UPDATE (March 12): CTV has decided to broadcast the opening ceremony live after all—but only in B.C.
UPDATE (March 16): CTV now says it will air live coverage of the closing ceremony across Canada.
Read the story: CTV decides to broadcast Paralympic closing ceremony live
The following article was written before CTV announced the changes.
How many of you were planning to watch the opening ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games on Friday night (March 12) on CTV?
Well, you can’t.
CTV, the leading official Canadian broadcaster for the Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics, isn’t planning to broadcast the opening ceremony live.
The network’s also not scheduled to show the closing ceremony on March 21 at Whistler Medals Plaza live.
The Paralympic opening ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. in B.C. Place.
What’s CTV going to show instead? The 6 o’clock news, eTalk, Access Hollywood, and Ghost Whisperer.
The network will air its coverage of the opening ceremony on Saturday (March 13) at 2 p.m.
Tickets to the opening ceremony cost $30 to $175.
However, if you don’t have one of those, you can still watch the event live on the Web.
ParalympicSport.tv, the International Paralympic Committee’s official Internet channel, will offer live video coverage of both the opening and closing ceremonies.
The on-line channel’s lineup for the Games shows it will carry plenty of live sports coverage as well.
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