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PyeongChang will be Seven's 4th Olympic Winter Games. Previous Olympic Winter Games were shown on all three commercial TV networks  

Albertville 1992 - Nine Network 
Lillhammer 1994 - Nine Network
Nagano 1998 - Seven Network 
Salt Lake City 2002 - Seven Network 
Torino 2006 - Seven Network 
Vancouver 2010 - Nine Network/Foxtel 
Sochi 2014 - Ten Network 


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NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all six Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, wheelchair curling, cross-country skiing, and biathlon – spread across 10 days. The 250 hours of coverage includes 94 hours on television, which is NBC Olympics’ most ever for a Paralympic Winter Games, nearly doubling Sochi 2014 (50 hours). The 156 hours of streaming coverage will be available via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. [Note: OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app will also stream the Paralympic content that is televised on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA].


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Please.. does anyone know what TV channel will broadcast this Games in South America?

The latest two games in 2010 and 2014 were broadcasted by ESPN... but so far I haven't seen any promo about them...

I even don't know if Claro Sport will broadcast them bi Internet to All Latin American countries or just Mexico (as they did with 2015 Pan Am Games)

I just need an answer because anxiety is taking me over.....!

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1 hour ago, Nacholympic said:

Please.. does anyone know what TV channel will broadcast this Games in South America?

The latest two games in 2010 and 2014 were broadcasted by ESPN... but so far I haven't seen any promo about them...

I even don't know if Claro Sport will broadcast them bi Internet to All Latin American countries or just Mexico (as they did with 2015 Pan Am Games)

I just need an answer because anxiety is taking me over.....!

Hopefully this helps..


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4 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

Thank You!!! America Movil through Marca Claro webpage will broadcast the Games... Don't know about TV, but on the web it will be the official broadcaster... It will be he very first time we weill be able to watch the Olympic Ceremonies by Facebook Live!!!!

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4 hours ago, anthonyliberatori said:

Does anyone know of a way to stream the Opening Ceremony live from the East Coast, Korea time? I know it will be 6AM New York City time during the OC, but will there be a way to watch it live anyway?

So I'm guessing you missed this piece of news?..

NBC To Stream Olympics Opening Ceremonies Live For The First Time

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28 minutes ago, BigVic said:

The Ceremony will be encored in primetime at 8.30pm on NBC 

Where are you getting that from?

NBC's broadcast of the Opening Ceremony begins at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT and runs for 3 hours.  Viewers on the East coast get an encore presentation at 12:38am following local news and Jimmy Fallon.  Viewers on the West coast get an encore at 8:00pm PT immediately following the first broadcast and then get a 2nd encore at 12:38am local time.

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7 hours ago, BigVic said:

It's good to see NBC showing the sports live as opposed to tape delay like before. Even Vancouver was taped despite on the West Coast despite being in the same time zone as BC 

How does NBC justify tape delaying the Olympics? Pretty easily

That aside, when you say "showing the sports live".. are you ignoring the fact literally every single event is available to be streamed live?  That during Sochi, there was a cable network with tons of live coverage including all of the figure skating?  Yes, that's separate from NBC proper.  I agree it's a refreshing change for them to go live coast to coast.  Obviously the time zone helps.  I can't fault NBC for now wanting to show a key event like the women's downhill in the middle of a weekday afternoon.  That's a poor business decision.  And the business model of local affiliates means that they make their money off of local programming, not off of what NBC provides them.  The change in philosophy here is more about NBC using a different metric to measure viewership rather than traditional ratings.  That's why we're seeing the change here.

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21 hours ago, Nacholympic said:

Thank You!!! America Movil through Marca Claro webpage will broadcast the Games... Don't know about TV, but on the web it will be the official broadcaster... It will be he very first time we weill be able to watch the Olympic Ceremonies by Facebook Live!!!!

Not only that but Claro Sports, which America Movil owns, will show the Olympics too. With two channels. The regular Claro Sports will have some Winter Olympics along with the usual fare of basketball, volleyball, soccer, MMA, and some others sports. Claro Sports 1, apparently a temp channel, will devote itself entirely to 24 hours of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics along with analysis, programs, summaries, and other Olympic-related activities beyond the sports that will be shown in 17 nations across Latin America* excluding Brazil. Made note of this a few days ago, but it was part of a long post:

*Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.


Nathan Chen gets profiled in a NBC Super Bowl promo for its upcoming Winter Olympics broadcast later that week. With some help from James Brown, "paying the cost to be the boss" stepping on the ice and training following hockey practice before the big presentation. Actually Nathan aspired to be a hockey player, so there's a nod there. This is the second of five overall impressive and individual USA promos for NBC. Earlier, we've seen Lindsay Vonn. I think Chloe Kim, Mikkaela Schiffrin, and Hillary Knight are among them (haven't seen the rest or who was actually announced):



Here's Mikaela Shiffrin's NBC promo for the Super Bowl being faster than the boys set to Chuck Berry's classic "Johnny B. Goode" that sees a cameo from Heidi Voelker giving her that ABFTTB motto as a kid, defining her passion, and later passing the motto on:


While Ghana's Akwasi Frimpong looks forward to competing in skeleton in Pyeongchang next month after sustaining an injury preventing his dream to compete in the 4x100 for the Dutch in Rio two years ago, we now know that Kwese Sports TV will have the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics televised live across the KS1, KS2, and KFS channels. Frimpong’s skeleton bid will be followed live on Kwesé Free Sports (Skeleton Men’s Heats, February 15 at 3:00 CAT) repping Ghana and his Cocoa From Ghana sponsorship behind him, and the Nigerian women's bobsled also features at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Kwesé Free Sports comes on February 21-22. Kwesé Sports will keep you abreast of the Winter Olympics with an action-packed, 30-minute highlights show, catching all the big stories in a highly entertaining half-hour of world-class sport. 2018 Winter Olympics Daily Highlights hits Kwesé Free Sports February 10-25 at 19:30 CAT:


Latest Asia Dentsu Olympic broadcasting news comes from the Philippines with Sports5--now rebranded as ESPN 5 after having its partnership announced with ESPN and Walt Disney this past October--will exclusively show the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, again showing the Winter Olympics. Filipinos will catch a glimpse on their two Pinoys, figure skater Mike Martinez, the first native Filipino to compete in the Winter Olympics, and skiier Asa Miller. Its Facebook page tells us all about it through ESPN 5 Sportscenter Philippine Edition's Fastest 90 Seconds in Sports with Smart Communications:


After some pleasing record-breaking audience viewership and TV ad rates rising and in near evenly split gender and age group watching with Sochi 2014 with 2.2 million Kiwis watching despite walking away again empty-handed medal-wise in the Winter Olympics, SKY and sister FTA TV channel surely will love this Olympics starting the Asia/Pacific Olympic hosting period with more favorable TV viewing with this advertising pack. This reveals that the juggernaut that's SKY Sports NZ will present its comprehensive Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage with seven SKY Sport channels presenting live sports with replays, news, and highlights as the SKY platform and its magazine SKYWATCH bring forth heavy promotion. South (and North) Korea is four hours behind NZ, meaning live coverage is between 1pm–11pm NZ time extending to 3 am depending upon specific events and final schedule; Opening Ceremony kicks off midnight NZ time. PRIME NZ TV, meanwhile, will show extensive daily coverage focusing on the most popular events plus highlights. Right as there's some serious confidence in NZ's Winter Olympic athletes getting back onto the medal podium for the first time in over 25 years. Once there's full knowledge of PRIME's TV schedule (highlight shows including) and what SKY Sport NZ channels are doing it and for how long, we pass it along to you--guess there's some temp Olympic-specific channels for it. Also applies to the Pacific island nations:


Alibaba.com debuts its life as an Olympic sponsor during Pyeongchang 2018 presenting with some cloud-based service technology infrastructure with an Olympic Showcase there too:


Eurosport presents its VR tech use Olympic debut with its own Pyeongchang 2018 VR schedule. Very much the same as elsewhere with VR capabilities. The app is available on iOS and Android phones from February 1 and for €0.99 or £0.99. It is also available on Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and Windows Mixed Reality headsets from their respective apps stores. The VR app will not be available in Germany or Italy with Germans getting theirs from ZDF and Italians from TIM (more on that later):


Clare McNamara will host the nightly Pyeongchang 2018 highlight show on RTE 2 starting February 10 direct from South Korea with special focus on 5-person strong Team Ireland: 


Some behind the scenes footage of Eurosport's 2018 Olympic promo that was filmed in Sweden that emphasizes the personal interaction and customization for the Olympics in its coverage. Right with the recording of the music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and vocals to Queen's "I Want It All". Hence "Make It Yours":


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On 1/29/2018 at 1:48 AM, BigVic said:

PyeongChang will be Seven's 4th Olympic Winter Games. Previous Olympic Winter Games were shown on all three commercial TV networks  

Albertville 1992 - Nine Network 
Lillhammer 1994 - Nine Network
Nagano 1998 - Seven Network 
Salt Lake City 2002 - Seven Network 
Torino 2006 - Seven Network 
Vancouver 2010 - Nine Network/Foxtel 
Sochi 2014 - Ten Network 


Actually 7 did broadcast the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, so this one in Pyeongchang will serve as Seven's 5th as far as I know at least. Although it was entirely in highlight form aside from the ceremonies because it didn't yet have a Winter Olympics medal pedigree and national interest in them was marginal. Plus, Nine Network also showed Calgary 1988, though likely under the banner of its Wide World of Sport.

BMTV covers NOS announcing its 2018 Winter Olympics coverage in Amsterdam/Hilversum with interviews from Dione De Graaf and former speed skaters Mark Tuiert and Erben Wennemars:  

Time's running out too in Hong Kong as to who will officially acquire the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage just like in Singapore. TVB, local broadcaster for Sochi 2014, is favored to score a deal with Dentsu in the next few days as HK too sends its sole Olympian in 16-year old skiier Arabelle Ng, its first non-short tracker after Cordia Tsoi Poo-yee and Christy Ren became the first two representatives for Hong Kong at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City 2002, Han Yueshuang Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010, and Barton Lui Pan-to (HK's first men’s Winter Olympic athlete) in Sochi 2014. But TVB is yet to reach an agreement with the broadcasting fee "not cheap" with commercial viability in mind as it takes time with it. Never mind the winter one is not as expansive as the summer one and needs time to develop promotional material for the broadcast with just days remaining. Pay-TV's Now TV says no to them, meanwhile, as perhaps another (unknown) co-broadcaster could be found:


Bulgarian National Television scored the national live terrestrial broadcasting rights with Discovery Communications for Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics next month. BNT was among a group of European public broadcasters Discovery spoke in a series of discussions with these said public broadcasters who can easily comply with the IOC-mandated 100-hour requirement to show the Winter Olympics on TV. BNT certainly can do this--and has done this ever since the 1970s--as it shows all 20 of Bulgaria's 2018 Winter Olympians that will be, starting with the Opening Ceremonies, shown in snowboarding (Alexandra Zhekova, Radoslav Yankov and Teodora Pencheva); in alpine skiing disciplines, where Bulgaria will present Albert Popov, Kamen Zlatkov, and Maria Kirkova; Veselin Tsinzov, Yordan Chuchiganov, and Antonia Grigorova will test their mettle in cross-country skiing. The 2011 world youth champion in ski jumping, Vladimir Zografski, is the only Bulgarian in this sport; and in the biathlon the country presents us the most numerous group of athletes: Krassimir Anev, Vladimir Iliev, Anton Sinapov, Dimitar Gerdjikov, Mihail Klechorov, Emilia Jordanova, Desislava Stoyanova, Stefani Popova, Daniela Kadeva and Milena Todorova. Pavel Angelov is our representative in the luge discipline. BNT's talented, professional, experienced, and committed sportscasters doing the Winter Olympics will be Kamen Alipiev in alpine skiing, Petar Vassilev in ski jumping, in biathlon - Antonia Blaz and Petar Ivanov, Georgi Slavchev in snowboarding. The alpine skiing will be commented by Evgeni Nikolov, Tsenko Simov will deal with hockey, and the figure skating competitions will be presented by Tsvetlana Abrasheva. Very likely shown on BNT1: 


Another one about the TVR Pyeongchang 2018 sportscasting team. But direct from TVR's website. Channels from TVR that carry at least a portion of this Pyeongchang 2018 edition are TVR 1, TVR 2, TVR 3, TVR Moldova, TVR +,  and TVR HD. Interesting development in Romania sending an all-male biathlon team to Pyeongchang included . Doesn't say how many hours and what channels get what though:


Announced several hours ago as part of the mutual sharing of the upcoming Russian TV Pyeongchang 2018 coverage among the three channels involved following the Russian Olympic doping controversy, Match TV will show the Opening Ceremony live February 9 at 14:00 Moscow time with Channel One/First Channel airing the Closing Ceremony as they make their answer to Germany's ZDF and ARD in sharing them. VGTRK's Rossiya-1 plans to air the (Olympic Athletes From) Russia-USA hockey match on February 17 and the first biathlon race. Rights of the sharing channels costed somewhere in the millions:


France TV teams up with Snapchat in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics to attract the young Olympic consumers. It's got one major reason to do so: France is the third largest Snapchat nation in users after the United States and Britain at 70% among users aged 13-34:





Sweden's Kanal 5 offers subtitles to the deaf and hearing impaired during its Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics coverage for 12 hours a day and also in its Teletext page 199 for text messages too:


Kanal 5's OS TV schedule for Pyeongchang 2018. I noticed the flagship channel for Discovery outside of Eurosport didn't take up the mixed doubles curling, team figure skating, and men's normal hill ski jumping qualifiying before the OC. Perhaps it since has. Maybe Kanal 9 or Eurosport has taken them   


Changes onto the Olympic TV times on Kanal 5 made since then:


What does Kanal 5's Bianca Ingrosso know about the Winter Olympics?


Finally some further info regarding SportsMax's coverage in the Caribbean with first Jamaican female bobsled team and now with Anthony Watson just now added in skeleton as the anchor promotion and the 30th anniversary of the Jamaican originals that inspired the Cool Runnings movie: SportsMax and SportsMax 2 will return at this for the first time since Vancouver 2010 as the live exclusive broadcasters after Flow Media took over along with Catch and Catch2 from February 9-25. On its PlayGo app and its website, fans can grab access to 7 Winter Olympic channels. As its promo, SportsMax is using the IOC's Become The Light ads. Its specific Pyeongchang 2018 website has very little to see at the moment:




M4 Sport also employs the same Become the Light IOC PSA as its promo for Pyeongchang 2018 over in Hungary with the Hungarian narration. Still awaiting its Olympic broadcast plans:


SABC2 in South Africa will once again offer only 1-hour highlights of the day's Winter Olympics action, as opposed to fuller and comprehensive coverage lasting for hours, this time in Pyeongchang. SABC2's Pyeongchang 2018 highlights will come at 23:00 CAT. As far as the SABC TV schedule stands, it's only going to be Winter Olympic highlights and not even live presentations of both the full Opening and Closing ceremonies. So if South Africans want to see the desired fuller comprehensive Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic TV programming, they better head on over once again expectedly to SuperSport with its best-ever Winter Olympics TV coverage.

Eurosport 1 HD gets its German TV encryption dropped the commercial broadcaster platform Freenet TV during the Olympic Winter Games from February 9-25, 2018:


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Not sure where to mention this so thought maybe this is as good a place as any. Looks like CBS is poised to take viewership/ratings away from NBC's Olympic coverage. They're launching the 1st ever Celebrity Big Brother in the US on February 7th, less than 2 days before the opening ceremony, and it plans to run for 2 1/2 weeks.

If it follows the UK format, then it will have a daily 1hr summary of everything that went on in the house. But that's not the worst of it for NBC. I believe that CBS still plans on allowing live streaming access 24/7 like they do with regular big brother. For sure most of the attention will be on Omarosa, since she was ousted from the white house not too long ago. I sure as hell won't be watching because of her. And if I do I won't give CBS the satisfaction of my viewership and I'll watch clips from non-CBS accts on youtube.

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1 hour ago, LatinXTC said:

Not sure where to mention this so thought maybe this is as good a place as any. Looks like CBS is poised to take viewership/ratings away from NBC's Olympic coverage. They're launching the 1st ever Celebrity Big Brother in the US on February 7th, less than 2 days before the opening ceremony, and it plans to run for 2 1/2 weeks.

If it follows the UK format, then it will have a daily 1hr summary of everything that went on in the house. But that's not the worst of it for NBC. I believe that CBS still plans on allowing live streaming access 24/7 like they do with regular big brother. For sure most of the attention will be on Omarosa, since she was ousted from the white house not too long ago. I sure as hell won't be watching because of her. And if I do I won't give CBS the satisfaction of my viewership and I'll watch clips from non-CBS accts on youtube.


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I can not understand why NBC airs the Ceremony with such delay when all the world have seen it  already... 

Thanks Marca Claro, once more, the broadcast by Internet will be complete and with 6 differents channels live to choose what you want to see... and all live and then on demand!!!!

Marca Claro the best coverage ever!!!!

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55 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

I can not understand why NBC airs the Ceremony with such delay when all the world have seen it  already... 

Thanks Marca Claro, once more, the broadcast by Internet will be complete and with 6 differents channels live to choose what you want to see... and all live and then on demand!!!!

Marca Claro the best coverage ever!!!!

Because their business model and television in general in the United States works differently than anywhere else in the world.  The y make more money by showing it on delay than they would if they showed it live and re-aired it later.  As much as people complain about that, it's still the more profitable move for them.

18 hours ago, BigVic said:

The main Criticism in the states is tape delay but in 2018 it's now history 

It's actually not though.  Many events - including the ceremonies - will be shown on tape delay, both on NBC and on NBCSN.  Tape delay hasn't been eliminated entirely.  There's just going to be less of it because NBC has events available to show live in primetime.  A lot of news outlets have mistakenly reported that "LIVE" means that everything that is shown will be seen live.  That's not necessarily the case.  The big difference between this year and past Olympics is that the West coast will be seeing coverage at the same time as the East coast.  Most, but not all, of that coverage will be live events.  But tape delay will still be a thing, just as it is for every other network in the world that covers the Olympics.  Everyone to some extent will delay some events.

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As state broadcasters, that perhaps explain why the likes of Channel One/First Channel and VGTRK's Rossiya-1 refused to show the Opening Ceremony on their channels in the aftermath of feeling embarassed in not seeing the Russian flag and apparel as the clean team marched, reduced to a generic one and allowed Match TV to show it instead as part of as its chief Tina Kandelaki tweeted, for Russian athletes "defend the honor of the country in the face of incredible psychological pressure!" and for the Russian public to "support" them following the Sochi 2014's tarnished legacy with the doping. But TeleSport's obligations in their negotiations with the IOC mandated that both ceremonies be shown in the agreement to have the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics televised in Russia with the First Channel and Match TV already saying they'll show the Olympics with VGTRK balking unless Russians were ultimately allowed to. But once the IOC permitted a Russian delegation to participate this month in Pyeongchang while the TV networks waited and saw, TeleSport made some new negotiations involving the Russian Olympic TV network trio. 

With that settled, work started fast in developing the Russian TV broadcasting advertising rates for Pyeongchang 2018. The cost of advertising during the broadcasts at the Olympics will be on average 2-2.5 million rubles that would total up to 40 million dollars in this cycle with VAT for one minute, RBC said three sources in network advertising agencies serving large international advertisers. At the same time on the "Match TV" the basic cost of one minute is about 400 thousand rubles, said two other interlocutor of RBC. Certainly the scandal and punishment didn't deter the selling of Russian Olympic TV advertising rates; controversy sells, after all. Everything was done in association with Russia's National Advertising Alliance and based on so-called rating points with an events nationally deemed as essential to the public. Discounts were available for up to 20-40% for ad agencies with Channel One being the most expensive at 2.2 times more expansive than its other programming in comparison to the other channels (like 2.9x more than Russia 1). Even when the viewer numbers aren't guaranteed, the numbers would be deemed high already with the ads. It is expected the viewership won't be present on weekdays as some concerns arose from both the 14-hour time difference between South Korea and the European part of Russia with much of the competition coming in during the daytime part of Moscow and St. Petersburg, a lack of additional advertising budgets like it was in 2014, and sluggish advertiser demand at the start: 



Finally getting into Japan now. NHK's Pyeongchang 2018 broadcast are this: 204 hours on the main NHK channel, NHK General or NHK-G, including the ceremonies with a special bent on the Japanese competitors live like ski jumper Noriaki Kasai. The daytime hours will feature figure skating and snowboard, among other sports with the afternoon having ice hockey (with the women's team), curling, and preliminaries of various events. Nighttime will be about the figure skating, ski jumping, speed skating, aerials and moguls such as the finals, and nordic combined. NHK broadcasts a highlight program on a daily basis at 11 o'clock in the evening with plenty of sights from the day including the studio appearance of the Japanese medalists recovering from the action. BS1 will go for 290 hours including the recorded/replayed events, showing all sports, with all of it starting daily at 9am-3am in a live/recorded mix. Those two start things on February 7 with the mixed doubles curling, normal hill ski jumping (BS1), and a preview show (on NHK-G). NHK Radio No. 1 will have at least 58 hours with live figure skating, ski jumping, speed skating, and freestyle skiing. Those are the main ones but even NHK Educational TV will get involved sometimes in select programming when the events spill over and the main carriers can't show them. 

Japanese Olympic consumers can watch live Internet online/mobile simulcast of the NHK Television Pyeongchang 2018 programming from 9am-12am Japan time with many sports and both ceremonies. It can also provide the option of on-demand with even the OBS feed without the Japanese commentary and now including live commentary delivery and results in English for foreigners living in Japan. Missed delivery so that you can see the images of all competitions and events, including those that were delivered live, anytime anywhere; "Packing animation" which compactly summarizes highlight movies, competition results etc centered around the scene of Japanese player's active scene is distributed every day; Updating the game data provided by the Olympic Broadcasting Organization (OBS) in real time, informing Japanese fans of the progress and results of the competition as soon as possible. An athlete's story is also enhanced to make the winter Olympic Games more familiar, such as athletes' privacy stories, episodes, and the fascination of competitions. Distributed by adding the audio and subtitles automatically generated from competition-related data to the live video provided by the Olympic Broadcasting Organization (OBS) in a schedule of one game per day.

NHK's sportscasting team will consist of--with lots of Olympic first-timers--News Watch 9's Maho Kuwako and Kazuo Tobitsuka (who will both narrate the NHK broadcast of the Opening Ceremony) with the latter calling some sports events there in Pyeongchang, Takaki Toriumi and Saturday and Sunday Sports' Yuki Sugiura will handle the Closing Ceremony together,  Akiyoshi Komiyama, Taishi Nishizaka, Good Morning Japan's sportscaster Mitsunori Uehara, and News Watch 9's Tadayuki Ichibashi. Aiko Uemura apparently will be a special reporter in Pyeongchang who will bring a fan-like perspective. Adachi Erika was just added too to participate in the NHK Olympic afternoon segment:




Starting this month, NHK-G will release a series of Japanese Olympic-themed Pyeongchang 2018 programs each involving Japan's ski jumping women like Sarah Takashi and Yuki Ito, figure skater Yuzuru Yuzuri, the Japanese women's speed skating team, snowboarding medal contender Hanno Hirano, speed skater Kodaira Nao, and the popular show Sarah Mesh looks into the nutritious cuisine of Japan's top Winter Olympians:


NHK Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic theme song? "Sasanqua" by SEKAI NO OWARI.



Ken Miyake oversees NHK's first Winter Olympic universal broadcast for the hearing and visually impaired:


The Olympic face of TBS since Athens 2004, Nakai Masahiro, returns for his 8th consecutive Olympics as head man in TBS Japan's portion of the Pyeongchang 2018 broadcast. Naoko Takahashi also returns as other main sportscaster. Commentators for TBS Japan's Pyeongchang 2018 coverage are Kazuoshi "Waki" Funaki (ski jumping),  Akiko Suzuki (Figure Skating), Tomomi Okazaki (Speed Skating), Moe Meguro (Curling), Yuka Hirano (Ice Hockey), Original Daiga (Freestyle Skiing), and Daisuke Nogami 
(Snowboard). As you'll notice those are the sports the Tokyo Broadcasting System will cover this month. Many are Olympic vets with Funaki and Okazaki being medalists. TBS Pyeongchang announcers are Ishii Masahiro, Yukiko Kobayashi, Risa Inoue, and Ayako Uemura, TBS Pyeongchang 2018 schedule TBD:


Fuji TV's slice of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics broadcast will have only 3 sportscasters covering all the events--former athletes Daisuke Takahashi (a Vancouver 2010 bronze medalist) and judoka Tomohiro Nomura with HERO's sports programmer Ayako Kato. Its coverage starts February 9 with the men's and pairs' short program in the team figure skating from 10am-2pm Japan time with usually only one event shown a day, which will be in the PM portion, except for Tuesday, February 20 from 10:00-11:55am with the women's half pipe final in freestyle skiing and then returning at 7: 57-10:48pm men's round robin Japan x Denmark curling and Wednesday 21 with the 9:30 am-2:50 pm Men's Big Air snowboard qualifier and freestyle skiing and men's ski cross final. Sports involved on Fuji TV are figure skating, curling, snowboard, freestyle skiing, short track, speed skating, and ski cross. This will be Fuji's first time telecasting in their Winter Olympic history short program figure skating, freestyle skiing, women's halfpipe final, speed skating with its brand new mass start. Schedule is here too:  


I'll head over to the other members of the Japan Consortium like TV Tokyo, and Nippon TV next time.

Right now, I want to turn over to Latvia. Right before the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics officially starts, LTV has an on-location documentary on February 8 with reporter Armands Tripāns with operator Normunds Pavlovskis, producer Ilona Bičevska, and aftermarket installation by Maris Martušs and conducted 100 days before the start of the Games entitled Understanding Korea. This follows 4 Latvians presently living in South Korea and learning about life there and what they made of it in 10 days of filming in the idea or question of how different Latvians are to South Koreans despite being far away from each other:


RadioSporten's Pyeongchang OS 2018 schedule for Sweden. They will be broadcast live on Sveriges Radio P4:


Like with many across Europe, Finland will get its Pyeongchang 2018 pay-TV jones on Eurosport along with YLE's TV2 and Discovery's TV5. Finns will catch all the action on Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, and Eurosport Player with a maximum of 900 hours going around the clock 24 hours a day and all get exclusive pay-TV Olympic ice hockey that will help extend the sports coverage of Finnish Olympic coverage like with many parts of Europe as the largest television production ever as its more comprehensive than YLE ever did and raising the professional and presentation standards. Eurosport Suomi will be studio hosted by former Finnish FTA TV personalities Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Kaj Kunnas, and Laura Ruohola with experts Toni Roponen (skiing), Saija Tarkki (women's ice hockey) and the men's hockey dream team of Teemu Selänne, Kimmo Timonen, and Alpo Suhonen. The moods of Kiekkofans are conveyed by Jethro Rostedt, and the talk by Oskari Saari and JP Jalo. Recruiting wasn't difficult, Discovery Networks for Finland, Sports Manager Antti Haajanen. With high hopes on the hockey for Finland's Lions. Sister channel TV5 will show 8-9 hockey matches and have the prime time broadcasts, ski jumping, speed skating, short track, and cross-country skiing. If you live in the northernmost portions of Finland like Kuusamo, Posio, the part of Ranua and the northernmost of Finland Utsjoki, Inari and parts of the municipalities of Salla, Savukoski and Sodankylä, getting TV5 will difficult on Channel C and may resort to OTT. TV5 has the exclusive FTA access to Olympic primetime with the 7-9pm highlight show and the men's hockey and its own hockey studio show. 


Finland's Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic men's and women's TV schedule on FTA channels YLE TV2, TV5, and YLE TV1:


The fuller YLE TV2, YLE TV1, YLE AREENA, and TV5 Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic TV schedule:


I personally promised that I would touch on Germany since the official announcement the two public broadcasters were actually continuing on with the Olympic broadcasting tradition that, with the addition of the Eurosport channels and TLC and even with the restrictions imposed, is now expanded like never before German TV. Wish Olympia2004 and CAF are here to help out on this. Anyway, like they always do, ZDF and ARD will alternate on the days' coverage as they work together though ARD starts things on February 8 and carries the Opening Ceremony the following night on February 9 as they make for a combined 230 hours with the highest quality, journalism competence, and experience. The two will use these Games for looks into the two Koreas and their political relationship with the world through docs and reports, while looking at doping and sports policy. Das Erste will appear on 10 days (February 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, and 24th) with ZDF getting 8 days (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, and 25th) including the closing ceremony.  ZDF and ARD will have three additional 24-hour online/mobile livestreams round the clock along with the main one on the days of coverage allows flexibility with the many events going on every day to be exciting and varied with improved integration and customization with numerous videos available. And newstickers and highlights. As a cost-cutting measure and short prep time, neither ZDF and ARD will send their respective entire teams over to Pyeongchang but will have the majority of them based in Leipzig at a national broadcasting through better synergy while still being based at the Pyeongchang IBC, where  contributions, reports and news in the IBC for the broadcasts are recorded and a "streaming director" also serves the three online streaming channels.   

ZDF will start the coverage at around between 1:05-2:00 to 17:00 Germany/CET and will have on their prime staff that includes Marco Büchel, Katrin Müller-Hohenstein, Thomas Fuhrmann, Peter Frey, Anke Scholten, Alexander Ruda, Markus Harm, Yorck Polus, Katja Streso, Matthias Berg, Sven Fischer, Toni Innauer, and Norbert Koenig. ZDF will offer VR 360 degree Olympic coverage too. Das Erste will start its coverage every day from 1:00 (or 1:15/1:30) clock at late night until 17:00 clock in the late afternoon. The first thing to see on the mobile is always informed by means of a Sportschau or a ZDF Sport app, with livestreams, news tickers and highlights, sportschau.de is available 24 hours a day, while WhatsApp also has all the latest news from South Korea on their mobile phones in the shower, in the car or in the office--with one of the 45 ARD radio stations across Germany, so they definitely will not miss an Olympic champions crowned. Phoenix will air three time on the 9th the Geheimsache Doping doc. Katarina Witt is the main ARD headlining expert with figure skating but there's other retired elite German winter sports stars and medal winners on the roster like ski jumper Dieter Thoma, biathlete Magdalena Neuner, skiier Maria Höfl-Riesch, biathlete Kati Wilhelm, and Peter Schlickenrieder. ARD will even have its own doping expert in Hajo Seppelt as he looks behind the scenes in the Olympics coverage. Both of course will offer highlights





Without further ado, here with Germany, here's the ZDF/ARD Olympia and Paralympische 2018 Media Guide:


Another general overview of the ZDF/ARD/Eurosport/TLC German coverage plans with highlights to look for for German fans:


Michael Staeuble and Pascal Nufer will co-host SRF's live and recorded presentation of the Swiss German language presentation of the Pyeongchang 2018 Opening Ceremony on SF2 on 11:50 - 13:55 Swiss time/CET. Right after Chaempieon and SF News, Olympic coverage comes on immediately at 0:05. It starts things with live Men's Ski Jumping Normal Hill qualification on February 8 at 13:25 - 14:40 and 20 minutes of Pyeongchang Currently at 22:25:



CT Sport will be the only channel showing the Czech Republic's FTA portion of Pyeongchang 2018. Why? Its coverage will only be at 190 hours, greatly reduced from the 726 hours the CT channels enjoyed and produced and Internet streams with Sochi 2014 because of its agreement with Eurosport and even less than what RTVS in Slovakia will present with theirs. There's a possibility with one rerun and news reports. CT isn't happy with these restrictions, needless to say, and will focus more on the Czech Team in Pyeongchang with its coverage as Eurosport will cater to showing every minute. Fans in the Czech Republic will not be deprived of hockey, biathlon or speed skating. However, it may happen that the end of the biathlon race will run or cross into the first period of three in the Czech hockey games. Some seams will happen. "When it's clear about the medals, we'll go hockey. Everything will evolve according to the situation, "Ponikelski said--even its Net coverage will be affected. The Czech TV Channel CT Sport will be completely dedicated to the Olympics, and when there are no transfers from the games, they will come across a number of reports or programs with an Olympic theme. At around 18 o'clock there will be an hourly overview that summarizes the events and results of the day. It cannot use another Ceska Televize channel like CT2, and its Olympic Internet streams must follow what CT Sport will broadcast. Eurosport will play the games on television on the Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 channels with its 900 hours combined on TV with that standard of 4000 on just the Eurosport Player, where it wouldn't be as nationalized save for the commentary like cross country skiing's Lukáš Bauer and biathlon's Barbora Tomešová, and completely on the interactive Eurosport Player, which costs monthly entry costs 6,99 euros (177 crowns), the current annual price is 29,99 euros (760 crowns). Not to mention the VR available. "We want to redefine audiences from the Olympics by absorbing stories, unparalleled analyzes and all-screen strategies that appeal to younger audiences as it adapt and define their own Olympic experiences. Former Olympic cable rights carrier from the previous cycle Nova, meanwhile, is shut out due to Eurosport and will only focus on news reports from there:



RTS in Serbia is the exclusive national carrier of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and will transmit at least the IOC Winter Olympics minimum 100 hours with coverage coming in from early morning to the afternoon hours with replays in the evening similar with Croatia's HTV2. RTS 2 will take care of the live presentation starting with the Opening Ceremony on February 9 at noon Serbia time with Nemanja Matic who will also have interesting professional consultants during the transfer of the opening of the Games and his sportscasting teammates are Svetlana Danilovic, Tijana Jevtic, Radoslav Simic, Milos Krivokapic, Goran Stepic, Nenad Djurovic, Stefan Bendic and Nemanja Matic. The small Serbian Olympic Team were RTS guests in Belgrade days ago that also helped to promote the RTS coverage this year, something that it enjoyed for over 60 years since the JTV days. Nordic skiing and alpine skiing will among the sports broadcast since Serbia has athletes in them for Pyeongchang: 



Greece's ERT, from Serbia's close neighbor, has designated ET2 as the Greek Olympic TV channel for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics as it marches traditionally first in the OC with 4 athletes--Apostolos Angelis (Biathlon), Yannis Antoniou (Alpine Skiing), Maria Danou (Cross Country Skiing), and Sophia Ralli (Alpine Skiing). and will broadcast 200 hours, about twice as much as RTS2 will. Daily scheduled coverage on ERT2 will come starting on the schedule at 2:00am onwards for 15 hours until the end of the daily program at 4pm. Plus there will be full coverage on ERT HD, and two Greek Internet livestreams in ERTPlay 1and 2 through www.ert.gr:


Latin Americans won't be excluded from the emerging VR 360 Olympic scene for Pyeongchang 2018 and those 50 hours of it thanks to Marca Claro:



The Marca Claro team is headed to Pyeongchang to rep for Spanish-speaking Latin America (may have already touched town by the time I write this):


No live coverage of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics for Singaporeans at all. Certainly not from Mediacorp because it couldn't agree to a price both it and Dentsu would be mutually happy with--including Mediacorp's offer to have just the WOG at a lesser price and other bundle formats. SingTel and Star Hub aren't interested in planning to do so. So those who want to see Cheyenne Goh make history in short track live as the first Singaporean Winter Olympian will left in the cold:


All the Dutch sports and viewing apps ready for Olympic consumption including the Team NL one from the NOC*NSF, NOS, the official Pyeongchang 2018 one, Eurosport, Ziggo, Curling Winter Games,and KPN:


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4 hours ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

British readers may like to note that Quest (the UK free-to-air channel owned by European Olympic rights-holders Discovery Communications) is tonight showing a two-hour compilation of "50 Greatest Winter Olympic Moments" at 9pm GMT.

Just to remind ourselves, JMarkSnow2012, there's not going to be any British Eurosport Winter Olympic coverage, right? If I read it right, Eurosport holds a sublicense for this cycle until 2022 with the BBC. 

Belteleradiocompany's Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic coverage will be represented by Belarus 1, Belarus 2, and Belarus 5, the latter being Belarus' national sports TV channel, that all will provide the action and pagentry for Belarussian viewers. No surprise that Belarus 1 will show the Opening Ceremony, but it will also show, within the framework of Olympic Visa Project (more on that later) tells about the rules, subtleties and nuances of each Olympic sport. Olympics Diaries, prepared by sports journalists of Belteleradiocomany, will traditionally tell about the most interesting and exciting moments with Olympic news starting on Belarus 1 on February 8. Belarus 5 will again be the Olympic Channel for Belteleradio with much of the prime events happening in the afternoon Belarus time with the maximum amount of events. During the evening, viewers will be able to find out about all the set of awards, as well as to see exclusive interviews with Belarussian medalists with the Results of the Day--and the most prominent competitions involving Belarussian athletes, including its brightest stars, will be rerun on Belarus 5 during the Belarussian primetime and also will acquaint fans with the Pyeongchang sports venues and the 2018 Belarussian Olympic Team members in the Our Olympians videos:


And the Belarus TV channels will cover a combined 154 hours of that from Pyeongchang:


Denmark's DR2 starts things kinda with a short doc called the Olympic Doping Plot on Thursday, February 8. DR1 and DR3 will handle the sports with live presentation of 12:25 of the men's normal hill ski qualification and the 7-8:45am Denmark time/CET of the men's and women's freestyle skiing, respectively. DR1 will have the team figure skating short program with the Opening Ceremony, and later the Pyeongchang 2018 OL Magazine at 9am. DR3 will re-air the Opening Ceremony at 18:15-20:30

TSN's full national Pyeoingchang 2018 TV schedule. Lots of events, though not all of them, will get shown on multiple TSN channels apparently across Canada. Still waiting for RDS and Radio-Canada Television:


The Swiss advertising pricing Olympic pack for SRF 2 (German), RTS2 (French), and LA 2 (Italian). Expected to see some Romanisch this time around. But apparently it's not present. Unless that Romanisch happens to be French. The second link happens to have the video intro for SRF's/RTS', and RSI's Pyeongchang 2018 coverage with the Baba Shrimps' "Hurry Hurry" providing the music. On this pricing guide, the Chaempions show will actually come on SRF1 at the 10th, 17th, and 24th of February. And only once again, the German language Swiss presentation on SF will present stuff before the Opening Ceremony unless the French and Italian versions with the men's ski jumping normal hill qualification:



A brief piece on TVR Moldova providing 110 live hours to Moldovans along with what Moldova 1 and Moldova 2 will cover from Romania for the first time across the Prut River to Bessarabia as Moldova sends only 2 athletes (which includes a nationalized Austrian alpine skiier and a cross-country skiier) and Romania brings 28 Winter Olympians to Pyeongchang: 


Another reminder of Finland's TV5 Pyeongchang 2018 coverage plans that will be heavy on the men's ice hockey of course:


It'll be now up to the Singapore Ice Skating Association to show Goh's skate live on its Facebook page and regular updates if Singaporeans want to see her make history in action when the local media entities wouldn't as such a major sports event not being televised disappoints many:


KAZSport and Kazakhstan will transmit 150 live hours of that Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic action with 60 of which will be shown by Kazakhstan TV and more than 85 by KAZSport Two things I can indicate to you as to what I saw so far is that on Kazakhstan TV is that it all begins on February 8 with the 20-minute show entitled (as much I try to translate it) Cheap of the Phenzhan coming daily during the Winter Olympics at 17:30 Kazakhstan time with an Olympic Diary around 23:30. Kazakhstan TV will transmit the Opening Ceremony live on February 9 at 16:50-19 (4:50-7pm). Much of the sports coverage there will center on the snowboarding, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing moguls, and the biathlon. Must check out KAZSport very soon--already has a program called the Olympic Dream and will start on Thursday 8 with the mixed doubles curling, men's normal hill ski jumping, and Pyeongchang Olympic Studios show after the day's competitions. Next will have more mixed doubles curling, team figure skating, women's moguls, and the live simulcast of the Opening Ceremony with subsequent re-airings: 


Japan's TV Asahi will only have two people involved with Shuzo Matsuoka as the primary sportscaster in his 4th Olympics and its on-location reporter being Oda Nobusu in his second following Vancouver for the Pyeongchang 2018 coverage. It will start things with its own presentation of the Opening Ceremony at 8pm alongside NHK-G's on the February 9th. From there, the competition portion for TV Asahi starts with Japan-Switzerland women's ice hockey game at 4:30pm next Monday. Save for February 17 with men's figure skating highlights and award ceremony, men's ski jumping individual large hill, and Japan-China women's curling, it's only one event each day it's on. February 16 (men's ski jumping large hill qualifying), February 18 (Japan-Sweden men's curling), February 19 (women's speed skating team pursuit and men's 500m), February 23 (women's figure skating free skate), and February 24 (snowboarding: men's and women's big air finals and parallel grand slam finals):


I know I haven't touched on the South Korean broadcasters much, but I definitely in the coming week as I work to translate what they are working on. I can inform that primary South Korean broadcaster SBS--the Seoul Broadcasting System--will have the main channel and SBS Sports involved. Likely SBS Plus too. SBS Sports currently has the Countdown to Pyeongchang series that involves whatever the South Korean Winter Olympians and showing highlights of past Winter Olympics. SBS, actually both, is showing the Moments from Vancouver Winter Olympic Glory highlighting South Korea's best Winter Olympics performance and later the Sochi version. At 9am South Korea, SBS proper will show the South Korea-Finland and the primetime South Korea match with China in mixed doubles curling.

Vancouver's at it again with the free CBC Family Day Olympic Experience at the Richmond Oval to watch the CBC's 2018 Winter Olympic coverage on February 12:


Latvia's LTV will offer the Opening Ceremony on LTV1 and the "Olympic Games Studio" Internet platform at the All-Olympics every day.in sign language for the hearing impaired. Because of this, LTV7 will not be able to show Supernova song contest during the Winter Olympics:



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11 hours ago, Durban Sandshark said:

Just to remind ourselves, JMarkSnow2012, there's not going to be any British Eurosport Winter Olympic coverage, right? If I read it right, Eurosport holds a sublicense for this cycle until 2022 with the BBC.

There is going to be some WOG coverage from Eurosport in the UK, but their live broadcast coverage is only of selected events, and seems to stop around 9am UK time (although they are showing the OC live).


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