CBC announces complete HD Olympic coverage
Beginning on August 6, CBC will provide 2,400 hours of High-Definition Olympic coverage, it announced on Tuesday.
CBC's "Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games" will mark the first time Canadians will have entire coverage of the Games in HD.
Olympic coverage kicks off with the Canadian women's preliminary soccer match against Argentina (CBC 4:45 a.m. ET). This will be followed by the "Beijing 2008 Preview" on August 7 (also on CBCSports.ca 8 p.m. ET) and live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on August 8 (CBC 7 a.m. ET).
CBC Television will provide 282 hours of coverage, with CBC Newsworld airing 145 hours, CBC digital channel "bold" broadcasting 250 hours, TSN offering 150 hours and CBCSports.ca providing more than 1,500 hours.
Radio-Canada and RDS will present more than 450 hours of French coverage.
"CBC’s coverage of the Beijing Games will allow Canadians to have more access to the Olympics than ever before," said Trevor Pilling, executive producer of ‘Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games.’
"The 2008 Games are a coming-out party for China and feature some of the best athletes the world has ever seen – and CBC will present it all in HD – from inside the stadiums to the crowded streets, our viewers will see everything."
Viewers will see big-ticket events such as swimming and gymnastics gold medal events during CBC's "Olympic Prime," starting at 6 p.m. daily, due to the 12-hour time difference in Beijing.
Ron MacLean will host Olympic Prime, handing things off to Ian Hanomansing at midnight a.m. ET for "Olympic Pacific Prime." Each day will begin with "Olympic Morning" at 6 a.m. ET until noon, hosted by Scott Russell and Diana Swain.
Throughout the Games, CBCSports.ca will provide up to nine live, uninterrupted streams each day, as well as interviews, highlights, cultural features, regional reports and radio clips on CBCSports.ca/Olympics.
CBC digital channel "bold" will be home to equestrian and sailing events during the Games.
CBCSports.ca/Olympics will provide news coverage, athlete blogs, features, live streaming and on-demand streaming.