The 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony live stream and televised coverage is taking place on Friday, Feb. 7, thanks to modern technology. However, there is a catch as United States viewers won't be able to see the event live as it takes place live in Sochi, Russia. Some websites have pointed out additional options to check out the opening to the games, although there will be televised and live stream Olympics coverage available for other events.
An SB Nation article from Feb. 7, indicates Opening Ceremony live stream coverage is only available in countries outside of the United States. BBC and CBC will provide coverage for international viewers in those regions. Basically, Canadian and European viewers will get the live version of the Opening Ceremony either on television or live stream, while U.S. viewers will have to wait over eight hours for televised pre-recorded coverage. Live streaming feeds are restricted to the United States by broadcasters, but a majority of other events will be available live online for the rest of the Winter Olympics. The Deadspin site offers a report on ways to view the live video for US viewers, with some caveats and disclaimers offered.
So United States viewers will be able to enjoy the Opening Ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on NBC and local affiliates such as WSLS 10 in Roanoke. The version shown will be a “highlights version” likely edited for television, with NBC’s Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira providing the commentary.
Of course the other options to keep updated with the latest as the live event happens are by following select social media accounts as they provide photos, tweets or other status updates from Sochi. Some may simply want to wait to see the event on television though, but for those who want to stay updated online, check out The Guardian as they will be giving regular live coverage updates on their website.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will extend from Thursday, Feb. 6 through the closing ceremony on Feb. 23. A variety of channels including NBC, USA, NBC Sports Network and MSNBC will offer televised coverage in addition to NBCOlympics website live streaming coverage of events. See more info at the NBC Olympics site here for scheduled events.