Live, from Vancouver, it’ll be NBC airing U.S.’s hockey semifinal Friday

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Nearly immediately after the U.S. men’s hockey team defeated Switzerland today 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Winter Olympics tournament, NBC announced today that Friday’s semifinal contest against the winner of the Finland-Czech Republic game will be broadcast live in all time zones.

The noon start in Vancouver means a noon start on KNBC-Channel 4, rather than a three-hour delay, as Wednesday’s game was aired. Live coverage of the U.S. win over Switzerland was videostreamed live on NBCOlympics.com.

There is reason to believe that if the U.S. makes it to the gold-medal game on Sunday at 12:15 p.m., it will also be carried live on KNBC-Channel 4.

The Czech Republic-Finland game airs live today on CNBC starting at 7 p.m.

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