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NBC Universal goes for Olympics record

The company announced Thursday that it will roll out more than 835 hours of Olympic coverage across its networks, more than aired in 2006 and 2002 combined.
/ Source: Reuters

The Winter Olympic torch is weeks from being raised in Vancouver but already NBC Universal is going for a record.

The company announced Thursday that it will roll out more than 835 hours of Olympic coverage across its networks. It will be the most ever for a Winter Olympics and more than what NBC Universal had offered in coverage for 2006 in Turin and CBS' coverage of the 2002 games in Salt Lake City combined.

(Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC.)

As in past years, coverage will air on NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal HD, as well as NBCOlympics.com. Bravo, which carried Olympics in the past, won't have any this time around.

NBC itself will have more than 193 hours of coverage beginning with February 12's Opening Ceremony and stretching into the afternoon, primetime and late-night. The big-ticket events will air live or close to live, including figure skating, speed skating, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding and short track.

Other highlights include:

-- USA Network will have 41 hours of coverage, mostly of men's and women's curling and ice hockey, including most of the Team USA hockey games live.

-- MSNBC will carry 100 hours of coverage including hockey, curling, speed skating and figure skating.

-- CNBC will have 100 hours of coverage beginning February 13, the day after the Winter Olympics start. It will focus on curling, ice hockey and biathlon.

-- Universal HD will carry USA Network's coverage.