One of the most highly anticipated and highly promoted of the early Olympic events, Canada vs. Norway, the second men's hockey game of the tournament, was JIP—joined in progress—because a preliminary women's curling match went to extra rounds.
Supposedly the game was shown from the beginning on CNBC before switching back to MSNBC later. Furthermore, I have noticed that their online TV schedule has been off by 30 minutes for many hockey events, so let me take this opportunity to suggest to fans the best method of finding hockey games on TV:
Go to: http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey-schedule-results/
This will tell you specifically when the events begin.
Then, go to: http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv-listings/zone=PT/sport=IH/index.html
This SHOULD tell you what channel to find it on, but as I have learned, go by the Vancouver2010 for the actual event start time if you don't want to miss the first period.
It is commendable that NBC would want to show the remaining decisive minutes of an event, as many would say that no event should have priority over another. But NBC has already taken a stance on what events will get prime time and network coverage, citing demographics and ratings as reasons, obviously.
The events are between the USA-Canada ice hockey game and some ice dancing competition on Sunday evening.
The hockey game in question is no doubt the most anticipated pool-play game of the tournament for the North American TV audience, yet NBC insists that they would get better ratings from ice dancing because of its heavy female following.
Puck Daddy had a terrific report of this incident:
So, I suppose, this makes sense, since obviously NBC knows exactly what should be on the air to make up their nightly prime time line-up as well as who should host "The Tonight Show". Oh wait, they have no idea.
Let's just hope hockey fans everywhere are able to find the games they want to watch and when they are LIVE, not delayed, throughout the tournament.
Kudos are due to their terrific, albeit strictly exclusive and intrusive advertisement-laden online video vault of all the hockey events, though to watch the games live you must have a major cable provider that carries the games as well.