Monthly Archives: January 2018

Comprehensive live Winter Olympic coverage

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are almost here. Live coverage of the XXIII Winter Olympics will be the most of any Winter Olympics ever. With the benefit of a 17-hour difference, live competition will be held in primetime on every night of the PyeongChang Olympics.

All 15 sports including figure skating, alpine skiing, and snowboarding will be featured on NBC from Thursday, Feb. 8, to Saturday, Feb. 25, (excluding Feb. 9, which will feature the Opening Ceremony). Viewers across the country will watch the likes of Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, Nathan Chen, Shaun White, and Chloe Kim pursue Olympic gold.

Locally, it will be fun to cheer on local Bend residents: Tommy Ford and Laurenne Ross in Alpine Skiing and Ben Ferguson in snowboard halfpipe. Also, Kent Callister, a local snowboarder who grew up training on Mt. Bachelor, will represent Australia in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

On most nights of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, NBC’s primetime broadcast will begin at 5 p.m. PT. It will be followed by local news, and then Primetime Plus, consisting of live continuing coverage from PyeongChang, which will air until 11 p.m. on many nights. A replay of the primetime program will then follow.

For the first time, NBC Olympics will live stream the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony. The live digital coverage from PyeongChang will begin Friday, Feb. 9 at 5 a.m. CT on and the NBC Sports app, and will feature the colorful Parade of Nations, with the sounds of the parade, no commentators. NBC’s fully-produced presentation of the Opening Ceremony, hosted by Mike Tirico and Katie Couric and featuring interviews and profiles will air that night at 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Broadcast schedules for Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Hockey are listed below. For schedules for all the sports go to:

Figure Skating
Figure skating kicks off Thursday, Feb. 8 with the Men’s Short Program at 5 p.m. and then Pair’s Short Program at 6:45 p.m.  The Ladies’ Short Program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, 6:45 p.m. Click here for a complete figure skating schedule and feature stories about the athletes.

Alpine Skiing
Men’s Downhill gets into gear on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. The Women’s Giant Slalom starts on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 5:15 p.m. Click here for a complete alpine skiing schedule and feature stories about the athletes.

The Men’s Slopestyle qualification competition begins Friday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.  The Women’s Slopestyle qualification starts Sunday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.  Click here for a complete snowboarding schedule and feature stories about the athletes.

Team USA for the Women’s Hockey Tournament kicks off Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11:40 p.m., with the first game of the Women’s Quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:10 p.m. Team USA for the Men’s Hockey Tournament plays it’s first game on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:10 p.m.  Men’s qualifier games start on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 4:10 a.m., while the quarterfinals kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:10 a.m. Click here for a complete hockey schedule and feature stories about the athletes.

Every Olympic event will be available to stream live and on-demand on  BendBroadband will carry the games on NBC, NBCSN and across the networks of NBC Universal, including The Olympic Channel. Go to for a full schedule and detailed TV listings.

New this Olympics
Four new sports will be kicked off at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics this year.

The new sports are:  Mixed Doubles Curling, Big Air Snowboarding, Mass Start Speed Skating and Team Skiing. The events are for both men and women.

In Big Air Snowboarding, boarders fly off a highly pitched ramp similar to those on the slopestyle course, and perform jumps with multiple flips and spins. They do as many jumps as possible in an allotted amount of time.

Mass Start Speed Skating races will add intrigue, team tactics and a direct confrontation of skating styles in a long-distance event. It could also bring some of the push and shove elements of short track to the Olympic big oval — something likely to displease purists.

While traditional curling involves teams of four players, Mixed Doubles Curling would include teams of two players — one male and one female. Teams would have six stones each, instead of eight.

The new alpine Team Skiing event involves teams of two men and two women competing in parallel slalom races. The team event has been part of the world championships and the World Cup finals.

Dropped, to make room for Big Air Snowboarding, from the Olympics this year is the snowboard parallel slalom event.

Also new this year is The Olympic Channel. The new channel kicked off in September. Their tag line is “Where the Games Never End” and there’s a good reason for that.  Live sports, compelling stories about the games, shows about Team USA athletes—you’ll find it all on the Olympic Channel.

The Olympic Channel is on Channel 49 (SD) and 649 (HD) in Preferred. Also for Preferred customers, the Olympic Channel’s TV Everywhere is now available. Customers can access programming from the Olympic Channel anytime and anywhere using your internet-connected mobile device through the TVE portal. Customers can also view the Olympic Channel content within the NBC Sports App at

The Olympic Channel is a joint effort between the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and NBCUniversal, which means you’ll get the great production values you’re used to from the Olympics.


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Host a spectacular Super Bowl party with game-day recipes for crowd-pleasing finger foods and easy appetizers like chicken wings, dips, cheese balls and more. Check out these fun recipes from The Food Network. Charleston Cheese Dip by Trisha Yearwood Ingredients 1/2 cup of mayonnaise 1 cup of grated sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup of Monterey… Continue Reading

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Data Privacy Day: Talking with your children

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BendBroadband welcomes Crestview and its communities

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