

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Interesting to see the shot from the bbc studio.

Looks like they must have some sort of broadcast tower? A first for a winter games? Did we see any shots of it on the overhead pictures of the park?

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Not sure why it's "just like NBC". The BBC live coverage is only supposed to be available within the UK, and every viewer of live TV in the UK is required by law to have a TV licence (the world's most primitive subscription TV system, which pays for the BBC; luckily pretty much every viewer actually does watch the BBC from time to time).

CBC is a public network (like BBC), but it doesn't require a license, so any Canadian (even those with no TV at home and no subscription) can go online or download the CBC Olympic app to watch any of the 12 live feeds or the 'CBC TV' simulcast, effectively removing the requirement to own a TV in the first place. I believe that's a first.

Or am I wrong ?

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Well, in Finland the national broadcasting company Yle has an app for mobile devices that you can use to watch any live feed from Sochi as well, so I guess that fits your description. There used to be a licence similar to BBC, though it was only loosely enforced or controlled, but the service is now tax-funded.

In Sweden the national broadcaster SVT lost the rights to Viasat so for the first time the Games are being shown on commercial service and a cable card is needed.

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Here in Australia the Opening Ceremony will only be shown live - which is 2am here. There will be no replay, as it would interfere with the live broadcasts the following evening.

I miss Channel 7. (although not Bruce McIvaney's inane commentary)

Anyway I'll be camping that weekend so I'll just stream it when I get back to Sydney.

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I wish I could've gotten to those ARD/ZDF and France Televisions Sochi 2014 press portals sooner. I almost did with ARD and ZDF's but I wanted to wait until today to do this. But...

First National Television announces daily Olympic shows--Olympic Studies with journalist Yana Pavlova and well-known sports commentator Gregory Pyro(on 1TV Ukraine before the Opening Ceremony on February 7) and Olympic Studio: Summary of the Day with Yuri Pavlov and Gregor Pyro (every Olympic day on 21:30-23:00).

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=uk&u=http://1tv.com.ua/uk/about/news/2014/01/30/52569&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://1tv.com.ua/uk/about/news/2014/01/30/52569%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D856

And the National Television Company of Ukraine issues a warning to other members from the Ukrainian media (excluding Xsport, which enables Ukrianians to watch all Olympic hockey games for the first time) about unauthorized broadcasting of the Olympics:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=uk&u=http://1tv.com.ua/uk/about/news/2014/01/31/52660&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://1tv.com.ua/uk/about/news/2014/01/31/52660%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D856

Team Ten Sochi 2014. Actually, 30% of them will be in Sochi with the remaining 70% will stay in Melbourne

http://tenplay.com.au/sport/sochi-2014/team-ten/

If you're living in much of the West Indies like in Bermuda and St. Kitts-Nevis and wanting to see Sochi 2014 coverage from NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and the CBC (doesn't the writer know the Canadian Olympic TV rights no longer belongs to CTV?) from CableVision and The Cable, forget it! SportsMax and SportsMax2 Sochi 2014 select Winter Olympics coverage mandates that "foreign" coverage gets blacked out.

http://bermudasun.bm/Content/Default/Latest-News/Article/CableVision-explains-Winter-Olympics-coverage/-3/1297/74272

http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/7172-winter-olympics-black-out

ORF showed its Team Austria Sochi 2014 farewell party from Vienna before their sendoff to Sochi that was live on January 29 lasting on 6:30 for 1 hour and 11 minutes (on ORF1 and later re-airings on ORF Sport+). Let's hope Team Austria has better success than what happened to their Summer Olympic counterparts in London two years ago when they returned empty-haned. Plus ORF Sport+ starts ORF's combined 430 hours of Sochi 2014 coverage (250 on ORF1,180 on ORF Sport+) by airing live at 6:30-9;40 am the men's and women's slopestyle qualifications, then coming back at 14:55 with the women's moguls qualification and team figure skating men's and pairs short programs. Just a reminder that with ATV doing the Opening Ceremony to Austrians, ORF1 on that day will only do Olympiastudio on Eroffnungstag live with host Rainer Pasek. ORF Sport+ even will show Shaun White: Road To Sochi. Will show all sports

ORF's extensive long promo regarding its general Sochi 2014 Olympic plans on TV, online at orf.at and TVThek livestreams, mobile with the ORF app, and radio (O3) live and in HD and at their studios at the Osterreicher Haus like with all of its ORF family of channels on those fronts. With all of the latest technology to present them with. Even in sign language. ORF won't shy away from the controversy inside Russia either: will show a Pussy Riot docmentary and that aforementioned Putin doc too.

Missed out on the ARD/ZDF and France Television Sochi press guides. But I do have Nova Sport and VOYO's Sochi 2014 programming TV guide from the Czech Republic!

http://img.cz.prg.cmestatic.com/media/document//1610865.pdf

RUV and 365 Midlar share the Sochi 2014 coverage in Iceland. RUV handles the free to air portion with 365 Media's Stod 2 Sport doing the more comprehensive wall-to-wall coverage on the pay-TV end. Both start on February 6 with RUV showing women's moguls qualification and team figure skating with Stod 2 Sport starting only on team figure skating. But neither are airing the men's and women's snowboarding slopestyle qualifications. Both are shpowing the Opening Ceremony live...but will that be a simulcast? RUV seems to aim for more select events with Stod 2 Sport going all out in theirs almost all day with a Olympic daily review show to end their programmings. RUV Ibrottir (RUV Sport) is getting into this too starting on February 7 being somewhere in them middle of the two.

http://www.ruv.is/dagskra/ruv/20140206

http://www.ruv.is/dagskra/10/20140207

http://stod2.is/Dagskra/dagskra?stod=SYN&date=2014-02-06

Radiotelevize Svierra Italiano's Sochi 2014 promos instantly remind me of what France Televisions did for their Vancouver Winter Olympic promos by taking an ordinary moment and using it to signify a Winter Olympic sport. In three Sochi 2014 promos, what RSI does with them is take the subjects in these pieces and actually get them pretending they are doing these sports all utilizing the RSI Italian-Swiss sports commentary of that sport in question as they get into the Olympic spirit and carried away with it. Like here with a father and his two sons at a sporting goods store with the former fantasizing himself as a skiier and his boys doing the bobsled.

SporTV will transmit 250 hours of Sochi 2014 coverage on Brazilian pay-TV led by the likes of Marcello Barreto as anchor and a 70-person team that ends with SporTV Connection (after the last sports live broadcast of the day), with the participation of athletes and commentators, commanding a bloc Writing SporTV (10am Brazil time), Monday through Friday, and present programming info information over the air with a glass studio in Sochi.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://oglobo.globo.com/cultura/revista-da-tv/sportv-vai-transmitir-250-horas-das-olimpiadas-de-inverno-de-sochi-partir-de-sexta-11467316&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dsportv%2Bolimpiadas%2B2014%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D856

SporTV recruits Brazilian-based Russian reporter Svetlana Smeshnaya to guide Brazilians about Russian culture and life mixed with some humor:

http://sportv.globo.com/site/programas/sportv-em-sochi/noticia/2014/02/sportv-tem-reforco-da-russia-para-esquentar-olimpiadas-de-sochi.html

Argentina Canal 7 TV Publica acquired the FTA rights to Sochi 2014 that starts on the Opening Ceremony live at 15:00 (3pm Argentina time) the small 7-person Argentinian contingent march into Sochi to compete. Gustavo Kuffner and Miguel Osovi host with opinions of special guests participating in competitive sports.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://blogosfera.tvpublica.com.ar/prensa/%3Fp%3D5490&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dtv%2Bpublica%2Bargentina%2Bolimpicos%2B2014%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D856

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