Content-wise, the NBC network edited packages on Saturday day and prime-time/overnight were truly awful (to my tastes, anyway). I thought I was watching the "US Olympic trials", considering I thought there were about 88 countries over there at Sochi with at least some subset number of them competing in the events that actually made it to air on NBC... though you'd never know it. If an American was in the event, they were on the screen. Otherwise, not so much.
For example, the semi-finals of slopestyle purportedly had 12 competitors, two runs each, with only 4 to make it through. I think there were 3 Americans in the 12. Well even though the final 4 making it on to the finals had 3 non-Americans, NONE of the bottom 8 runs got shown at all, all (or most?) Americans had both their runs shown, and the favored Canadian had both runs shown. You'd think it was the American Olympic Trials with a stray Canadian allowed to compete.
The rest of day/night was all very similar, again presenting it as "the American Olympics". This made it VERY EASY to FF through almost everything in the day/primetime broadcasts on NBC. It was really horrible. Truly, it is pointless to think there is anything here which deserves to be "recorded for posterity" in any form. It's just not an "international Olympics". There are apparently very very few other competitors who made it to Sochi, but for the Americans.
Fortunately almost everything shown day/night I'd already seen LIVE in the overnight coverage on NBCSN... which thankfully was "start-to-finish" event coverage (at least for the events selected for coverage on NBCSN). What a pleasure. I haven't sampled anything online (hey, who has time to do that) for the other interesting events not covered on NBCSN but so far I'm satisfied and entertained by what's on NBCSN. Most importantly it's actual event coverage, LIVE and start-to-finish so that you see ALL OF THE COMPETITORS, not just the US.
Strangely, there was not one single mention on NBCSN of the slopestyle win by the US (i.e. their one gold medal on the first day) all day long (not on NBCSN or during the afternoon NBC broadcast) until I watched NBC Nightly News (before the event even got its primetime coverage) and it was blasted all over the place by Brian Williams... thus ruining it for me, since it had NOT received any TV coverage at all yet and wasn't even scheduled to air until later in the evening. Not even so much as that quaint "spoiler alert, if you don't want ti know then turn off the volume or turn your eyes away" approach... just BLAST IT AWAY!! In the meantime of course the American victory was all over front pages of Interweb sites, but NBC tried to hold it back until NBC Nightly News provided "the tease" for primetime.
Also horrible was the late-night NBC show mere 10-minutes that got allocated to first heat of 1-man luge coverage, which had not been covered on NBCSN so this was my first peek. Talk about lousy editing! Really? Was that the total group of competitors??
Anyway, thankfully the NBCSN live coverage for TV exists. If first day/night/late NBC coverage continues like it did on this first day, it really might be possible to "keep up" at least with a day at a time, since it will take very very little time to FF through NBC broadcast edited tape-delayed "Americans in Sochi" travelogue.
Interestingly, so far I prefer the daytime "live" announcers (e.g. Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski) at skating than the nighttime announcers (Scott Hamilton and I forget who, since I FF'd through it). Maybe it's because I'd already seen the TRUE EVENT, live and start-to-finish... like I was actually there in the arena with the announcers, who thankfully let me watch without too much interference.