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Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony: Sochi live stream, entertainment, times

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The Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony takes place in Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium. This event won't be seen in real time via personal devices although the competitions can be enjoyed by live stream online on NBC.

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With that in mind, for non-Americans or Americans in the United Kingdom, the UK live feed is available according to the BBC on Feb. 6. However, the ability to watch as the festivities unfold requires a TV license, which is available online only to those who will be watching in the UK.

Another alternative for live streaming, which will happen beginning at 7:00 p.m. MSK (Sochi time), comes from VyprVPN. Again, there is a cost involved with a trial period offered for free.

If you can't purchase or don't want to obtain a UK TV license which may or may not be legitimate and/or you don't want to join VyprVPN, you can watch the entire four-hour extravaganza on NBC after the fact when the Peacock Network airs the Olympics 2014 ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. PT, on Feb. 7, 2014.

Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer will preside as hosts.

As for who is taking part in this ceremonial start to the Olympics, Russia's President Vladamir Putin is said to be the master of ceremonies.

In addition, the story of Russia will allegedly be played out on the stage in Sochi. Some 1,000 performers are reportedly taking part through music, dancing, circus arts and multi-genre cultural projects. The exact manner for how all of this pageantry will be presented is being kept under wraps as all who are taking part continue rehearsing at Fisht Olympic Stadium as of this writing.

That said, the athletes participating in the games will be on parade. Collectively, these Olympians will represent 88 countries which is a record number for any Winter Olympics in the past. Each team will proudly wear their national uniforms with the U.S. donning their Ralph Lauren-designed red, white, and blue garb.

Total viewership for the Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony in Sochi is expected to better the viewership that was enjoyed for the 2009 Vancouver Winter Olympics when 190 million viewers took part. Stay tuned.

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