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On 12/21/2021 at 7:54 AM, Ikarus360 said:

OBS intro should get leaked very soon now that we're at one month and half before the games.

Expect a lot of ice and snow with all the Winter Olympics sports stylistically presented with the likes of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and a modern Beijing skyline prominent set to a mashup of traditional Chinese and contemporary music.

120+ hours live on TV for up to 16 hours a day on 8 days (usually from 2am to 4pm German time) with 500 hours online and mobile out of sportschau.de and at the ARD video library live and on-demand including highlights from the competitions, interviews, studio talks and critical views of the host country China). ZDF and ARD (aka Das Erste) share a joint cross-media studio in Mainz and not in Beijing but will also engage in a joint external position of ARD and ZDF in the International Broadcast Center in the mountains. Julia Scharf and Jessy Wellmer (pictured at the top of this URL) make their German Olympic TV debuts as studio anchor host presenters on ARD.  Kati Wilhelm (biathlon), Sven Hannawald (ski jumping) and Felix Neureuther (alpine skiing) also competently accompanies the ARD Olympic program with 1984 and 1988 Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt joins the trio as a guest. Michael Antwerpes welcomes interesting interlocutors and hopefully many happy medal winners as Markus Othmer, Claus Lufen, Stephanie Müller-Spirra, and Lea Wagner serve as on-location reporters. ARD's Hajo Seppelt and Tamara Anthony tackle doping and the critical Chinese political and social issues from the hosts, respectively. 60 ARD radio stations across Germany will handle the radio broadcast involving live medal situations involving Germany/Team D and critical discussions, reports, analysis, interviews, and emotions both in and beyond the sporting arenas with Dirk Walsdorff, Martina Knief, Anne van Eickels, and Alexander Bleick from Beijing during morning prime time on BR. An Olympic podcast is already in existence with Julia Scharf and Philipp Nagel in a weekly presentation talking with German Winter Olympic athlete hopefuls that will soon turn into a twice daily Olympia Aktuell in the mornings and afternoons German time. Finally, Live center, live scores, live ticker, highlights, and even the emotional, extraordinary and bizarre moments of the Winter Games are available on the social media channels of the Sportschau on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. All from ARD in Germany:



ZDF's press kit overview of its upcoming Beijing 2022 coverage with 6 parallel live streams, its full Beijing 2022 team roster, its ZDF Olympic days programming, and accompanying documentaries: 


Former NHL star and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic silver medalist Christian Ehrhoff co-hosts a daily live hockey show with Simon Sudel called Olympic Hockey Night at 8:15 pm Germany CET in the 90-minute broadcast starting February 9th and look back in particular on the games of the German men's national ice hockey team produced by Eurosport Deutschland. Moreover, analysts Patrick Ehelechner and Andreas Renz with commentators Gerhard Leinauer, Mirko Heintz, Christoph Stadtler, and Christoph Fetzer will all reprise their Eurosport ice hockey roles from Pyeongchang in Beijing for Germany. Too bad the German women didn't qualify this time:


CBC Sports presents coverage of the 2022 Canad Inns Mixed Double Curling Trials streaming live from Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba from December 28 through January 2, the Olympic Games qualifying tournament will be available via CBC Sports digital platforms: cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices and the free CBC Gem streaming service. 16 pairs from across Canada will vie for the right to rep Canada in Beijing and defend its gold from Pyeongchang next February with CBC Sports’ Bruce Rainnie delivers the call alongside Olympic Games silver medallist Mike Harris and Olympian and World Champion Joanne Courtney providing analysis:


Swiss Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic TV highlights overview for Swiss audiences to watch for SRF2 (German), RTS2 (French), and RSI LA1 (Italian) each of these three languages having their own magazine shows...along with its Swiss national TV advertising rates:

https://www.admeira.ch/downloads/Highlights OS Peking.pdf


France Televisions' promo for its Beijing 2022 (or Pekin 2022) Winter Olympics TV broadcast coverage entitled "The Sofa". This is directed by Jérôme Bernard using exaggerating humor and snowboarding as we "discover a snowboarder indulging in his discipline, performing his feats commented by the play-by-play guy Christian Choupin and Mathieu Crepel, snowboard consultant of France Televisions, before finding himself on the line of arrival…but not the one we expect" with the voiceover then saying, "The Winter Olympics are coming to you from February 4 to 20, 2022 on France Télévisions”. Literally here--as he crashes into a couple's living room watching it all:


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40-year old Anne Rimmen will once again host TVNorge/Discovery+ 's Olympic Games coverage on Olympic Night at 19:30-21 Norwegian time. But this time with Beijing, she will have a new Olympic TV studio partner with her in Carsten Skjelbreid getting his turn following Jon Almaas in Pyeongchang and then Henrik Elvestad in Tokyo this summer. Rimmen is looking forward to working with Skjelbreid going along with her hosting and journalist resume background while "gaining renewed confidence" every time doing it. She prefers mostly that the focus is kept on the sports aspect with the Olympics but adds we cannot ignore the political and social elements and undercurrents around it in China and around the world. Nor is it the media's task to boycott the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and "turn our backs on what's happening":


Again as a reminder, it's up to 20 hours of Olympic coverage fun for each Winter Olympic day with emphasis on sports of great interest to Norwegians like cross-country skiing, combined, freestyle skiing, biathlon and ice skating, take place in the morning or in the morning Norwegian time. Olympic competition days will start approximately at 02.00 and last until 16.00 in the afternoon Norwegian time on TVNorge alone with over 800 streaming hours on Discovery+.  At nighttime and around the broadcasts of alpine skiing, Line Andersen will be the host of the Olympics live, while the Olympic Studio during the daytime hours are led by Susanne Furøy Wergeland and Jan Ove Kjøndal. Every night from 19.30 will be Olympic Night on TVNorge. Anne Rimmen brings in her new partner, Carsten Skjelbreid, and they will celebrate all Norwegian medals, summarize the day, interview Norwegian athletes, and recharge for the upcoming Olympic day. Comes with Olympic day TVNorge and Discovery+ TV schedule with 16-19:30 showing replays and highlights of the day's most important sports:


Eurosport Norway's website was searching for some good journalists to cover the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics from Oslo until November 16:


Also NRK will once again maintain the Norwegian Olympic radio broadcasting rights with Beijing 2022. Schedule is forthcoming:


Lake Placid, New York is the place to be as the host for US Olympic hopefuls, like 2018 Olympian Kevin Bickner, Lake Placid native Nina Lussi, and Decker Dean for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Ski Jumping Trials presented live Saturday Christmas Day at 11:30am CT on NBC and Peacock including Nordic Combined Trials coverage, in which Taylor Fletcher makes his bid for a 4th Olympic Team in that event, to be involved throughout broadcast with Paul Burmeister, Three-Time Olympic Silver Medalist Johnny Spillane, and on-site reporter Naoko Funayama to calling the Christmas Day trials action:


Noticed on SKY Sports NZ's Olympic webpage that PRIME NZ, SKY's sister free-to-air TV channel, is back involved with the Olympics at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics instead of TVNZ. Guess this has to do with not as much domestic interest and pedigree in the Winter Games than in the summer for TVNZ to care about it this time around with extensive marathon daily coverage. PRIME, like TVNZ One, will surely place focus on the Kiwis as well as the biggest and popular Winter Olympic sports to New Zealanders. 

Italy was facing Japan and Latvia in the 2022 Pre-Olympic Women's Curling Qualification Tournament earlier this month December 11-18 for among the last six passes to qualify in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, broadcasted some matches live on the linear channels Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, and live streaming on Eurosport Player and Discovery +. There was also be one match per round on YouTube World Curling. OA Sport covered all the matches of Italy with a live textual live broadcast. The Italian men faced South Korea also in Leeuwarden:



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Details will be arriving about ORF's 2022 Olympische Winterspiele coverage very soon in Austria--and more fully with ORF1 and ORF Sport Plus. But the ORF coverage starts January 26 with the customary 1-hour XXIV Olympic Winter Games 2022 Beijing farewell party as Austria's Winter Olympians and OOC bigwigs over their chances, for example. Live from 6pm Austria/CET in Vienna on ORF1:


That mixed doubles curling Olympic qualification tournament that the CBC planned to air on its streaming services starting Tuesday got cancelled Sunday due to rising COVID-19 cases among the athletes participating in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba at the Stride Place:


NOS in The Netherlands is currently showing the Dutch national speed skating qualifiers in Heerenveen from Boxing Day to December 30 to determine who will make up the all-formidable 2022 Dutch Olympic speed skating team live on NOS' Nederland 1:



Although Eurosport's Christian Ehrhoff says not having NHL players competing in Beijing 2022 is a "bitter blow", particularly for Team Germany and its stars, the Pyeongchang 2018 silver medalist sees an opportunity for the less-heralded German ice hockey players like from the DEL to make their own mark like four years ago: 


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Premium Customers Will Be Able to Stream Every Minute of Every Live Event—All in One Place—Including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and NBC’s Nightly Primetime Show

Fans Will Enjoy Comprehensive Live Streaming Olympics Coverage as well as Full-Event Replays Available Immediately; Curated Clips and Virtual Channels; and Exclusive Daily Studio Programming

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Anything on what the BBC will be doing for Beijing, if anything? I know we've had Christmas and New Year holidays but I was expecting some kind of details to emerge this week with a month to go. Tbh I don't know for certain if they've even got any rights to winter games under the new arrangement with Discovery...

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A couple of thoughts on the NBC announcement.  

1.  Nothing said about the Olympic Channel, and how it might be used.  In 2018, they used it for a constant highlight show, IIRC, a reporters' roundtable, and victory ceremonies.    But then, I realize yesterday's announcement was to focus on streaming, not broadcast channels.

2.  Because it's showing everything on Peacock, it may now be possible for anyone in the world who has a good VPN to watch the US coverage, if you want to.  


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Can't forget that there's still US Figure Skating and Speed Skating Championships going on in Nashville and West Allis, Wisconsin, respectively. Currently shown obviously on NBC, USA, and Peacock streaming from Wednesday to Sunday as we Americans embark a new Olympic broadcasting era minus NBCSN (RIP :(). Already some serious American Olympic contenders in both sports have dropped out from competition citing COVID, something not altogether unexpected:


NBC figure skating commentator Tara Lipinski holds some interesting thoughts in speaking to Julie Stewart-Binks about the preparations in the lead-up and being in Beijing, China with all those massive and authoritative measures with testing and quarantining installed in the Beijing bubble and "feeling very nervous" for them upon qualification. Including herself as a certified media member attempting to take much precaution as possible. Obviously on everyone's mind:


From the "Hmmmm..." department, I wonder if NBC would possibly conduct some Salt Lake City 20-year retrospective nods by possibly brining in some notable personalities from those very Winter Games and reflect on them. Even if they result in just segments. If you're Aussie, for example, you can surely expect Bradbury and Camplin to be involved with Seven's Beijing 2022 broadcasting team and offer their memories there, as they've been stallworths for Seven's and Ten's coverage since 2002.

Spain's Pyeongchang 2018 snowboarding bronze medalist Regino Hernandez immediately retires from the sport and becomes the first Eurosport Espana's major Beijing 2022 sportscasting signing. Not only he'll cover all the snowboarding disciplines in Beijing, he will actively participate in Eurosport's daily program that will summarize each day of the Games. Hernandez will be joined by the experienced and illustrious staff of Marta Senra, José Manuel Tallada (whom Hernandez will join in snowboarding calls), Miguel Ángel Yáñez, José Luis Corral/or Eduardo de Paz:



All the announced Beijing 2022 sportscasters for NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TV Tokyo, and TV Asahi--and the announced official coverage theme songs for each of them. Some of the details are still TBA as I write this: 


Not every Olympic broadcast rights holder will be spared from the Chinese wrath when it comes to covering their professional obligations to touch on controversial issues in China. Ceska Televize is one such example when it recently tried to look into the Beijing Olympic Village--and ended up bullied. Would they do this to NBC? Interesting if that happened to them:


NOS is showing the European Speed Skating Championships right now--even with the corona infections impacting Russi...sorry, ROC:


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Telewizja Polska will show 200 hours of transmission from the Olympic Games in Beijing - on TVP1 and TVP Sport, as well as on the tvpsport.pl website and on the TVP Sport mobile app. All reports will be embellished with the sports analytical studies. There will be repetitions of the day's most important broadcasts and daily summaries. For now, TVP reveals that the ski jumping competition will be commented by Przemysław Babiarz and Stanisław Snopek. TVP will be present wherever the Polish Olympic athletes will be present like in, of course but not limited to, ski jumping but also short track, biathlon, speed skating, cross-country skiing. TVP will focus primarily on Team Poland's performances with its Beijing 2022 coverage--not only will TVP Sport show their struggles, but also conduct interviews with them right after the end of a given competition. Telewizja Polska will have 6 reporting teams--5 from TVP Sport and one from TVP Info. Three teams from TVP Sport will be located in the mountains (ski jumping and cross-country skiing, biathlon), one in Beijing (speed skating and short track) and one in the place where the alpine skiing competition takes place. In addition, TVP will have its own studio on the hill, which will be anchored by Maciej Kurzajewski.

Just like with Tokyo last summer, TVP Sport will present its daily Beijing 2022 nighttime news/summary/event replay program called Olympic Evening on 22:00 (10pm) Poland/EET time. And just earlier before Olympic Evening, TVP Sport will summarize the most important moments of the Olympics each day ("Events Of The Day" from 20-21.50--8-9:50pm). As in the case of Tokyo, Eurosport has exclusive rights to broadcast the Games in 4K. Therefore, TVP 4K, which operated during Euro 2020, will not be reactivated again. The entertainment channel TVP 4K will not start until autumn 2022. Admist all this, it hopes to have better viewership numbers on its 2 TVP channels coming up more akin to Sochi 2014 than with Pyeongchang 2018. Eurosport's average numbers for Pyeongchang 2018 in Poland, according to Nielsen Audience Measurement data, were 97,000 on Eurosport 1 and 29,000 on Eurosport 2: 

As in the case of Tokyo, Eurosport holds exclusive rights to broadcast the Beijing 2022 Winter Games in 4K and not TVP in Poland. Therefore, TVP 4K, which operated during Euro 2020, will not be reactivated again. TVP's 4K entertainment and sports channel will not start until autumn 2022:


The Beijing International Media Centre is now officially open by the OBS:


ZDF and ARD both originally planned to have a full-on joint studio on-location in Beijing but opted to stay in Mainz to assure broadcast security. That and air freight complication costs, being only allowed just two rental cars for the entire team (with a Chinese driver), transport, etc. Will still conduct "[e]motional interviews, unfiltered information, your own impressions and classifications, and in-depth research are elementary - especially in a host country that is ranked 177th out of 180 by the 'Reporters Without Borders' organization in the list of press freedom" not being forbidden to make critical assessments about China. Plus, Christoph Netzel is very proud of the strong female on-camera presence for ARD's Beijing 2022 coverage: 


CCTV-1 premiered a Winter Olympics-inspired dramatic series called Beyond, "an inspiring, passionate story" centering on short track speed skating that was filmed largely in the Heilongjiang Province dealing with the tenacity, courage, perservence, sacrifice, regret, and helpfulness. Going by based on the press release linked below. Arrived January 9:


CCTV-5 aired its Beijing 2022 sports news documentary series starting today on January 10 and every Monday henceforth at 18:30 focusing on Chinese Winter Olympic hopefuls with support from the China Sports Lottery Fund as "a public welfare partner":



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On 1/6/2022 at 6:46 PM, Triplecast said:

A couple of thoughts on the NBC announcement.  

1.  Nothing said about the Olympic Channel, and how it might be used.  In 2018, they used it for a constant highlight show, IIRC, a reporters' roundtable, and victory ceremonies.    But then, I realize yesterday's announcement was to focus on streaming, not broadcast channels.

2.  Because it's showing everything on Peacock, it may now be possible for anyone in the world who has a good VPN to watch the US coverage, if you want to.  

They only address Peacock.  I haven't seen anything regarding TV plans, so we have nothing on that front at this point.  They used Olympic Channel for competition from Tokyo and I could see them doing the same here, maybe with some extra hockey or curling games.  USA Network I presume will once again be the main cable outlet with 24/7 coverage.  CNBC will likely have events at night.  They'll need another network to cover the morning (US time) hockey games since they probably won't be able to pre-empt business day programming on CNBC.  MSNBC has been out of the picture since 2016, so I don't think it'll be them.  Hence why Olympic Channel could be a landing spot.

Glad to see NBC is making the sensible decision with Peacock and making the Olympics accessible to everyone.  Should have done that for Tokyo, and we know what a mess that was.  Hopefully they have their act together this time around.

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1 hour ago, ulu said:

Surely Americans don't have to pay to watch the Olympics?

Of course I'm serious.  And don't call me Shirley.  A couple of caveats with that though..

NBC will still have coverage every day.  That's free over the air, of course.  Don't have to pay for that.  The NBC Sports App and nbcolympics.com will still likely have coverage of all the events.  Yes, this require cable/satellite authentication, but for those who have it, nothing extra to pay.  Peacock is an option for cord cutters that wasn't really a thing for Tokyo.  They had some coverage on there, but much less than a lot of people were led to believe.  We've always heard the line of thinking that NBC should make all the coverage available for anyone who doesn't have it and even if they have to charge for it, it's still worth it for the accessibility.  That's what they did here.  Pay $5 for the month and you get the entire Olympics, then cancel right afterwards.  And remember, Comcast subscribers (and I think a couple of other cable companies) include Peacock for free.  So this is a huge improvement over what they've had in the past for that segment of the audience.  If you already have Peacock, nothing extra to pay.

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Get excited Canadians for 2500 hours of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic action with 23 hours daily on the CBC's English side! The usual suspects are going to be there for it--15x Olympic broadcast vet Scott Russell (Olympic Winter Games Primetime--6-11pm CT), Andi Petrillo (CBC Olympic Winter Games Morning--5-11am), Perdita Felicien, and The National's Andrew Chang will be there. But like Tokyo, the CBC team will again be broadcasting live from Toronto. No host for CBC Olympic Winter Games Overtime, though--just full, live, uninterrupted coverage of sports at the 11pm-5am CT segment. Latter two will have their new version of Tokyo Tonight with Beijing Tonight at 12-5pm. One interesting new wrinkle comes in the Samsung Hockey Show co-hosted by Harnaryan Singh, PJ Stock, and Hailey Salvian that comes at 11am–12 pm live everyday on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet and repeating nightly on the latter two sports channels. Given that Canada is such a huge hockey-mad nation, the CBC/TSN/Sportsnet (and even CTV, whenever it was anchor broadcaster during some Winter Olympics), why didn't they conjured up such an Olympic hockey program in recent past Olympics like, say, back in 1980? I'll offer my thoughts on some of the CBC Beijing 2022 Olympic sportscasting team soon, but you would expect bigger personnel with hockey, figure skating, and curling. But I think the CBC may would've garner another person or two in alpine skiing, speed skating, short track, and snowboarding. Maybe.

And, of course, "Canadians will be able to follow the action through CBC Gem, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, and CBC's dedicated Beijing 2022 website — which will feature live-streaming of all the broadcasts, as well as non-TV events.

CBC's Olympic website, cbc.ca/beijing2022, will include full event schedules, athlete bios, in-depth features and all the latest updates. CBC Sports will provide thorough reporting along with highlights, digital series, and on-demand replays of the biggest moments and events [that we now come to expect these days]. CBC News will also keep Canadians informed of breaking stories with a small team of reporters on the ground in Beijing including Adrienne Arsenault, Anthony Germain, Steven D'Souza, Kris Reyes, and Lisa Xing. Audiences can tune in for live coverage daily on The National, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, cbcnews.ca, the CBC News app and on local CBC TV newscasts": 



On the French side, Radio-Canada will present the majority French coverage in its most comprehensive with reports from each of the competition sites so as not to miss any decisive moments, events, and medals won by Canadians with 342 hours of Beijing 2022 Olympic TV programming on Radio-Canada Television. On an average of 20-21.5 hours a day there. RDS will offer more matches and events in their entirety combined under its three RDS channels--RDS, RDS2, and RDS INFO (270.5 hours). Radio-Canada digital platforms will present 920 hours with 6 events offered all totaling more than 1532 hours of live or delayed coverage, including Opening and closing ceremonies.

Radio-Canada's Beijing 2022 TV coverage comes in four blocks--Marie-José Turcotte hosting the competition program on Friday, February 4 at 9pm. She will act as the news anchor every evening to present the competitions live in prime time, while it will be the start of the competition day for our athletes in Beijing: from 6-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and also from Sunday to Thursday (8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Beijing); Among other things, we will see the figure skating, snowboarding and freestyle skiing events and the hockey finals. Guillaume Dumas will host the night block which will feature a wide range of live competitions, from 11pm-6am (1 to 7 p.m. in Beijing), including the finals in speed skating and cross-country skiing. Martin Labrosse will present the morning coverage from 5-11am. (7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Beijing), which will feature several competitions, including the short track and bobsleigh finals, and hockey games. The morning will end with the presentation of its own French Olympic hockey program Tellement hockey magazine hosted by Alexandre Coupal, in the company of experts Kim St-Pierre, Caroline Ouellette, Danièle Sauvageau, Jocelyn Lemieux, Bruno Gervais, and journalists Martin Leclerc, Christine Roger and Alexandre Gascon. In addition, Diane Sauvé will be hosting the hockey matches with one or other of the experts. Jacinthe Taillon will be on the air from 11:30 am-3pm on weekdays (1:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. in Beijing) and from 11:30am-4pm on weekends to relive the day's trials and present the best moments. Dominick Gauthier and Hassoun Camara will join Jacinthe to put into perspective the daily exploits of Canadian athletes.

On Friday, February 4, Marie-José Turcotte will kick off the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and follow the Opening Ceremony with Céline Galipeau, live from 5:30-9 am CT and replaying 5:30-9pm CT. Turcotte will later follow the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 20 with Dominick Gauthier live from 5:30- 9am and repeat from 4:30-7pm CT. Radio-Canada will additionally provide live webcasting of both Ceremonies in French, Quebec Sign Language ( LSQ ), and descriptive video on Radio-Canada.ca/beijing2022 and the mobile application Radio-Canada - Olympic Games with them all on demand for 24 hours on ICI TOU.TV.

With RDS, RDS2, and RDS INFO, we will have Claude Mailhot acting as the main Olympic TV anchor for the RDS channels every day during prime time. Andrée-Anne Barbeau, Olivier Brett, François-Etienne Corbin, and Michel Y. Lacroix complete the team of RDS antenna Beijing 2022 Olympic studio anchors. Depending on the schedule of the various races and events, RDS, RDS2, and RDS INFO channels will offer a combined 270.5 hours of live competition, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. There on the programming of one or the other of the RDS channels, they will provideand  follow several competitions in their entirety, among others, hockey, curling, speed skating, ski jumping, biathlon, ski events. cross country skiing,  and bobsleigh. Former short track speed skater Marianne-St-Gelais headlines Radio-Canada's team of 35 commentators and analysts for Beijing 2022 and not competing on the track but assigned to analyize the performances of short track athletes. In addition to the team of descriptors and analysts, CBC/Radio-Canada will also be able to count on a team of reporters on the competition sites in Beijing, including Valérie-Micaela Bain, Yanick Bourdon, Antoine Deshaies, Alexandre Gascon, Roseline Filion, Antoni Nerestant, Olivier Pellerin, Michaël Roy, Christine Roger, Kelly Vanderbeek. Sports columnist Martin Leclerc will testify to major events and reporter Marie-Eve Potvinwill take us behind the scenes of these Games. Also on site, its correspondent Philippe Leblanc, Radio-Canada journalists Jean-François Poirier (sports), Yanik Dumont Baron (radio) will follow the news developments on the sidelines of Beijing 2022 on a daily basis. ICI PREMIÈRE listeners will be able to count on the presence one or the other of the reporters in different programs to know everything about the performances of Canada's athletes. Also, Anaïs Favron will host the daily Pas en direct de Pékin lunchtime webcast on Radio-Canada.ca and on Radio-Canada's Facebook page where she will discuss Beijing 2022 with her sidekick Olivier Tremblay, surprise guests who will share their impressions of the course of the competitions, the victories and disappointments of the Winter Olympics day:


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As Hong Kong's Olympic Committee sets to send a handful of Hong Kong athletes to Beijing by late January--something like up to 3 of them, TVB is hoping more people can support Hong Kong athletes and publicity of the WOG through its broadcast of the Winter Olympic Games. The broadcaster bought the sole HK broadcasting rights for an estimated HK$10 million and will provide 120 hours of live terrestrial TV coverage and highlights added with through five free channels and another 1700 hours (nine channels from that) through its OTT platform at myTV Super. A veteran Hong Kong sports broadcaster says it was difficult to compare the Winter Olympics with the Tokyo Games last summer in terms of popularity, largely because a) there's far less sports on the Winter side and b) there's obviously far less Winter Olympics medal success and prospects for Hong Kong out of this team like with past members--HK has no Winter Olympic medals in its tally:


All the major general info on what France Televisions plans to do with its Beijing 2022 coverage on France 2 and 3 (360 hours) that also includes a Beijingh24 digital channel on france.tv (450 hours) and also on franceinfo Canal 27 and overseas on the entire 1st Network. France 2 and 3 will go live from 2:30am-5:30pm and goes non-stop so anything won't be missed about the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games. Anchor hosts for Beijing 2022 on set are Cécile Grès, Céline Rousseaux, Claire Vocquier Ficot, and Laurent Luyat. Olympics Club comes every evening from 5:30-6.30 p.m. on France 2, Laurent Luyat will return, with journalists and consultants from France tv sport, to the day's events and will welcome the French Olympic medalists on the stage. On France 3, every Olympic day the magazine TLS Special Beijing 2022 at 8:45 pm, presented from Paris by Fabien Lévêque, and on Sundays February 6, 13 and 20 at 8:05p.m., the sports magazine Stade 2 Special Beijing 2022, presented by Laurent Luyat from Beijing. Beijingh24 starts 1:05pm February 2 with non-stop complimentary broadcasting of live (different from from France 2 and 3 will offer at those times with more choices, so it can display the greatest amount of events live all around), delayed, repeated action until February 20 that also will feature: Reruns of all finals, bronze medals and special events, a takeover of the JO Club newsmagazine, and “Gold retro”: full retrospectives of all French Olympic titles since Salt Lake City 2002. Usual material on francetv.com/francetv app/francetvinfo and from the #Pekin2022 social realm (all content available in replay, excerpts from the best moments of the competition, daily summaries of each Olympic day, editorialization focused on the performance of French athletes, distribution: content accessible on ISP and IP TV boxes, articles decoding the news of the event, Calendars, results, athlete files, medal table--Facebook/Twitter: publication of the highlights of the competition, summaries of the night and the day, Instagram: stories with News + Quiz/survey, Feed with photos, videos and IGTV with Snapchat Shows content, YouTube: summaries of the day, Snapchat: Snapchat shows format of 3 minutes a day, TikTok: feedback on an event and/or day recaps.

France Televisions' presentation of both ceremonies live at the Birds' Nest (the Beijing National Stadium) will be hosted by Églantine Éméyé and Alexandre Boyon, both at 1 pm France time on France 2. From the Bird's Nest, they will be accompanied by Bruno Gensburger, former veteran diplomat- interpreter at the French Embassy in China. 


ORF's Beijing 2022 Olympische Winterspielen promo interspersed with footage from the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony with Austria's (and some foriegn) winter athletes in action like at Pyeongchang 2018 with 6 Austrian Winter Olympians all sporting black T-shirts saying Rock The Snow Now. Promoting its coverage starting February 4 with the live presentation of the Opening Ceremony at 12:30 Austria/CET on ORF1. I hope to see and ID these Austrian athletes later:


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Big press release from NBC with details of their coverage.  No full schedule, but... HOW TO WATCH THE 2022 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

Peacock will have live streaming of every event on their FREE tier.  Premium customers also get the ceremonies, on-demand replays, plus some exclusive studio show content.

NBC will have their usual fare.  Looks like the number of hours is up from 4 years ago, so that's a plus

USA and CNBC will be the only cable outlets.  NBCSN is no more.  No mention of Olympic Channel who I presume won't have anything more than the OBS highlights feed from 4 years ago.

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2 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

Big press release from NBC with details of their coverage.  No full schedule, but... HOW TO WATCH THE 2022 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

Peacock will have live streaming of every event on their FREE tier.  Premium customers also get the ceremonies, on-demand replays, plus some exclusive studio show content.

NBC will have their usual fare.  Looks like the number of hours is up from 4 years ago, so that's a plus

USA and CNBC will be the only cable outlets.  NBCSN is no more.  No mention of Olympic Channel who I presume won't have anything more than the OBS highlights feed from 4 years ago.

Pretty good stuff. Am concerned too about the Olympic Channel--presumed too it will revert to OBS programming and highlights.

The BBC reveals its Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics coverage plans today with over 300 hours showing live coverage and highlights of all the major events across BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 (daily 1-hour Beijing 2022 extended highlight show only at 20:00 UK time), BBC iPlayer, Red Button and the BBC Sport website throughout the Winter Games with the latter three each having a second stream of live footage along with live text coverage, medal table counts, on-demand access clips plus a live restart function on BBC iPlayer. Hazel Irvine, Jeanette Kwakye, Ayo Akinwolere, and JJ Chalmers will lead the coverage, with Clare Balding hosting a daily highlights show on BBC2 and Aimee Fuller presenting Extra, a daily one-hour extended highlights show on BBC3. The BBC's Media City UK in Salford is designing a dock10’s virtual reality studio providing a "ski lodge" setting for the production.

Here's the daily Beijing 2022 BBC TV programming schedule: At 00:00-6:00, Ayo Akinwolere presents the overnight action on BBC1. Then at 6:00-9:00, Jeanette Kwakye presents live action on BBC2. When the 9:15-12:00 programming block comes, Hazel Irvine leads coverage when it returns to BBC1. JJ Chalmers presents extended replays on BBC2 at 15:00. Clare Balding presents Today At The Games on BBC2 at 19:00 after that to conclude the BBC2's daily segments of coverage. At 20:00, Aimee Fuller presents 1-hour of extended highlights on BBC3. The BBC's Beijing 2022 analysts are studded with legendary British winter sports headlined by Jane Torvill, Christopher Dean, Robin Cousins, Lizzy Yarnold, Chemmy Alcott, Shelley Rudan, Wilf O'Reilly, Rhona Howie, Jenny Jones, Zoe Gillings, Graham Bell, John Jackson, and Jackie Lockhart. They'll be joined by the likes of former middle distance runner Steve Cram and Matt Chilton. BBC's ice hockey coverage is conducted by Seth Bennett and Kent Simpson. I noticed the BBC doesn't have a separate sportscasting team set for short track. Maybe the BBC is combining the two disciplines. With Elsie Christie retired (at least for now), I would presume the BBC would hire her for short track analysis. Wilf O'Reilly is a former short track athlete during its demonstration status. Jenny Jones, Matthew Pinsent, and Sarah Mulkerrins will be reporting from Beijing with BBC iPlayer documentary Free Spirits launching ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which follows a group of Team GB freestyle skiers and snowboarders around the world as they prepare for the Olympics. 



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Aha, finally they realise there's an Olympics on ^_^. More coverage than I was expecting actually - obviously it's less than it would've presumably been without the Discovery deal but even so, at least it looks equal to Tokyo - which actually means more proportionally. I genuinely expected there'd be barely any coverage. Looking forward to it now, it hasn't really felt like an Olympic lead up yet. 

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For Discovery Sweden, there's plenty of optimism in their coverage that will show the likes of Swedish medal contenders such as cross-country ski stars Frida Karlsson and Maja Dahlqvist, the Swedish men's and women national ice hockey teams that won't be filled with Swedish NHL stars, ice skating champ Nils van der Poel, ski cross supremo Sandra Näslund, and the biathlon sisters Hanna and Elvira Öberg all to look forward to see. With that, Discovery Sweden assembled a very solid sportscasting number of profiles, many decorated, for its Beijing 2022 coverage that's now complete. The now-filled Swedish roster now includes Viktor Stålberg and Daniel Rudslätt on-site in Beijing as ice hockey experts. Hans Olsson returns to Discovery as an alpine skiing expert, Emelie Öhrstig and Peter Larsson are experts in cross-country skiing and Simon Hallström likewise to join Magdelena Forsberg in biathlon. For ice hockey alone, Discovery will send 7 people, including two cameramen, to Beijing for ice hockey alone like Tommy Astrom, Petra Svensson, Stålberg, and rinkside reporter Camilla Nordlund Enström. Discovery Sweden will also 8 other reporters to Beijing.

But a significant part of the Discovery Sweden's Beijing 2022 sportscasting team will remain in Stockholm like the major names that got announced earlier to drum up interest (Peter Forsberg, Henrik Lundqvist, Öhrstig, and Andre Myhrer). The curling, figure skating, speed skating, short track, freestyle/snowboarding, bobsled/luge/skeleton, and ski jumping/Nordic combined are all staying in Stockholm interestingly. Even the star-studded ice hockey sportscasting studio team, that also includes former women's goalie Kim Martin and Fanny Rask with its own commentators (Björn Geijer, Tobias Dahlberg) is staying home( but remember, 7 Discovery Sweden hockey people are going too). So is its sole biathlon expert not going to Beijing (Simon Hallstrom) with the big team. Cross country will have a small team, nearly the same as the Stockholm side. Alpine skiing and freestyle skiing/snowboarding will each only send a reporter and a cameraman to Beijing.   

The Swedish Beijing 2022 broadcast layout coming from Discovery Sweden goes like this: At 2:00-17:00 Sweden/CET, the Beijing competitions are broadcast live on Kanal 5. Then during the 7:00-17:00 timeframe, Olympic Studio (OS-Studion) with the studio anchor presenters Karin Frick and Jonas Karlsson, returning for another Olympic excursion, will be present to host the live broadcasts that are supplemented and summarized from Stockholm. On 17:00-19:00 on discovery + and Kanal 5, highlights, analysis, and other aspects are brought forth. From 19:00 to 21:00, Jessica Almenäs returns for the Beijing version of Olympic Nights (OS-Kvall) with this program visited by many of our biggest profiles who comment on the best moments from the competitions, the latest explorations, and the historical moments. Well-known Swedish sports journalist Patrick Ekwall offers in the program personal reflections, his own list of big and small events and historical moments. Coverage on TV starts on Kanal 5 really with the curling qualifiers on February 2 and on February 3, Damkronorna (Sweden's women's ice hockey team) will play Japan in their first group game before its Opening Ceremony broadcast. Kanal 9, Kanal 5's sister channel, will tackle the best of the Beijing 2022 competition and highlights. The Winter Olympics competition coverage ends on February 20 with the ladies' mass start in cross-country skiing, 30 km. Comes with full broadcasters list for both Beijing and Stockholm:


Eurosport Germany presents its 20-person team of analyst sportscasters for its Beijing 2022 in the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).  Combined it's including eight Olympic champions and eight other Olympic participants and consists too of more than 30 Olympics experience-Eleven gold medals and an unbelievable wealth of experience combined from the following five newcomers. Viktoria Rebensburg (alpine skiing), Aljona Savchenko (figure skating), Stella Heiss (curling), Tino Edelmann (Nordic combined), and Kevin Kuske (bobsled) are among the newest in the lineup. Another newcomer comes when Thomas Wagner teams with German Olympic champion gymnast Fabian Hambucher in the former's first Winter Olympics for Eurosport in the show Hambuchen & Friends--The Olympics Show at 5pm daily with highlights and the Eurosport analysts stopping by while largely focusing on TeamD with virtual live switching from Beijing to the studio. We've already mentioned about Christian Ehrroff and his upcoming Eurosport Germany hockey connections. For the most part, I don't think they'll be on location in Beijing. But excluding those names mentioned above, the Eurosport Deutschland Beijing 2022 analyst/expert roster is: Jochen Behle (cross-country skiing), Fritz Dopfer (alpine skiing), Patrick Ehelechner (ice hockey), Florian Eigler (ski cross), Anni Friesinger-Postma (speed skating), Fabian Hambüchen (Show host), Hans-Peter Pohl (Nordic combined), Viktoria Rebensburg  (alpine skiing), Tobias Reindl (freestyle skiing), Andreas Renz (ice hockey), Michael Rösch (biathlon ), Julian von Schleinitz (luge/skeleton/tobogganing), Martin Schmitt (ski jumping), Werner Schuster (ski jumping), and Frank Wörndl (alpine skiing):


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TVU Networks are at it again with its solutions and support systems for Olympics broadcasters in Beijing just like with Tokyo with all the challenges associated in the COVID era. Professional remote reporting and interviews conducted from home or studio and equipment delivery, essentially are musts in these times. Certainly won't stop TVU with its unlimited 5G data, 4K capabilities, 24x7 live feeds, and high-speed Internet access and language assistance utilized there in making broadcast-quality video in any location. Expect this used for those distant live watch parties and all-in-one mobile interview kits like we saw last summer with Tokyo too:


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If you're interested in a more colorful presentation of what France Televisions plans to do for its Beijing 2022 coverage with some photos of the studio hosts and sportscasting teams (like from l-r in the first top photo: studio anchor hosts Fabien Leveque, Celine Rousseau, Laurent Luyat, Celine Gres, and Claire Vocquier Ficot; biathlon's Alexandre Boyon and Marie Dorin-Habert; figure skating's Nelson Monfort, Annick Dumont, and Philippe Candeloro; and Alex Pasteur, Carole Montillet, and Luc Alphand in alpine skiing) along with the daily TV schedule for France 2, France 3, and its digital streaming Beijing h24 channel, you can take a look here. We can also take a look of what France Televisions' see-through Beijing sphere studio set would look like: 


Next Thursday night, TV5 and Discovery+ will exclusively air the 2022 Lions Olympic Hockey Selection Show live at 7pm Finland time as it reveals who will get the privilege to wear the Lions jerseys for Team Finland in Beijing with no NHL players going to be involved, which that alone makes it interesting. On Thursday night's broadcast, the coaches of the men's and women's Lions teams--Jukka Jalonen and Pasi Mustonen, respectively--along with the GMs Jere Lehtinen and Tuula Puputti will publicly announce the Olympic men's and women's hockey teams. The selection program will also be attended by Mika Lehtimäki, Director of the Finnish Olympic Committee's Center of Excellence, and the selections will be analyzed by Discovery's Olympic and Finland national hockey experts Tuomas Grönman and Annina Rajahuhta.

As a reminder, TV5 is Discovery's official Olympic terrestrial channel, offering coverage from Beijing throughout the Games from morning to night. Live broadcasts start at half past six and eight, depending on the morning, and ends at 5 or 6 pm Finland time. Discovery Finland also holds the exclusive right to present the Olympics during the best viewing time of the evening from 7-9 pm. At that time, TV5 will present compilations and highlights of the most interesting sports, and at every night from 8-9 pm, a hockey-focused studio broadcast summarizing the hockey events of the day: 


In the newest installment of Eurosport Spain's Olympic Planet Beijing 2022 podcast, Spain pioneering skeleton athlete Ander Mirambell is excited that he might not just make his fourth Winter Olympics appearance through qualifying in men's skeleton but also possibly being named as Spain's flag bearer when marching at the Opening Ceremony:


KBS over in South Korea has some serious plans for its portion of the South Korean Beijing 2022 TV coverage. KBS plans to reutilize its myK online broadcast like it did during the Tokyo 2020 broadcast with multiple channels--and even strengthen it. KBS also announces at the very end of 2021, “We will strengthen the training of play-by-play sportscasters, commentator analysts, and reporters in line with the viewers’ heightened awareness of human rights, awareness of human rights, and sensibilities, and secure diversity so as not to neglect sports for the disabled, unpopular sports, and women’s sports.” It plans to broadcast all possible events through this multi-platform strategy of TV and online. Fuller details will arrive soon, if not now:

KBS by the way did conduct a press conference last week on January 3 to announce its Beijing 2022 broadcast coverage plans with a YouTube video. But geoblocking prevent this for me to upload it. Will actually get to the details on my post here. 

This just got uploaded several hours ago. SportsMax TV, the West Indies Olympic broadcasting rights holders to these Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games, uploaded its promo with much of the footage coming from Pyeongchang. Not much in the way of plans have emerged--like will both SportsMax and SportsMax 2 show these Olympics and be nearly 24 hours?--but will soon arrive. We can expect the popular Jamaican bobsledders (with a possible compatriot skiier joining them) to get promotion, although Haiti is expected to send its Winter Olympics debut with its first alpine skiier in Richardson Viano with him having met basic Olympic qualification requirements. Bermuda is awaiting word on its athletes. BVI, Dominica, and Cayman Islands all aren't taking part since 2014. Trinidad & Tobago haven't seen Winter Olympic action in 20 years now with bobsledding. also available on the SportsMax app:  


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