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Rio Olympics: NBC to air opening ceremony on 1-hour delay

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NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on a one-hour delay.

In a statement released Monday, NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus stated the delay “will allow producers to curate” the coverage of the ceremony in order to provide context.

Additionally, a one-hour preview special will air the night before the opening ceremony, covering various topics, including the Zika virus and polluted waters. The special will also feature several star athletes competing in the Olympics.

Rio de Janeiro’s time zone is one hour ahead of the Eastern time zone, so the network will televise most of the games live, with the exception of gymnastics. This will mark the third year that NBC will stream nearly every event live.

The opening ceremony airs Aug. 5 on NBC.