well, when it says live in the corner by the logo, it should be live, and it isn't there for all events.
and on what's on the cable type channels, that's what I meant by less popular events, there seems to be lots of boxing, and stuff the US isn't in, when it comes to a big US medal contending event, they reserve it for the broadcast stations.
I could understand why they'd delay it if they had the weekday coverage starting at 6 eastern, but it's 8pm-1230 eastern, half an hour of news, then 1-5am.
East coast feeds on west coast would be 5-930, filling primetime better than 8-1230, news at 930 would be reasonable, then more olympics 10pm-2am.
this seems to me like a much better schedule that would get more viewers than starting at 8.
Ok, the earlier times seem so much better that it seems like they would use those earlier times on the east coast, but if you work it out, nothing would be happening that early in china anyway, so that's why they started at 8, it's 8 am in china then. Still it's a mystery why the west coast gets stuck watching a 3 hour delay.
Looking at what's on KNBC at 5, 1.5 hours of local and .5 hours of national news, local probably 75% about the Olympics, with spoiler warnings about stuff that will be on in the next hours that they will be giving results of. Then Access Hollywood, who cares about that, then 30 minutes of The Olympic Zone:Interviews and profiles of athletes and events...
Local news has been bumped to an earlier time slot for major sporting events before, and most would likely rather watch the events than news talking about them.