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CBC offers alternative to NBC's coverage of Olympics opening ceremony

Oh, Canada. Your television stations are so glorious during the Olympics and free over-the air.

That enables Western New Yorkers to see some live events before America's network, NBC, which Channel 2 is affiliated with, carries them.

The CBC bonus starts on Friday.

CBLT-TV, the local CBC affiliate, is carrying the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, live from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. That's 14 hours before NBC's delayed coverage anchored by Mike Tirico and Katie Couric.

Of course, NBC usually packages the opening ceremony in a more entertaining way than CBLT. CBLT also isn't in high definition on cable.

But if those things aren't big considerations, some Western New Yorkers who can't watch it live can DVR it for viewing earlier than NBC's version and go to bed at a reasonable time.

CBLT also usually carries many live events when NBC is carrying them on delay. South Korea is 14 hours ahead of New York, which means prime time at 8 p.m. in the Eastern time zone is 10 a.m. in South Korea.

A quick look at the NBC schedule shows that its prime time coverage is heavily dependent on figure skating, freestyle skiing, alpine skiing and speedskating in the first week.  The sports that are less popular are carried on NBC's cable networks.

After Friday's light schedule, CBLT is carrying the Olympics pretty much wall-to-wall throughout the day during the Olympics, except for an occasional break for news.


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