Exotic time zones are not exactly NBC’s best friend when it comes to the network’s Olympic coverage.
Rio de Janeiro is in the Brasília Time Zone and is one hour ahead of us in Raleigh, which is on Eastern Standard Time.
That’s good for NBC and the viewers who want to watch live coverage of the games. NBC has the ability to show more live events on its main channel (WRAL in Raleigh) than say the previous games in Beijing or Sydney.
Not that NBC and its cable partners (NBC Sports Network, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and the Golf Channel) lack for options. Between all its online platforms and networks, NBC will produce more than 6,700 hours of coverage.
NBC’s coverage on WRAL starts on Friday and runs through Aug. 21 and will include more than 260 hours. On most days, NBC will air primetime programming from 8 p.m. until midnight. The opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
While the programming on TV will include some tape-delayed events, NBC’s website and mobile apps will have live coverage of the games.
If you want to watch events live, NBC’s Olympic web site, NBCOlympics.com, is your best bet. You will need a password from your cable provider to use on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
You can also download the NBC Olympics app for your smart phone or tablet but will also need a password from your cable provider.
In addition to having the events, NBC’s website has the complete schedule (NBCOlympics.com), and channel guide, for all of its Olympic coverage.