Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony Will Air on Time Delay
The 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony is set to kick off on Friday (August 5), but don’t expect to watch the show live!
NBC announced that they will air the ceremony on a delay, an hour later beginning at Eastern Time (8 p.m.) and Central Time (7 p.m.).
“We think it’s important to give context to the show,” NBC’s Mark Lazarus said (via USA Today). “These opening ceremonies will be a celebration of Brazilian culture, of Rio, of the pageantry, of the excitement, of the flair this beautiful nation has. We think it’s important that we are able to put that in context for the viewer so that it’s not just a flash of color.”
“That’s consistent with what we did (for the 2012 Olympics) in London and what we did (for the 2014 Winter Olympics) in Sochi,” Mark added.