Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Opening Ceremony

2014-01-24_0152The Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics will be Live on TEN and ONE in all markets.

In Sydney and Melbourne it begins at 2:50am on the morning of Saturday February 8.

Updated: TEN advises it has a 9pm replay.

Live competition events get underway at 7:30pm Saturday night, February 8.

Network Ten is proud to deliver the biggest free-to-air broadcast of an Olympic Winter Games in Australian television history. From tonight’s Opening Ceremony until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 23, TEN, ONE and tenplay will broadcast more than 360 hours of live action from Sochi, and 560 hours of competition in total featuring a record 98 events across 15 sports and disciplines.

Eight dedicated channels will also be available on tenplay and via our dedicated Sochi 2014 On Ten app for iOS and Android, enabling viewers to watch their favourite events and athletes anywhere and at any time.

Australia is assembling its biggest, and best, Winter Games team in history for Sochi. It will boast defending Olympic champions, world champions, Winter X medallists, World Cup event winners, a dual Summer Olympian and several rising stars.

Our very real gold medal chances include Lydia Lassila, Torah Bright, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, David Morris and Russ Henshaw.

It’s time to get behind this talented team of athletes who are chasing a record medal haul and competing for the pride of their country. Join Mel McLaughlin in Sochi with a host of guests including Steven Bradbury as we look ahead to the games and countdown to the opening ceremony which will be simulcast on TEN and ONE.


  1. I’ll be up at 2:30am to watch the beginning of the figure skating, Men’s short program. I don’t really understand why the skating begins before the opening ceremony though?????

  2. @BigVic – I am looking forward to the Games as I will be flicking One and Ten through the games while they are on a ad break. I can’t wait for Ten’s Motorsport guru “Thruster” to commentate on One.
    @Shoudy Chen – it won’t happen, as it was terrible for London, FIFA World Cup and State of Origin. 3D will not happen again in Australia

  3. Channel TEN’s Olympics will be the better than Channel Nine’s Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.

    Will Channel TEN launch a 3D channel for the replays of the Olympics?

  4. Will be watching and great to see TEN simulcasting the Olympics on ONE in HD like what they’ve been doing with the Big Bash League in Western Australia for the big primetime matches.

    Looking forward to multichannelling with ONE showing different events to TEN after the debacle of 9/GEM London coverage a few years ago.

  5. There are household that don’t have HD (probably around 10-20%). There are also of lot of bedroom TVs that are only SD. And even with HD a lot more people will know about, or flick past, something on a primary channel.

    But Ten will want as many viewers for their primary channel as possible, they is after all why they bought the rights to Sochi. It will be an interesting test of how important HD is for viewers.

    9pm Saturday is a curious time for the replay. There could be one in the afternoon too. I wonder what else they have to show Saturday night?

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