The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea next year from Feb. 8-25. The network’s decision to expand its live coverage means no more spoilers on social media or delayed airings for popular events. Primetime coverage of the events will air simultaneously starting at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT, according to The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the network’s announcement.
“Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time both on television and streaming online,” said Jim Bill, president of NBC Olympics Production & Programming, in a statement.
Bill continued: “That means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything. This is exciting news for the audience, the advertisers and our affiliates alike.”
NBC could not immediately be reached for comment.