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Sochi Olympics 2014: CBC Announces Broadcast Plans For Winter Games

Let the Games begin on February 6th.

Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

CBC has partnered with a number of other networks and recently announced their broadcast plans for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will begin the day before the Opening Ceremony on February 6th.

CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s Olympic Network, is gearing up for the largest Winter Olympic broadcast in history, along with Official Specialty Channel partners TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet, and Sportsnet ONE. CBC will provide Canadians with the more than 1,500 hours of live sport and news coverage, which will be a CBC record.

As an official press release pointed out, there are a number of aspects to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games that makes this Olympic Games different:

- More sports (six new disciplines)

- More medals (12 new events being contested)

- More days of coverage (17-day sport schedule)

- More hours of competition (40 additional hours of sport)

- Every event will be seen LIVE on Canadian TV (CBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet, Sportsnet One)

- Total of 1519 broadcast hours (for both English and French)

- TSN & TSN2 have live events and in primetime provide the day’s hockey story (250+ hours / 15 days)

CBC’s coverage will begin on Thursday, February 6th at 6am ET, in a newly added day of competition, with the premiere of the new Olympic sport, Snowboard Slopestyle (Men’s and Ladies’), in which Regina’s Mark McMorris is set to raise the curtain on Canada’s quest to defend its title as the reigning gold medal nation. Also included in this advance day of competition are Canada’s figure skaters, who unite to skate their programs in the new team event.

Then, join Ron MacLean and Peter Mansbridge on February 7th at 10am ET as they co-host the Opening Ceremony, starting with a CBC exclusive pre-show before the main event begins at 11am ET, which will be simulcast on TSN2 and Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE.

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