PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - NBC is planning nearly 3,500 hours of Olympic programming. So how can you see the games you want?
Right on our homepage click on the "Olympic Zone" section in the center of the page. This takes you to the most in-depth Olympics coverage NBC has ever offered. Probably the first place you want to start is the schedule.
From here you can look at the overall schedule or you can break it down to looking at just a specific sport or a specific day and time. You can also sign up to be alerted to any information about the sports too.
NBC is streaming every single game as they happen live on our website. You can also watch through the NBC Olympics iPhone or iPad apps. This feature on the site (and the app) is called "Live Extra."
There are a couple of things to keep in mind. The games are shown in the UK time zone, so that means they are five hours ahead of us.
The live stream is free to use, but you need to be a cable or satellite subscriber. Also you need to have at some point set up that cable or DirecTV account with you cable or satellite company online. If you have ever used Time Warner's, or DirecTV's, website to pay your bill -- you'll need your user name and password that you use on those billing sites in order to sign in, and then watch, the live stream.
Our Maine Olympian is Ellie Logan. As she updates us, we will update the Olympic Zone website with news and information about what is happening with her and the women's rowing team. Right now we have some picture she sent us, and a blog entry about how her week has been going. It's also worth noting she is also on Twitter and tweets some great images from the area that she practices in.
On the social media side there are many options. For Twitter users, there is a great section broken down by sport so you can see what hashtag to use depending on the game. The nice thing about this is you don't even need to be a member of Twitter to see the conversation. If people are participating through the hashtag, anyone can view the conversation. The site also lists all the various accounts you can follow depending on sport/athlete or expert.
For Facebook users there are a variety of options too. One big one NBC is offering is a Facebook app that will actually post the results of any game of your choosing right to your timeline. This will include videos, stats and the watch with friends option too. You can post on Facebook what you're watching and you friends can join in if they are watching too.