Following the Olympics can be a shocking experience for television viewers.
You have heard and read that the Tokyo Games are starting with the opening ceremony on Friday. But then why did some events like softball and soccer start earlier in the week?
And then you’re told that NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony live – but that means on the West Coast – Hey, God! – Wakeup call at 3:55 pm. So what, exactly, is the network rendering at night?
To help you with the schedule, let’s summarize how the first official day of the NBC Olympics is approaching:
– There is a 13-hour gap between Japan and the US East Coast. In the past, with such a large time difference, NBC would have recorded the opening ceremony and presented it in prime time based on a delay of hours later. But for the first time ever, the network will give live coverage of the morning. On the West Coast, that coverage starts at 3:55 am and continues till 8 am On the East Coast, it starts at 6:55 am and continues till 11 am
— For viewers who don’t want to wake up so early — or have to work — NBC will offer its traditional pre-packaged coverage of the opening ceremony for prime time viewers. The coverage, hosted by Mike Tirico and Savannah Guthrie, will air at 4:30 p.m. on the West Coast and run until 9 p.m. on the East Coast, timings from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
NBC is referring to its nightly broadcasts as the “extensive” version of its Opening Ceremony coverage—complete with all the performances, pageantry, and parade of the nations.
– Apparently realizing that 4:30 p.m. is still too inconvenient for some West Coasters, NBC will re-air its prime-time package west from 9:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. and then will repeat it Again 2:30 am to 5 am
Morning coverage of the opening ceremony will be followed by special editions of the “Today” show, which will be Olympic-focused with feedback and athlete interviews.
This will be followed by a “Today” show followed by actual daytime coverage of Olympic events.