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Winter Olympics 2014 live stream & TV schedule, Opening Ceremony start time

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The Winter Olympics 2014 live stream and televised schedule coverage is already underway in Sochi, which may surprise some United States fans, as the actual Olympic Opening Ceremony has yet to be seen. On early Thursday, Feb. 6, qualifying began in certain events including freestyle skiing and snowboarding, while Friday will be the actual opening of the games. US fans will be able to watch Winter Olympics live streaming coverage for upcoming events, but unfortunately not for the Opening Ceremony, which will be delayed until later in the day for TV viewing.

According to a Christian Post article on Feb. 6, coverage of the first day of Winter Olympics events will be seen on TV as of 8 p.m. EST. Live stream viewers who had access to the NBC Olympics website were able to see live coverage as early as 3 a.m. EST. There's just three events on the scheduled for Thursday, with short programs in figure skating and qualifying in freestyle skiing and snowboarding. That leaves the Opening Ceremonies for Friday in Sochi at about 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in the United States.

Unfortunately, the live streaming coverage of the Opening Ceremony can only be obtained by using sources not condoned by this writer. The Deadspin website has detailed a few options for viewers eager to see the Ceremony live online as well. For the rest of the U.S. viewers, the full Opening Ceremony will be shown via telecast on NBC and local affiliate stations at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday evening. The broadcast is expected to feature highlights of the original ceremony, with NBC's Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira providing commentary.

More Olympics 2014 live stream and televised events arrive on Saturday for fans to enjoy through multiple NBC channels and the NBCOlmypics.com website. That will include medal events such as biathlon, cross-country, freestyle skiing, snowboarding and speed skating. Keep in mind that due to the time difference between the United States and Russia, some events will be seen live online at very early hours of the morning. NBC, NBC Sports Network and MSNBC will have televised replays at later times of the day in the United States. An NBC Sports schedule can be seen here, with the NBC Olympics live stream site here also providing schedule details.

There will be live televised coverage of select events on NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) as early as 3 a.m. EST, with 12 hour telecasts on most days. There will also be replays of the early morning live online feeds for those who want to watch the replay of the events.

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