NBC to air opening ceremony of Rio Olympics on 1-hour delay
NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on a one-hour delay.
NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus said Monday that will allow producers to "curate" the coverage to provide proper context.
With Rio just one hour ahead of the United States' Eastern time zone, the network will televise most competition live, with the notable exception of gymnastics. For the third straight Olympics, NBC will stream every event live, but that hasn't included the opening ceremony. This year, viewers will need to wait only an hour.
The opening ceremony is Aug. 5. NBC also announced Monday that it would air a one-hour preview special the night before. While the program will feature several star athletes, it will also offer the network a chance to cover topics such as the Zika virus and polluted waters that it likely won't address much once the games begin.
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