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NBC Universal Partnership to Provide Olympic High-Definition, Free On Demand and Broadband Programming

Release Date: 08/08/2008

Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region, in agreement with NBC Universal (NBCU), today unveiled plans to provide its customers with NBCU’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.   A complete schedule of NBCU’s Olympic coverage is available at  

In addition to the more than 1,200 total hours of Olympics coverage on seven NBCU networks – NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD – Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region will allow customers to watch and be a part of the Olympics with Free On Demand and HD services, as well as broadband content from via a link from the Time Warner Cable Road Runner website.  Also, customers will enjoy two HD sport-specific channels for soccer and basketball, in addition to Olympic competition programming for various sports with commentary in one of the host country’s native tongues, Mandarin (Chinese) on Channel 581, as well as Korean on Channel 533. 
Beijing Olympics, a new category on Sports On Demand Channel 1023 will feature daily highlights in addition to access to the best events each day. Content includes overall daily highlights by sport (approximately 15 per day, some in HD), and “Rewind,” approximately 10 of the best sessions/games per day.  Content will be made available on demand beginning 8/10 until 8/30. 

Via the portal, Road Runner subscribers will be able to link to to access 2,200 hours of 25 events streamed live, plus full-event video replays, extensive highlights, including daily recaps of key events, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips each day.    

For the duration of the Olympic Games, Time Warner Cable will also make available more than 800 hours of HD coverage on select NBCU HD networks:

  • NBC HD: 225 hours (Channel 704)
  • Universal HD: 379 hours of simulcasts and re-airs of CNBC and MSNBC (Universal HD is available on Ch. 734 in New York City and Mount Vernon, and Ch. 740 in NJ and Hudson Valley).
  • USA HD: Simulcast, 165 hours (Channel 195)
  • CNBC HD+: Simulcast, 95.5hours (Channel 196)
  • HD sport-specific channels: NBC Olympic Soccer (Channel 198) and NBC Olympic Basketball (Channel 197), approximately 12 hours per day during Games.

“We are pleased to be offering our customers NBC Universal’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games which showcases the power of Time Warner Cable’s digital video and Road Runner High Speed services,” said Howard Szarfarc, Executive Vice President, New York City Region.  “We hope everyone enjoys this programming, which includes an unprecedented amount of High Definition, On Demand and Broadband Olympics-related content, all made easily accessible for no additional charge to our digital video and Road Runner subscribers.”

Please check with local listings for detailed information on event coverage.  For more information for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, please visit or

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